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Born: Oct 29, 1942

Date of Passing: Sep 23, 2017

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DONALD ROSS BRIDGES October 29, 1942 - September 23, 2017 Peacefully, with his family by his side, it is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Don Bridges on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the age of 74. Don will be remembered and sadly missed by his daughter, Donna (Lawrence), grandsons, David (Nikita) and Mark (Jenny), and their father, Gary Dueck (Denise); his daughter, Kathy Wallmuth (Chris) and granddaughters, Jillian and Katelyn; his brother, Ron (Chris); his partner, Nancy, and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his first wife, Rose in 1994; his second wife, Sandy in 2016; his parents, Harry and Vivian; and his sister, Linda. Don's life was well lived with many chapters. He was employed with MTS for 35 years, finished his career as Construction Manager, and enjoyed an early retirement in 1996. Dad never sat idle, so it wasn't long after retiring that he fulfilled his lifelong dream of owning a general store. He obtained the permits, began construction, and the Grindstone General Store opened its doors in 1997, making it the first and only store in Grindstone Provincial Park. It became the hub of the community and Dad became the "go to guy". It wasn't long before Dad was dubbed the Mayor of Grindstone, a title that he took as a compliment and wore with pride. Dad had many loves in his life. He was married to his first wife, Rose for 32 years and became the proud father of two daughters Donna and Kathy. They built a wonderful life together, as well as building the family cottage, which remains our most beloved gathering place. He was married to his second wife, Sandy for 21 years. They built the store together, loved to travel and lived life full of love and surrounded by family. He spent the last few years with Nancy, adopting her love of bird-watching and nature. Dad always said that he was the luckiest man to have been able to share his life with three wonderful women, but in reality, they were the lucky ones. Dad travelled to Hawaii yearly for almost 35 years. He changed things up a few years ago and bought a trailer in Arizona, where he spent the last couple of winters. He looked forward to his annual BOYS fishing weekend to Echo Lake, and cherished the trips even more when his two grandsons joined them. Dad was a proud grandfather, and loved each one of his grandchildren equally and individually, making each one feel special in their own right. He shared his wisdom, his mistakes and his sense of humour willingly, and was not beneath learning a lesson or two from them, whether it was business advice from David, pizza making tips from Mark, "pi-uter" advice from Jilly, or guitar lessons from Katie. They gave him so much joy in his life, and there was nothing that he wouldn't do for them. He had many talents, and perhaps his most notable was woodworking or as he called it, "making dust". His passion for Intarsia was evident in each of the works of art that he created. The intricacy and detail of his work reflected the patience and caring of the man himself. Dad loved fishing, cooking, sharing a cool beverage and time with friends, and just living each day with optimism, always joking and never taking anything too seriously. "It is what is!" was a line we all heard often, which would usually be accompanied by his thunderous, resounding hard laugh. This too will never be forgotten. A celebration of Don's life will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Don's memory to CancerCare Manitoba. Don's family would also like to thank the Palliative Care Unit at Riverview Hospital for their care and support during this difficult time. Dad made a mark on the lives of each person he met. He left his impression on all of us. He was proud of his family, and felt honoured to have his Grindstone Family. Dad, we love you, and there won't be a day that goes by that we don't hear your laughter, feel your encouragement or quote one of your famous Dad"isms". "And a good time was had by all!"
Publish Date: Oct 7, 2017

DONALD ROSS BRIDGES October 29, 1942 September 23, 2017 With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Don Bridges. Peacefully, with family by his side, Don passed away on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the age of 74. Join us in celebrating a life well lived on October 14, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street. Longer obituary and details to follow in Saturday, October 7, 2017 newspaper edition.
Publish Date: Sep 30, 2017

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 07, 2017

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • We are so sorry to hear of Don's passing and send our condolences to all the family at this difficult time. Don was a wonderful man. We Grindstone cottage owners were very fortunate to enjoy his vision to build the store and make it the place it was. We count ourselves fortunate to have acquired one of his amazing intarsia pieces and Don's "Grindstone Pelican" piece hangs on our cottage living room wall. Sincerely, The Mathieson Family - Posted by: Kriss & Judy Mathieson (Cottage owners and friends from Grindstone) on: Oct 13, 2017

  • We were very saddened to hear of Don's passing. He was truly an icon of Grindstone and made an excellent harbor master in assisting the Little Grindstone Harbor Authority for a number of years. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as you prepare to honor his memory on Saturday. Rob and Tracey Ediger - Posted by: Rob and Tracey Ediger (Friend) on: Oct 10, 2017

  • Our hearts were saddened to learn of Don's passing. All of the Campbell family on Jack Pine at Grindstone remember fondly our frequent visits to the Grindstone store. We were all so happy to have such a place that provided all the amenities to make a family summer holiday special at the cottage. Don always managed to stock what you forgot or ran out of. He put a lot of care to ensure "the store" had all the right things for us all at the end of a long and pitted gravel road. We were frequently at the store as kids and teens deciding what treats to get and Don as well as Sandy never minded how long we took, and knew us all by name. They remembered us when we came back as young adults with our own families and kids, We have a wonderful intarsia woodwork rooster in our cottage to forever remind us of Don and his skilled hands. "Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in a time of sorrow" - Robert Louise Stevenson The Campbell Family Bruce, Jane, Melissa, Christa (Simard) and Jonathan as well as our extended family members. - Posted by: Melissa Campbell (Fellow Grindstone Cottager) on: Oct 07, 2017

  • So very sad to hear of Don's passing. Such a sweet loving man. He married my dear friend Sandy and lovingly accepted our family. We spent many Christmases at Don and Sandy’s with our boys and later our Grandchildren. Visited them in their awesome Grindstone General Store. Also worked with them on Ellice Ave. RIP Don. We lived fed knowing you. Dave and Marlene Kerr and Family - Posted by: Dave and Marlene Kerr (Co workers and Friends) on: Oct 07, 2017

  • my family and I will always remember going to the store at the cottage in Grindstone and visiting with don and sandy before she passed as well as up until last year at the store to see don. very sorry to hear this news that he has passed away. - Posted by: Kristen Chernick () on: Sep 30, 2017

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