HOSIE, Dorothy Alice (Gray) December 14, 1921 March 31, 2012 Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, Ma was the second youngest in a family of four girls. Predeceased by her husband Alistair (aka Tom, Da, 1997), son Tom (1995) and three sisters Wilemena, Evelyn and Isabel. Survived by son Bill (Sylvia), daughter Dorothy (Larry), grandchildren Kathryn, Tom (Siew), Caldon (Melanie), Grayson (Connie), Sara-Jeanne (Kevin), Carol, Cheryl (Don), Shirley (Dave), 12 great grandchildren, 3 1/2 great-great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and their families. Ma was 13 when her mother passed, and the four girls were raised solely by their father (William Alexander Duncan Gray). A brave soul indeed. Leaving school at 14, she started working as a fish filleter. Ma married Alistair in 1939, and by 1943 they were the parents of Tommy, Billy and Dorothy. She was only 21. Ma said Da's trousers were always hanging at the end of the bed". With all the antics going on in the Hosie household (singing, dancing and generally acting the fool), it's not surprising that the family pursued a career in showbiz". In 1954 the family immigrated directly to Victoria. Da worked as a welder at Yarrows. Ma continued her trade as a fish filleter at BC Packers, `til she retired in 1986 at 65. For the next 25 years she enjoyed life to the fullest. Between bingo and the knitting club (fondly known as the stitch & bitch"), her social calendar was always full. Special thanks go out to Dr. Pengilly (a fantastic doctor and a wonderful, caring man); Lorraine, Andrew and staff at Beckley Farm Lodge; the nurses and staff at QRT & Hospice; as well as her many close friends, especially her pesky neighbour Anna Vanderhorst (always there to lend a hand) bless her! In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice. A Celebration of Life" will be held at the First Memorial Funeral Chapel, 2725 Falaise Drive, Royal Oak on Thursday, April 12th at 2 pm. Reception to follow in the Garden Room. 652872
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Published in Victoria Times-Colonist from Apr. 6 to Apr. 8, 2012