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Born: Feb 22, 1941

Date of Passing: Oct 16, 2019

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February 22, 1941 – October 16, 2019

After a short battle with cancer, Don Hunter has sung his last song. Don's memory will be cherished by Yvonne, his wife of 50 years, his daughter Kim (Rob) and son Chris (Lisa).
Always brash and larger than life, Don was a born entertainer. His greatest joy was charming strangers and family alike with a song, an extravagant meal or the tale of one of his many adventures. Although he loved to write poetry and sing, Don didn't care much for school as a young man, preferring instead to race cars and spend time in local bowling alleys (but it paid off, as in 1962 he bowled a perfect game). Don sang in nightclubs around the city while doing a series of jobs from vending machine repairman to bowling instructor to booking agent. It was this gig at Quasimodo that would change Don (and Yvonne's) life forever.
In the mid 1960s Don began booking a local band called the Guess Who and soon became the band's manager. Don toured the world with the guys, partied with celebrities, amassed a wall of awards including RCA's 'Manager of the Year' and even visited the White House when the Guess Who played for the Prince of Wales and Princess Anne. Don's commitment to the band was perhaps best personified by the ad campaign for the song 'Glamour Boy'. Don was photographed bare chested in tights and glam makeup and this poster was featured prominently in Billboard magazine and record store windows (much to Yvonne's chagrin).
When the band broke up, they moved the family to a small farm in Grand Marais. They continued to spend their summers just down the road at the family cottage, 'Hunter's Haven', in Albert Beach where Dad reigned over the BBQ. He'd bust out his cassette player and demos of Scrubbaloe Caine, Gypsy or other Canadian rock legends and suddenly it was a party.
Don loved animals, especially dogs. While on the farm, he and Yvonne bred and showed Basenjis and he made many lifelong friends through the dog show world. This love of dogs led to his next career – working in various sales and marketing roles in the pet supply industry. He often said that rock 'n roll prepared him for a life of working with animals. Don and Yvonne spent more than a decade in Abbotsford, BC, returning to Winnipeg in 2003 so they could be closer to Kim and Chris.
Don was not particularly well suited to retirement – he found a lot of things about getting older boring and frustrating. However, he'd recently discovered that he loved taking cruises with Yvonne, rediscovered photography and became an iPad master. They were planning more adventures when he got sick this summer.
We want to express our most sincere thanks to the staff of 3E at Riverview Health Center for the exceptional care.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Riverview Health Centre in Don's name.
Cremation has taken place and a private Celebration of Life will be held later this year.

Rest easy Dad. We love you.

Friends and relatives are encouraged to share in a photo tribute, stories and
condolences for the family by visiting Don's memorial page at

Cremation & Funeral Planning
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 19, 2019

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • R.I.P. Peanuts...good memories! - Posted by: A. J. (Tony) Wharrie (Friend) on: Nov 02, 2019

  • Don was my inspiration in Pet Supplies career. I met him while I worked at Paws and Claws in 1993 and he was our Old Mother Hubbard rep. He was always a sight for sore eyes, bringing stories and laughter to my day. He was a great source of information and love. I will miss him dearly. Valerie-Peace River, AB. - Posted by: Valerie Differenz (Friend and Pet colleague) on: Oct 20, 2019

  • I was saddened to hear of Don's passing. Sincere condolences to you, Yvonne, and your family. - Posted by: Olivia Stadnyk (Former schoolmate of Yvonne.) on: Oct 20, 2019

  • My condolences to the family. I first met Don when I bowled with the special Winnipeg Men's Sunday morning league at COMO lanes. One had to have at least a 200 average. Don also bowled with the Men's All Stars Friday night league at COMO. I remember his humour and wit and lots of kidding going on. Then, I read that he was managing the Guess Who. I went to school with Burton. When I was attending university at St. Paul's College around 1970, I ran into him again at St. Paul's. As the student radio was just starting at the College, Don was teaching the student radio volunteers how to be a DJ, not just a person who always put on flip sides. One time when Don was acting as radio announcer, he announced that he was putting a special song for all those intellectuals and after a long lead in, we heard the song, "Who Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf" Don had humour. Last time I saw Don was in 1972 when he was shopping at Safeway. Thanks for the memories Don. - Posted by: colin dederick (fellow 5 pin bowler and students at St. Paul's College) on: Oct 19, 2019

  • I met Don (Peanuts) many years ago when he used to work for Universal Vending and serviced vending machines at Dakota Bowling. Also bowled along with him and we became great friends......RIP Don - Posted by: Bill Stuart (Friend) on: Oct 19, 2019

  • Don's sense of humor, words of wisdom and friendship over the many years will be sorely missed. - Posted by: Danny Norton (Friend) on: Oct 19, 2019

  • My Condolences to Yvonne and family. Don was a outstanding man , and a outstanding salesman. When I met him in 94 , we were best buddies and I looked forward to him coming through. He always had good advise and tons of stories. And I’m sure him and I made a few new stories.When he left the pet industry , it never was the same. I kept in touch through Facebook and messenger, and the odd phone call. He is with god now. - Posted by: Greg Zora (Good friend) on: Oct 19, 2019

  • Yvonne, I am so sorry. Did not pick up that he no longer on Facebook. Nothing but positive memories of u guys. He was so private in many ways. Gonna miss that sense of humour. What else can I say. Stay well - Posted by: Jac Rempel (Friend) on: Oct 19, 2019

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