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DONALD ERIC PRESTON

Date of Passing: Aug 04, 2017

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DONALD ERIC PRESTON November 10, 1925 - August 4, 2017 The family is sad to announce the peaceful passing of Don Preston at Deer Lodge Center. He was predeceased by his son Neil, sisters, Helen and Dorothy, and brother Bill as well as countless lifetime friends. Survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Shelagh (McKnight), sons, Doug (Angie, Mark and Michele) and Bob (Christy, Erin and Ian), daughter Eileen and daughter-in-law Cindy (Kailie and Nikki), and great-grandson Tyson. Don was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and moved to 457 Kingston Row in Winnipeg in 1939. Dad attended St. Johns College from 1939 to 1942 after which he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served in the Second World War as a communications officer seeing action on the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. Mom and Dad met through a mutual group of friends, the group would party together and go to dances. Mom had her eye on the tall smooth talker and even warned her friends to watch him and not be swayed by his good looks and wit. Luckily Mom didn't take her own advice and after 64 years of marriage their love continued to grow. An accomplished sales and management professional, Dad spent the majority of his working life dedicated to the automotive industry. Dad started his career as sales and district manager for Imperial Oil, a short time after he purchased the Imperial Esso Station on Portage and Mount Royal. Dad was offered a position at General Motors as a fleet manager in Winnipeg, Calgary and London, Ontario. Dad returned to Winnipeg in 1970 to work with his lifetime friends at Birchwood Motors and in 1972 he became President and General Manager at National Toyota. Dad operated a number of dealerships until he opened his own business, Woodhaven Toyota in 1978. Dad's long time passion was selling cars. He returned to Birchwood Motors to work with his lifelong friend Robert Chipman where for 31 years he took care of thousands of repeat customers until an unfortunate broken hip forced his retirement at age 83. Dad continued to have customers call him at home where he would take the information and pass it onto his longterm sales partners, Steve Mestrovic and Dennis Verrier. A natural athlete, Dad participated in many sports excelling in swimming. Dad swam for the Royal Canadian Navy Team and the Manitoba Tankers. In 1947 he won the Canadian Title competing in a three mile lake race and many other events across Canada. Dad combined his love of family and nature by always ensuring we had a place to enjoy at the lake. Seasonal trailer sites at Falcon and then Granite Lake led to the purchase of the family cottage in 1971 at Granite Lake, Ontario where we have had many years of great memories. We are very fortunate to share the lake with many great neighbours, Mom and Dad's longtime friends, Bob and Edna Convey on one side and 46 years of friendship with family's on the other side with the Bailie's and the Ainley's. Dad enjoyed swimming to the neighbour's docks for a visit. With his strong front crawl he covered the distance in no time, even his last swim two summers ago. Dad also enjoyed sailing with his sisters and brother and fishing with the boys. We will remember Dad for many things, his great physical and mental strength, his love for family and friends, his kindness and willingness to understand and support, to see beyond the negative and encourage and develop the positive, as well as his determination and drive to stay focused on all of the good things in life. In his last few days he repeated many times, "Love, Family, Friends, Peace." "Keep on Keepin On." The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff at Deer Lodge for their dedication and compassionate care they provided Dad. As per Don's wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be a family service to follow. Flowers are gratefully declined. Dad had a soft spot for animals and if so inclined, a donation in Dad's name to the Winnipeg Humane Society would be greatly appreciated. Rest in Peace Dad, we love you! For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit our website.
Publish Date: Aug 12, 2017

DONALD ERIC PRESTON 1925 - 2017 The family is sad to announce the peaceful passing of Don Preston at Deer Lodge Centre on August 4, 2017. As per Don's wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be a family service. Flowers are gratefully declined. Dad had a soft spot for animals and if so inclined, a donation in Dad's name to the Winnipeg Humane Society would be greatly appreciated. Longer obituary will appear in Saturday's edition. For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit our website. CHAPEL LAWN www.chapellawn.ca 204-886-9715.


Publish Date: Aug 9, 2017

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 12, 2017

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • We'll always remember the friendly bear swimming by... Love to all the Preston family. - Posted by: Chris and Sal (Friend) on: Aug 14, 2017

  • Don Preston always gave a welcoming wave, and friendly hello whenever we saw him. He had kind words, with gentle pats and rubs for our many canine pets over the years and was especially adored by our latest, Calvin. We knew what a true Blue Bomber fan he was and it was a pleasure to discuss the latest game results with Don. Don was truly a kind and gentle man, we so so fortunate to have as a neighbor and will miss him greatly. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Preston Family at this difficult time. - Posted by: Beatty Family (Neighbour) on: Aug 12, 2017

  • My thoughts go out to Bob and Christy and the rest of the Preston family. I have the privilege of knowing Don for 45 years or so and just want to thank him for all the great memories over the years especially at Granite Lake. I know when we go to the lake in the future Don will be there with drink in hand and a smile on his face. - Posted by: Mike McDevitt () on: Aug 12, 2017

  • My deepest condolences on the passing of your Dad. He was a lovely man. - Posted by: Peggy Sozansky-Arbek (Family friend ) on: Aug 12, 2017

  • Dear Uncle Don, You will be greatly missed by family, friends, and those many people whom you connected with over the years. My memories of you are strong and they all include the water, the cottage and dogs. Your strength, both physical and spiritual are a continuing inspiration. You gave love and friendship freely and it was returned to you in spades. A long life, well lived up to the last. Love and deepest sympathy to Auntie Shelagh, Eileen, Doug, Bob and families and Neil's family. Margaret - Posted by: Margaret Pomeroy (Niece (Dorothy's daughter)) on: Aug 12, 2017

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