Oshawa Funeral Home


Doris Smith

June 8, 1932July 28, 2021

SMITH, Doris Anne Peacefully on July 28, 2021 at the age of 89. Beloved wife of the late Norman. Loving mother of Al (Kathleen), Mary (George) and Stephanie (Guy). Cherished Grandmother of Justin (Leanne), Brandon (Nicole), Daniel, Jason and special Grandma to Emma. Sister to Don Shier. A special connection to her fur-ever friend Boomer. Doris will be sadly missed by Alf and Gaye, Ken, Vicki, Megan and Sydney who were always there for her. A special thank you to the staff at The Court of Pringle Creek. A private family Celebration of Life will be held in Doris’ honour. Arrangements entrusted to OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street West (905-721

Resident Spotlight on Doris Smith – February 2020

Doris was born in Montreal on June 8, 1932 to Bruce and Edith Shier. Her father was an engineer and her mother was a schoolteacher. She has one older brother living in Toronto. Doris is very proud that she is a 5th generation Canadian – her great-great-grandfather having emigrated to Canada in 1853. Doris has been an avid reader all her life and now thinks of her life as chapters in a book.

Chapter 1:

Pre-school in Montreal. When she was 5, the family moved to Toronto.

Chapter 2:

Attended collegiate and business school – always a joiner, she especially enjoyed sports such as skating and swimming.

Chapter 3:

After school, she got a job as a bookkeeper at an automobile dealership. She met her husband, Norman and they married in 1953. They bought a house and moved to Scarborough. As a young couple, they enjoyed a carefree life. They discovered the fun of camping and waiting for the babies to come. And they did – a boy in 1960 and girls in 1963 and 1965.

Chapter 4:

Doris settled into being a suburban housewife and raised her family. They did all the usual things; the best was summer camping at Ipperwash Provincial Park. Doris also enjoyed her role as a hockey mom.

Chapter 5:

After the children matured, Doris and Norm enjoyed travelling. They set out to see Canada and the USA; sadly, their plans were not to be. Norm died in 1994, a victim of Alzheimer’s disease. He had been a 40-year employee of Massey-Ferguson as a production worker.

Chapter 6:

Doris sold the house and bought a condo in Pickering. She joined the Pickering Senior Club and was an active participant in their many activities. She played many card games and was a member of the drama club, which was great fun. She enjoyed travelling with her friends, especially cruises. Doris and her friends went to every Little Theatre in Ontario they could find.

Chapter 7:

In 2018, Doris came to Pringle Creek so she could enjoy the company of others daily and to participate in the many activities. She finds it is the perfect balance between privacy and socializing.

Chapter 8:

During the war, young school children were taught to knit squares for afghans. This was the start of what was to become her passion in life – crafts! Now she knits mitts for bazaars and organizations that helps those in need. She is so grateful that her fingers still enable her to do the activities she loves.

Chapter 9:

Doris has four grandsons who are all six-footers and a source of great pride and joy to her. Her children are close by and are always caring and there for her.

Written by Mary Patrick, daughter


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Stephanie Erhardt

August 4, 2021

While playing hockey was my passion, I couldn’t wait for summer vacation. I would look forward to spending the weeks at Ipperwash Provincial Park swimming, playing on the expansive beach and exploring the sand dunes while Mom and Dad would keep a watchful eye.
I have such wonderful memories of watching Mom and Dad dance together.
They were so in sync as if they were floating on air. Simply magical!
Rest in Peace Mom

Kathleen Smith

August 4, 2021

Doris had a special place in her heart for the Wells Family - Ken, Vicki, Megan & Sydney.

Kathleen Smith

August 2, 2021

Kathleen Smith

August 2, 2021

Doris was a special Gramma to Emma.

Kathleen Smith

August 2, 2021

Doris and her 4 Grandsons - Justin, Brandon, Daniel & Jason

Lynn Niblett(Crombie)

August 1, 2021

I was sad to hear the news of the passing of Mrs Smith. My condolences go to the entire Smith families. When thinking of Mrs Smith I can say my favourite memory was her laugh. I can't really remember a time when if playing outside on Barnes Cres. or in their basement, I would not hear her laughing. Her laugh and smile was wonderful. A special lady I remember with fondness.

Alf Smith

July 31, 2021

Doris and Norm introduced me to camping when I was a kid. Ipperwash and Pinery Provincial Parks were the two favourite destinations. A big summer trip to PEI is still fresh in my mind. Doris taught me how to make scrambled eggs on a Coleman stove. Great memories! A gregarious lady with an infectious laugh. I shall miss our talks.

Mary Patrick

July 31, 2021

A picture of Doris as a child with her older brother Don in Montreal

Mary Patrick

July 31, 2021

One of many good memories was a family Camping trip to Sibbald Point back in 2005. Thank goodness we still had the trailer.

Kim Feldman (Crombie)

July 31, 2021

To the Smith Family,
Growing up on Barnes Cres with the Smith family I remember my parents hosting parties which I know your parents attended . My twin sister Lynn and I would sit on the basement steps and watch them dance. But to this day, everytime I use my set of stainless steel bowls I think of your Mother who gave them to me as a gift for my bridal shower. What an incredible life she had. My sympathies to everyone.