Marjorie Pitchford February 01, 1932 - May 30, 2023

It is with heavy hearts that we share news of the passing of the co-founder of the Dorothy Ley Hospice.

Together, with Meade Wright, Marjorie Pitchford envisioned a place where people could turn for palliative care and support as they approached end-of-life. Marjorie and Meade along with the congregation of St. George’s Church on the Hill planned, advocated, and tirelessly fundraised for two years to establish the St George’s Hospice which later became the Dorothy Ley Hospice.

For thirty years they planned, advocated, and tirelessly fundraised – all whilst establishing a tremendously successful in-home palliative care program for individuals with life-limiting illnesses. Their years of tenacity resulted in an ocean of support from the Etobicoke community and Ontario government that resulted in the cutting of the opening ribbon to the brick-and-mortar hospice residence we celebrate today.

A changemaker, Marjorie was devoted to community. Throughout her lifetime, she volunteered over 100,000 hours to various organizations committed to making advancements in healthcare and building strong communities. We are proud to continue Marjorie’s legacy by delivering the hope, compassion, and care she envisioned all those years ago.

Our thoughts are with Marjorie’s family and loved ones.


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