Doreen Susanna Facey

September 10, 1925 to January 18, 2019


Doreen Facey aged 93 passed peacefully away after a short illness at Kenny’s Pond Retirement Home on January 18th, 2019.  Daughter of the late Christopher Bertram and Elsie Grace Dicks.  Predeceased by her husband Hugh Gerald and sister Elizabeth and husband Fred Williams. Leaving to celebrate her long, happy, busy and fulfilled life, her family and friends: sister Gwendy Noseworthy (Walter, deceased) (note, Gwendy passed away six hours after Doreen on January 19th 2019), daughter Anthea Donnan (Michael), sons, Christopher (Shirley), Nigel (Sharon Margaret), Nicholas (Sandy) and Timothy (Sharon Ann).  Grandchildren: Douglas Facey (Lesley), Hugh Donnan (Valerie), Richard Donnan (Jennifer), Rachael Facey (John Madden), Aaron Facey (Sarah), Jennifer Rideout (Chris), Nicola Clift (Fraser), Christine Facey (Michael), Sarah Facey, and Adam Facey.  Also 14 great-grandchildren: Claire, Emmajane, Anthony, Rebecca and Isaac Donnan; Kirill Facey, Lewis, Charlotte, and Charles Madden, Henry, Molly, and Zoey Facey; Sadie and Grace Rideout, cousins Brian and David Edwards, many nieces and nephews in St. John’s and other parts of Canada and England.  Also her church family at the Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, the FANA Group on First Avenue, and all her friends at Kenny’s Pond Retirement Home.  The Family wish to thank Dr. Patrick O’Shea, Dr. Percy Crocker and the staff at Kenny’s Pond Home for their kindness and loving care over the past year and a half.


Resting at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, on Monday, January 21st from 12 noon – 9 pm, and Tuesday, January 22nd from 2 – 9 pm.  Funeral service will be held at the Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Baptist on Wednesday, January 23rd at 11 a.m. with interment to follow at the Anglican Cemetery, Forest Road. No flowers by request. Donations in her memory may be made to the Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Baptist Endowment Fund.  To send a message of condolence, please visit



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2-9 p.m. on January 22, 2019

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To the Facey family,

Mrs. Facey was such a beautiful soul. It was a pleasure to sit down with her and talk about her father and her own experiences growing up in St. John’s, and I was always excited for the opportunity. It was not uncommon when leaving the office for me to remark that I would be a couple of hours, because I knew a cup of tea and some sort of sweet treat was in my future, as well as engaging and lovely conversation. The forget-me-not pin that she gave me at the exhibit opening is truly precious to me, and one I wear every July 1st. She and her smile will be missed.

Anthea, Michael & Family;

So sad to have learned of the passing of one of the most gracious ladies I have ever known.  She warmly gave one thousand thank you’s, accompanied by a smile, in exchange for the most minimal assistance. Ms. Facey was always positive & absolutely delightful. She will be forever heard in the hearts of many expressing: “Thank-you, Thank-you, Thank-you, My Love.”❤

I endearingly referred to her as “the lady of 100 dresses!” Ms. Facey wore the most colourful, pretty, patterned dresses with matching cardigans EVERYday! Each time she was complimented, she would reply: “I’m an old lady and old ladies are supposed to wear black and other dark colours…but I like  bright colours!” (Therein laid our personal connection-loving and wearing all the colours of the rainbow.)

Ms. Facey also had a great sense of humour; she shared her wit with everyone who met her. It was a pleasure & a privilege to engage with her…she shared many a-funny tale both in recent times and times gone by. One of her most funny exchanges was when she would respond to her doctor, following his reassurance to her: “That’s ok My Love…I’m just an old woman, I know my parts are  wearing out…” And she would proceed by thanking him profusely as well…

She was a kind, fun-loving lady who adored her family. She has left them with so many precious, tender memories…may those memories help them through their loss…& may she eternally RIP

Tina RN

So sorry to hear of your loss. Happy memories will hopefully sustain you as you move forward. Our condolences to all your family at this difficult time.
Judy Mugford and family

I remember her well from over fifty years ago. She is not dead whose memory lives on !

To the entire Facey family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you! A long rich life.
One of my favourite “Fieldian Ladies”.
Harv and Liz Bishop

To you all,
Our Deepest sympathy and thoughts during this very difficult time. Mrs. Facey was an extraordinary Champion of the Cathedral, a stalwart of the Church, always willing to share a kind word or two, I am sure she will missed.

