This lovely lady -
The community of Squamish, and the world, will bid adieu to the lovely Doreen Ramus at a A Celebration of Life - Westcoast Railway Heritage Park at 12 noon on February 24, 2018.
Doreen was one of the founding members of the Squamish Writers Group and delighted us monthly with her writings on home, and early life as a young woman arriving in Canada from England. Dorothy eventually published a book of memoirs in June 2016 titled My Life's Journey. Available on Amazon.ca. The back of her book reads "I was an English girl with the strongest of roots. I became a Canadian woman leaning on, and pulling from those roots."
We loved to visit with Doreen, she always brought along her fantastic sense of humour and her love for literature and writing. I had hoped she would contribute one of her little stories to our first issue of Sea to Sky News. She would have truly loved seeing this magazine come into being.
Doreen Ramus was also an actress, known to the world for Stargate SG-1 (1997), Scary Movie (2000) and The Big Year (2011). But as the Squamish theatre group Between Shifts Theatre writes, she was known for much more than that. In a recent press release from BST, 14 Feb 2018, we read:
Doreen Ramus was such a gift to her community of Squamish. She worked tirelessly in support of live theatre right up to her last days.
Between Shifts Theatre was so honoured to have her in the role of Lady Cravenshire in the box office hit, Calendar Girls, in 2013. This is a lady who would garner a huge applause just for walking on stage.
Doreen was also one of the main driving energies in researching and collecting for the recent memoir, Howe Sound Drama Club 1965-2000, a history of community theatre in Squamish, in particular the Howe Sound Players.
Doreen’s dream was for Squamish to have its own, independent theatre; a place where rehearsals, set design and construction, costume design and execution, props building, set storage, workshops, and performances, and a place to provide the community where theatre could flourish and meet the growing cultural need for performing arts, theatre productions and other entertainment. The facility would also continue the tradition of nurturing individual talents and supporting youth and others in providing assistance in further education and training in performing arts.
Doreen was such a talented actress, a kind friend and a very funny lady. One of those people described by other thespians as having “funny bones”. In other words, she had “it”.
Between Shifts Theatre extends our sincere condolences to her family and close friends. Such a loss in the artistic world, but, what wonderful memories she gave us.