Dorothy E. Tubman
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TUBMAN, Dorothy E. (nee Galvin) April 16, 1937 - July 9, 2020 It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Dorothy, a much-loved wife, mother and grandmother. For many years she battled diabetes and other health issues and was hospitalized for several days before she died peacefully. Predeceased by her parents Mary Evelyn (nee Lavery) and Clarence Galvin. She is survived and greatly missed by her loving husband Bob Tubman, her children Deborah Tubman, Margot Tubman (Thomas Broeren), Shaun Tubman (Christine) and Heather Tubman; her grandchildren; Meara Tubman-Broeren (Jonathan Walls), Rose Tubman-Broeren, Olivia Tubman, Jordan Tubman (Elora Koster), Seth Tubman-Watkins and sister Kathleen (Derek) Gaye. HERS WAS A LIFE WELL LIVED Dorothy was born in Victoria and attended St. Anne's Academy which was an important part of her growing up and where she met lifelong friends. She met Bob in 1955, they married in 1956 and started married life in Victoria. The family moved to Tahsis in 1962. There were no roads in those years so to travel there you either took the coastal steamer Uchuck II or traveled on small float planes, mainly Beavers and Cessnas. The four years spent there were a great time in Dorothy's life. After leaving Tahsis and with four children it was across Canada by train to Montreal then Cunard liner to Southampton, England with no job or housing lined up, however it worked out and the family spent a year in England in a Council House which came with Bob's teaching job. The family spent a lot of time exploring the London area, the west of England, Scotland, staying with friends in Paris and travelling Western Europe in a Volkswagen van. The family came back to hometown Victoria, bought a house and put down roots. At this time the family became members of the Thomas More Centre, a church affiliated group emphasizing family values and tolerance for all people. For many years this group played a large role in Dorothy's life. When all the children were in school Dorothy began taking UVic courses one at the time until she was qualified for a full year of teacher training. She then began part-time teaching in the elementary schools of the Victoria School District, eventually moving to full time. Ultimately, Dorothy took a leave of absence for a year and completed her degree. She graduated from UVic on the same weekend as one of her daughters. Dorothy loved to travel and did different things such as taking a course at Trinity College, Dublin and exploring Ireland for 5 weeks, spending 6 weeks in Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji, camping in Namibia, visiting Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and spending time in Lesotho and South Africa. On cruises (she loved to cruise) she visited such places as Italy, Greece, Turkey, Crete, Chile, The Falkland Islands and Argentina. She cruised through the Panama Canal Twice. Dorothy had five main interests: her family of which she was fiercely proud; reading (she enjoyed book groups); playing bridge; storytelling and exploring the local coast, Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands in our sailboat "Diviner" which she did for thirty years. Dorothy loved to tell stories informally in social situations and in a more formal setting. She could tell both serious stories and ones to make you laugh. She belonged to the Victoria Story Tellers Guild and three years ago became an Honorary Life Member. She was thrilled at this recognition for her work in the Guild. Dorothy played a huge role in her family's life and she will be sorely missed. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association. A gathering will be held at a later date. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mccallgardens.com




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Published in Victoria Times Colonist from Jul. 17 to Jul. 19, 2020.
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July 27, 2020
I am sending love and prayers to Bob, Deborah, Margot, Shaun and their families. We met Dorothy and Bob 52 years ago at the Thomas More Center. It was a magical time.
Wendy Payne
Wendy Payne
Friend
July 22, 2020
Dorothy and Bob have been part of the fabric of the lives of the Goodman family for many years. We have many fond memories of times together. Early highlights include staying at Shawnigan Lake at a church camp with them, camping together at Rathtrevor Beach before it was a Provincial Park, participating in a church play of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” with the dozens of kids whose families attended Thomas More Church in the early days. Our growing families went through mirroring life journeys. Children matured into adults and started on their education and careers and had families of their own. Dorothy was always a part of those webs of connection, sharing her interests and wisdom. Our family is saddened by her passing and our prayers go out to Bob, their children, grandchildren, and beloved partners.
The Goodman Family Goodman
Friend
July 21, 2020
Our heartfelt condolences to Bob, Margot and families for your loss. We know you will have a great many wonderful memories to carry you through this difficult time.
Our thoughts are with you,
Diane & Eric Davies
Eric Davies
Friend
July 19, 2020
A life well lived indeed. I remember first seeing Dorothy with her classmates at novenas services as early as 1945. Later at school dances during the early fifties. She was a vivacious young women who was always a pleasure to be with. Later as members of St. Thomas More, many of us had the opportunity to observe her keen mind and wit during discussions and personal conversations. Together with Bob, they were a model couple. Her many talents were well expressed in her classroom. Many fortunate students got a great educational experience at her hands. Requiscate in
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Don Frenette
Friend
July 19, 2020
Dorothy was a wonderful 5th grade teacher at South Park School in the late 70s, endlessly creative and knowledgeable and interesting and fair. I have never forgotten her: being in her class was the highlight of my elementary school years, and it may be largely her influence that prompted me to teach myself. My deepest sympathies to her family in their loss of Dorothy.
Miranda Burgess
Student
July 18, 2020
Dear Bob and family

We are thinking about you at this sad time. You will have many wonderful memories to share as she did so much with her life. I always enjoyed visiting with Dorothy and loved her great sense of humour. She will be greatly missed by her family, that she was so proud of, and her many friends.

Ken and Marilyn Tomlinson
Friend
July 17, 2020
Dear Bob and Family,
My heartfelt condolances to all of you during these difficult time. Memories of the Thomas Moore community were a source for deep connection and many fond memories for me, although I was a child at the time, Dorthys creativity, patience and enthusiasim I remember clearly. Much love to all of you!!
Joanie Beaubien
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