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Date of Passing: Nov 25, 2020

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1929 - 2020

Peacefully on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, Don went to join his loving wife of 64 years, Fran, (April 2019) to the other side of the rainbow.
He will be missed by his girls, Debbie (Ted), Lynn (Bryan) and Donna. His grandchildren will always remember his quick, funny remarks and his love of math: Michelle (Brian), Nicole (Ryan), Jaclyn (Justin) Adria (Derek), Brock; great-grandchildren, Luca and Myles, enjoyed visiting him in Stonewall Lions Manor.
Donald was born in Lashburn, SK, 1929. He was the youngest, Robert and Margaret were his older siblings.
He started his successful banking career (41 years) at the bank - Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) and Lynn Lake, MB was his first posting after completing his studies. He then worked in several towns and cities within Saskatchewan, Manitoba and NW Ontario. Don made some very dear, lifelong friends that he kept in touch with. Dad was very easy to talk to and with his dry wit there was always a laugh. Work was business and his off time was family time! Music was always part of his life - singing in a Barbershop Quartet, Jazzfests in Arizona and Victoria and concerts in Winkler. He could play the piano by ear. Big Band music was his favourite. A very active man he enjoyed sports - playing and watching. Don took up downhill skiing in Thunder Bay and took his first retirement trip out west with Lorne to ski in the Rockies. Outdoor picnics, winter and summer, with us kids and with all the various families we met in all the wonderful towns we lived in. Kakabeka Falls was a favourite! Fran and Don bowled, curled, walked, skied Nordic and Alpine. Don would cycle all around Winkler and check on "things" and then he and Fran would do a round of golf with Terp and Alma - at the Winkler Golf Course, where he was a senior member, then go watch the local baseball team.
Coffee and cards also kept them very busy. He was very lucky to have good friends that enjoyed doing fun activities. Dancing, singing and playing games was a good part of retired life. Don had a very full life! Cottage life on Falcon Lake for six months out of the year was great family time. Grandkids got some crazy rides on the tube from Grampa but not until he went over the 12 times table with them. There was always a barbeque supper and fire in the pit at night. In the last few years Dad took great care of Mom and enjoyed making different soups as well as homemade bread and buns - a good baker like his father. Don and Fran moved closer to family so he sold the retirement house in Winkler and moved into Lions Manor, Stonewall, MB. He had a good visiting and check in buddy George. Thank you also to Michelle and the Stonewall Home Care team.
After fighting off three different cancers, he suffered a small stroke and moved into Extendicare Tuxedo Villa in Winnipeg (March 2020). Thankfully family was allowed to be by his side after suffering another stroke that he could not recover from. Dad lived a great life, taught his girls well and took excellent care of his family.
Thank you to all staff on Unit 2 for their professional and kind care. Special thanks to Herbert, Bea, Shelley, Marina, Chester, Lucy, Cindy and Mageene.
A private celebration will take place in 2021.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler
In care of arrangements

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 28, 2020

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • Just heard of Don's passing yesterday....trying to get a hold of Deb, Lynn & Donna to send condolences and touch bases - Posted by: Glen & Maureen Carr (Family Friend) on: Mar 09, 2021

  • My condolences to you and your family Donna on the loss of your father. I have known Don since the late sixties in Thunder Bay and worked with him briefly at North Winnipeg branch in 1984. He was a dedicated banker and just an all-around great guy. Wonderful personality and fine sense of humour and kindness. May he rest in peace. - Posted by: Barrie Marley (Long-time Friend and colleague) on: Dec 02, 2020

  • Donna and sisters, so sorry to hear the news of your dads passing. Find Comfort in knowing he and your mom are together again. Great pair, was my good fortune to have known them. Sincerely Dali kolas - Posted by: Dali kolas (Friend) on: Nov 30, 2020

  • Lynn and the rest of the family my sincerest sympathies on the loss of your Dad- We first crossed paths at the Main & Dufferin CIBC branch circa 1961- Don was a very thoughtful and kind individual --always positive and up beat- After retirement enjoyed a few golf games with Fran and Don-We will miss him - Posted by: Henry Esau (Friend/Colleague) on: Nov 28, 2020

  • Our deepest sympathy Lynn and Donna. - Posted by: Lori and Philip Grandmont (Friends of daughters) on: Nov 28, 2020

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