GRANDMA DOROTHY MORTIMER
Feb.22 1919-Aug. 11 2007
The world became a better place when Dorothy Ethel Mortimer [Reid] was born on February 22 1919. She became chosen daughter of Captain Fred Reid and Martha Reid [Crane]. Prior to her marriage and lifelong covenant to William Ross Mortimer in 1942, she was a model in Toronto and worked at Eaton’s department store. She devoted close to 20 years to raising her four children, while at the same time helping those who needed it the most , such as unmarried teen mothers and Korean orphans. She shared her love of the written word by managing Britnells bookstore. Dorothy demonstrated her commitment to her God and to children by teaching Sunday school and volunteering at Children’s aid society.
Her major legacy is her compassion and care for homeless youth demonstrated at Covenant House, Evergreen at Yonge street mission and Ottawa Innercity Ministries. She was known to many hundreds of vulnerable young people in Toronto and Ottawa as “GRANDMA”. She was interviewed regarding this remarkable volunteer work for television and newspaper and was given the Senior-citizen-of-the-year Award in Toronto. The Governor General honored her and Ross with the “Caring-Canadian Award” in 2002. Even in her late 80s Dorothy remained keenly aware of and concerned for local and global events.
This eloquent, intelligent, passionate and compassionate lady exerted a significant influence on everyone she met. Strangers typically shared their life story and learned of her love of God and of her “sweet lambs” [homeless youth] during their first encounter with this dynamic woman.
Dorothy Mortimer is survived by her beloved husband of 65 years, William Ross Mortimer; her four children Miriam Stewart, Diane Lugsdin, Paul Mortimer and Ralph Mortimer; her seven grandchildren and her nine great grandchildren.
She is now in the hands of the God she loved so much.