Doreen Malinowski

June 7, 1936 – June 19, 2022
In loving memory ~
Doreen Redding was born in 1936 in Grand Forks, B.C., the youngest of 8 children. At a young age, Doreen’s family relocated to Trail, a city she formed life-long relationships with childhood friends still today. There she met and married a young RCMP officer, Edward Malinowski, together they raised 3 wonderful children with moves that took them across BC with his career.
In 1972, they purchased Willow Beach Resort at Christina Lake establishing the most welcoming, family-friendly resort on the Lake that still to this day endures the values they built into its foundation some 50 years later. Willow Beach gave Ed the homestead he yearned for from growing up on a farm in Saskatchewan. For my mother, it gave her a new career as the ‘director of customer relations’ – meeting new people, socializing with the old timers and making sure everyone was enjoying their stay was what she did best.
Her world changed in September 1985 with the sudden passing of Ed. After 25 years of marriage, Doreen was unjustly widowed. With time and the support of her extended family and friends, she emerged a more confident and newly independent woman. She realized there was a whole world out to see and over the course of the next 20 years, she embarked on adventures with her ‘widow network and lady friends’. In total, she traveled across 5 continents and over 20 countries – from Sydney to Paris, Bangkok to Moscow, and Istanbul to Berlin.
In 2003, she decided to resettle her retirement years in West Vancouver to be closer to her children and grandchildren. She loved watching them grow, learning a new dance routine or play a sport. Although her life was rich with a full social agenda, she always made a point of making the time to give back – whether it be through her community or church.
Doreen dutifully attended her high school reunions to rekindle her past. In 2011, she reconnected with Larry Wolfe, a former school mate. After a few months of exchanging notes and calls, they enjoyed a new second life together as travel partners and companions.
Doreen leaves behind a legacy of love & laughter and will be sadly missed by her three loving children: Leanne & John MacMaster of Vancouver, their daughters Alison of Edmonton & Kelly of Calgary; Mark & Phillip of Toronto; and her youngest son, Grant & Karen, their daughters Chloe and Stella also of Vancouver, and her partner Larry Wolfe of Calgary. In addition, the hundreds of Redding & Malinowski relatives spanning 5 generations along with her life-long friends who made her life as rich & wonderful as ever could be.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in our mother’s name to one of the many charities she loved to support: Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada www. heartandstroke.ca
Covenant House Vancouver – Youth in Need www.covenanthousebc.org
West Vancouver Senior’s Centre – Feed the Need Program https://westvancouver.ca/ parks-recreation/community-centres/seniors- activity-centre/feed-the-need
Funeral: Tuesday, July 26th at 10:00am Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church 599 Keith Road, West Vancouver, B.C.
Burial: Mountain View Cemetery 2044 Washington Street, Rossland, B.C. At a later date.


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