In Celebration of

Doreen Nobbs

May 13, 1927 -  September 5, 2022

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Melva Doreen Nobbs (née Imrie), 95, on September 5, 2022.
Doreen is survived by her most deeply loved husband of 71 years, H. Donald Nobbs for whom she cared into his 100th year in their family home; daughters Dr. Catherine (Dr. Colin) Pryor, and Elizabeth ‘Buffy’ Knowlton (James); and grandchildren Jamieson and Sari Pryor and Mathew and Taylor Knowlton.
Born May 13, 1927, Doreen lived her life in Toronto. Prior to raising her family, she was very proud of her work and friends at Tidy’s Flowers, the College of Physicians and Surgeons and, in later years, Dylex Corporation. Doreen was also a highly committed volunteer of over 50 years at the Hospital for Sick Children and Timothy Eaton Memorial Church. An avid contributor to numerous charities supporting the arts, education, and people with various special and medical needs, Doreen never waivered in her commitment to her beliefs.
Don and Doreen shared an enduring, unparalleled love of a lifetime, as well as many lifelong friendships and trips together, including Bermuda and Naples Florida, theatre outings to Niagara-on-the-Lake, and frequent meals at favourite restaurants.
Doreen, Mom, Nan…we wish you all the peace and rest you now deeply deserve. We will each miss your interest in our various challenges and accomplishments; your elegance; family gatherings at the Old Mill Inn; afternoon tea; and stickers on cards for every occasion.

A joint celebration of life for Doreen and Don Nobbs will be held at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church (230 St. Clair Ave. W., T.O, ON M4V 1R5) on Sat., Nov. 5, 2022 at 1pm. Reception following.
A visitation will be held at the church, prior to the service, from 12pm - 1pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to the Hospital for Sick Children, TEMC, or Humberside Collegiate.

For any further information, please contact Catherine Pryor ( or Elizabeth ‘Buffy’ Knowlton (


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