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DONALD BRUCE WILKIE

Born: Jul 01, 1930

Date of Passing: Dec 18, 2018

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DONALD BRUCE WILKIE It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of a kind and gentle man. With family by his side and after a lengthy illness, Don Wilkie passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. Don is survived by his wife Millie, his daughters, Heather (Doug), Cathy, Christine and Cindy, his sons, David (Dolores), Doug (Doreen) and Chris, and the loves of his life, his grandchildren, Karlie, Cam, Julia, Amy, Lauren, Jonah, Alex, Claire, Eric, Maddy and Lily. He was predeceased by his parents, Elizabeth and David Wilkie, first wife Joan, son Jeff, daughter-in-law Dawn-Marie, and sister Shirley Macdonald. Shortly after his birth in Winnipeg, on Canada Day, 1930, Don and his parents moved to Scotland, then Ireland, where he spent his early years. Sadly, in 1940 his father died at sea on the HMS Foylebank destroyer. In his late teens, Don worked on the family farms in Tilston, Manitoba. In Winnipeg, he was employed by the Singer Company, followed by a career spanning over 30 years with Air Canada Finance Department. While there, he became the Canadian Airline Employees Association Chief Negotiator where he was a fierce but fair labour negotiator. Don enjoyed his time with Winnipeg's John Traverse Cornwall Sea Cadets serving as their Chief Commanding Officer. He formed many lifelong friendships and was always there for anyone in need. He was a handyman and do-it-yourselfer with a surplus of artistic talent, crafting many interesting sculptures and funny cartoons for his kids. Don loved to travel the globe, and for many summers he, with extended family, enjoyed time spent at the lake. Millie and Don shared over 23 years of marriage and among their travels enjoyed their many trips to visit her family in Southern Ontario, as well as delighting in watching their grandchildren grow. Don cherished his grandchildren, and they, in turn, loved their "Papa" and "Gigi". We would like to thank the staff at Holy Family Home, Unit 3A, for all of their support, encouragement and care. A private family service will take place in the New Year. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Parkinson Canada, 414 Westmount Drive, Winnipeg, MB R2J 1P2. E.J. COUTU & CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS 204-253-5086 www.ejcoutu.ca

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 22, 2018

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • My sincere sympathies to the family. He was greatly respected by me. I thought highly of him. Again, my sympathies to the family. - Posted by: Kel Smith (One of his Royal Canadian Sea Cadets when he was the Commanding Officer of JTC) on: Jan 02, 2019

  • Someone to whom I admired as an Officer. Deepest condolences. - Posted by: Bruce Ross (Chief Petty Officer, RCSCC JTCVC 1964-68) on: Jan 02, 2019

  • Extremely saddened to read of the passing LCDR. D. WILKIE I had the honour of serving under LCDR. WILKIE from 1964 -1967 at a time when RCSCC JOHN TRAVERS CORNWELL V.C. was one one of the largest Sea Cadet Corps in the British Commonwealth. My deepest condolences to his family. A fine officer and gentleman. Wm. Sutherland CD ( LT. RET'D CIL/S ) - Posted by: WILLIAM SUTHERLAND (OFFICER UNDER HIS COMMAND) on: Dec 26, 2018

  • I have special memories of Don. I will cherish them forever! - Posted by: Eleanor Sperling (Sister in law ) on: Dec 24, 2018

  • Sorry to read of your father's death in the paper. Muriel and I send our condolences to you and Doreen and your family - Posted by: Bob & Muriel Kenyon (Friends) on: Dec 24, 2018

  • Don was a prince of a man. I was honoured to have had a few occasions to talk with him over his years with my Aunt Millie and was so happy to know he was loving her, her kids and grandchildren in such a genuine and sincerely thoughtful way. He was a delight to talk with and I wish I had had more opportunities to do so. Our sincere condolences on his passing. May his memory help his family and friends celebrate a life well lived! - Posted by: Tom Ogaranko (Step-Nephew ) on: Dec 24, 2018

  • Such a great man! So kind and gentle! He will be greatly missed by many! - Posted by: John J. Sperling (Nephew ) on: Dec 23, 2018

  • One of the really good ones. Well liked, and much respected. I am so glad that I got to know you, Don. RIP! - Posted by: Brian Johnstone (Beejay) (Work colleague) on: Dec 22, 2018

  • Mr. Wilkie was a lovely gentleman. I have fond memories of the Wilkie family on Bibeau Bay. My deepest sympathy goes out to the family. - Posted by: Cathy Miller (Dirckx) (Past neighbour) on: Dec 22, 2018

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