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Born: May 17, 1939

Date of Passing: Mar 06, 2019

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DONALD ALVIN HUGHES May 17, 1939 - March 6, 2019 With his loving wife of 49 years by his side, Donald (Donnie) Alvin Hughes took his last breath after recent health issues. Don is survived by his wife Lorraine (Brown), children: Leanne Ainley, grandchildren, Jennifer, Matt and Mitchell; son Kevin (Cindy), grandchildren, Luke and Julia; son Ryan (Traci), grandchildren, Hunter and Sydney; daughter Joette Trudeau (Marc), grandchildren, Justin, Mackenzie, Mia and Jack; his brother David (Myrna); nephew Cam; niece Cathy St. Mars (Jamie); his sister-in-law Verna Nisbett (Bill); brother-in-law Ken Brown (Sharon); along with numerous nieces, nephews and relatives throughout Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. Don was predeceased by his mom Jean (1998), his dad Cecil (2011), his father-in-law Marvin (1987), and his mother-in-law Edith (2012). Don was born in Cabri, Saskatchewan and moved to Swift Current as a young boy. He eventually moved to Winnipeg and found his passion for car sales and his love for talking to people and making new friends in the early 1960s. Don worked in car sales for over 45 years before officially retiring in 2011. Don met the love of his life, and caregiver until the last moment, Lorraine, when they worked together at Dominion Motors in November of 1968. They were married on August 1, 1969 and moved many times within in Winnipeg and Saskatchewan, until finally settling in Oakbank, MB in 1980 and spending over 35 years there. Throughout the years, family was the main priority and Don always provided for his family and ensured that the kids had what they needed, or played the sports that they liked. When the grandchildren came, he slowed down on how much he was working to ensure that he could always attend all their school and sporting events. Even when Don and Lorraine travelled to South Padre Island, Texas, Don still took the time to call and see how the kids did in their games. He even learned how to use the computer so he could check emails or updated scores online. Don was fortunate to have someone like Lorraine by his side during his recent health issues, as Lorraine kept a calendar for all hockey, baseball or CFL games so he wouldn't miss anything. Don truly was the most kind-hearted, selfless and loving person you could know. As per Don's wishes there will be no formal service; however, the family wishes you to join them in a celebration of Don's life at a come and go luncheon on Thursday, March 14, 2019. Please drop in anytime between 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Dugald Community Club, 544 Holland Street, Dugald, MB. Special thanks to Dr. Cam Lowden and all health care professionals that have touched Don and Lorraine's life since 2016. Condolences may be left at

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 09, 2019

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • Don was a true "lifer" in the car business. You don't stay in the car business your entire working life if you are not the consummate professional! I had the pleasure of working with Don for many years at Vickar's and ParkPontiac. I got to know the entire family (Lorraine and the kids) and was always amazed at the closeness of this family! Please be comforted in knowing that Don will remembered fondly and respectably.. I hope to see you at the memorial. May God's strength and love help to support you all through these difficult times. Julien and Lillianne Lacroix - Posted by: Julien and Lillianne Lacroix (Co-worker and friend) on: Mar 14, 2019

  • So sad to hear the news, my deepest condolences to his entire family who he cherished most, especially Lorraine. I worked with Donnie at Park Pontiac for many years and he was a true professional, tops in his field, priding himself on providing the best possible service to his many customers. I'll remember him as a gentleman with a big smile, a great sense of humor, a big laugh, and as an avid sports fan, who I enjoyed endless hours discussing, agreeing, disagreeing, didn't matter. He will be missed by everyone who had the privilege to know him. - Posted by: Grant Drowsy (Co-worker) on: Mar 13, 2019

  • Dear Loraine and family: I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing we were always looking forward to getting together with you and Don. My deepest sympathy goes to you and your family. Love Uncle Kai - Posted by: Kai Winther (Uncle) on: Mar 12, 2019

  • Hughesie was one of the really first class car professionals I've had the privilege of working with. Win/win smiling, always made me look good and added credibility and family values to the store. Condolence to Lorraine and the Family, Cheers Donnie. BCKxoxo - Posted by: Bradley C Kiene (peers) on: Mar 10, 2019

  • My condolences to Don's family. I’m so sorry to hear of his passing! He was such a great guy with a big heart. Although I hadn’t seen him in a long time. I thought of him often. He was a great guy to work with. I miss his warm smile already. Sending Lorraine a big hug. Thankfully you have a big family to help you through this tough time. 🙏🌷 - Posted by: Cheryl Latham (Laporte) (Friend, previous co worker) on: Mar 09, 2019

  • Our sincere sympathy to you Lorraine, and your family. - Posted by: Paul & Lauren (Bell) Godin (Friend) on: Mar 09, 2019

  • Lorraine and family. So sorry to hear this news. From our gatherings, we respected and enjoyed Don's company over the years. He will be truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. - Posted by: Wendy and Bill Hnytka (Family friend) on: Mar 09, 2019

  • Don married my cousin Lorraine. I met Don when we both worked for Dominion Motors. Lorraine and Donald, as I always called him were a match made in heaven. I always looked forward to chats with Donald when we were both working at different dealerships to catch up on family happenings. Lorraine, my heart is with you and your family at this very sad time. Your cousin Lynda & Bob Paul - Posted by: Lynda & Bob Paul (Lorraine’s cousin) on: Mar 09, 2019

  • Don was a very kind and gentle man. We send our sincere condolences to the family, especially Ryan, Tracy and family. RIP Don. - Posted by: Dave and Marlene Kerr (Friend of Son Ryan) on: Mar 09, 2019

  • Don and I worked together at Park Pontiac for a number of years and we had a mutual appreciation for each other. A very straight up guy who really knew how to take care of his customers and be a team player. I'm sure Lorraine and the family are going miss that boy! - Posted by: Donald Tomac (Co-worker) on: Mar 09, 2019

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