Dorothy Buck

June 3, 1922August 22, 2019

Dorothy Anna Buck

Dorothy passed away peacefully, at New Horizons Towers on August 22, 2019, in her 98th year. She was born in Oruro, Bolivia, to Baptist Missionary parents Percy and Anna Buck. She was a loving sister to Jean, Mary and Bill (all predeceased) and a dear sister-in-law to Ruth Buck. Dorothy was a beloved aunt to nine nieces and nephews, thirteen great-nieces and nephews, and one great-great niece. Dorothy was loved by many friends and family.

Dorothy entered nursing from Moulton College in Toronto and worked for 50 years in Public Health, including 28 years with Easter Seals Ontario. She was an active member of Blythwood Road Baptist Church and was instrumental in the sponsorship of refugee families.

Dorothy’s extended family are grateful for her generous, lively and loving presence in their lives. Special thanks to the staff at New Horizons Towers.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Blythwood Road Baptist Church, Canadian Baptist Ministries or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

“Well done, good and faithful servant” Matthew 25:23


  • Visitation Wednesday, August 28, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 28, 2019
  • Reception Wednesday, August 28, 2019
  • Witness Cremation Wednesday, August 28, 2019


Dorothy Buck

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Joy (Buck) Steffler

August 27, 2019

I remember Dorothy and her sister, Jean, who kindly let me stay with them for a week in their house in Toronto when I was taking a course in the city. Dorothy was a first cousin of my father’s and I knew her grandmother, Barbara Bock, well. Great-Aunt Barbara was a favourite of mine and lived fairly close to me as a child. I talked to Dorothy a couple of times a year right up until this past Christmas and we always had a good conversation about family and church. I remember her Christmas letters, written about a visit to her niece, Rosemary, in the Yukon, and visits elsewhere. My mother, who passed away in 2011, always visited with Dorothy and Jean at the BWMS conventions. Dorothy will be missed by her family, her church, and her friends. We look forward to seeing her again in eternity.

Keith Hillyer

August 27, 2019

The Buck Family and the Hillyer family share many memories and times of happiness over the years Both families grew up in Bolivia where their parents were missionaries serving in the suban centres of that country, Oruro and La Paz. The families were often brought together at times of Conference and planning, where the kids shared the opportunity for family fun. We will miss Dorothy but those happy memories remain.

Poh Gek Long

August 27, 2019

My family and I met Dorothy when we moved to Toronto and joined Blythwood Road Church in 2010. What a wonderful , godly lady. She welcomed us, always a hug and big smiles on Sundays. Totally impressed she was still driving at 90! I remembered sharing meals with her at her home on Sherwood Avenue or at ours on Snowdon. I was encouraged by the stories she shared serving the Lord as a missionary. We will miss her dearly at our next visit to Toronto but we know she is with our Father in heaven and we will see her again!

Poh Gek and family
(Moved back to London, UK in 2013)

Philip Buck

August 25, 2019

Memories from the Lambs' Cottage from the 1960's:

Whenever I think of our Aunt Dorothy, I automatically think of our Aunt Jean. Why?

Because they were two inseparable adult figures in my childhood memory.

Yes, I guess I'm still very much a child but that's another story.

In any case, I remember them both looking after all the Buck and Lamb children at Balsam Lake for what seemed like endless holidays (it was only two weeks at a time but then I was only around 8 years old).

I could write a book about those holidays and their characteristic humour but I'll never forget being reminded by Aunt Dorothy of the hour:

"It's nine bells, bedtime!" or something like that.

And of course, the time when we stayed in bed in the morning and were told by Aunt Dorothy that Stephen, Richard and I were like "Three bugs in a rug".

We laughed and laughed until it became a crude song which we chanted endlessly:


The incessant and infernal singing ended only when we were scolded by the adults.

Strangely, it was probably one of the best moments of my childhood.

There was something almost magical about the Lambs' cottage during those summers and Aunt Dorothy's presence was an indispensable ingredient to the atmosphere.

Youth is full of moments that are like markers that are embedded in our memory and form our sense of identity.

That's one reason why Aunt Dorothy will always be part of why I am Philip Percy Buck.

Carolyn Buck

August 25, 2019

Aunt Dorothy was such an important part of all our lives. Her presence was a constant. We have benefitted from the example she gave us in both her religious dedication and her determination to be independent and to follow her life's calling. I have many memories, but one that I'd like to share. Several years ago we gathered at the cottage to quilt for the week Matthew and Anna were at camp. Each of us would bring our projects and fabric to share. Each day we would wake and have a swim followed by a nourishing breakfast. We would spend the day quilting and consulting each other. At the end of the week each of us would go home with a quilt. Aunt Dorothy and Aunt Jean were always part of this adventure. I loved their creative input and the determination to get the quilt completed. The laughter and games in the evening were always fun. Aunt Dorothy would be ready to try her hand at any creative project from quilting to weaving, knitting, embroidery, needlepoint, rug hooking and jewelry making. Hidden away in her closets and drawers were projects to be completed and would be brought up to the cottage to work on when there was a spare moment. Aunt Dorothy will be missed for so many qualities and her steadfast devotion to her family.

Moira and Elizabeth Ferguson

August 24, 2019

Dorothy was an inspiration and a mentor to many of us. She gave tirelessly of her time and energy, finding ways of being helpful to others regardless of their age or life experience. We remember the Blythwood Christmas pageant of many years ago where Dorothy good-naturedly dressed up as the grandmother mouse sitting in her rocking chair with her knitting, and sharing the nativity story with younger participants who loved her for it. Dorothy showed such courage and grace in the face of her illness and we will miss her.

Moira and Elizabeth Ferguson

Barbara Lamb

August 24, 2019

Willie and I were reminiscing about all the fun we had exploring different cuisines with Dorothy. Of course she loved dessert, particularly ice cream.
Here we are at Dimitri's - she may not have finished it, but she sure tried!

We will miss her deeply.