Obituary: Alf Dobell '35

We are saddened to inform you of the passing of Alfred Martin “Alf” Dobell, Class of ‘35 who passed away on May 7, 2021.

Alfred attended Selwyn House until 1935, where he was a member of the SHS Scout Troop. Alfred went on to attend Bishop's College School, but returned to SHS in leadership roles as secretary on the Old Boys' Association Board from 1958-1960 and on the Selwyn House Association board from 1961-1964. Alfred's son, Ian Dobell '67, also attended SHS from 1957-1964, and, sadly, predeceased his father in 2004.

Alfred leaves behind: his wife, Anne, his son Richard, daughter, Patricia (Rubin Kurtz), Andrew Dobell, stepchildren Taylor Marshall (Marie Colford), Robin Comolli (Grant Loewen) and Catherine Marshall (Graham Batchelor), and his seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Please see Alfred's obituary below.

January 2, 1923 - May 7, 2021
Alfred Martin Dobell, in his 99th year. Born January 2, 1923 to R. Reid Dobell and Janet Martin. He graduated from the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, England in order to join the war effort in 1941 as an officer on board ships of the Royal Navy seeing service in both the Mediterranean and Atlantic theatres and subsequently with the Royal Canadian Navy. In 1945, Alfred married Elizabeth Pritchard, and they had three children, sons Richard, Ian (d. 2004) and daughter Patricia. At war's end he took up a career selling marine paint to various shipbuilders before catching the investment bug and, in 1956 joined the Montreal-based firm of MacDougal, MacDougal & MacTier, where he worked for many happy years before retiring as full partner.
In 1964, he married Anne Marshall (née Taylor) and became stepfather to Robin, Catherine and Taylor. Alfred and Anne had a son (Andrew) in 1965. Alf loved sailing, summers in Prouts Neck and North Hatley, cross country skiing, his evening walks (no matter the weather) and every dog he ever met.
He is survived by his loving wife, Anne, Richard Dobell, Patricia Dobell (Rubin Kurtz), Andrew Dobell, Taylor Marshall (Marie Colford), Robin Comolli (Grant Loewen), Catherine Marshall (Graham Batchelor), seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchldren. He instilled in all of us his dedication and concern for all creatures great and small and the environment on which they and we depend.
Due to the pandemic, a private memorial will be held at a future date when it is once again safe to gather. Donations would be welcomed by the World Wildlife Fund, the World Society for the Protection of Animals or your local SPCA.
Published in The Globe and Mail from May 15 to May 19, 2021.