Passed away peacefully on August 1, 2009 at Langley Memorial Hospital. Don was born in Wainwright, Alberta on April 23, 1925 and later worked in Toronto, Yellowknife, and Aklavik, NWT. In 1951 he joined the Royal Canadian Navy, where he served until 1967, reaching the rank of Chief Petty Officer First Class. Upon his retirement from the Navy, Don embarked on a second career as a high school teacher. He taught at Clearbrook Junior Secondary and Abbotsford Senior Secondary until his retirement in 1987. In 1956, Don married Margaret Paul of Matsqui. They were married for 47 years, before Margaret’s passing in 2003.
Don is survived by his son Donald (Madeleine Picciotto), his daughter Susan Harvey (David), his son Joseph (Deborah Wheeler), his grandchildren Matthew and Ian Harvey and Emily and Miranda Rutherford, and his sister Shirley Fladager.
The family wishes to express its appreciation for the care he
received at Magnolia Gardens Care Centre and Langley Memorial. A private graveside
service will be held at Hazelwood Cemetery on September 3, 2009. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to a charity of your choice.