Dorothy Eleanor Drake



Passed away with family by her side on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Bridgepoint Active Healthcare in Toronto, Dorothy Eleanor Drake (nee Knapman).  Dorothy was born in Picton, Ontario, on December 31, 1926, the daughter of Harold Knapman and Bernice Clapp.  She attended Queen’s University in Kingston, from which she graduated with a degree in biochemistry.  In 1950 she married Hugh Drake, with whom, over the course of many years, she travelled widely, sharing her passion for the fine arts and a mutual love of sailing and skiing.  She spent nearly every summer of her ninety-one years at her beloved family cottage on Stoney Lake, Ontario.


Dorothy was the mother of four much loved daughters, Susan (Ian Masters), Julia (John Reardon), Christine and Sarah (Bill Tinney); grandmother to Kiva Reardon, Ella and Angus Wright and Rebecca and Keltie Wellwood; great-grandmother to Olive Wright and Skylar and Frances Docherty and the sister of Harice Parkinson.  She was predeceased by her husband Hugh and daughter, Susan.


A memorial service will be held at a later date to celebrate Dorothy’s long, rich and love-filled life.  If desired, donations can be made to Bridgepoint Health Foundation (14 St. Matthew’s Road, Toronto, Ontario M4M 2B5).  Condolences, photographs and memories may be forwarded through


When the voices of children are heard on the green

And laughter is heard on the hill,

My heart is at rest within my breast

And everything else is still.