Herb, Karen and Spencer

To the Facey family. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I only met Doreen a few times, but cannot think of a kinder, more loving or giving person. How blessed was she to have such a large and loving family.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. We remember meeting your mother at John and Mary Faceys with our mother Angela O’Regan over the years.

Tim and Sharon,
My condolences on your loss. From all that I have heard about Mrs. Facey, she was a very special person and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Hazel Clarke

Very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Hugh, Valerie and family,
So sorry for your loss. Please know that our thoughts are with you at this sad time.
Denise and Gary

Chris, Nigel, Nick & Tim,
I was very sorry to hear of the passing of your dear mother. My thoughts are with you and your families during this difficult time. Parents live on in their children and hers is a tremendous legacy. Please accept my condolences for your loss.

Nick, Sandy and family so sorry for your loss

Anthea and family, please accept my sincere sympathy on the passing of your mother. I have many fond memories of her from our days at Bishop Spencer. Thinking of you st this sad time. I know your many memories will give you some comfort during this time and the days to come.
Barbara (Clarke) Roger

Please accept my sincere sympathy to all family and friends on the passing of Mrs Facey she was indeed a fine christian lady who had a great love for the cathedral where she spent many hours in worship and service through her long life.May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Hugh, Rachael, and Family,

My heart goes out to you all in this time of sorrow. Sending you all the love. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.


Mrs. Facey was an extraordinary Christian lady. Caring and maternal, she was exceedingly kind to us when we first came to the cathedral over twenty years ago. She will never be forgotten or replaced. It is not an exaggeration to say that she was a saint.

Thinking of you all at this time , the beautiful memories you all have of your mom will keep her alive with you all .
God Bless you all .
Janet ( Chafe) Martin

We send our love to you all at this most significant moment for your family. We remember Doreen as such a special person – a lady of conviction and determination yet someone with warmth and compassion. We so value that she was such a good sister in law to Pat – the thought of them being close together in a new dimension makes us all smile!
We will be with you tomorrow in thought and prayer, knowing that there are bonds that hold us, even beyond death.

Anthea and family. My sincere condolences to you all. Your mother was a lovely lady, and Carl and I will be forever grateful for the kindness she showed us. We will never forget all the rides to the swimming pool and all her other kindnesses. She was truly a gem. We are all blessed to have had someone like her in our lives. I know she will rest in peace.

To Anthea, Michael and all your family. The passing of your mother comes with sadness and comfort. Sadness that she is gone and comfort to know that she is with her Lord. We are so happy to have had the time with you and her in Harbour Grace last summer. As you walk your road of grief may the way be paved with the wonderful memories of this great lady who was your mother. We pray that God’s peace and comfort will be with you in the time ahead. We will be with you in our thoughts and prayers.
Your Cousin
Pastor Noel and Beverly Facey

Anthea Michael Hugh and Richard Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Mrs Facey. She was much liked and admired and will surely be missed.
Robin and Hazel

To the Facey Family,
So sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Facey. We knew her from the time that we lived at 8 Abraham Street. Met her often on our walks around the neighborhood and she always had a smile and kind word. She was such a role model for growing old gracefully and with purpose. Our deepest sympathy to family and friends.
Linda and Henry Longerich

Chris, Aaron and the Facey family.

We were so sad to hear of your mother, grandmother’s , passing. From the stories we heard from you about her ,she was a very special person, and will be missed.

Anthea and family
Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of your mother. She was a wonderful person. She will be sadly missed.
Patsy Kelly

To The Facey Family,
We are so sad to hear of your mom’s ( grand-mom’s) passing. I remember her well and the many chat’s we have had over the years — especially at the Cathedral crypt where she was so often found as one of hosts serving ‘tea’ at special clergy gatherings.
The last time I saw her and chatted briefly with her was at St. Thomas’ Church where she and some family members were attending a funeral. It was such a pleasure knowing her . I am sure she will certainly be well missed!
As we say farewell to her- may I quote our ‘Lord’s’ own words (somewhat in a different context, but suited for her:)
“Well done you good and faithful servant,—-enter now into the joy of your Lord.”
(Matt. 25:23)
Bill & Rowena Rice

Chris and Family

We were very sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother and Aunt.
Our deepest sympathy.

