August 19, 1941 – April 4, 2021
Beverly Sharon Dolce passed away peacefully April 4, 2021, Easter Sunday, exactly how she planned her final journey. She took her last breath in the afternoon sunshine on the rooftop flower garden at the Victoria General Hospice, with her children at her sides, and with sage smudging and drumming to honour her Métis heritage.
Sharon is survived by daughter Marcie (John) and son Brad, brothers Ralph Birston (Viv) and Bob Birston (Pat), brothers-in-law John Clark, Jim Dolce (Joanne), Joe Dolce (Gloria), John Dolce (Colleen), sister-in-law Mary Soave, grandchildren Brynn (Daniel), Leah (Brody), and Graeme (Lauren), great-grandchildren Penelope and Felix, and numerous dearly-loved nieces, nephews and cousins.
Sharon was predeceased by her parents, sister Doreen Clark and her loving husband of 56 years, Robert (Bob) Joseph Dolce.
Sharon was born in Kindersley, Saskatchewan on August 19, 1941 to Nell and Cecil Birston. A lineman on CNR, Cecil was transferred to Port Arthur where Sharon grew up on College Street until she married Bob on June 2, 1961.
Sharon attended Prospect Avenue School, PACI and King’s Business College. She worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Bank of Montreal in Thunder Bay, then transferred to Ottawa for two years while Bob attended Algonquin College. They lived in Prince Albert, SK and The Pas, MB, and then settled in Cranbrook, BC for 23 years to raise their family.
Bob and Sharon moved next to Calgary, where they lived for 22 years and Sharon retired from her career with the RCMP. Through their community and church activities, new friends quickly became like family.
Their final move was to Victoria, BC in 2016. Bob and Sharon made many, many close friends on the island who they treasured deeply, and who sustained Sharon after Bob passed away in 2018. Sharon had an adventurous spirit and loved travelling, discovering new restaurants, and finding new interests including yoga, jigging and learning Michif.
Bob and Sharon loved family times on Vancouver Island with Brad in Courtenay, Bob and Pat in Duncan, and niece Darla and her family in Victoria.
Thank you to Victoria General Hospice for their compassionate care during Sharon’s short battle with cancer, and to her special friends Pat, Don and Ollie.
Cremation has taken place, and a private interment and Celebration of Life will be held later in Thunder Bay. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to victoriahospice.org.
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