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Roberta Dunlop

On January 4th, 2020, Roberta Dunlop finished her battle with Cancer.  Beloved wife to Ian Moncrieff.  Treasured Mama to her daughter Meghan Dunlop, (Tim Copeland), her son Brady Dunlop, (Erin Edwards), her daughter Jordan Moncrieff, (Brendan Watson), and her daughter Britney Moncrieff, (Kjeld Noppen), and her stepson Neil Moncrieff.  Cherished grandmother to Pyper, Tadhg, Ellis, Drew, Nash and Connor.  Cherished daughter of the late Robert and Lenore Schoales. Mom was an incredible woman – an incredible wife, mother, grandmother, friend, teacher, volunteer and animal lover.

She and Ian shared a great love.  They were friends first, then husband and wife, then constant companions and best friends for so many years.  We are so grateful for their love and their life together and for Ian’s complete and utter devotion to Mom.  She was an incredible mother – loving, caring, generous, kind, our biggest fan and our most ardent cheerleader. Her constant unconditional love and support provided the solid and grounding foundation that allowed all of us to grow and flourish – each of us taking very different paths.  Mom always marveled at how different we all are and that was a great source of pride for her – we are all our own people and are very individual but Mom instilled a love of our family that will bond us for life – what a precious gift.

She loved being a Mom, but being “Gram” was her favourite.  She absolutely adored, (and absolutely spoiled!) her grandchildren – they were her light, her heart, her everything.  She was so interested and so involved in their day to day lives.  They were her pride and joy and they made her life so much fun.  They have been blessed to make so many happy memories with her – memories that we hope will provide them comfort in the coming days, months, and years. She will live on in them and will always be with them – they have an unbreakable bond.

 Mom was a devoted friend – to friends both old and new.  Mom had friends she has had all her life and she had friends who she may not have known for as long, but that she still felt as warmly about.  Everywhere she went she made connections with people, even if only in the most brief encounters.  They would remember her and be happy to see her again and chat when they had the chance.  She had a way of making everyone feel important and loved.  She opened her home and her heart to everyone.  Her circle of friends included her children’s friends and her grandchildren’s friends.

Mom was not just a teacher for her family, but was also a devoted school teacher.  She always referred to the students in her class as “her kids” and that is truly how she felt.  There are students that she taught years ago whom she kept in touch with into their adulthood, and she would speak of them with such love and pride.

Mom was also a passionate volunteer, particularly when it came to helping women and children.  She was the President of the Board of the Chatham-Kent Women’s Centre for 13 years, even serving as acting Executive Director for a time. She played a critical role in the expansion of the centre and led the initiative to acquire and provide second stage housing for women and children.  Mom was a staunch CCI Cougar supporter and was instrumental in establishing the Booster Club there.  Through various fundraising efforts including running late-night, (smoke-filled!), Bingos, they were able to raise money to help improve the student experience at the school.

Mom loved animals and had a special place in her heart for so many furry friends, in particular her dogs and her horses.  She had a life-long love affair with horses, and even days before we had to say goodbye, thanks to her dear friends Risa, Don and Ashley, she was able to have some horse snuggles when they brought horses to the hospice for her.

Mom has valiantly battled cancer for the past 6 and a half years.  She did it with poise and grace and an amazing sense of humour.  Her illness was devastating for our family, yet it also gave the opportunity for her family and friends to learn even more amazing lessons from her.  She loved her family fiercely – she fought for us and for the extra time that we were able to have her in our lives.  There is now a void that can never be filled, but her unconditional and constant love has shaped who we are, and how we love and our memories and our bond will guide us through this devastating time.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank the many amazing doctors and nurses who have cared for Mom throughout the years. Dr. Paul Briggs, Dr. Karen Hahn, Dr. Sondhi, Dr. Melissa Johnson. Susanne, Victoria, Lynda and the Woodstock chemo suite crew. Her sweet PSW Linda whom she just adored, and the amazing staff at the Chatham-Kent Hospice – in particular, Lola, Allison, Jenn, Shannon, Kendra, Sally, Korey, Lori and Hailey.  Thank you.

Due to the restrictions imposed in response to Covid-19, the family was unable to be with Mom all together while she was in hospice.  This was very difficult for Mom and for all of us.  For this reason, we feel that we need to be together to properly celebrate our Mom’s life.  There will be an opportunity for the family to privately say goodbye, and a Celebration of Life will take place at a later date when we can all be together.  We look forward to seeing family friends at that time.  Being together with those who knew and loved her will be such a comfort, and we are missing that at this time. 

If you feel that you would like to make a donation in her name, Donations to the Chatham-Kent Hospice or to the Chatham Kent Women’s Centre would be gratefully appreciated. On-line condolences may be left at www.alexanderfuneralhome.ca 

We wish you peace mama….

Deep peace of the running wave to you.

Deep peace of the flowing air to you.

Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.

Deep peace of the shining stars to you.

Deep peace of the gentle night to you.

Moon and stars pour their healing light on you.

Deep peace of the Spirit to you. xoxoxoxoxoxo

Celebration of Life: To be held at a later date.

Expression of Sympathy: Chatham-Kent Hospice or to the Chatham Kent Women’s Centre

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