Strickland, Doris Aileen

Strickland, Doris Aileen

November 30th, 2020

Of London, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 30, 2020, in her 93rd year. She will be dearly missed by her children: Paul (Janice), Martha Chouffot, Carol Hemphill (Ron), Mark (Sascha), David (Ann), and Peter (Cathy); grandchildren: Daniel, Pierre (Sarah) and Jean-Luc Chouffot, Jeff (Rachel) and Michael Hemphill and Aileen (née Hemphill) Mendola (Blaine), Tessa and Ben, Sarah, Matthew and Adam; and her great-grandson, Brody Mendola. Dear sister of Mary Edgar and Louise (Bill) Marshall. Predeceased by her husband, Ross; parents, John and Margaret Bowman, of Brussels; sister, Isabel Elston; brother, Jim Bowman; brothers-in-law, Bill Elston and Mait Edgar; grandson, Jordan Strickland; and son-in-law, Jacques Chouffot.

Doris was born in Morris Township, in Huron County. Family connections with the Bowman family remained a strong part of her life, even when she settled in Windsor, and then in London, to raise a family with Ross. Her love of golf was legendary. She was a longtime member of Sunningdale Golf & Country Club, where she scored three of the four holes-in-one of her golfing career. She continued to stay active with her golf until she was 90; was a member of the seniors’ exercise group at Western for many years; and took long, fast walks in her neighbourhood, and then later, around the paths at Amica London. She and Ross valued education; and she was proud to join the rest of the family as a graduate from Western University, in 1992, when she was 64 years old. She was a long-term member of First-St. Andrew’s United Church, and a former member of the Western University Senior Alumni Club and The May Court Club of London. She felt lucky to have travelled the world with Ross through the Elderhostel program and to have been able to see so many things and places during her very rich life. Doris inspired her family and friends with her positive attitude and spunk and she will continue to be an inspiration to her children and grandchildren for the years to come.

Special thanks to the staff at Amica London and the Palliative Care Outreach Team who helped make her final days comfortable. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Doris's life will take place when circumstances permit. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of Doris are asked to consider the Jordan Strickland Family Fund - YMCA of Southwestern Ontario, the Children’s Health Foundation or a charity of your choice. 

