elevated GXcvl September 13, 1923 – February 13, 2023
elevated GXcvl Visitation
Saturday February 18, 2023 from 10am to 12pm
elevated GXcvl Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home
211 Langstaff Road East, Thornhill, ON, L3T 3Z6
elevated GXcvl Funeral Mass – Chapel of St. Joseph (within the Funeral Home)
Saturday February 18, 2023 at 12pm
elevated GXcvl Interment
Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery
8361 Yonge Street, Thornhill, ON, L3T 2C7
elevated GXcvl Reception (within the Funeral Home)
Following the Interment
elevated GXcvl Obituary
It is with sadness we advise the passing of Jim (James) Dover on February 13, 2023 in his 99th year. Jim was born in Toronto on September 13, 1923. He was raised in Toronto and stayed in the area most of his life. He was predeceased by his parents Maurice and May Dover and his only brother Bob (Robert) Dover (Estelle) Jim proudly served in the Canadian Army, stationed in Cape Spear Newfoundland for 3 years during WW2.
elevated GXcvl After the war, he returned to Toronto where he was employed by Bell Canada for 38 years, before retiring in 1982. When in Toronto, Jim met the love of his life, a young woman by the name of Margaret Houlton. She captured his heart and they were married in May 1949. They were blessed with four children, Paul (Yvonne/deceased), Ann Marie (deceased 9 months), Chris (Rosalyn), and Denise. Sadly, Margaret was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and succumbed to the disease the day before her 50th birthday, leaving Jim alone with three children. Later Jim was introduced to Winifred Ryder, and married her shortly afterword’s. He adopted her son Steven, Winifred developed cancer and died leaving Jim single once again. Jim was a real ladies’ man. In his later years, he developed special feelings for Hope, Lila, and Barb. Unfortunately, all had passed on, leaving us to dub him the “Black Widower” Jim had a great sense of fun, humour and dancing. He was never one to pass up a meal and was particularly fond of deserts. Lots and lots of deserts. Jim was extremely proud of his grandchildren, Christian (Meagan), Rachel (John), James, and Ilian. His pride and joy were his great grandchildren, Zoe, William, and Elise. Jim was a resident at King Residence in Midland before transferring to Simcoe Manor, in Beeton to be closer to family. Jim was a favourite at Simcoe Manor, always had a positive and cheerful attitude, and of course a corny joke. He will be missed by the staff, especially Steve Fagan with whom he had a great “facetious” camaraderie. Special thanks to the staff at the dialysis unit at the Royal Victoria Dialysis Unit, and the staff and doctors at Simcoe Manor, especially Domini Lyle. Heartfelt thanks and love go to Rosalyn Dover, whose tenacity and devotion to Dad is enduring and unwavering.
elevated GXcvl As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada would be appreciated.