Ron and Cynthia French

To the Facey Family,
So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Our sincere condolences go out to your family. Thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

Nick,Nigel,Tim,Chris,Anthea, sorry to hear of Mom’s passing.I’m sure you have lots of fond memories of her,she was a very kind and loving Lady. Still have the memories of dropping in to your home early in the Am on our way back fro the Stadium to Bishops, she always had some sort of breakfast ready for us, to start our school day,after the early morning Hockey Practices.

Sorry to hear of your mother’s passing…she was such a lovely lady. Thoughts and prayers go out to your family.


ANTHEA. Sorrry to hear of your mom’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family. God Bless you all.

To the Facey family,
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your wonderful mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Thinking of you all at this time.

Chris and family. So sorry to hear about your Mom. Sincere condolences.

Chris Facey and Family,
I offer you my sincerest heartfelt condolences on the passing of your beloved mother. I have been the beneficiary of the kindness of the whole Facey family and I remain most grateful
J. A. Heffernan

Anthea, Hugh, Richard and all the family;

We were so sad to hear of your Mother’s/ Grandmother’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Your Mom was forever kind. She constantly smiled and said hello to everyone. She attended lots of weddings at the Cathedral, including mine. Of course, I was in the back of the church, getting ready to go up the aisle and my train got tangled up. In her usual calm and motherly fashion she left her seat, untangled the train, said “That’s ok, dear. take a deep breath. You will be fine.” I took a deep breath and started the long walk with Mom up the aisle. She knew just what to say. She will be missed by all those who had the privilege to meet her.

Dear Nick and Family;

Our deepest sympathy to all of the Facey clan at this most difficult time. Sending you all prayers of comfort and energy.

Facey Family
Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss.

Dear Anthea, Nick and family,
Please accept my most sincere condolences on the recent death of your of your mother and also of your dear aunt. I am very sorry for your loss.

The Faceys
To all of you at this time I give you my deepest sympathy of the lost of your Mother and your Aunt Gwendy. Like the memories I had of Parade and Freshwater their were the ones after church, some breakfast and a game of ball hockey across the way at the Elks Club.
May my prayers give strength and comfort at this time.

David Johnston
Stephenville NL

To Tim and all the Facey family. Sincere sympathy to you on the loss of your mother and your Aunt. A mother’s love is a blessing and your family memories will sustain you through your sorrow. Sincerely, Phyllis and Max Beckett.

Cris and Family I am truly sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother and your Aunt. Please accept my deepest condolences.
With sympathy
Elizabeth Laing

Chris & Facey Family ~ So sorry Chris (my old CLB buddy) to hear about your Mom’s passing. May you all have warm memories and may those memories comfort you. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Sincerely, Harold & Grace.

Sending our deepest sympathies and our love.

Chris & Family –
Our sincere sympathies on the passing of your dear Mother. May the pleasant memories the family share of her comfort you . God Bless!

Chris Facey & family,

Our condolences on the passing of your dear Mother.
May you all live, as she did, with a deep religious faith for many years.

Nigel and Family my sincerest condolences to ALL for your loss, thinking of you…..

Anthea and family:

We offer our sincere sympathy at this time of loss. It was a great pleasure to see you in St. John’s last summer. Our thoughts are with you.

Chris and Facey family,

Sorry to hear the news about your Mother. May you have comfort in knowing that you have family and friends who share your sorrow.

my deepest sympathy

My condolences to Anthea, Chris, Nigel, Nicholas, and Timothy.

When I think of growing up in St. John’s, trudging back and forth to Feild, across Empire Avenue or taking a shortcut down Sycamore Place, Mrs. Facey seemed always there. She was a part of the city as I knew it, and her quiet persistence in getting things done for school, for the Cathedral, for her family added immeasurably to its life. The place feels thinner now, less substantial with her passing.

So sorry to hear of your loss Chris. I’m thinking of you and your family at this very difficult time.

Thank you and good-bye “Grandma” Facey.

Donald and June Cook

so sorry to hear of your mothers passing
we have fond memories at the times we were
in her company .
bob@chris bennett

Nigel and family,

Chantelle and I were very sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. We know how much that she meant to you. Our condolences.

Anthea and family:
My sincere condolences on the passing of your mother.

