DEARBORN, Sarah Elizabeth

(Loving mother and grandmother; Life member of Centre Street United Church and Centennial Albert United Church)

Peacefully, after a short hospital stay, at Lakeridge Health Oshawa Palliative Care Unit on the morning of Saturday, June 16, 2018 in her 100th year. Predeceased by her beloved husband of 59 years and best friend William Edward 'Bill' Dearborn (February 2006). Born on October 20, 1918 in Martock House, Hants County, Nova Scotia, to the late Eliza Jane (Burke) and Edward Butler Sweet. Loving mother of Robert Edward and his wife Karen of Victoria, B.C., Alec Warren and his friend Christine of Courtice, David William and his wife Judy McIvor of Calgary. Proud and loving grammy of Kenneth William Dearborn of Ajax. Mum helped create great memories for her children and grandson and will always be lovingly remembered. Mum will be dearly missed by her many nieces, nephews, extended family and lifelong friends. Mum was a war bride marrying and moving to Oshawa in 1946. Mum was a dedicated homemaker and an active volunteer over the years involved with the Home & School Association, UCW, and Meals on Wheels. Mum was an avid reader, enjoying playing scrabble, solving crossword and word search puzzles. Mum’s knitting bag was usually close by often with multiple projects in progress. Mum also treasured the times she could return to her birthplace, the big house on the hill in Nova Scotia to reconnect with family and friends, even more so if that visit included a wedding celebration of one of her nieces or nephews. Following Dad’s retirement, they relocated to Courtice in 1985 spending more than 20 great years in their new home. With retirement came more time and freedom to travel throughout Canada and Eastern United States and a tour in England. In the summer of 2006 after her final Sweet Family Reunion in Nova Scotia, Mum moved to White Cliffe Terrace Retirement Residence in Courtice where she developed many new friendships with residents, staff and management. A special thank you to all who made Mum and her family feel welcome over the years. Predeceased by her brothers and sisters and their spouses, Dick (Margaret), Nellie (John DeVenney), Suzie, Ethel (Arthur Saxton), Maggie, John (Ivy), Annie (Norris Hawboldt), William, Alex (Jessie), Edna (Phillip Harvey), Ernest (Muriel) and Pauline (Roy Redden). Predeceased by her brother-in-law and sisters-in-law and their spouses, Clarence Dearborn (Evelyn), Irma (Charlie Bell),   Betty (Jack Bonnetta), and Anna Dearborn. Predeceased by Ken’s mother Karen. At Elizabeth's request cremation has taken place.  Relatives and friends are invited to join her family in a Celebration of Elizabeth's Life, beginning Wednesday, October 10, 2018 from 7-9 p.m. at McINTOSH-ANDERSON-KELLAM FUNERAL HOME, 152 King St. E., Oshawa (905-433-5558).  Visitation continues on Thursday, October 11, 2018, at CENTENNIAL ALBERT UNITED CHURCH, 19 Rosehill Blvd., Oshawa, from 12:30 p.m. until time of Memorial Service at 1:30 p.m.,  officiated by The Rev. Bill Tadeja.  Interment of cremated remains at Oshawa Union Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations made to Centennial Albert United Church or a charity of choice would be appreciated.  A special thank you to all of the staff at Oshawa Lakeridge Health, for their care and compassion shown to Elizabeth and her family. Online condolences may be made at



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  • Jun 18, 2018

    Kathy Harvie
    I am sorry to hear of Aunt Elizabeth's passing. I still remember the visit we made to her when I was about 6 years old, driving to Ontario with my parents and Nancy and Susan.
  • Jun 18, 2018

    Gail Ellison
    We have lost a special aunt.  Her hands and mind were never idle.  A visit with Aunt Elizabeth always included lively conversation, a cup of tea and a little gift.  Whether my gift was a jar of homemade chokecherry jam or a pair of newly knit slippers, the gifts were always treasured by me.
    A life well lived. I am honoured to call he my aunt.
  • Jun 18, 2018

    Kathleen Hawboldt-Allen
    You and all your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this sad time of loss. Aunt Elizabeth was a very special aunt and touched many people by her kindness. 
    I have great memories of her and her whole family visiting Nova Scotia when I was a child. I especially have a great memory of Aunt Elizabeth and Uncle Bill, when my sister Shirley and I visited her in Ontario when we drove across Canada as I was moving to the Yukon in 1995. She was most hospitable and welcoming to tired travelers. 
    Her whole family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that God will give each of you His peace and strength during this time of loss...your NS cousin...Kaye Hawboldt-Allen, Halifax, NS
  • Jun 18, 2018

    Stephen Hawboldt
    I have many fine memories of Aunt Elizabeth, especially the family picnics at Martock House in Windsor. Last saw her at a Sweet family picnic that Jeannie Sweet, one of her many nieces and nephews, held near Truro a few years ago. She also sent me hand-written warm congratulations for an award I received in 2005.
    Best regards from your cousins,
    Stephen & Sharon Hawboldt
    Belleisle, NS 
  • Jun 18, 2018

    Jim and Joan (Sweet) Fergusson
    Aunt Elizabeth was a very special aunt and we were blessed to have a part of the Sweet clan living near us in Ontario. We often shared  memories of the Sweet family and Nova Scotia together. We will miss her dearly and our visits with her and Alec.
    Our deepest condolences to you all including Ken, who are left behind. Ken - your grammy was so proud of you. 
    You will all be in our prayers and thoughts.
    There is a saying that "The father is the head of the house and the mother is the heart of the house".
    Aunt Elizabeth was certainly the heart of every place she lived. 
  • Jun 19, 2018

