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Date of Passing: Oct 27, 2020

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On Tuesday, October 27, 2020, Blake Charles Donald, husband, father, son and brother, passed away suddenly at the age of 71.
Blake will forever be missed by his loving wife Cheryl, and his three children, Brett (Alison), Chris (Kristin) and Reagan. Blake will also be fondly remembered by Barb, and his sisters, Brenda (Gary) and Lori (Frank). His grandchildren, Jadyn, Jacob, Brianna and Chyanne will miss their Grandpa Blake dearly, as will his many close friends and extended family.
Blake grew up within a tight knit family and community in Fort Rouge. Summers were spent making many great memories at the family cabin in Grand Marais. Being the eldest sibling, he was looked upon as the greatest big brother ever. Blake was involved in many sports including hockey, baseball and was a member of the Fort Garry Curling Club. Graduating from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Arts, Blake started his career in journalism but later in life found his niche as a Certified Financial Planner. Blake was also a proud father and loved being involved in his children's lives. He was a hockey coach, a great mentor, and always available to lend an ear. Or an ear and money! Blake was the most generous dad. Blake and his family spent many summers at the family cabin. His sisters had children of their own, and as the extended family grew, that big family cabin became exceedingly small! But they all managed to squeeze in that cabin and those wonderful memories will live on forever.
Over the years, Blake and his wife Cheryl have shared their passion for golf, travel and work. Blake and Cheryl were often working away all day only to be found back at the office working into the wee hours of the night. Their shared philanthropic work ethic led to many cherished friendships. As members of the Rossmere Golf and Country Club, everyone knew where to find Blake and Cheryl in the summer. The winter was a different story, often leaving their loved ones to wonder which country they were in! Their adventures together were countless. Their love for each other and travel eventually extended to time spent with their grandchildren. Whether it was an exciting trip to Mexico or a road trip across Canada, Grandpa Blake and Cheryl were up for it!
Our dearest Blake, wherever you are and wherever you go, we know you are with Reagan. Walking hand in hand, feeling the sand between your toes, hearing the waves crash the rocky beach and waiting patiently for us all to join you in feeling the warm summer sun on our faces.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Winnipeg Harvest.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 31, 2020

Condolences & Memories (13 entries)

  • Our deepest sympathies to Cheryl and the Donald family. We knew Blake through Cheryl, who is our long-time tax adviser and friend. She often told us of their love of family, friends, golf and travel, and at tax time each year, she would bring us up to date on things they had done and planned to do. Cheryl and Blake loved to work and play hard and after an exhausting tax season, they loved to get away for a well earned rest. Our deepest sympathies from Doreen and Garth Skinner and brother, Ron Frank, and daughter, Charlotte Frank. - Posted by: Doreen & Garth Skinner (Friends ) on: Jan 02, 2021

  • I was shocked and saddened when I heard of Blake's sudden passing. I met Blake 15 years ago and since then he was always a great help with my taxes and retirement planning. We often had great conversations about financial topics, as well as family, travel, and life in general. My condolences to Cheryl and the Donald family. - Posted by: Joe McNulty (Client and Friend) on: Nov 12, 2020

  • I was very shocked when I was reading through the obituaries and came across Blake’s photo. I was wondering why I haven’t heard from him. What a way to find out. I met Blake over 10 years ago. He helped me out with my investments and income tax. Blake always wanted to teach me how to golf but we never got around to it. I will miss our conversations we shared about family. I will miss you my friend. Your passing hit me hard. May we meet again someday. Rest In Peace Blake! - Posted by: David Wesley (Client/friend) on: Nov 05, 2020

  • So tragic and shocking to hear of Blake's passing. He was always willing to help and gave advice freely. Seems like only yesterday, that I sang at his wedding. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Cheryl. May your love and memories of all your fun trips, heal your heart. The world lost a great man. Deepest condolences to Cheryl and his family. Sending you love and hugs. Shannon, Wayne, Tegan and Dawson Shewchuk. - Posted by: Shannon Shewchuk (Friend and client) on: Nov 04, 2020

  • I will remember Blake as someone who always made time for those around him. His laid back and easy going nature made him easy to talk to and conversations often turned from the matter at hand to other and travel mostly. I will miss you Blake. My condolences to Cheryl and the Donald family. I hope the shared memories of the good times together help ease the pain of loss. - Posted by: Gerry Bettig (Friend and Business Colleague) on: Nov 03, 2020

  • Dear Barb, Brett & Chris, My deepest and most heartfelt condolences on your loss. As you know, I knew Blake (who I always called Mr. Donald) while growing up to be a kind and generous man that looked out for the interest of his family. I have many fond memories of spending time on Boy Scout road trips, hanging out during Winnipeg summers, or relaxing at the cottage in Grand Marais. Your family was always so inviting and inclusive, and that’s what I appreciated the most about all of you. I have this memory of us playing outside your house in Transcona when Blake showed up with all sorts of fun toys and games for the kids, which was everyone’s first intro to the pogo ball! Anyways, that small moment epitomized Blake in my mind as a man after the well-being of his family - generous and kind - and it’s a treasured memory of mine. I am truly sorry for your loss of both Blake and Regan and what small words I can offer pales in comparison to their two precious and treasured lives. May you find rest and peace in the Lord in these difficult times, and may He be ever present as a guiding light while you deal with this tremendous loss. Your friend always - Terry Cochrane (Milton, ON) - Posted by: Terry Cochrane (Childhood friend of the family) on: Nov 02, 2020

  • I’m so very sorry, my thoughts are with you Cheryl and family. My deepest condolences. - Posted by: Lorraine (Friend ) on: Nov 02, 2020

  • Cheryl, we cannot express enough our heartfelt condolences. How very fortunate we have been to have had the opportunity of enjoying our friendship with Blake. The kindness and warmth within him was one of a kind. I won’t say goodbye my friend. Til we meet again. ❤️ Love always, Meatloaf in hand. - Posted by: Arlene & Garry Brenner (Friends) on: Nov 01, 2020

  • Blake was good funny guy, definitely dedicated to his family. So very sad to hear of your loss. My deepest sympathies for the family. My love & prayers are with you 💜 - Posted by: Barbara Kaempf (Family Friend) on: Nov 01, 2020

  • Cheryl, Helen and I wanted to express our condolences to you and your family. Blake was a kind soul, and we know your life together has left you with many memories to cherish. You were so fortunate to find each other. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. - Posted by: DOUG COLLINS (friend) on: Oct 31, 2020

  • We had been blessed to have met Blake through Teresa's friend, Cheryl, and to have come to know him as a dear friend, too. We will always cherish our times together, with memories of shared meals, travel and, recently, Bruce's return to golf with Blake's patient support and guidance. Blake had a quiet way of making people feel heard, understood and accepted. His wealth of life experience gave him perspective and kind appreciation in his interactions with others. He was a gentle soul with a sharp mind; loyal and devoted; giving and generous, especially with his beloved family. His love and support of his dear Cheryl was boundless. We will miss him deeply. - Posted by: Teresa and Bruce (Friends) on: Oct 31, 2020

  • So very shocked and saddened to hear of Blake's passing. Our deepest condolences to Cheryl and his family. We always enjoyed meeting with Blake and hearing him speak very lovingly about Cheryl (and their trips) and his family. We will miss him. - Posted by: Raph & Deb Masi (His clients/friends) on: Oct 31, 2020

  • Dearest Cheryl! We are so sorry to read of Blake's passing. We send you our love at this difficult time. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Les, Louise and Earl Harris - Posted by: Louise Bloomfield (Friend) on: Oct 31, 2020

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