In Celebration of

Gwendolyn Doris Hancock (nee Martin)

July 8, 1933 -  July 15, 2022

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our dear Gwen on Friday, July 15th, 2022. She was at her home at the Palace condominium in Mississauga surrounded by her loving family; her husband Doug, daughters Sue (Brad) and Leslie (Mark), grandchildren John and Charlotte, and her nurturing caregivers are comforted that she is now finally at peace.

Gwen was born in Peterborough on July 8th 1933 to Herbert and Eva Martin, joining older sisters Evelyn and Vivian. She met the love of her life, Doug Hancock, at the tender age of 14 at Peterborough Collegiate Institute! They grew up together, and after Gwen graduated from the Trinity College University of Toronto, and Doug from Queen’s University, they happily married at Trinity United Church in Peterborough in 1957.

She worked for Bell Canada once they moved to Toronto, until Susan Elizabeth was born in 1959, followed by Leslie Anne in 1964. Gwen was a wonderful stay-at-home mother, providing years of motherly love and fun to her daughters. Gwen and Doug enjoyed many years of travelling the world for business and pleasure. They also spent many years building memories with family at their farm in Caledon.

Gwen suffered for many years from Alzheimer’s. Her true traits of grace, kindness, bravery and beauty always shone through this devastating disease. All of her caregivers grew to love the wonderful woman we all knew so well and will miss.

Gwen will be remembered as an elegant and sophisticated lady; she was also down-to-earth, with a great sense of humour. She was very creative, with an incredible flair for art, fashion and decor. She was a wonderful cook for her family and friends. When she entertained, she facilitated a warm atmosphere which made her loved ones want to gather near. Gwen will be greatly missed by her family and friends and always remembered as a wonderful soul.

In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful for any donation to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada.


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Warren/Jane Wilkins 

Entered July 18, 2022 from Peterborough

Hello to all. I only have wonderful memories of your mom and dad mainly from Parkinson/ Stanbury reunions held many years ago. Gwen always reminded me of Jackie Kennedy re her elegant manner, intelligence and couture. I also have memories I think from Chemong Lake. My father had a brief movie taken at Gwen and Doug’s reception at the big house on Monaghan Road in Peterborough around the rose trellis. Time passes so quickly !!
Alzheimer’s is such an all encompassing disease for the patient, family, and loved ones.
Our thoughts are with all of Gwen’s family

Warren/Jane Wilkins

Darlene Kulig (Friend to Sue and Brad)

Entered July 18, 2022

So sorry for your difficult journey and loss of your beautiful mother

Nada Stancel (Friend)

Entered July 18, 2022 from Mississauga

Dear Leslie and Family,
Our deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your beloved Mother. While I did not have the honour of meeting your Mother, I have heard your many stories and cherished memories, and I know she was a beautiful, loving woman and a beautiful soul. I hope you can take comfort in the loving memories that you have of your Mother and can find peace knowing she loved and was loved so deeply. May she rest in beautiful, eternal peace.

With love,
Nada and Andrew Stancel

Doug Wilkins (Relative)

Entered July 18, 2022

I remember Gwen well from our family get together‘s. She was always elegant and charming and a pleasure to chat with. My mother suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and I know very well the ravages of this illness. I have no doubt that Gwen‘s personality shone through regardless. She was a wonderful person

Annelis Schultz (Neighbour)

Entered July 18, 2022 from 1900 The Collegeway, Suite 2101

Please accept my Condolences. I remember here dearly and always a smile on her face.

May she rest in peace


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