Doreen Hounsell

June 23, 1940 to June 30, 2017


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Doreen Hounsell, our beloved Mother at the age of 77 years after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Predeceased by husband John. Leaving to mourn son John (Noreen Neary); daughter Susan; precious grandsons Liam and Evan Browne and their Father Dr. Greg Browne who kindly provided medical care and support; brother Ray Smith (Ruth deceased); sister Judi Winsor ( Rev’d Scott); her dear Nieces and Nephews; Brothers-in-law Bruce Hounsell (Ethel Fuller), and Lou Hounsell ( Nola Wells); and sister-in-law Jean Hounsell ( Clyde deceased). Special thanks to caring neighbours, the Bretts and the Healeys, as well as longtime friends from card and book club and St. Michael’s church family. Special thank you to the Cancer Clinic and to Dr. Joy McCarthy, as well as the doctors, nurses and staff at the palliative care unit, at the L. A. Miller Centre. Cremation has taken place. The family will receive visitors at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freswater Road on Sunday, July 2nd, 2017 from 7 – 9 p.m, and Monday. July 3rd, 2017 from 2 – 4 p.m & 7 – 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 at St. Michael and all Angels Church, at 2 p.m, with inurnment to follow in the Anglican Cemetery, Kenmount Road. In lieu of flowers, donations in Doreen’s memory may be made to St. Michael’s building fund or charity of one’s choice.



7-9 p.m. on July 2, 2017

2-4 p.m. on July 3, 2017

7-9 p.m. on July 3, 2017

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329 Freshwater Road
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To all Doreens family and Friends I met Doreen when she was working with my husband Wayne at Bae-NewPlan. I would have a chat with her. When I would drop by.. she was always so sweet. Please accept our deepest coldolence. God Bless.

Ray, Dave and I were so sorry to hear of Doreen’s passing. Our thoughts are with you at this time. Gail (Hewitt) & Dave Rahal, Halifax

Judi, so sorry to hear of the passing of your sister. Sincere condolences to you and your family.

To the Hounsell family, I am so sorry for your loss. God can comfort the family and help you heal at this difficult time. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4)
“God is our refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress.” – Psalm 46:1.

John,Susan,Liam and Evan, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother/grandmother. She was a lovely lady. our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

John and Susan

It was sad to hear about the passing of your mother. My memory of her will be of a kind hearted woman who always had a warm smile and kind words. I’m sure you both have lots of good memories to help you through this difficult time. God Bless

Deepest sympathy

Andrew and Sharlene

Hounsell and Smith Families,
We were so sorry to read of Doreen’s passing. Our prayers are with you all. As the hymn says, you have your “Precious Memories”.
Sam and Joan Tiller (Butler)

To Susan & John,

Sad to hear of your mother’s passing as I have fond memories of working with her at the BAE Group in the 1980’s. Your mom was an incredibly kind and caring lady who was always there to assist her fellow co-workers. My condolences and she will be greatly missed.

To Judi and the Hounsell Family,

I have been a good friend of Judi’s now for many years and I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your sister Doreen

So sorry for the loss of this lovely woman. Doreen will be greatly missed in our neighbourhood.

Deepest Condolences,

The Hounsell Family,

So sorry to hear about the passing of Doreen. I also worked with Doreen at The BAE Group many years ago and have fond memories of her kindness. I had been fortunate enough to meet up with Doreen again recently at a church concert and she was exactly as I remembered her with her warm, welcoming smile.

She will be sadly missed. Deepest Condolences.

Susan and John ,
Sorry to hear of your moms passing. I had worked with with Doreen for approx thirty years until her retirement. She was a very pleasant person and would help you with anything she could. Our prayers are with you all at this difficult time .

Wallace and Jean Piercey

Susan, John, Judi and Ray,

So very sorry to hear that Doreen has passed away. I was not only lucky to have the Smith family as neighbors but so very fortunate to have Doreen as a coworker for many years. Doreen was always a very quite pleasant friend with always a smile when she greeted you. May you treasure the wonderful memories you have of your Mom and Sister. Deepest condolences at this very difficult time.

Susan and John
Was sorry to here about your Mom.I have fond memories of growing up with both your parents .Especially our trip to Ottawa Susan.Memories of our loved ones is what keeps us going .
Thinking of you both at this time
Penny (Kean) and Bruce Crichton

John and Susan, very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I have fond memories of both your parents as a child that will not soon be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with you both at this time.

