Thorpe Brothers Funeral Home & Chapel

96 West Street, Brantford, ON


Margaret "Louise" Dickens

May 4, 1950March 7, 2020
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DICKENS, Margaret Louise (nee. Clarke) It is with great sadness that our family announces the passing of Louise on Saturday, March 7, 2020, after a brief, but courageous, battle with cancer. Louise was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, to parents Edward (Ted) and Margaret (Rita) Clarke (nee. Cowan). Beloved wife to the late William (Bill) Dickens. Loving mother to Jason (Anne Marie), Justin (Laura) and Scott (Michelle). Cherished sister to Dianne (Michel) and Ted (Connie). Louise’s greatest love and pride was being Nana to Breanna, Ryan, Katherine, Jonathan, Sydney and Alexis, all of whom will miss their Nana dearly. Louise enjoyed a long career as a Registered Nurse serving in both the Intensive Care Unit and Dialysis Unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton. In Louise’s spare time she was an avid quilter, sewer and gardener as she had a very keen eye for colour and style. Louise’s family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to the incredible medical staff and volunteers at the Stedman Community Hospice. The family is eternally grateful for the love, care and support that was given to Louise and her family during her stay. Family and friends will be received at Thorpe Brothers Funeral Home & Chapel, 96 West Street, on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Visitation from 1 – 2 pm followed by a celebration of Louise’s life from 2 – 3 pm with a reception followed afterwards. Family and friends are encouraged to wear their favourite colours to help the family celebrate Louise’s life and love of colour. In place of flowers, Louise’s family would appreciate donations to be made in her memory to the Stedman Community Hospice in Brantford, Ontario. Online condolences can be made at www.thorpebrothersfh.com. (519)759-2211


  • Visitation Thursday, March 12, 2020
  • Celebration of her Life Thursday, March 12, 2020


Margaret "Louise" Dickens

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Connie and Alan Pallett

April 4, 2020

Justin, Jason, Scott and families

We were glad to have the chance to see all of you at your mother's visitation.
We are so sorry for your loss, but know that you must have many wonderful memories of your mother.
We will always have fond memories of Louise, and also much appreciation for providing a "second home" for Ryan.
(PS- sorry for being late with this message- we were all caught off guard by this pandemic - I think Louise chose a good time to leave!)
Our thoughts are with you.

The Pallett Family

Katie Ungar

March 12, 2020

On behalf of the Victoria Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 72,
I would like to send our thoughts and prayers to the family o f Louise. Louise spent 2 years with us but did not graduate with us due to an illness. She completed her nursing in 1973. But Louise always attended our reunions, having lots of laughs and memories from our days in school, and living in residence.
She will always be remembered when the class of 72 get together for future reunions.

Nathan Hooper

March 11, 2020

Cherish the memories of great times together and the love you shared.

Jason, it has been great to share some conversations with you over the past months. Your mom should be very proud.

Mike Ruts

March 11, 2020

Sandy and I were saddened to learn of Louise’s passing. As father-in-law to Justin I had the privilege of enjoying her company when she visited Winnipeg. We shared a special time in recounting the loss of our spouses and I was comforted by her insight and advice. To the Dickens family while your loss is great know that she loved you all dearly and she touched the lives of many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Pete Cowan

March 11, 2020

Louise, so sad to hear about your passing. I remember the first time I met you, I was a wee ten-year-old boy lucky enough to be taken by my parents to visit my Aunts and Uncles and Cousins in Boston and Niagara Falls {Ontario}; this was way back in '67. We met several times again in the intervening years, but I was always so touched by the way you looked after my wife {Sue} when we were in Canada after our "Winnebago trip" in 87/88 and Sue was pregnant and really did not feel too great. You were a great hostess and you helped Sue get through some tough days. What a legacy you have left behind with your wonderful sons, and we were delighted to meet up with Scott when he came to visit us in Geneva just after his fantastic exploits at the Olympic Games in London in 2012. Rest in Peace, cousin.

Dianne Sturrock

March 11, 2020

…… the sun came out today
and the aching in my soul warmed to it's gentle touch

…… I listened to the quiet and
heard her voice once more
……. we come to earth for a reason
we leave having left our love behind
……. remember the smile, the life and the laughter
……. remember the love that binds us all.
for it truly is the love of family that matters most of all.

Marion Katz

March 11, 2020

Words cannot convey how very sorry we are to hear about Louise. Please know that you are in our thoughts at this sad time. Ellis and I have fond memories of how Louise graciously invited us to stay with her and Bill when we visited Canada. With deepest condolences.
Marion and Ellis

Sue McKortoff

March 10, 2020

Thinking of all the Clarke/ Dickens family at this sad time.
Condolences from Cousin Sue and the B.C. Clarke cousins.

alda van den Berk

March 10, 2020

I heard of the death of your mother and grandma and wish you all strength in these days.

Alda van den Berk

Donna Landry

March 10, 2020

We are so very sorry for your loss and are sending our heartfelt condolences to the whole family. Louise was a special person, a wonderful mother and grandmother. Her eyes sparkled when she talked of her grandchildren and was so proud of her three boys! After such a long battle she can now rest peacefully. May the memories comfort you and she will be forever in your hearts. Much Love, John & Donna