The Facey & Extended Family members and Friends.
I am very saddened to hear of the passing of such a wonderful, thoughtful and kind Lady. I feel truly blessed to have met and spend time with Doreen while working at Kenny’s Pond.She was always determined to get to her favorite past-times; a true testament of her strength and character.
Wishing you all peace to bring comfort,courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

Chris, Shirly, Doug, Rachel and Aron: I am so sorry to here the passing of your mother/Grandmother. I know she was the “monarch” of the Facey family. She was truly a loving, passionate lady who everyone looked up to

RIP Mrs Facey

Chris and the Facey Fa,mily: Our deepest sympathy on your mom’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you and the family as you deal with your very sad loss.

Sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Sincere condolences. What a wonderful life she has led and a beautiful family she leaves behind.

Anthea and all the boys –
I am so sorry to know your dear mom has passed. I’ve known your family since our early Spencer days and your mom was such a lovely, caring person. The Cathedral will never be the same without her. Bless you all.

Tim, Sharon and Family,
Please accept our condolences on the loss of your mother. I know how much she meant to you all. We are away at present but will be thinking of you. Take care.

Our sympathies to the Facey family on the passing of Doreen ( and her sister Gwendy who went with her one might say hand in hand ) . Doreen and Gerald were great friends to our mother Hilda Slade and my father Canon JAF Slade at the Cathedral. Her son Chris was my classmate at Field, as well as her younger sons Nigel, Nick and Tim, while Anthea was a scloomate of my sister Helen. These are friendships that go back to the very beginning of our lives. God bless them from myself and Eileen, my sister Helen and my daughters Carolyn and Shelley and our family.

Sincere sympathy to the Facey family with the passing of Doreen. She was such a lovely person, always had a smile and so interested in all family activities. Our families were life long friends, and shared memories of school days at Bishop Field. Please accept our sincere sympathy.
Cappy & Ray Tooton

Our deepest condolences on the passing of our Dear Aunt Doreen. She has always been a very special individual.
A caring person to All ! She always put herself second to others as she consistently served the needs of those she came into contact with.
The needs of all children were her specific goal throughout her life.
We extend our prayers to her immediate family at this time.
We are truly sorry we are unable at this time to share in the celebration of her wonderful life.
We will truly miss her.
Pat & Paul

To the Facey Family,
My deepest condolences , I am sure your memories will give you comfort at this time., never easy losing a loved one, no mater the age of that loved one. Love and prayers Garry and Thelma Rideout

Mrs. Facey has been a valued friend and neighbour ever since I was a little girl on Carpasian Rd. Since leaving Newfoundland many years ago, I have returned to St. John’s almost annually and always she was a a friendly face at the Cathedral on passing on the street.. I shall miss her.

My sympathies to her entire family, who, like their Mother, were always such good friends to mine. Thank you.

To the Facey Family,
So very sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Facey. I have many fond memories of our children’s years at Brinton memorial school and that’s where I had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Facey.. She was a wonderful Grandmother and so interested in the activities of her adored grandchildren.
I am sure you have years of wonderful memories and I hope these memories bring each and everyone of you comfort at this time.
We are away and unable to pay out respects but be assured our thoughts and prayers are with you

To Anthea, HUgh, Richard and all of the Facey Family. My sincere condolences on the passing of your mother and grandmother. She was one of the pillars of the cathedral and role model for all of us growing up there. She always had time to speak everyone. I remember her fondly listening to us all sing in choir every Sunday and busily working in back kitchen of the parish hall to ensure everyone had turkey on their plate for the church sale turkey teas. She will be greatly missed.

Mrs. Facey was tremendous supporter of Bishop Feild School, and our school community would like to send our heartfelt condolences to the Facey family as you celebrate her extraordinary life. Her memory will live on at Bishop Feild as the annual Feildian of the Year award is named in her honor.

Deepest sympathy to each and all the family..
I have know Doreen the past 26 years, She was very special, kind , of the nicest people I ever had the pleasure of ever getting to know.,her beautiful smile, and her ability to do everything so willingly,will never be forgotten,,

Sending most sincere condolences to Uncle Chris and all the Facey family. Mrs. Facey was a wonderful lady and will surely be missed by so many. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.

Greg, Leanne and Jade

So sorry for your loss. Thinking about your whole family during this difficult time.

So sorry to hear of Mrs Facey’s passing. Thinking of you all at this time. May your memories of her help you heal, as you grieve in your time of loss.

Chris and extended family
Sincere condolences on the passing of your mother and Matriarch of your family .
She had a long and productive life and in her day and generation she did make a difference to many.
In the classic words of St Timothy –
“ she fought the good fight -she finished the course – she kept the Faith “
May her eternal rest be in peace.

