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LOUISE BENEDICTA (BURT) DOHERTY

LOUISE BENEDICTA DOHERTY (nee BURT) November 3, 1955 - January 24, 2013 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beautiful wife and mother, Louise. After her second courageous and fearless battle with cancer, she went peacefully to be with her Lord on January 24, 2013. The second daughter of John and Therese Burt, Louise grew up with three brothers and one sister in East York, Toronto, ON. Louise attended Notre Dame High School, Toronto, a Catholic all-girls school, where she excelled. Besides academics, Louise joined the band, played basketball and acted as head prefect in her senior year. It was at Notre Dame where Louise developed her sense of service and interest in promoting Catholic education. Following high school, she obtained her B.A. from University of Toronto, followed by a B.Ed. from the University of Windsor. In 1977 Louise married her best friend, Brian and in 1980, the pair moved to Calgary where Louise secured a position with the Calgary Catholic School District. At CCSD, Louise cultivated a reputation for excellence and displayed great dedication to her students. In the late 80s and early 90s, Louise and Brian welcomed three children: Elise, Amanda and Sean. Some of Louise's other achievements and activities include: obtaining a Masters in Administration and Curriculum from Gonzaga University, serving as board member for the Children's Link Society from 1999-2011, volunteering for the Visiting Bands Committee for the Calgary Stampede and acting as editor for the religious journal, Embrace the Spirit. As a teacher, vice principal, wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend, Louise displayed tremendous determination and spirit. She was a giving and charitable soul who lived her faith and took great pride in assisting the less fortunate. Louise will be forever loved by her husband, Brian; children, Elise (Kevin), Amanda and Sean; parents, John and Therese; siblings, John (Melba), Margaret, Edmund (Rose) and Christopher (Nancy); siblings-in-law; nieces; nephews; cousins; friends; and the Calgary Catholic School District community. A Funeral Mass will be concelebrated on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in HOLY REDEEMER CATHOLIC CHURCH (796 EYER DR., PICKERING, ON). Forward your memories or express your condolences in the guest book, www.mcinnisandholloway.com In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to the Children's Link Society, Suite 245, 720-28th Street N.E, Calgary, Alberta T2A 6R3 and/or the Breast of Canada at www.bcsc.ca/donate. A special thank you to Louise's dear friends and family for their support over the past year and to the staff of both the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and of Southwood Hospice. "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."


Published in the Toronto Star on Feb. 16, 2013
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