March 5, 1943 – July 20, 2020
March 5, 1943 – July 20, 2020 (see donation information below)
It is with a heart of sadness that I announce the Promotion to Glory of Major Dolores Fame (nee Gass), my beautiful wife and partner for nearly 54 years. She passed away peacefully in the early morning on Monday, July 20, 2020 from Chartwell Crescent Gardens Nursing Home, Surrey, BC.
Dolores was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on March 5, 1943. At the age of five, the family moved to Kelowna where she attended school and graduated. In 1962, after working at an Insurance Company, Dolores attended The Salvation Army Training College/Seminary in Toronto. She served for two years at various churches in Ontario as a single Officer/Pastor. Dolores then took another significant step to marry Samuel Fame, a newly Ordained Lieutenant. They were married in Kelowna, BC on July 25, 1966.
Their ministries included pastoral charges at various Churches across Canada, 5 years in Public Relations and 15 years at The Salvation Army Vancouver Harbour Light. Dolores' ministry at Harbour Light continued until she and her husband retired on July 1, 2006 after completing 43 years of Service. Major Dolores, affectionately known as “Dodie” was well loved for her beautiful caring heart and gentle spirit.
She is lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her husband, Samuel; Daughter, Brenda; two sons, Sam Jr. (Tonya) and Steve; three grandchildren, Sam Jr's daughters, Keely & Genevieve; grandson, Jacob, son of their daughter Karen (who predeceased her Mom on July 26, 2009). Dodie will also be deeply missed by her sister, Margaret Gingera (Kelowna); special sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and host of friends.
Due to Covid-19, a Private Family Graveside Service with be held on the Fame's 54th Wedding Anniversary to celebrate Dolores' life and their relationship.
A Public Memorial Service will be held at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: THE SALVATION ARMY VANCOUVER HARBOUR LIGHT 119 EAST CORDOVA STREET VANCOUVER, BC V6A 1K8
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
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July 26, 2020
Some people leave a lasting fingerprint on ones life and that was true of Dodie. From the days in youth group in Kelowna where her Godly reference was seen, her desire to follow the Lords leading. Her beautiful quiet spirit, her smile and giggle, The countless visits to Auntie Rose' s house for a cup of tea and a promise. To share in her excitement in finding the love of her life,Sam who has stood by her , loved her and cared for her over these many difficult years. Spending Christmas together in Flin Flon, Man. Only someone very special can impact ones life like that and Dodie did.
May the beautiful lasting memories you have made as a family carry you through these dark days held together by the blessed hope of that great reunion to come..
July 26, 2020
had the great privilege of working under the wonderful guidance of Majors Sam and Delores Fame for six years at The Salvation Army Vancouver Harbour Light from 2000 to their retirement in 2006. During this time, Major "Dodie" provided a calming, confident and caring support to clients and staff alike. Her and Major Sam were the "power couple" of the Downtown Eastside for fifteen years ... never wavering from their lifelong mission of faith, hope and charity ... and in always seeing the value and potential of everyone that they encountered ... whatever their life situation. The unconditional love and support shown to Major "Dodie" by Major Sam and family continued to be a remarkable example to all. My deepest condolences to Major Sam, family and friends in Major "Dodie"'s passing. She will be missed by all who were touched by her amazing life.
Larry Hayes, Burnaby