DOOLEY, MacNamara Richard
May 8, 1920 – June 3, 2014
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mac Dooley on June 3, 2014 from complications due to illness. He is predeceased by his wife, Jeanine Berthe (Cavel) Dooley on February 1, 1991. He will be sadly missed by his children: Patrick (Sandy), Terry (Marilyn), Kevin (Joanne), Dennis (Darlene), Colleen (Willie), Maureen (Danny) and Shawn (Linda); as well as his nine grandchildren: Stacey, Ryan, Correy, Kelly, Angela, Brynn, Kara, Alexander and Bridget. He is also survived by his sister Ruane (Dooley) Williams (Richard) of Saltspring Island, B.C., and his brother Patrick Dooley of Red Deer, Alberta. He is also survived by many numerous nieces and nephews from Vancouver, Kelowna and Alberta, and also many dear friends. Mac spent his early formative years growing up in Manitoba and Saskatchewan with his five siblings, Earl, Mary, Tom, Patrick and Ruane. During World World II, he enlisted in flight school and became a pilot. He often spoke with fondness of his time flying his 'spitfire' and the stories that he experienced during his flights as a 'courier' a.k.a. ferry command, between Europe and North Africa. It was on one of his missions where he was stationed in 1944 in Oujda, Morocco, that he met his future French wife, Jeanine on a blind date. One year later they were married. They had an extended three-month honeymoon in London, England and eventually settled as newlyweds in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Soon after, the young family had four boys in six years and the family settled in River Heights, Winnipeg. During this time, Mac worked for the Great West Life Assurance Company. After many cold winters in Winnipeg, and at the urging of Mac's sister Mary, Mac, Jeanine and the boys moved to Vancouver in 1956 to start a new chapter in their lives. Soon after, two daughters were added to the family in 1957 and 1959, and then Mac and Jeanine completed their family with their last son born in 1964. Mac was able to procure employment with B.C. Rail (formerly known as the Pacific Great Eastern Railway Company), until his retirement as Contract Administrator in 1985. A highlight of his retirement years was having the opportunity to be a part of the torch relay in the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympic Games. After Jeanine's death in 1991, Mac continued to pursue his love of golf whenever he could. He remained active in the community. In 2013 he retired to the George Derby Assisted Living Centre where he resided until his recent ill health. Viewing will be held at St. Augustine's Catholic Church, 2028 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C., V6J 1T4 from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 10, 2014. A Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11:00 a.m. Following the Funeral there will be sandwiches, coffee and tea served. The family of Mac Dooley would like to thank the doctors and staff of Burnaby General Hospital for their fine care of their father in his last days. We would also like to thank the staff and administration of the George Derby Assisted Living Centre. Flight Lieutenant "Dasher" has flown home on his last sortie.
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
The sun shine warm upon your face,
The rain fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on June 7, 2014