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JOHN DONALD (DON) COMSTOCK Don Comstock passed away August 8, 2012, in Winnipeg, MB. Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, August 16, 2012, 2:00 p.m., at Malo Recording Studio (former site of Winnipeg Press Club), Lower Level, Marlborough Hotel, 331 Smith St. Winnipeg. If anyone has anecdotes they would like to share, please email Mikaila Hardy: firstname.lastname@example.org In lieu of flowers, please consider donation in memory of Don to: Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library.
Publish Date: Aug 13, 2012
JOHN DONALD (DON) COMSTOCK Don passed away August 8, 2012, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, at age 85. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Imelda (nee Senecal) Comstock, his two brothers Bud (Bea) and Billy and brother-in-law Vilberg Kristjanson. Don is survived by his wife Dawne, his two daughters Mikaila Hardy (Cade Coghill) and Krystyl, his sister Barb Kristjanson and nieces and nephews. Don was born June 1, 1927, in Winnipeg, youngest of four siblings. Cherished childhood memories were their screen porch, his mother playing piano, Gimli beach, or Barkers' prairie cottage, listening to radio, and later, movies with the drama and fantasy they brought. Don's father, a printer, introduced him to writing and editing. A voracious reader and comic lover, Don never met a book he didn't love, devouring Dick Tracy, Tarzan, and sci-fi. Don graduated from St. James Collegiate in 1945, took a job at Eaton's, then switched careers to writing for Winnipeg Tribune. He joined the Winnipeg Press Club, and enjoyed meeting like-minded people from media, was honored as lifetime member, and served as its president in 1977. Their annual Beer and Skits show was a huge love for Don, who wrote, directed, and performed, winning a Zim award. Don moved to Public Relations at Manitoba Hydro, where he worked over 30 years until retirement in 1983. He established and was the original editor for the Hydrogram , which continues as the Manitoba Hydro employees' newsletter. It was the numerous varied activities spent apart from work that really defined who Don was. Don teamed up with friend Ron Chambers, and created Ron and Don , a vaudeville sketch duo that performed across the Prairies. Don taught himself how to play the ukulele, the banjo, the piano and inspired by Jolson, Don had a fine singing voice too. Backstage at the Beacon Theatre in Winnipeg, Don met a young Ukrainian dancer, Diana Dawne Krywonis. They married June 1961, made a home in St. Charles with their two daughters, and shared their varied interests with their girls. They travelled the world, and their home Manitoba. Don's spiritual heart was the world outdoors. He deeply loved camping, fishing, canoeing, beaches, swimming in the lakes, campfires, and fresh air. Other interests included chess, cartooning, animation, painting, movie-making, science fiction society, magician's society, puzzle making, theatre historian, classical and ragtime music, hobby-printing, and all-things-British. He was constantly a man with an ideawrite it down , whether it be for a short story, a joke, a shtick , or a character in a novel. He always had a small notebook full of sketches in the margins and a pen. Foremost, Don was an explorer. He had an unending curiosity to know what was at the end of this road? He and dear friend Gordon Andy Anderson spent many days, investigating back roads and rivulets, places not marked on a map, with the greatest joy of discovery shared. Even until the end in Don's sickness, Andy's friendship helped Don explore every day together. Family extends heartfelt thanks to B1 Riverview staff, for the amazing care they always gave Don. Details of memorial service still pending, will be published in further obituary, Monday, August 13. DADZO, we miss you terribly.
Publish Date: Aug 11, 2012
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on August 13, 2012
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