Renate DOEGE
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DOEGE, Renate Thea Anke (nee Emmel)
Born September 20, 1940 in Rostock Germany, passed June 4, 2014 in Vancouver with her family at her side. Survived by her loving partner Ian Andrews, her sons Norbert (Janice), Oliver, Torbin and grandchildren Mila and Andrea, former husband Gunther Doege (Nora) and son Christopher. Renate was a very strong and dedicated lady who was always so kind and generous with all the people she met. In her almost 40 years working at Simon Fraser University she had many friends and wonderful experiences with colleagues and students. Family and friends in Greater Vancouver as well as Germany and Britain are deeply saddened by the news of her passing. She was an amazing free spirited beautiful woman who cared so deeply about her family and was very thoughtful of her grandchildren. She was kind- hearted and gentle and also loved to laugh. Renate enjoyed family gatherings, travel, dancing and music, reading, swimming and bike riding. Bud and Dorothy Black and their extended family have been wonderful and supportive over the years not only helping to raise her sons but they are also great friends. Renate unified family and friends alike. She is missed dearly by many. She had an inspiring joy of life and her memory will live on as a song in our hearts. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. I will miss Renate's partnership and her joy of life very much.

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Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Jun. 18, 2014.
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August 18, 2014
Dear Ian and family
I am in disbelief and so saddened to learn of Renate's passing recently. What a heartbreaking and devastating loss! Since first meeting her in the mid 80's Renate's voice and gracious presence would always bring cheer and feeling of true caring. Seems like yesterday she called me on the phone about organizing a long term stay up at Whistler for one of her sons. She lived a carpe diem spirit, held a great love for you and her family. Renate will be very much missed in this world. It was a privilege to know her. My deepest sympathy goes out to you.
Jennifer Madoc-Jones
July 2, 2014
Dear Ian and family,
I am so sorry to hear about Renate's passing. I was under Renate's supervision for 18 years. She was definitely the best person to work with and a best friend. I will truly miss her.
Lynn Reader
July 1, 2014
Dearest Ian and family,
Renate exuded warmth, compassion, joy and energy whatever the time or place. Her love for Ian was always in her eyes as was her pride and love for her boys. She was a dear friend, sadly missed.
We send our heartfelt love...Neil Smith and Deidre Bjornson
Deidre Bjornson
June 27, 2014
Renate was an elegant, beautiful person who had a wonderful cheery personality and a charm that was irresistible. She was a truly elegant lady and she will be missed.
Norm Robinson
June 26, 2014
Renate was filled with elegant, grace, and graciousness. I will never forget her beautiful presence in our Faculty - a smile, which lit up a room and lives. As I was going through beginning years of professor life, tenure and being a single parent of 3 boys, Renate was my inspiration, raising boys and attending to life in such a rich way. We all loved her, and I always loved Ian and Renate dancing; their beautiful radiance shining through everything. Renate will be deeply missed, and my I know her loss will be immense to you Ian and your whole family. Sending you all comfort and thinking of you.
Celeste Snowber
June 26, 2014
Dear Ian.
Renate was one of the most wonderful people I ever met. She was a beacon of light in the world!
David Kaufman
June 26, 2014
A zest for life in all its roundedness. Spiritedness, warm laughter. Woman fully alive. These are some of the qualities of Renate's that shone.
And, not least, lovingkindness towards all and grace in everything.
Each spring, for some forty years, the elegant and graceful Renate provided the initial welcome for teachers aspiring to serve us as faculty associates, greeting them, setting them at ease for their formal interview, responding to their questions.
In our differentiated staffing model, we grew to prize Renate's thoughtful perspective on candidates—the R-factor, we called it.
Through the years, Renate's calm, softly-lit office served as dropping-in place for Professional Programs staff, associates and faculty, who left refreshed and affirmed for their moment's conversation with her.
As a staff leader, Renate, ever the consummate professional, was respected for her integrity and cherished for her care for others and her nurturing relationships.
Like a star in our midst, she sparkled — and, all too soon taken from us, melted like a snowflake.
June 25, 2014
Renate always had a smile for me whenever I saw her. We always had a little conversation & said "Good-bye" with a warm smile for each other. She was wonderful & I felt so sad to know she is no longer with us.
Bernice Wong
June 25, 2014
Dear Renate and Ian ... I have so many wonderous memories of our camaraderie and personal friendship.
Allan MacKinnon
June 25, 2014
I miss my dear friend, Renate ... what a wonderful spirit she had, loving and kind every step of the way. And what fun she could have, with the bunch of us ... bravo Renate!!
Allan MacKinnon
June 25, 2014
Dear Ian,
I have wonderful memories of many conversations with Renate and you. I remember one Christmas at your home when you welcomed international students. I wish you peace.
June 25, 2014
Dear Ian
Renata was rara avis -- no one could compare with her spirit and her love of life. She was an exceptional colleague and contributor to our faculty. You and family have our deepest sympathy.Selma & Jack Wassermann
June 25, 2014
Renate was my introduction to early work as a faculty associate in 1989. She was never without a twinkle in her eye and a laugh ready to happen. She made me think, "It can't be that bad" if she's in charge! Though this humour was always evident it's probably the kindness and quality of her work that I benefited from the most. Her ability to stay curious and take delight in the everyday was immense. I share in this loss, too early and send condolences to you, Ian and Renate's family.
Tammy Wirick
June 25, 2014
Renate had a brilliant smile and always lit up a room when she entered. I remember being introduced to, I believe, mulled wine parties. She always made you feel welcome. She will be missed.
Mauvereen Walker
June 25, 2014
Renata was a wonderful generous person with an easy smile and ready laugh. We spent many delightful hours together with her partner Ian. I am shocked and saddened by the news. My heartfelt condolences to Ian and her family.
Adam Horvath
June 25, 2014
I am so saddened to hear of Renate's passing. She was consistently kind, thoughtful and cheerful and her warmth and positive attitude was communicated to everyone in the FOE -- students, faculty and staff. She cared about each individual and made them feel special. She was also the best dressed women in our Faculty! What style and grace! She will continue to have a special place in my heart. My prayers go out to Ian and to Renate's boys and family.
Wanda Cassidy
June 25, 2014
I had the pleasure of working with Renate and Ian over many years at the Faculty of Education at SFU. Renate was always a source of brightness and optimism in the staff of the Faculty and she was a strong support for the work of the faculty, staff, and students who were involved in the Professional Program. As Director of the PDP I worked closely with Renate and she always demonstrated the highest levels of professionalism in her work and at the same time was invariably pleasant and encouraging in her personal approach. She is very much missed.

