It is with heavy hearts the family of M.E. Arlene (Dowling) Gallant, announces her passing which occurred at the Saint John Regional Hospital on February 10, 2019, following a long and courageous battle with cancer. Arlene was born in Charlottetown, P.E.I., on June 19, 1937. She was the eldest daughter of the late Inspector A.J. Dowling and Mary Catherine (Maisie) (Costello) Dowling. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her youngest sister Janet Dowling.
Arlene graduated from St. Dunstan's University with a B.A. in 1957. She then attended the Charlottetown School of Nursing attaining Registered Nurse status in 1960. Subsequently, she enrolled at Dalhousie University obtaining a Diploma in Teaching in Schools of Nursing in 1962. She taught nursing at the Charlottetown Hospital. She began her motherly role in 1964, subsequently moving to Saint John, N.B., in 1965. She worked part-time at the Saint John General Hospital as a staff nurse and a staff educator.
Arlene changed careers and became a teacher working with special needs students in District 8. It was a career she adored. She received her Bachelor of Education degree from St. Thomas University and obtained her Masters of Education from UNB in 1983. She became District Supervisor of Special Services for District 8 until her retirement in 1996.
Arlene was a strong adherent of her Catholic faith and volunteered at the Catholic Bookstore and at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception as a Sacristan, Lector and Eucharistic Minister. Arlene taught religious education at St. Ann's Church and volunteered with Meals on Wheels. She also volunteered for years at the Palliative Care Unit at the Regional Hospital. She enjoyed curling at Thistle St. Andrew's and at Riverside. She loved playing bridge, playing in several clubs - most recently at Kennebecasis Park/Hastings Cove Bridge Club.
Arlene is survived by Larry (Lawrence) her loving husband of 58 years, her children Kathy (Tony) of Ireland, Deborah (Gordon) of Ottawa and Mark (Suzanne) of Fredericton, her sisters Olga MacDonald (Ian) of Charlottetown and Helena Kelly (late William) of Halifax; her sister-in-law Betty McNeill (late Justin) of Stratford, 10 grandchildren - Matthew Mullin, Kathryn Mullin, Benjamin Mullin, Mark Mullin, Sarah Mullin, Hannah Gleddie, Patrick Gleddie, Melissa Fowler (James), Megan Gallant and Laura Gallant; and several nieces and nephews.
Arlene adored her grandchildren and they loved her. She was a wonderful wife and cherished mother. She also enjoyed a wide circle of very special friends.
In keeping with Arlene's wishes following cremation, visitation will take place at Fundy Funeral Home on Thursday, February 14 from 3 pm to 8 pm. Her funeral mass will be celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Friday, February 15 at 12:10 pm. Interment will take place at St. Joseph's Cemetery. Donations in Arlene's memory may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Palliative Care Unit at the Saint John Regional Hospital or to a charity of the donor's choice.
St. Vincent de Paul Society
146 Waterloo Street, Saint John , NB E2L 3R1,
Contact: Sister Pat Poole
Palliative Care Unit Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation
P.O. Box 2100 Stn Main, Saint John, NB E2L 9Z9, AL