Doris Ingrid Bubalo peacefully passed away with family by her side, after a long battle with Alzheimer's. She was the beloved wife of Karlo for 67 years; the loving mother of Kaarina McGivney (Tim), Karl Bubalo, and Raili McCarthy (Mike); and the proud grandmother to Alex, Kate, Keegan, and Kayla.
A beautiful, happy and caring individual, Doris brought joy and laughter to those who knew her.
Doris was born in Vancouver in 1930, an only child to Finnish parents, George and Fanny Wala. She was raised in Sudbury Ontario, where she met the love of her life, Karlo. They married in 1954 and moved the family to Levack in 1960. Together they rebuilt the cabin at Wanapitei Lake into their retirement home in the 1980s. In 2009 they moved to Vancouver.
She was one of the few moms who worked full-time. Doris was a secretary for the RWDSU and also provided secretarial services for Karlo during his many years with the Hockey Association. All while raising the family in the 1960s and 70s!
Doris enjoyed every summer at Wanapitei Lake. She was game for everything and was active in swimming, gardening, blueberry picking, playing games, building docks and relaxing with family and friends. A great cook, she made the best blueberry pies ever! She was always welcoming and ready to prepare a feast for unexpected guests.
Doris's creativity was expressed through her sewing of hand-made designer clothes, decorating and reupholstering furniture.
She participated in community & school events and was there for friends and family that needed support or just a laugh.
Doris and Karlo loved spending their winters in Florida, making frequent visits to Vancouver, and their travels to Costa Rica, Finland, and Germany.
The dancing queen, our mom, was a great swing dancer and could keep time even in her final days.
Doris was devoted to her family. Thank you, Mom, for the love and wonderful life you provided for us. You will forever be in our hearts.
The family extends a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Capilano Care Center and Creekstone Care Center for their kindness and comfort given to Doris.
A private celebration of life will be held in her honour.
Published by North Shore News from Oct. 20 to Nov. 19, 2021.