William Harold Doll

Passed away on 3 December , 2018

DOLL, WILLIAM HAROLD – aged 91 years.

Surrounded by his loving family, Harold passed away peacefully after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, on December 3, 2018, at the Priory Hospital in Langford, BC.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife Alice in 1979. He is survived by their eight children: Lorenzo (Nola), Richard (Sandy), Garry (Martina), Gordon (Ann), Bob (Bonnie), Gerald (Lori), Larry (Sandy) and Annette.

He will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 27 years, Frances Doll. He is survived by his step-children David (Luanne) Lanthier, Lorraine Lanthier (daughter-in-law), Lolly Wilkinson, Michele (Kevin) Atchison, Jackson Lanthier and Caprice (John) Jopson. Predeceased by step-son Roch Lanthier and son-in-law John Wilkinson.

Born in 1927 in Neville, Saskatchewan, Harold married Alice Monette on October 11, 1949, and moved to Vancouver Island with his young family in the early 1950s. He was a long-time employee of the Esquimalt Municipality. He enjoyed working on cars, building campers, and renovating houses; he also loved the thrill of wheeling and dealing.

He considered himself fortunate to find love a second time when he met Fran Lanthier; they were married on July 14, 1991. They shared a deep love of family, enjoyed many a road trip together, volunteered at the Juan de Fuca Seniors’ Centre, and were highly involved at their local church, Our Lady of the Rosary in Langford. Together, Harold and Fran shared thirty-three grandchildren, forty-one great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Our family wishes to express its deepest appreciation for the care and compassion Harold received over the last three years from the staff at the Priory Hospital.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, 19 January , 2019

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Megan Wood

16 January 2019

We search the window, lined with orchids and bird statuettes, from our car seats to reply to your wide-fanning wave and grin. This mental photo of you holds all the memories together, the knowing you will be there waiting for us.

You pour batter out of a worn, spouted jug onto a sizzling iron and tell me of the old family recipe from your rotund and jubilant aunt Jemima, and wait for the realization of your wit. You share your regret that our phone is broken with your cheeky, side grin. You wander down to your camper, your shed, your car, your garden to busy your hands giving new life and purpose to the broken and overlooked.

Teenage me, panicky with shame and uncertainty, the first, and only, time that I popped a tire against a cement step - you walk up the hill with me, and show me where the jack is, where and how the metal lever needs to be worked. You don't berate or ridicule, just set me about the job.

And earlier, you make a cameo as Prince Charming in my middle school drama assignment, encourage us to wake you up on Christmas, and we gleefully sing, “Hark the ‘Harold’ Angels Sing” under your bedroom window. You roam around the lawn and work in the garage under the hood of your mint green classic car, always ready for a chat and joke. Your arms are always eager for a hug or a sling around the shoulder, your sneaky fingers a pinch or wet willy. Your wit is always ready with a practiced retort. Your “oh dear,” accepting instead of complaining.

There are so many seconds in between that I wish I still held. And I know that my experiences with you are shared experiences because you showed this care and wit and industriousness to all, even fresh faces walking past. Your lines are well used and your generosity of time is well shared.

The words that will resonate the longest will be your insistent last-word reply from every one of the visits, and you shall again have that last word: “I love you gramps,” and you shall say, “I love you more.”

Lorraine Lanthier

21 December 2018

Sending love to all the Doll Family. So glad that Dad Harold was part of our family for so many years. He and Mom shared many great years together. We will always remember him.
Lorraine Lanthier and Family XOX

Luanne + Dave Lanthier

20 December 2018

Sure will miss you. This is your greatest road trip yet!
All our love,
Dave and Luanne

Kathy (Kenyon) DiLalla

15 December 2018

To all of the Doll family:
My mom told me of your dad’s passing. I always loved him and his smile. He was always so much fun. I was visiting my aunt in the priory a couple years back and happened upon him. He did not recognize me but we chatted ( or I did) and he was smiling and happy. Thinking of you all at this time. Take care
Kathy (Kenyon) DiLalla

Larry Hobday

13 December 2018

Harold and I worked together for the Municipality of Esquimalt. I had a great respect for him and enjoyed our time in the yard together. My deepest condolences to his family.

Lon Lovestone

13 December 2018

Harold and my mom, Velma Lovestone ( Donnelly) who passed away on October 15th , were life long friends. Both were born and went to school in Neville, Saskatchewan. The Doll and Donnelly family from 1927 Saskatchewan both ended up on Vancouver Island in the 1950's.
I have many fond memories of Harold over the years. When he would visit our Esquimalt home, one thing was for sure, there would always be lots of smiles and laughter. Harold always had a good joke or prank, along with a lot of good natured fun! What a character! The many New Years Eve dinners and dances at the Church Hall in Langford were always the best of celebrations with Harold always making sure we had a great time.

I am so sorry to hear of Harold's passing and offer my heartfelt sympathies to Fran, Lorenzo and the Doll family.

I will always cherish the good times and memories of the days gone by.
Lon Lovestone

Brenda Worobey (Allen)

13 December 2018

This is a message of comfort for the Children of the Doll family. We were neighbors on Parklands Drive for many years. Peter and Emma Allen 868 Parklands Drive. I took Lorenzo to school on the bus at St. Anns Academy babysat the little ones and loved to bake cookies with Alice. We loved the whole family and spent lots of time with them. We always referred to Harold as the "Garbologist" of Esquimalt. Good times in the 1950's and 1960's We lost Dad in March of this year. He would have been 100 this month and Mom is still with us and lives in a home near us at the age of 98.

cody mcconnell

11 December 2018

I have so many great memories of unk. may the wonderful memories of him help you through this tough time, hugs Rip Unk

Lois & Don Munro

11 December 2018

I will never for get this wonderful man! I meet Unk 17 1/2 years ago now. I was lucky enough to have meet his great nephew Don Munro (Pat Munro was his niece...Don's mom) when Don & i got engaged we asked Unk to be our MC ...of course Unk jumped at the chance ! He had a wonderful sense of humor! I will never forget the funny man he was! He will be deeply missed for sure!!! R.I.P. Unk until we meet again!! xoxo So sorry for everyone's huge loss :(