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Book of Condolences

Rob BurnsVery sorry for your loss Mark and family. Judith and I send our condolences to you all. Rob
Christina HarleyOur thoughts are with the entire Strickland family. It was a pleasure getting to know Doris through Jordan. Christina and your friends at the YMCA
Heidi PeeverWe are saddened to hear of Doris’ passing. She was a remarkable woman and I feel fortunate to have met her through your family. It is helpful to know Doris is now with her husband and Jordan, while still watching over your family. Our condolences, Heidi Peever & John Acton And my children James & Richard Bain And your YMCA Family
Gail and Robert BrentDoris was a remarkable woman and one of the nicest people we have ever met. Knowing her was indeed a privilege and a joy.
Ed and Margaret Elston’s FamilyOur Elston family is sending warm hugs to all in the wonderful Strickland family as you remember and honour your amazing mom and grandmother. On every occasion, it was truly a pleasure to chat with Doris. Her positive energy and ‘just get on with it’ attitude were always evident. Talk about an inspiration! We feel that we were blessed to know another ‘Bowman girl’ and her treasured family. May you continue to cherish this very special mother and grandmother of yours through the countless memories that you made together with her.
Catrine and Brian MacDonaldJanice and Paul, sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
Tom, Angie and Katie KehoePaul, Janice and Daniel We extend our sincerest condolences on the passing of your mom and grandmother. May her memory always be a blessing.
Linda HebelPaul, Janice and Daniel. I am so sorry for your loss. I know Doris will be missed!! She lived life to the fullest!!
Edna AllcornMy condolences to Doris' family. I have many fond memories from Sunningdale with Doris and Ross. A special condolence to Martha as I watched her with Doris every day at Amica. Martha, you were a real saint.
Jeane StewardsonCondolences to the family of the late Doris Strickland from the First-St. Andrew's United Church Women. Doris was a long-time valued member. She will be missed by all.
Ted and Sandy BrownPaul, Janice and Daniel, so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
Kim CraigI always thought of this great lady as "Martha's mom", and so will still use this phrase for my tribute. My best "Martha's mom" story is the day that she came to Colborne Street School as a motivational runner for the Grade 7/8 class...when she was 78!!! So many of the teens were reluctant cross country trainees, that Martha felt compelled to add her mom into the mix as the rabbit and pacesetter, and -we hope - a point of pride and inspiration. She was a powerhouse, and an inspiration to all who knew her. The rest of us can only hope for such a meaningful series of chapters on this planet.
Ken and Kathleen KapustiakCondolences to the entire Strickland clan on the passing of Doris. Many many memories from St Clair Beach days to London times to be cherished. She was a great lady and will be missed.
Arlene MaharajPaul, Janice and Daniel, We are sorry to hear about the loss of your mom/grandma. We are sending you our love and thinking of you at this difficult time.
Jacquie, Rick and Sydney McWattJanice. Paul and Daniel We were saddened to hear of the passing of Paul' mom. Thinking about you all.
Kathryn LeBarrMartha & Family, Thinking of you at this most difficult time. Sincerely Kathy LeBarr
Mark, Michaela, and Doug from Nesbitt BurnsOur condolences to the Strickland family at this difficult time. Doris was a wonderful person, and we are each grateful for the opportunity to have dealt with her.
Dr. Joyce MacKinnonDoris and I met at the Fowler -Kennedy clinic - her knee, my shoulder. We met again at First St. Andrews early church service and maintained contact for several years. She was a dynamic woman who was pleasant and put all her energy into anything she did. She will be sorely missed. Sympathy to the family.
Linda MesciaSo sorry for the loss of your mom. My mother, Carmela Tilley was a good friend of hers at Amica, and I remember her very well. Have to love a lady who golfs like she did... My mom passed away also at Amica on November 16th....accept out sincere condolences xoxo
Rick & Deb WaiteSorry to hear of the passing of your mother, she was a remarkable person. We are thinking of your entire family.
Louise SomervilleDoris was an inspiration to me on the golf course. We played several times together when I first joined Sunningdale in 2003, and I was amazed at the speed she walked at. I could barely keep up, and often told her she was my role model. Her determination and positive attitude in facing trials was legendary. RIP Doris
Rae McKenna for Frances KingI didn’t know Doris and Ross personally but, I know my Mother Fran King would want to express her condolences. I have heard their names a number of times. My parents Roy and Fran King were long time members of Sunningdale. Unfortunately my mother now has dementia and is not able to express her condolences herself. Condolences to the family and sorry for your loss!
Doug GreenhowI have many fond memories of spending time at the Strickland house as a teenager. Looking back, I am not sure how Doris so capably managed such a large family and all the demands that came along with that. She almost never sat down and was always on the go. I know her life positively impacted many people, and my sincerest condolences to the Strickland family on your loss.
Deb PepersPaul, Janice, Daniel.. our condolences on the passing of your mother/grandmother. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this time. Deb & Anthony Pepers
Donna HammondMy condolences to the Strickland family on the passing of Doris. I have fond memories of Doris from Sunningdale. She was a positive, kind person, a formidable golfer and a very sharp card player. She will be missed. Rest In Peace, Doris.
Peggy RivardAs mentioned by several others, I also knew Doris through golf at Sunningdale. She truly was amazing! Most of us could hardly keep up with her at her walking pace! I also remember seeing her and Ross at so many other sporting events...they loved life and, I think, lived it to the fullest. I shall remember her as an intelligent, caring, active lady who was a joy to be around. My condolences to all her family members.
Barb and Peter AharanOur condolences to the Strickland family on the passing of your mother/grandmother. Doris was an inspiration to many on the golf course at Sunningdale. I met Doris just a few years ago and enjoyed chatting with her in the clubhouse. Remarkable woman!
Maureen (Richardson) & Craig WoodOur caring thoughts are with you in your sorrow. It seems just the other day that as a teen I would pop in after school with Carol and have a short visit with Mrs. Strickland. Your mom was such an determined, organized and compassionate woman. She always had energy for her loving family, friends and community. She was always so proud and smiled widely when giving updates of all her kids, their spouses and grandkids. I can can not imagine how many steps her Fitbit would record but she was an inspiration to many with her get up and go while fulling engaging in life. What a lovely story on the Jordan Strickland Family Fund of her participation this past September for the fundraiser. She will be missed. May an abundance of fond memories sustain and comfort you and bring peace. Maureen and Craig Wood and The entire Richardson family
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