Dorothy Kearney (nee Mahoney)

June 1, 1926 to August 8, 2023


To view the funeral service for the late Dorothy Kearney from the Carnell Memorial Chapel on Friday, October 6 at 11 a.m., please follow the link below:

Passed peacefully away on August 8, 2023, in the presence of her daughters, Dorothy (Mahoney) Kearney in her 98th year.

She is predeceased by her husband, Joe (1987) and her son, Francis (1985); her parents, Gertrude and Francis Mahoney; her brothers, Francis (Moira, dec.) and Tommy; parents-in-law, William and Bride Kearney; brothers-in-law, Kevin, Bill (Mary Lou), Pat and Dick Kearney; sisters-in-law, Alice (Wally Wight) and Louise Kearney.

Leaving to mourn and to celebrate her life are her daughter, Donna Adams; her granddaughter, Riley Moss (Paul); and their children, Alex, Sam, Adelaide and Imogen; grandsons, Joel (Amy Brown), and Kieran (Lotus Kang); daughter Joanne Attwood (Paul), grandson, Zachary (Sheila Lewis) and their children Ben and Anna; granddaughter Samantha Gosse (Ryan) and their daughter Josie. She also leaves to mourn her much loved sister- in-law, Betty Mahoney and her nieces and nephews and their families in Bermuda, and sister-in-law, Millie Kearney, and her nieces and nephews and their families in NL, Ontario and Alberta.

Dorothy lived a long and full life, always with a positive attitude regardless of the challenges she faced. She had an idyllic childhood in Bermuda with her NL born parents and her two younger brothers. She excelled at school and enjoyed singing and playing the piano. On her first trip to NL in 1947 to visit relatives, she met Joe, her future husband, on the train going to Mahers where she’d been invited by a neighbour of her aunt. Dorothy always loved Bermuda and made many visits there over the years but from then on NL was her home. She raised three children, Donna, Joanne and Francis, taking a part-time job as a bookkeeper with an insurance company when they were of school age. She eventually moved to a full-time job as an auditor with the federal government at Public Works where she remained until her retirement. Dorothy had a deep love for NL and knew more about it than many who lived there for a lifetime. She revelled in going to the cabin at Mahers and spent many happy times there with family and friends. She continued to display her musical abilities through choir and various musical productions. She enjoyed swimming well into her 80s, and spent many hours sewing, crocheting, knitting, and even trying her hand at pottery and woodworking. She loved a game of cards. Dorothy was the “go to” person for family and neighbours if you needed help with anything. She was generous with her time. The last eight and a half years of her life were spent at Tiffany Village where she took pleasure in the new friends she made with residents and staff, and the social activities offered there. One of her greatest gifts was the special relationship she nurtured with each of her grandchildren. We will be forever grateful for her life and will honour her by continuing to tell her stories. We would like to give our sincere thanks to those at Tiffany Village who went the extra mile to make her time there the best it could be.

Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held from Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, on Thursday, October 5, 2023 from 3-7p.m.  Funeral service will be held from the Carnell Memorial Chapel on Friday, October 6, 2023 at 11 a.m. followed by a reception.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to The Gathering Place.




3-7 p.m. on October 5, 2023

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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11:00am, Friday October 6th

The Carnell Memorial Chapel
329 Freshwater Road
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Reception to follow.


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To Dorothy’s family, my deepest condolences on the loss of your wonderful mother, grandmother or great-grandmother. I met her in Tiffany Village a few years ago; she was always interested in everyone she met and would faithfully come after supper, every Monday, to our weekly Rosary, even in the last few weeks before she passed away. We miss her and she, and you all, are in our thoughts and prayers..

Donna, Riley, Joel, Keran, Joanne and family
So sorry to hear about your mother/grandmother’s passing. Deepest condolescences to you all.

My sincere condolences to you Donna and family.
I just read it on my IPhone. Your mother lived a wonderful
life and thinking about those happy memories will surely help you during this difficult time . May she rest in peace 🙏🙏🙏❤️

Heartfelt condolences to Donna, Joanne and family on your loss. As you know, your Mom, was a close friend and neighbor to the Nugent’s both in St. John’s and Mahers for many years. She was a strong and generous woman, always there to lend her ear or helping hand to our family next door. May you find peace and comfort in your cherished memories.

What a wonderful age, 98 almost! Aunt Dot was dedicated mom and grandmother to her family and very strong! She saw much loss in her life but was a person who perserved and lived a long life! Rest in peace Aunt Dot!❤️

Joanne, Paul and family, on behalf of my parents, Harvey and Stella Nippard, please accept our condolences on the passing of your mother. I’m sure you have many years of fond memories that will provide solace as you grieve her passing.

Cindy Nippard Paddock

Joanne, Please accept my condolences on the loss of your Mom. It is always so sad to see them go.

My Condolences to all of Dorothy”s family and friends. She gave me many words of advice and encouragement through the years. Her beautiful smile could lift your spirits. May you rest in peace with the Angels my friend
Phyllis Beckett

To Dorothy’s family I know we are related through Aunt Bride Kearney and Mollie and Nell Byrne
My sincere and deepest condolences to you all. What a wonderful life. She was such an amazing woman. Always great to have a chat. I loved hearing her stories from the past
May she rest in peace

Donna and family, so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was a beautiful looking lady and it sounds as if she had a lovely life. May the many memories you have gathered over the years help to keep her close in your hearts always.

Deepest sympathies to you and your family.