Dear Facey family; I am so very sorry to hear of your Moms’ passing; my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

To all the Facey family,
Such a wonderful lady has left us! She was a stalwart part of the Cathedral family for as long as I can remember! I will miss her even though I haven’t been to the Cathedral for a long time as I now live in Ottawa. But I always looked forward to seeing her whenever I did get there. It will never be the same.
My sincere condolences, prayers and sympathies are extended to all of you.

Anthea, Chris, Nigel, Nick and Tim.
So sorry to hear of your mother’s and her sisters passing. My memories of your mother go back to my childhood. A wonderful caring lady that will be missed.

Chris and the Facey and Noseworthy families,
My deepest condolences on the passing of your mother and aunt. The Cathedral has lost two of its pillars.

I am so Thankful to have had the Pleasure of knowing such a Beautiful Sweet Lady,she was always so grateful for everything,I enjoyed the many conversations about her Family and Loved going through her many albums while she explained who and what it was all about,my Deepest Condolences to you all,such a Wonderful Family and may your Cherished memories help you through this time.

God Bless
Mary Sutton

To the facey family please accept our deepest sympathys at the loss of your beautiful mom

Deeply saddened to hear the news. She will be greatly missed, as will Gwendy. My thoughts and prayers are with the extended family.

To the Facey Family:

Sorry to hear of Mrs. Facey’s passing. Sincere condolences. What a wonderful life she has led and what a legacy! She leaves behind a beautiful family and large circle of friends. We have so many fond memories of her.

To the Facey family,

Mrs. Facey was one of those people who was always there at every family and church event. And we know that she was always proud of everyone at these events, beit a Sunday School picnic, School concert or Sports Day. Her heart and love extended well past her own family, into her extended family both inside and out of the Cathedral parish. She will be missed.

My condolences to the Facey family during this time.

Sorry to hear of Mrs. Facey’s passing. She was a great friend to Bishop Feild School though the years, before my time when she was a force in the Feildian Ladies Assocuation, and during my time as a name sake ( along with your father) for the Grade Six school leaving awards . I remember her as a vibrant women, addressing the students in the Bishop Feild auditorium with confidence and enthusiasm. “Non moritur cuius fama vivit”

Thinking of you all and sending my love and deepest sympathy. Auntie Doreen was such a vibrant person and I know you will miss her very much. Sorry not to be with you but holding you all in my thoughts.

With love, Barbara

Nick and the Facey Family:

Our Sincerest Condolences on the passing of your beloved mother/grandmother Doreen. May she have eternal peace.
Keith & Anne Peddle

So sorry to read about your mom’s death. She certainly lead a wonderful life, but it’s still sad to leave a loved one. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

My condolences on the passing of your mom, grandmother & great grandmother.
Thinking of you all at this time. Cherish the many memories. God Bless.

Such a sweet and beautiful woman that I had the honour of caring for at Kenny’s Pond Retirement. I’ll certainly miss your big smile Doreen.

Sincere condolences to the Facey family on the passing of your mother, grand mother and great grand mother, Mrs. Facey. A truly lovely lady.
Bill, Karen, Chas, John and Carly

Doreen was like a.mother to me when I lived with my aunt in St. John’s. I will never forget her kindness and care. My sympathy to all of you as you celebrate a life well lived. The Cathedral will not seem quite the same without her there on Sunday morning.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

To the Facey family,
Sincerest condolences on the passing of your Mom and Granny. She was a wonderful matriarch to you all. We are traveling out of the province so we cannot visit in person. Our thoughts are with you all.
Gerry and Lynn Wade

So sad to think we won’t see Mrs. Facey sitting in her place at the Cathedral of a Sunday morning. She was one of the first to welcome us and our “babes in buckets” when we joined the congregation almost 7 years ago. Mrs. Facey was a bright and lovely light who will be deeply missed by everyone, I’m certain. Please accept our deepest sympathies at this sad time and know that we will be thinking of you all as you celebrate her long and beautiful life. Much Love.

Nick and family,
Thinking of all of you and sending my love and sympathy. I have many fond memories of conversations with your beautiful mother.
Rest peacefully Mrs. Facey.
Love to all of you,

Condolences to all the very large family. A dynamic lady and a life well lived with a large family legacy.