It is with a heavy heart, the Doucas family announce that our mother, Rita Doucas, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Dec 13th, 2021. She was 89 yrs. old. Rita lived life on her own terms and was a woman way ahead of her time. Born in 1932 in Valvasone Italy, and at 2 years old her family moved to the town of Creighton Mine, outside Sudbury, Ontario where her father operated Inco Nickel Mine. There, she spent her childhood years with a voracious appetite for reading and learning and found her passion in music. At 22 years of age, she received her Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music Associate Diploma (ARCT), the highest academic standings awarded by The RCM Certificate Program, and began her lifelong love of teaching piano to young students.
It was not long after that she met her future husband, Takis, and after a whirlwind romance they were married just 3 weeks later. Their love resulted in four children and she put her heart and soul into being a loving, supportive wife while raising the children to be happy and independent.
She returned to school to get her French degree to support her youngest son in completing his French immersion studies. She chauffeured all four kids to their numerous sport and recreational competitions. Over and above that, her baking was legendary in the neighborhood, especially her pies and chocolate chips cookies.
Rita was a force of nature! She retired after 40 years of teaching piano and decided to help her husband run his business. Rita always found a reason to laugh, even through difficult times. Her love, strength, kindness and commitment to family and friends knew no bounds.
Rita is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 51 years, Takis Doucas, and her son Alexander Doucas. Rita is survived by her son, Christopher Doucas (spouse Robin Jones), and her daughters,
Anna – Marie Doucas (spouse Clive Tilley) and Natasha Doucas (spouse Robert Mooy), along with her grandson Maxime Doucas-Mooy.
There will be no funeral arrangements at this time, however a virtual Celebration of Life ceremony will be held January 21 at 4pm PT (link to be provided closer to the date).
Rita spent the last years in Yaletown House due to her dementia. The family of Rita Doucas wishes to thank Yaletown House and all the nurses and caregivers for their loving care and kind support for the past 6 years. We are grateful for their many programs, most notably the Horticulture (garden), spiritual, and music therapy programs that Rita enjoyed the most.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to Yaletown House Foundation to support these programs that are always in need of financial support. https://www.yaletown.org/donate/
The Doucas Family
My deepest condolences to all the family at this very sad time. Rita was a wonderful sister-in-law. She always tried to think of ways to help others. When her brother, Albert, was diagnosed with dementia, she called and said that she was thinking of coming to live with us so she could help take care of Albert. But she also felt she wanted to be close to Maxime and watch him grow up. I'm happy Maxime will always remember his grandmother. She had a heart of gold. Rest in peace, dear Rita. Inez Morassutti
Dear Natasha, Anna-Marie and Chris, Our deepest condolences for the loss of your wonderful and amazing mother, Rita. I have such happy memories of my parents and yours meeting for long periods of time in that enclosed patio in Pointe Claire and being fascinated as a child by the sound and proximity of the jets taking off and landing overhead across the road at Dorval airport. Everyone else was so used to the jets they never even bothered to look up! Our parents loved listening to ABBA and Neil Diamond upstairs while I hung out with Alexander and Natasha in the rec room. I also have many fond memories of my Aunt Rita helping me to prepare for upcoming Kiwanis piano festivals and RCM exams. Rita and all her loved ones in Heaven have welcomed her with open arms. With all our love and deepest sympathy, Brian Morassutti, Tracy Slater, Teagan, Dominic and Anthony.
Dear Christopher, Anna-Marie, Natasha and Family, My heartfelt condolences to you all at this time. Rita Doucas taught with love. Her passion and incredible knowledge transported us away from sitting in front of the piano to a place where we would find ourselves immersed in a discussion of music, philosophy, computer engineering and the meaning of life. A few personal life lessons would be shared for good measure and then it was time to go. I couldn’t wait to go back the following week. For 17 years, we navigated through scales and arpeggios, J.S. Bach, Debussy and Kabalevsky (List A thru D with etudes, sinfonias and inventions in between) against a backdrop of personal issues and life’s challenges. She celebrated our achievements, taught us how to be resilient and discover our strengths. Together, we laughed until we cried, and when we mourned, we cried until we were able to laugh again. She convinced me to memorize a piano concerto (“not a difficult one, but in case you ever have to play with an orchestra, you’ll be ready”) and made me promise to never forget the ARCT pieces we worked on forever. When she retired, she dropped off a box filled with every book and sheet of music I had ever studied, completely covered with her handwritten notes. I always marveled when she would cross out the recommended metronome speed and add her own – she was a badass! You try telling Beethoven his timing was off! I am so grateful to have had a most wonderful teacher, mentor, and friend in my life. Vivace et brillo, sempre con amore.
