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Funeral arrangements have been made and a funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 31, 2019 at Glen Eden Funeral Home, 4477 Main Street, West St. Paul.
Family and friends may sign a Book of Condolence at www.glenedenmemorial.ca
Glen Eden Funeral Home
Publish Date: May 29, 2019
Don Sterry was born on January 23, 1936. Don lived with his father, William A. Sterry and three sisters, Dorothy, Grace and Ruth while growing up at 607 Simcoe Street. His mother had passed away at the young age of 29. He attended Wellington School and General Wolf School before graduating from Daniel MacIntyre School. Don never married.
In 1967 he moved to River Heights and at some time lived at 1077 McMillan Avenue. In about 2009 he purchased 598 Prichard Avenue in the North End where he lived until his passing.
At the age of 18, he joined the air force reserves where he continued his involvement for the next 33 years, working mostly on weekends. For the first 10 years he worked in the medical unit and then spent the next 23 years as an instructor in the boot camp.
For his week day job, he was employed as a clerk, working for the provincial government for 25 years from about 1952 to 1977. He monitored construction projects undertaken by the government.
Don had earned his swimming bronze medallion. For 10 years he used this training to act as a lifeguard at Lipsic Hall.
After retirement Don, became an avid volunteer. He helped to build houses for Habitat for Humanity. Eventually he purchased 598 Prichard Avenue, his last home, a former habitat home, which he had helped to build years earlier.
Don also often volunteered at a local food kitchen. In addition, Don volunteered with the bear clan group, dedicated to keeping the North End safe.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
Family and friends may sign a Book of
Condolence at www.glenedenmemorial.ca
Glen Eden Funeral Home
Publish Date: May 25, 2019
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 25, 2019, May 29, 2019
Condolences & Memories (4 entries)
I met Don while he was employed in the Department of Highways way back in the 1970's. Although his writeup states Don was a clerk... he was much more than that. He monitored and advised on Manitoba road conditions throughout the year but especially during the winter. He would get calls from the public and district asking about whether roads were available for travel. He also monitored local construction projects so he could be fully up-to-date in order to advise callers. I wouldn't say we were best friends but one could always bounce something off of him for good advice. I didn't know Don was a teacher in the Reserves for medicine and boot camp but he was never one to brag about himself in any way. I am sorry I missed attending his funeral and just found out today he had passed away. Take care Don. We miss you very much. Brian Scarsbrook - Posted by: Brian Scarsbrook (friend) on: Jan 29, 2021
WO (retd) Don Sterry was one of those service people that worked to make the time that others spent in the military a positive experience. He was also one of those uncommon people that, at the same time, also helped make them more effective service people themselves. I am grateful to have served with him. - Posted by: Captain (retd) AY Krawchuk (Friend and Colleague) on: Jun 01, 2019
My fondest memory of Warrant Officer Sterry was of the kindness he showed me when I was in boot camp in Borden, ON in 1986. When I was allowed to leave for my first weekend off base, I needed a ride into Barrie, where I was staying with a friend. He overheard me trying to arrange transportation and insisted on driving me to my destination. He said “this will save a young Private a few bucks”. We had a great conversation the whole way there and in retrospect, he made my entire summer. - Posted by: Sergeant Eric Krievans (Friend) on: May 30, 2019
Per Ardua Ad Astra Don. For those that are not in The Royal Canadian Air Force, that Air Force motto means "Through Adversity to the Stars". Don was a Warrant Officer in our orderly room (and not an instructor in any boot camp that I know of). Rest in Peace Don. Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Ronald W. Salome - Posted by: Ronald W. Salome (Friend) on: May 29, 2019
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