November 29, 1931 – February 21, 2022
Gloria Elizabeth Doubleday was born on Nov. 29th, 1931, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She died Feb. 21st, 2022, peacefully at The Residence at Clayton Heights surrounded by family.
She is survived by her son David, daughter-in-law Tanya and her two grandchildren, Matthew and Courtney. Gloria was one of Canada’s celebrated contralto singers who sang professionally in concert halls and opera houses across North America, Great Britain and Europe from 1958- 1979. She married her late husband, Derek John Doubleday on Oct. 23rd, 1954, a love affair that would last 49 wonderful years. She and Derek adopted a baby boy, David, in 1973 and their family was complete.
After retiring from international performing in 1979, she focused her time on her family, motherhood and the music scene here in Vancouver and the lower mainland. She continued singing locally as well as teaching piano and voice. She was a private voice instructor as well as a voice teacher at Trinity University. She was an organist and choir director for several churches.
After the death of her late husband, Derek, she continued his legacy in the Township of Langley and was involved with the Doubleday Arboretum, Rotary and several other organizations within the Langley community. She was a great proponent of the arts and donated several gifts to the Langley Community Music School. Gloria was a going concern in the Township of Langley. If you had anything to do with the Township, you knew Gloria, and she knew you! She was known and beloved by many people throughout the Langley community. She very much enjoyed being a grandmother and got great joy from the time spent with her Matthew and Courtney.
She is remembered fondly by many for her glorious voice, her flashing smile, her striking white hair and her no-nonsense approach. She will be greatly missed.
A service will be held later in March, TBD, to celebrate the life and times of Gloria Doubleday.Obituary-
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