First Memorial Funeral Services

1155 Fort Street, Victoria, BC


Dorothy "Dot" Maud Carson-Tharp

April 19, 1923August 21, 2019

It is with sadness that we announce the loss of our beloved Mother and Grandmother. Dorothy Maud Carson Tharp, 96, passed away peacefully in her sleep on August 21, 2019 at the Oak Bay Lodge in Victoria, BC. She was born in Kamsack, Saskatchewan and was one of eight children born to Charles and Maggie.

Dot grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba and graduated from high school there. She met her first husband, Josiah Thomas Tharp in 1942. During their long marriage they raised 4 children and worked together in Winnipeg, then on a farm in Inwood, Manitoba and later had a very popular family restaurant called The Old Homestead Restaurant in the town of Singhampton, Ontario. Upon retirement they enjoyed many travels and eventually moved to Victoria, BC. Dot married her second husband Michael Carson in 2010.

Dot will be fondly remembered by all who met her as a loving and courageous woman who had a zest for life. She was quick to laugh and her smile could light up the room. She loved to travel and went on many cruises and visited friends and family around the world including Salinas, Ecuador; Rome, Italy; Las Vegas, Nevada; La Quinta, California, and many other exotic destinations. She maintained an active social life into her later years and often went dancing, played cards and enjoyed games at James Bay New Horizons Activity Centre and Cook Street Activity Centre. She also attended the James Bay Community Project.

Dot is predeceased by her brothers: Frank, Lee, Gilbert and Victor, her sisters: Annie, Flo and Sharon, her first husband Josiah and her son-in-laws: Bill and Ken. Dot is lovingly remembered by her four children: Ken (Sandra), Judith, Carol and Diane (Norm), her grandchildren: Jason, Marci, Ken, Tami, Scott, Jae, Vince and Gil, as well as 14 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. Dot is survived by her husband Michael and his two children Diane and Colin. In addition, she will be dearly missed by her many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

We give thanks and appreciation to the wonderful staff at the Oak Bay Lodge for all the help and care they have given to Dot.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Eldercare Foundation. They support the Oak Bay Lodge and the new Summit at Quadra Village with a lot of help, equipment and furnishings. https://gvef.org/long-term-care/ Or you may want to donate to the charity of your choice.

Condolences may be offered at First Memorial Funeral Services. https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/victoria-bc Also, you may sign the guestbook at Legacy. https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/timescolonist/

Celebration of Life TBA.


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Lisa and Doug Skinner

September 3, 2019

Our condolences Judith, to you and all the family on your loss. Dot blessed this earth for 96 years and we were privileged to have been part of her life. We will always remember her for being strong, down to earth, talented, witty, kind, loving and a great mate to Gord. She remained close in our thoughts; a most wonderful woman one could never forget 💖.
Lisa & Doug Skinner

Judith Tharp

September 2, 2019

I remember the “movie nights” we used to have at Mom’s apartment. There were about six of us and we took turns hosting dinner and a movie or two. There was lots of good food, laughter and sharing between Mom and good friends. Miss you, Mom.

Anne Marie McEwen

September 1, 2019

I was sorry to hear that Dot had passed. We were neighbours for almost ten years and it was always a pleasure to bump into her. She had a positive outlook on life and will be missed by all of us who knew her. My condolences to her family.

Sandra Tracy

August 31, 2019

There are several memories, but the one I will cherish the most is on the Mediterranean cruise, which Micheal and she gifted me. I had the chance to spend some real quality time with Aunty Dot, and share some family stories, play cards, spoke of my father, and laughed a lot. She touched my life on many occasions and each and every one of them was special. As a child I remember her as the Aunty that made the best butter tarts. She amazed me with her openness and passion for life, and an amazing sharp sense of humour and an everlasting smile. (even when I think of her, I smile). Love you forever.