With loved ones at his bedside, 97 year old Robert Owen Doratty was called to his eternal rest on Monday, December 16, 2013. He was born in Natal, BC on December 3, 1916 to parents Benjamin and Teresa Doratty.
Bob graduated from the Michel-Natal High School and in 1940, enlisted with the Canadian Scottish Regiment. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, Bob was one of many Canadian soldiers that stormed Juno Beach on the coast of Normandy; the victory that became the turning point for WWII. At war’s end, Bob returned to Canada and began employment at the Michel Colliery. He met his soul-mate, Marie Larson, and the two were married in 1947.
Bob was very disciplined in his life and loved to go for walks outdoors, surrounded by nature. His family was the joy of his life, and spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren brought him a lot of pleasure. Molly was the love of his life; he knew from the moment they met that she was the one for him. They enjoyed 66 wonderful years together and raised five children. His son and four daughters adored him and what he represented in their lives. They will cherish many fond memories of their time together.
Bob is survived by his beloved wife Marie (Molly) and their children: Bob (Rose) Doratty, Lorna (Roland) Perri, Judy (Roger) Berdusco, Kathy (Andy) Wilson, and Nancy (Rob) Roulston, 13 grandchildren: Russell (Annie), Robert, Lauren (Christian), Alana (David), Diana (Brett), Kirsten (Rob), Jeff (Tegan), Dan (Melanie), Jillian (Zoltan), Kayla, Cara, Brett and Pearce, 9 great grandchildren: Zoe, Desmond, Hazel, Gus, Chase, Sydne, Julius, Mia and Seren, his brother Brian Doratty and his sister-in-law Sheila Little as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Teresa and Benjamin, and his brother Jack Doratty.
Bob’s life was celebrated during a Memorial Service at St. Michael’s Catholic Church on Saturday, December 21st with Father Bart van Roijen, Celebrant.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Elk Valley Senior Housing Society for the Lilac Terrace Building Fund.
The family would like to thank Dr.’s Michal & Clark for their kind care for Dad over the years. We would also like to thank all the wonderful staff at Lilac Terrace in Sparwood; his home for the last four years.
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.cherishememoriesfs.com Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.