Tribute to the late Dorothy Halton

Over the past few days I have been thinking about Dorothy and would like to dedicate this post to her.  Dorothy Halton meant a lot to me, she was a mentor, friend, and confidant.  She taught me to believe in myself and not apologize for being original.  She encouraged me to get my Masters.  She showed me that it was o.k. to be venerable and that it was important to have fun.

Dorothy was an emergency room doctor who lived in Ottawa, Canada.  She was beautiful, accomplished, wealthy, creative, elegant, thoughtful, and kind.  Her only weakness was men and she struggled with a deep feeling of loneliness despite all who loved her.  She could not see the bad in people and did not want to admit that an ex-boyfriend she loved was abusive.  Suddenly she died.  For those of us who knew and loved Dorothy, her memory will forever linger. As will the sound of her voice, and her unforgettable infectious spirit.


6 Responses to “Tribute to the late Dorothy Halton”

  1. April 11, 2007 at 6:54 pm

    The sudden loss of a loved one is always painful. In this case, I know how troubled you were over Dorothy’s untimely death. Your memory honours her tribute to life, I’m sending you a hug today.

  2. 2 globetrotteri
    April 13, 2007 at 10:13 am

    Jo. This is a beautiful way to remember Dorothy.

  3. 3 Luke Clifford
    April 13, 2007 at 3:34 pm


    Very moving and touching way to immortilize someone who has moved on. All of her amazing qualities made her who she was. An amazing friend to you. You honor Dorothy in the way that all of use want people to remember us..with passion and thoughtfulness.

    PS This statement makes me wonder…

    “Her only weakness was men and she struggled with a deep feeling of loneliness despite all who loved her”

    Was it really a weakness or was it one of the many facets a person has that adds up to whole that makes them so wonderful? IE values and goals in life

    Do you think without that facet she would be the Dorthy you know?

    Kindest Regards,

  4. 4 Lisa Belovely
    April 22, 2007 at 6:40 am


    I am so sorry for your loss. It is devistating when you love someone so much that you desperately want to help, give advice, and take care of the person, but you know that the best thing you can do is just listen without judgement and support them the best you can.

    It is a good lesson for us all to open our ears and open our hearts when listen to our love ones when they are speaking.

  5. May 5, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Hi Joanna,

    I knew Dorothy very well and I too have not stopped thinking about her since her passing. She was everything to me; a sister, a friend and a mentor. She taught me so much about how to develop into a young woman and the lessons she taught me have never drifted far from thought. My brother was one of her weaknesses, she had dated him years before her passing. As volatile as their relationship was, it doesn’t reflect the relationship my sister and I had with her or the woman that she was. She loved without hesitation and without bias.

    I share your pain and your loss, Dorothy lives on in our thoughts and memories and continues to pass on messages of strength and inspiration in our dreams.

  6. 6 CJ
    July 2, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    rest well dorothy. you were such an amazing woman. respected. sweet smile, gentle voice, graceful…loved life. wanted a baby. that was one of our last conversations. she told me that she was trying to have a baby. she spoke of love. love that she had and love that she wanted to give. as a nurse, i worked with dorothy. as a woman, i talked with dorothy. i miss her, miss seeing her smiling face. she was a light in life and her memory will forever continue on.
    i want to send my deepest heartfelt sympathies to you and your family. anyone who met dorothy was blessed. i share your sadness, the disbelief…that someone so wonderful has left our world. i take comfort in knowing that she is still smiling, heaven needed an angel and it received one of the finest.

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