    Laurie Minor
    Visits to Aunt Elizabeth were always filled with her unmistakable laughter and her equally unmistakable grace.  From excursions to see her and Uncle Bill and the boys when I myself was young, to more recently visiting when my own children were young, the impact of their lives and quiet faith have been deep and wide.  She took great pleasure in outfitting Nathan and Vivian's teddies with knitted outfits, a treat they looked forward to every Christmas. 
    Thank you for sharing them with us. Your mum and grammy will be missed.
    Laurie Minor (nee Fergusson)
  • Jun 19, 2018

    Sue Hillebrand
    ... a very sweet lady!  My condolences to Alec and family.
  • Jun 19, 2018

    Jeanie (Sweet) Thomas
    My deepest sympathies to Elizabeth's boys Bob, Alec, David, grandson Ken and their families.  Aunt Elizabeth will be greatly missed in Nova Scotia.
  • Jun 19, 2018

    Wendy Sumner (Barteaux)
    My sincere condolences to Alec and family.
    Such a gift to have had your Mom in your life for such a wonderfully long time.
    Life brings tears, smiles and memories.
    The tears dry.
    The smiles fade.
    But the memories last forever.
  • Jun 19, 2018

    Pat & Bryan Morrison (Hawboldt)
    Aunt Elizabeth held a very special place in our heart and family. Her poetry brought a lot of love and laughs to all the family gatherings and I think we kept them all. My children always thought she looked and sounded like their grandmother and they loved that. 
    I loved having them come home to the Valley and playing with her boys. So much love and fun was shared at all of the Sweet Family reunions that I think it shaped and modeled all our characters as we grew. What a Blessing to us all.
    Aunt Elizabeth, you are in my heart and memory for ever. God Bless you and all your family. There must be a wild reunion in Heaven happening now. Love to all. Pat Morrison (Hawboldt)
  • Jun 19, 2018

    Eddy Swynar
    Alec, it's hard for me to accept the fact --- having been retired from work now for 12 years, and actually collecting Canada Pension myself! --- that a childhood icon, as I very fondly regarded your mother to have been to me, enjoyed a lifetime that spanned a full century...
    You are so very fortunate, indeed, to have had someone who was as near and as dear as I know she was to you, for so very long a time. I certainly do envy you in that regard, too.
    I extend my very best of hopes and wishes to you, David, and Bob, and will forever recall the good and happy memories that we all shared together as kids, just as I will always remember --- with considerable nostalgia and appreciation, both --- that image in my mind's eye of your Mom gainfully engaging herself in one task, or another, within that welcoming and warm Bloor Street kitchen of your family's of years and years ago...
    Take care. Be strong...
  • Jun 19, 2018

    Guy Bonnetta
    Sincere condolence to the Dearborn boys, spouses and significant others. 
         I visited your mum a couple of years ago with Alec.  After telling her about my new granddaughter, Wren, she quickly brought out her bag of hand knitted mittens and told me to pick out a set to give her. I couldn't help but notice her arthritic hands, and wondered how on earth she could continue to knit. It must have been so painful. Also I noticed a big thick novel on the side table, there was a book mark about three quarters of the way through. She was as spry and mentally sharp as ever. The grand lady who we all loved so much was undeterred by age. It made me very happy to see. 
         Whenever I smell fresh baked bread I think of your mum. The memory of sitting in her kitchen waiting anxiously for her to take a tray of those wonderful golden rolls out of that old oven, it is ingrained in my senses, even now.
         Our mothers were good friends, perhaps best friends. When my mum was killed in that terrible accident many neighbours, relatives and family friends helped us through our grief. Your mum was special though. She was there for us, she was our rock. After the funeral I remember her going to one of the upstairs bedrooms and crying. I guess I must of been upstairs crying too. I looked in the room and she waved me in and we hugged and cried together. It was a moment I'll never forget. She will always be in my heart. 
  • Jun 20, 2018

    Marg Barraball
    My condolences to Alec and family. Your mother lived a  long, vibrant, well lived life. May wonderful, sweet memories help lessen your sadness. Thinking of you.
  • Jun 20, 2018

    Nancy Pelletier (Harvie)
    Everyone of us have special memories. My late husband and I had the occasion to visit her at White Cliff. Once when we visited it was close to Christmas and I took her a tray of Christmas sweets. She was so happy to have them and said she would have something to share with visitors as they dropped by. I too remember visiting with my family in 1966. She had a piano in her house and I spent a lot of time trying to learn to play it. She could play by ear. I need music. She could play harmonica too. I tried that as well.
  • Jun 20, 2018

    Susan (Calder) Murray
    My condolences to the Elizabeth's family.  I didn't know her very well, but I know that she was loved dearly by my grandmother & her sister, Annie Hawboldt.  They are together again in heaven.
  • Jun 20, 2018

    Richard and Barbara Redden
    To The Family:
    Barb and I were saddened to hear of Aunt Elizabeth's passing. She was a very special aunt and was blessed
    with many wonderful years. She was a lady of many talents and was very proud of the success of her three boys. She will be greatly missed by all her friends and relatives.
    Love and warm regards,
    Richard & Barb Redden
  • Jun 21, 2018

    David and Tina Sweet
    Condolences to Bob, Alec, David and Ken.  We always enjoyed our family visits both in N.S. and Oshawa.  Aunt Elizabeth was a truly amazing person.
  • Jun 23, 2018

    Tony & Betty Ann Wood
    Al, Ken and the Dearborn family.  Our deepest sympathy to you all.  How fortunate  to have had your mom in your lives for such a long time.   What a wonderful notice you created for your mom.  She certainly was an amazing lady.  Cherish all the good memories
    love to all Tony  Betty Ann  Gil  Tina  Lori & families

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