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Mary Weir Doane

September 3, 1928February 17, 2021
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Mary Weir (Munro) Doane died in Halifax on February 17, 2021, Ash Wednesday, at the age of 92, leaving us with a long list of one liners that nobody knows when or how to use. Born in Truro, Nova Scotia on September 3, 1928, she was the daughter of the Reverend Kenneth M. Munro (d.1931) and Sarah Elizabeth (Williams) Munro (d.1984) From a young age, Mary loved physical activity. Much of her young life was spent at the Waegwoltic Club where she became an accomplished swimmer and then a lifeguard. She was a keen dancer and basketball player, captaining the QEH teams all three years of high school and winning provincial titles. In adulthood, she continued to play basketball with the Halifax Tartans and took up tennis, which she played at the Waeg into her 80s.

Mary received her education at Queen Elizabeth High School, University of Toronto (School of Physical and Health Education) and Mount Allison University. In the 1950s, she taught physical education at Queen Elizabeth High School and led hundreds of girls in intramural programs there. Coaching was her great love. In the early 1960s, Mary coached field hockey and basketball at Acadia University. She also headed the women’s Phys. Ed program at MSVU. Later, she continued to coach basketball in the Halifax Ladies League and coached the provincial women’s basketball team that went to Saskatoon for the 1977 Canada Winter Games.

A lifelong member of the United Church of Canada, Mary sang alto in St. Andrew’s United, St. Matthew’s United and the Chebucto Choir Singers.

Mary’s volunteer work included chairing the 1984 Women’s Recognition Dinner at the YWCA, chairing the residential campaign for the United Way for Halifax, Bedford, Dartmouth and coordinating the residential campaign for the NS Heart and Stroke Foundation. In 1997, Mary was invited to chair the 20th anniversary concert for the Chebucto Community Singers.

Mary was fierce and quick witted, organized and determined. She loved entertaining friends, coffee, going to the Waeg, wine, road trips with Herbert around this beautiful province, (little) Queensland Beach, CBC radio, redecorating her house, Andre Agassi, her beloved Halifax and most of all, family gatherings where she could be the character she was.

She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Herbert Thomas Doane and his family, her four MacVicar children, Joan (Rob Tremaine), Donnie (Lisa), Sarah (Chris Hicks) and Martha (Nigel Collinson); her grandchildren Andrew, Kate, Sarah and Caroline Tremaine; Neil and Priya MacVicar; and Alexandra, Emily and Sarah Beck; great grandchildren Kai and Hannah Tremaine and Victoria and William Lebans, numerous nieces and nephews and former son-in-law Danny Beck.

She was preceded by her sister Helen Beatty (2016), her brother K. Bain Munro (1993), Colin in infancy and former husband Neil MacVicar (2000).

Donations may be made to Bethany United’s Church Choir Music Fund or to the YWCA of Halifax.

A memorial service will be held at J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax on Tuesday, February 23rd at 3pm. Due to Covid 19 restrictions space will be limited, please call 902-455-0531 to pre-register for the service.


  • Memorial Service

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021



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Ashley Fuller

February 24, 2021

Dear Joan, Don, Sarah, Martha and Herbert.
I was very sorry to hear of Mary’s death and the sense of loss that you must be feeling now. She lived an full and active life and inspired many along the way. May her words and memories be with you as you grieve your mother and wife.
My sincere condolences to you and all your families.
Ashley Fuller

Kaye Pottie

February 23, 2021

Dear Herb, Sarah, Joan, Don, Martha and families,
The service today was a wonderful reflection of Mary. She would have loved it and approved. I have so many beautiful memories of times spent in her company- the Chebuctones, Chebucto Community Singers, dinners, visiting at Shortt’s Lake etc.I loved her sense of humour. She was one of a kind.Blessings, peace and love as you all adjust to this loss in your lives.

Leslie Ann Stephen

February 23, 2021

Dear Herb,

I attended the moving celebration of Mary’s life today. You are in the thoughts of everyone who has sung with you over the years!

Leslie Ann Stephen

Karen Finley

February 23, 2021

Herb: I just finished watching the Livestream Memorial service for Mary. What a lovely tribute to your wonderful wife! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time.

Karen Finley
Bethany United Church Choir

Ken Beatty

February 23, 2021

In the 50’s and 60’s I went with my family every 4 years to spend a month at Nana’s house on Waegwoltic Ave in Halifax. My memories of Aunt Mary and my cousins are from those times. Keep well everybody.

David Henry

February 23, 2021

I'm very sorry to hear about Mary's passing, Herb--please know you're in my thoughts. We miss you at Seton.

David Beatty

February 23, 2021

Dear Herbert, Joan, Donnie, Sarah and Martha
I was saddened to learn of Mary's passing.
Whenever I think of Mary, it makes me smile.
One of my first memories of Mary is driving to Nova Scotia one summer with Helen and Jane. Helen was focused on driving and Jane was being Jane so you can guess who did all he talking. I am smiling just remembering the trip.
We have all been very lucky in the birth lottery and I got an extra bonus with Mary showing up as my aunt.
Best wishes and good health

Gloria Simpson (Genik)

February 23, 2021

Dear Herbert,

Sincerest condolences to you and Joan, Donnie, Sarah, Martha and families. I have such fond memories of Mary. We shared many happy times together in our Rockingham days. She was very entertaining and such fun to be with. I know you will all miss her very much.

Michael Conde

February 22, 2021

Dear Herbert,

Just learned of Mary's passing (from David Hopkins who took your place at the 'bubble' today).
My thoughts, condolences and good wishes are with you.
As you go through this difficult time of bereavement, if there is anything I can be of assistance with to make life just somewhat easier for you, please let me know.
Michael C.

Jane McLean

February 22, 2021

Dear Herbert and family,
Please accept my sympathies on the passing of Mary.
Growing up with her energy, happiness, and laughter - from summers at Waegwoltic to lively visits at the Beatty home in Upper Canada.
& then visiting us in Quebec.
I was so fortunate to have Mary in my life.
Her spirit surely lives on.
Jane Weir McLean