Milt McClaren, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Education.
Milton McClaren
June 22, 2014
The consummate professional on the job, Renate was as constant a friend away from it.

She worked with my father, Jack Paterson at SFU. For years after he became disabled by a stroke, she remained a frequent visitor and support, her ever-present smile brightening his days.

The world, sadder with her loss, is nonetheless brighter because she was with us.

My condolences to her family.
David Paterson
June 21, 2014
Dear Ian, A more beautiful couple never existed. You and Renate gave such joy and calm pure energy to all of us fortunate enough to be in your company. Mickey and I have had over 35 years of life with you two. We thankyou for every shared moment. We can sense the depth of your sorrow and we offer our hearts to you and are a phone call away for anything we could do at this sad time and any time. We love you as we loved Renate.
Carolyn and Mickey Mamchur
June 21, 2014
Dear Ian
I remember Renata's beautiful spirit fondly, from early Montecito days to SFU / retirement. She always brightened up everything and everyone she touched. Sending you my sincerest sympathy, Ian.
Catherine Johnson
June 21, 2014
So many memories:
In Italy- Renate dazzling in a flowing white dress framed against the setting, summer sun
At PDP Retreat- Renate laughing and lounging poolside
At a Giants Game- enjoying her hamburger and the company as much as the action on the ice
I hear her laugh and see the twinkle in her eye. We miss her
We send all our love to Ian and the family
Sharon Wahl and Don Bayus
June 20, 2014
Renate was my introduction to the Faculty of Education, as she hired me. I could not have asked for a more caring or supportive boss. I can still hear her laughter echoing in these halls. My deepest sympathies to Ian and her boys & their families.
Christine Holoboff
June 20, 2014
Dear Ian and family,

Joanne and I are saddened to hear of this. Always a kind, considerate person with a good heart.

Greg Basham and Joanne Holt
Greg Basham
June 19, 2014
What a wonderful friend & colleague Renate was, always supportive and enthusiastic--a lover of life. No one looked more beautiful on a ball field, played with greater determination, and was happy with any result. She was a fine GBCer. Her circle of friends is huge. She is being missed by many.
Sandy & Sandra Dawson
June 18, 2014
Renate was a wonderful lady and will be missed by those of use that had the privilege of working with her over the years. My condolences to her family.
Donalda Meyers
June 18, 2014
Dear Ian and family, we were so saddened to read about Renate. You have our heartfelt sympathy from your family in England. Love and prayers, Sarah, Chris, Lorna and Ben with Alice and Noah and Kathleen and Steve.
Sarah Dardry
June 18, 2014
My first memory of Renate is her darting from her office to look at me. She said with a huge smile, "I know that voice but I don't know YOU!" Then she asked after my sound-alike sister, a former colleague, and welcomed me to the PDP. As a colleague and friend Renate was consistently fun, dependable, kind and generous, unfailingly honest and ethical. She will be much missed, but leaves a special legacy of a life well-lived. Love and condolences to Ian and family.
Anne Scholefield
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