My heartfelt condolences to the Doucas family for your loss. Rita's laugh and humor will always stay a warm and cherished memory of mine. In moments like this I am often reminded of the written words of Helen Keller - What was once enjoyed and deeply loved, we can never lose. For all that we love deeply becomes part of us. Farewell Rita.
Sandra and I were very saddened to learn of the passing of beloved aunt Rita. She was indeed a very special person who, along with her husband Takis, raised a family of four wonderful children. Her roots originated in Creighton Mine , Ontario, which would form in her a steely determination and work ethic. She demonstrated these traits throughout her life, not only as a mother, but in her career as a piano instructor and as a truly respected individual. I was truly blessed to have spent many summers with aunt Rita and her family in Pointe Claire having been influenced by her wisdom and experiences. She will forever be etched in our memory as that special person who always cared. Our sincere condolences: Chris, Anna-Marie, Natasha
Chris, Anna-Marie, Natasha, and family. I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. Rita was a force of nature in a tiny body. I will miss hearing her laugh. ❤️
Natasha, Rob, Maxime and your Family... so sorry to learn of your mother's passing Natasha. Our sincere wishes for continued family strength and beautiful memories. May Rita's spirit live on in your hearts and lives... Steve & Hélène Wren.
Anna, Natasha and Chris- my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your mother, a real dynamo of a person in every way. I am thinking of you all and know you will keep her with you in cherished memories.
Dear Mom, I’m so grateful and blessed to have you as my mom. You lived and loved with your whole heart. You taught me how love, resilience, determination, faith, (plenty of coffee and cigarettes) and…. Lots of laughter can get one through the toughest of times. You were so loved and appreciated by your family, friends and students, sprinkling your kindness, laughter and generosity wherever you went. I’m at peace now knowing your with Nono & Nona and your brother and sister and Dad & Alex. What a reunion! I love you and miss you and will carry you all in my heart until we meet again. Love, Anna ❤️
My heart goes out to the entire Doucas family. Rita has clearly instilled her natural talent, fierce determination, dedication to family, terrific sense of humour and zest for life in her children. For that I am incredible thankful!! Not only was Rita a talented musician, she was a marvelous and much loved mother who was always willing to help anyone who asked. May she rest in peace and may your hearts be filled with wonderful fulfilling memories.
Mom - Of all the things I will remember of you, I will always smile thinking of your laugh, of how you enjoyed life, and how you celebrated with music and dance! You get to continue to dance and celebrate now with Dad and Alexander, your Mom and Dad Virginia (Piva) and Angelo (Morassutti); your brother Albert and sister Rina as you reunite with them. Love always ❤
Natasha, Rob, Maxime and Family - our sincerest condolences at this sad time. May your many cherished memories give you strength and bring comfort in the days ahead. Sending lots of love, Melba & Rick Vallee xoxoxo
I am so sorry for your loss. Rita was an amazing person. I will always remember both your parents over at our house laughing well into the night! When I graduated university in 1992, Rita gave me a bracelet that said congratulations on it. I still wear it to this day! I will never forget her.
Dear Chris, Anna-Marie and Natasha, I am truly sorry to hear about your mother. She was - as you mentioned in the Obituary - a force of nature and will be fondly remembered as such. She was also a loyal friend. May she rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Margret Eberth
My Auntie Rita will be remembered as an extraordinary woman. She was always dressed lovely and took care to look her very best and be her very best for everyone in her life. When I was born, I guess I got my days and nights mixed up, so Auntie Rita moved in with my Mom and Dad willingly as my Mom had another child soon after me, so Auntie and I stayed up all night and slept all day. I admired the strength she passed on to her children to be their own very best of themselves leaning on no one. She always looked out for her brother and sister and her Mom and Dad when no one else saw the need. Auntie Rita, you will be missed, but your faith has saved you right into the arms of Jesus for eternity. They had a big celebration in Heaven on December 13, also her own Mother’s birthday. May The LORD’s blessings, peace and comfort be with you Natasha Chris and Anna. Love Bev&Eric