Ms Dorothy Jean Pope

Ms Dorothy Jean Pope

02.03.1928 - 17.11.2018

heather Perrott


On behalf of Bognor Regis Twinning Association, I would like to say how much we valued Dorothy as a member. Dorothy, together with her late husband, Philip, was a long-standing and supportive member of our Association and, until recently defeated by ill-health, always tried to attend our events when possible. She was a strong advocate of the importance of town twinning, and will be sadly missed by all of us, who remember her with affection.

Margaret & Adrian


In loving Memory of Dorothy Jean Pope
From the whole family of Vancouver Josephs

Jennifer Korbl


I remember Jean and Phillip as a child,-she was my Mother's second cousin . She was witty , humorous and informative. Subsequent meetings in Bognor were always generous and instructive. She loved her family , was always fun and it is with great sadness she is no longer with us . May she rest in peace .Jennifer in Perth ,W. Australia.

Duncan Joseph


I look back fondly on my memories of Dorothy. I remember she loved Philip, her garden, the squirrels and swimming daily at the Bognor Seaside as much as possible.

Alicia and I will always be thankful for her kindness around her 80th Birthday party. Dorothy bought Alicia a ticket to come over to England and that meant the two of us connected when I was away for an extended period in Finland.

Thank you Dorothy for all that you brought to the world you will be missed and remembered fondly.

Duncan, Alicia & Liam

Margaret Joseph


Today, November 29th 2018 , Dorothy's life comes full circle. It is the last rite of passage for her at the end of a full & fascinating life that she lived with vigor, laughter and enjoyment. Born in 1928 she was quite tickled that it was the 'Year of the Dragon " on the Chinese Zodiac. She identified with the dragon's fiery strength and tenacity. She certainly lived through interesting times knowing the restrictions of WW2, going to university and experiencing great changes as the country went into the cold war . She found challenging work that she enjoyed and eventually moved on to an exciting retirement visiting many places in the world. Always interested in good food and conversation she was a sociable person who actually liked a good argument too!

She made long friendships and valued people's acquaintanceship in various countries always keeping in touch. She shared an extraordinary, long lasting love with Philip and took great care of him during his last few years. Her house and garden brought great pleasure to her and the beach was a place she loved.

Our family will miss her. She was such a colourful personality to engage with. During her later years she visited with Philip and alone enjoying Western Canada , the family and various events.

Long may she rest in peace, no longer in pain.

From the Vancouver Joseph's,
Adrian , Margaret, Andrew, Stephanie, Nigel , Carolina, Duncan and Alicia,
plus Jeremy, Ava, Julieta and Liam.,

Michka Green-Levasseur


I would have really liked to be at Dorothy’s bedside to say good-bye and at her funeral to be present with those that loved her, so writing is all I really have left to be able to honor and celebrate Dorothy’s vibrant life.

For me, an American ex-pat living in France and a member of the Joseph family through marriage, she very quickly became my Great Auntie Dorothy from Great Britain. Whenever it was announced that she would be making a visit to Pau with Uncle Jeffrey, we all bustled and hussled around the house to give them a grand welcome. Even though they were actually coming to see family and seeking warmer weather, they in fact were the ones bringing in the sunshine every time.

Her regular visits to Pau are reflected in the Joseph annual holiday letter where her photo frequently appears. It was always so edifying to talk to Dorothy who was extremely well read, cultured, with a depth of reflection on life and a very astute world view. Yet with all of her knowledge of what was actually happening in the news she always encouraged me to be positive and hopeful for a better world.

When many years ago we finally got to make a short visit to England, it was Dorothy who introduced me to my first lamb and mint sauce meal at Squirrel’s Haunt in West Sussex which I will never forget. I remember Dorothy’s poise, professionalism, and discretion that somehow made me imagine her in uniform working in Special Operations, the WAAF or Women’s Voluntary Service during the war behind the lines.

Dorothy was a loving, caring, extremely bright grand dame who loved beautiful gardens and had a storehouse of stories and experiences to share. She regretted not to being able to drive any more to see the Chelsea Flower Show. In this day of emails and internet,

Dorothy was one of the few people I could count on to receive actual letters in envelopes with those green 60p stamps of the Queen. She made my world a much better place and will be sorely missed.

My deepest condolences to the entire family.
Michka Green-Levasseur

Nigel Joseph


We remember Dorothy with much love and happiness, and give thanks for all of the time we were able to spend together. Over many visits to Squirrel's Haunt to visit Grandad and Dorothy, I will always remember the lively conversations I had with Dorothy and her dry sense of humour, including her love for David Beckham and Harry Potter! Of course, any trip would include time feeding the squirrels and enjoying the back garden. I'm very thankful for all of her kindess, wisdom and encouragement. I will always smile when I remember her.
With love,
Nigel, Carolina, and Julieta

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