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Born: Jun 18, 1932

Date of Passing: Nov 14, 2020

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Donald H. Reimer passed away November 14, 2020 at Health Sciences Centre, with his wife Mary by his side, after complications related to a stroke on October 29.
Don was born on June 18, 1932 and raised in Kleefeld, Manitoba, where his father (Gustav) was a well-loved school teacher and his mother (Mary) a homemaker. He had an older sister (Olivine) and two younger brothers, (Stuart and Louis), all of whom predeceased him. When he was ten years old, the family moved to Steinbach.
Don graduated from University of Manitoba in 1961 as a Doctor of Medicine and began to work at the Winnipeg General Hospital. Don and Mary (Peters) wed in 1962 and treasured their 58 years of married life. They had two daughters, (Heather and Carol); two sons-in-law, (Bruno and Brian) and five grandchildren, Sara (Cameron), Paul and Jonathan; Nathan and Matthew. Don adored and is adored by his family. He often built special projects for around the house and cherished toys for his kids and grandchildren (including a backyard playhouse and a pirate ship.) He embodied a calming presence, steadfast support, principled resolve and unconditional love. He was a loving husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather.
Don was an amazing and multi-talented person. After serving as a family doctor in Thompson for seven years, he went on to become an anesthesiologist, which brought him much satisfaction. He worked at Health Sciences Centre for 25 years, where he treated many patients and served as the director of the anesthesia training program for family practitioners. Prior to his retirement, he and Mary volunteered their medical services in Ethiopia.
Don, a life-long church-goer, was a humble and gentle-spirited example of what it means to do no harm. He acted justly and loved mercy in all his dealings. He was kind and considerate to a fault. He lived at peace with everyone and did not put on airs. He had been doing his part to combat climate change decades before most others. Don loved nature, gardening and especially flowers.
Don enjoyed his retirement years immensely, which included serving at Reh-Fit and volunteering in thrift shops with Mary. Retirement was an opportunity to satisfy his broad curiosity, which involved taking 30 different courses and reading hundreds of books, ranging for the classics of English literature to the latest books on climate change, sociology and theology.
Don faced many heart-related health issues over his life, which he addressed with unflinching discipline and good humour. He and Mary were members of Reh-Fit for over 40 years, which became an important community for them. Don was thankful for the quality of life he enjoyed, aware that it was longer than might be expected for someone with the heart issues he had inherited. He appreciated his medical caregivers and we are especially grateful for the care he received in his final weeks, especially that of Dr. Jain.
Don was cognitively fit till the end and told us that he was at peace with passing away. A final beautiful parting gift from truly a wonderful man.
A service to celebrate Don's life is being planned by the family.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 21, 2020

Condolences & Memories (12 entries)

  • Mary, I offer my condolences to you and your family. Although the years and miles away from Winnipeg are many, my memories of Don are warm and clear. His kindness, compassion, and concern for those around him are unforgettable. As a guitarist, I appreciated the understanding that he had of the instrument I play. As a friend, I always enjoyed the times when his calm, unflappable face would break into a wry smile, with a twinkle in his eye. Don has touched the hearts of many people and his memory will remain in mine for as long as I live. - Posted by: Chris Kehler (Student, Colleague, Friend) on: Nov 24, 2020

  • Hello Mary Don was one of my Anesthesiology teachers and mentors during my residency program and a valued colleague thereafter. He led our Department through many equipment and supply challenges in his tenure as Medical Manager Equipment and Drug acquisition. I enjoyed our curbside chats over the years at various concert venues, sharing music that brought us great joy. I am glad to hear you were able to be by his side in the hospital (just as you were always). - Posted by: Judy Littleford (Colleague) on: Nov 24, 2020

  • Dear Reimer family: offering my condolences on the passing of your husband and father. May Gods spirit surround you and comfort you. - Posted by: Susan (Toews) Popkes (CharlesWood Mennonite church) on: Nov 22, 2020

  • Hi Mary, You likely don't remember me as we and Don and I walked often at Reh Fit 2004 to 2007 and you folks contributed to my MS walks a few times. Don was a super human bean and we often spoke of the time I was at St. Boniface trying to negotiate a deal wit David N. to continue Reh Fit as was set up by the Kiwanas Club. It worked and we all have enjoyed it since. My sincere condolences to you and your family. - Posted by: Paul Landry (Friend from Reh Fit in mid 2000) on: Nov 22, 2020

  • Dr. Don Reimer was a knowledgeable, kind, attentive mentor of so many people, including me. He was a World expert in anesthesia technology. He was a kind and compassionate physician. The World is better because of him. I am better because of him. I will miss him. God Bless Don. Roy Greengrass - Posted by: Roy Greengrass M.D. FRCP (Don’s former Resident) on: Nov 22, 2020

  • Sending sincere sympathy, Mary, to you and your girls and their families in the passing of Don. Joy, Mary Jane and I have happy memories of our Thompson days and the great neighborhood who made us welcome. Don was indeed an amazing man, physician and friend. - Posted by: Joyce [MacDonald] Rose (Family doctor, neighbor and friend [Thompson, Man ]) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • My condolences to you Mary and your family. As a former student and colleague of Don I was always impressed with his role as a humanitarian and pacifist. Don and I were board members in 1985 of the Manitoba chapter of International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), the year it won the Nobel Peace Prize. I tried to convince Don we should add the Nobel Prize to our resume. In all humbleness Don only smiled. Rest in peace. - Posted by: Brian Muirhead (Friend and colleague) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • I had the pleasure to work with Don in the OR for a couple of years. He was a superb anethetist and I was always happy to see him at the head of the table. He was also a friend and colleague! Condolences to Mary whose brother John I was also good friends with! Per ardua ad astra from my RCAF days....through adversity to the stars!! Merv Letts - Posted by: R Merv Letts MD (Colleague) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • Mary, I was so sorry to learn about Don's passing. He was such a sweet man and I know you and your family will miss him terribly. My sincere condolences to you all. Joanne Craig - Posted by: Joanne Craig (Reh-Fit friend) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • I had the pleasure of working with Don for many years as a member of the Canadian standards association and organization for international standardization committees. Don was a strong advocate of patient safety and his knowledge and skills were instrumental in writing many safety standard specifications for anesthesia equipment. My sincere condolences to the family. - Posted by: Steven Dain (Colleague) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • I had the privilege of working with Don when he ran the Family Practice Anesthesia program in Winnipeg. I will always remember the responses from the ex-trainees when we indicated Don was stepping down. E-mail/letter after e-mail/letter contained wonderful tributes to Don as many people expressed their appreciation of his wonderful character and low key approach to dealing with issues during their training. Don was particularly touched by these comments as well as the painting of a one-room school, similar to the one in Kleefeld, presented to him by the alumni of his training program. Truly an unsung hero. Neil Donen - Posted by: Neil Donen (Colleague) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • I have fond memories of Don as a colleague, friend and advisor during the years we worked together at the Health Sciences Centre. He was a calm and steady influence, guided always by faith and compassion, and a role model for all of us. We mourn his passing but celebrate a life of service to profession, community and family. Arnold Tweed - Posted by: Arnold Tweed (Colleague and friend) on: Nov 21, 2020

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