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Dorthy Fast

Dorthy Fast

Born In: Innisfail, Alberta, Canada
Born: December 17th, 1933

Passed in: Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada
Passed on: November 16th, 2013

Dorothy Muriel Fast (nee Hunt) was born in Innisfail Alberta into a family of six children. She is survived by brothers Tom, Jack, Barry, her sister Shirley and sons Brian and Kit and predeceased by her husband Jake in 2004.
Dorothy met Jake while they were both working near Field Alberta and were married in August of 1954 and celebrated their 50th anniversary a year early in 2003. Brian was born in 1956 and the family moved to Pouce Coupe BC where both Dorothy and Jake pursued teaching careers. Kit was born in 1959 and the family moved to Dawson Creek. Dorothy and Jake spent many summers traveling to Richmond BC where they both attended summer school at UBC.
Dorothy had a distinguished career working in School District No. 59 in positions ranging from teaching at Pouce Coupe Elementary, to being school principal at Canalta Elementary, and ultimately Acting Director of Education for the district. Dorothy always had a great passion for education both within and outside the school system and was always enthusiastic about new teaching methods and technology. After retiring in 1988 she was, at the time, disappointed that there weren’t many other women following in her footsteps into management roles.
Dorothy and Jake fully embraced the Peace Region lifestyle and spent many enjoyable days camping, fishing and curling with friends and family. They liked exploring Canada with road trips to Expo 67 in Montreal, the Maritimes and throughout the Prairies. After retirement they traveled further afield to Australia, Thailand and Europe.
At their new home on a 5 acre lot on Bear Mountain call Northlands, Dorothy and Jake created a magnificent set of gardens called Northlands. Dorothy’s passion for gardening and her commitment to community were expressed by her involvement in the Horticultural Society and the Friends of the Library in which she was given life memberships. She helped establish the annual Horticultural Society’s Tea and Tour and loved sharing her garden and her knowledge of plants with the community.
After suffering a severe stroke in 2002 Dorothy needed the full time care provided by the people at the Pouce Coupe and Rotary Manor Care Homes. The years of support and kindness they gave to Dorothy are deeply appreciated. Dorothy passed peacefully at Rotary Manor on November 16, 2013.
A celebration of life will be held in the spring when the leaves are renewed and the flowers are in full bloom. Expressions of sympathy can be made in support of the gardens at Rotary Manor or by planting a favoured perennial and by convincing it to grow well.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd.

soil pressed as by a potters hand
marked by trowel, moulded by
heart and mind, cast into form
by the imagination
shaped to invite
the uncontainable, to welcome
the spill and mix of life
into our awakening
by bumblebee trails of colour
refined under the quilted
white of hibernation to be
expressed as an instant
by the proof of day
cracked the sun, swollen by rain,
the chickadee and toad
imprint the land
it will become
tended by the very thing
that was celebrated in its making.
It will be remembered in seed dreams.
Gardens by Dorothy and Jake Fast




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