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Date of Passing: Aug 20, 2019

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1927 - 2019

It is with profound sadness that we announce Don's passing peacefully on Tuesday, August 20 at home. Don was extremely proud to have been able to live independently in his later years.
Don was predeceased by his father Thomas and mother Eleanor; brothers, Thomas and Kenneth; and sister Dorothy Van de Meent; his wife Kathleen; and son John. He is survived and will be remembered by his daughter Elly Prendergast (Rick Marrin); his grandsons, PJ Prendergast (Kim) and Scott Prendergast (Connie); and his great-grandchildren, Caity and Kenzie, Owen, Lucas and Grace, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Don was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and had many deep and long-lasting friendships. He had a great love and connection with Kathleen, and they were married in 1949. Don showed us what love looked like when he took care of Kathleen through her long illness before she passed away too soon in 1985.
Don was employed at MTS for 41 years, retiring in 1985. During his working years he was actively involved in the Telephone Pioneers of America and was a founding member of the Commonwealth Aviation Museum in Brandon. In retirement, Don was very involved with the Winnipeg South Minor Baseball Association and he was humbled to have a diamond named in his honour at the Charleswood Baseball Complex.
Don lived an independent life filled with integrity and compassion - he was always willing to lend a hand and help. In later years Don faced a number of health challenges with strength and character. Instead of complaining about these challenges he focused on his blessings and showed us to be grateful for what we have.
He will live in our memories. Thank you for who you were, the example you left for us to continue, and to know what is truly important.
He was our Don, our Dad, our Gramps, and our Gigi. He was loved and will be missed.
Cremation and a private interment will take place.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in Don's name to the Canadian Cancer Society (which was close to his heart) would be appreciated.


As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 24, 2019

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • I am so very sorry to hear of Don's passing - I thought this man would live forever!! He was one of my bosses in Brandon at MTS many years ago and just in the last few years I have tried to keep him up to date with some of the people from Brandon thru the Pioneer newsletters. He was one boss I'll always remember and he definitely had the respect of the employees. A great guy and he was soooo good to Kay in her years of failing health. I can remember my first attempt at making perogies and sending some home with him to try (geez I hope they tasted okay! LOL) and when he retired he wanted a 3 layer chocolate cake with lemon in between - that we did!!!! We all have memories of Don and we know how dearly he will be missed by you all. We're thinking of you at this very sad time. Take care! - Posted by: Pat Smith (an old secretary ) on: Aug 25, 2019

  • It's with great sorrow to hear of the passing of "Gramps". My condolences & sympathies to Elly, P.J., & Scotty. 92 yrs. what a great life. I loved Gramps as his honesty and directness was perfect, keeping me true to Winnipeg South and myself. WE had many discussions over my baseball decisions when it came to P.J. & Scotty. Especially the nite before a game and after a rain storm, I used gasoline on the basepaths to dry them of the water lying there. Only to bring the fire trucks. Started the game but then called the after one batter. I thought it was a great idea, but Gramps expressed his genuine honesty from the burm. I think it was hugs & kisses. Gramps you kept that baseball field perfect so the kids could play their best. God Bless you my friend, see you on the other side. Oh! by the way what a surprise to see earth and no grass after using Round Up to kill the weeds. You're still the Best Gramps. Pleasure to have known you and spend some of my best times alongside you. Love Paul Lagimodiere - Posted by: Paul L Lagimodiere (Coached WS Chiefs... PJ & Scotty... friend of Gramps...) on: Aug 24, 2019

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