Susan so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. May she rest peacefully knowing how much she was loved. Our sincerest sympathy.
Love Gerry, Glenys, Kate & Kristi Furey

I’ve known Doreen for a number of years through work and being part of the church family. A very special lady indeed! May you find comfort in your memories of her… they will sustain you through this very sad time. My sincere sympathy to her family and friends.

John and Susan I was saddened to hear of Aunt Doreen’s passing. My deepest sympathy to you all at this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Jolynn

Doreen was our neighbour for 23 yrs. She was a very wonderful caring lady and we were so sad to hear of her passing,
I know she will be missed greatly by everyone she knew and loved her.
Please accept our deepest sympathy.

I was saddened to hear of Doreen’s passing – such a wonderful lady. Please accept my deepest sympathy at this sad and difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. God bless.

We met Doreen nine years ago when we moved in across the street and she showed up at our door with tea buns and chocolate chip cookies. She was a wonderful neighbour and a dear friend who always had her door open for a welcome chat and a cup of tea. We will miss seeing her in the window and walking Maddy. Our condolences to the family … Doreen was a kind, gentle lady with a heart of gold. Heaven has gained a beautiful angel!

Thinking of you guys and sending hugs your way.
Love Pam and Ed

Dear Doreens Family,
My deepest condolences to you during this time. Doreen genuinely cared about everyone and was always very sweet and nice to our family.
Her glowing smile will be missed.

To Doreen’s Family,
We were saddened to hear of Doreen’s passing.She was a wonderful person,She accepted her diagnosis of cancer with dignity and grace..She was loved by all especially her friends at St. Michael & All Angels.
Sincerest sympathy,
Jean & Ken Ellis

To John, Susan, Judy, and All Family Members….We’ve lived right next to Doreen for 30 years, and in all that time we saw and witnessed a very true human being….caring, loving, dependable…a real Rock! We will miss her, esp. now in the summer on her lawn chair reading in the backyard. St. Michael’s definitely has one of their angels in heaven!

To Susan,John, Noreen, So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. We shared a lot of laughs and good times on our Ireland, England-Scotland trips and almost every Friday night since your father’s passing. I will miss her dearly.

Judi and Family,
So sorry to here about your lost, please accept our deepest condolences.

John and Susan,
It is very sad news today. Doreen was an amazing person and will be missed by so many. I am sure you have so many treasured memories to hold tight.
Heidi and Chris Hounsell

This is sad news to wake up to this morning. I will always remember Doreen as a saint of a person.

Me condolences to John & Susan.

Dave Hounsell.

Susan and John,
I am deeply saddened to hear of your mom’s battle with cancer and her passing. I am so sorry for your loss.
Sending love and light.

John, Susan and family – Our sincere sympathies on the passing of your Mom and our dear friend for the past 48 years. Words are inadequate to express the loss one feels on the passing of a gracious lady who was always there for her family and friends in both times of joy and difficulties. She will always hold a special place in the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to know her. God Bless and may the happy memories you share of your Mom comfort you in the days ahead.

Susan, My condolences to you and your family during this very tender time. Take care.

Dear John,
I am so sorry to hear about your mom’s death. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope your memories bring you comfort.
Nancy Handrigan

Family members of Doreen

Sorry to hear of Doreen’s passing. I met her on a group tour to Ireland in 2011. She was a lovely lady with a great sense of humor. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Violet Holmes

To Johnny and Susan May the memories stay in your heart for ever. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Take care Myra Hounsell

Sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing, John and Susan. Deepest Sympathy from Cynthia and myself.

Doreen was my cousin, and we were the same age. We had a lot of good times. Sorry for your loss.

Deepest sympathies to all of the family John and Susan

To family and friends. Sorry to hear of Doreens passing she was a faithful and loyal member at St. Michaels church she will be missed.May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

To family and friends so sorry to hear the news that Doreen has passed away St. Michaels has lost a dedicated and loyal parishioner she will not soon be forgotten.May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

John, Susan and family – sorry for your loss.

Band and I are very sorry to hear that your mother has died Johnny. Condolences.

Doreen’s grace, kindness and humour were three traits that always did and always will come to mind when I think of her. She lived and loved well, and was loved well in return. From the amusing stories of the young Nina and Doreen, to the rearing of John (!) and Johnny and Susan, to the joy of her boys, doting on her Beauty, and the support she gave and received from her siblings and their families she carried calm, grace, kindness and humour. She was also amazing at tea buns. She made the world a better place. We remember, with sympathy and love.

Susan, John, and Noreen:
So very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. We shared a great few laughs growing up in her kitchen . So sorry for your loss. Ox.