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Mary Imelda Dohey

Mary Imelda Dohey

Born In: St. Bride's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Born: September 22nd, 1933

Passed in: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Passed on: June 12th, 2017

Mary was the first living recipient of the Cross of Valour Medal for bravery of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme peril. She saved 200 passengers and crew members lives in a hijacking of an Air Canada flight on November 12, 1971. When given the opportunity, by the hijacker, to stay behind with passengers after she convinced him to let the plane land, she choose to go back up with her crew hoping she may be able to keep him calm and save them. When meeting Mary, you would never know about this prestigious award as she was humble and a woman of great faith in God. She accepted the joys and challenges in her life with equal grace. Mary was the youngest of 14 children and will be greatly missed by her niece Nora O'Rourke and her dear friend Judy. A very special thanks to all the staff at Dorothy Lea Hospice who filled Mary's last days with compassion and a wonderful respect for her independence. A celebration of Mary's life will be held from 1-3 pm on Sunday, June 25, 2017 on the main floor at 350 Princess Royal Drive, Mississauga, ON L5B 4N1. Online condolences can be made at forevermissed.com/Mary-Imelda-Dohey.

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