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DONALD GALE (DON)
Born: May 04, 1940
Date of Passing: Mar 23, 2021Offer Condolences or Memory Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation
Don is survived by his wife Lynne, of 59 years and their children, Margaret and Dave Wegner, Donald and Cindy Gale, Robert and Lisa Gale and Nancy and Ronald Laurencelle; as well as his eight grandchildren, Lindsey (Jordan), Sean (Kathleen), Scott, Donald (Hayley), Brenden, Peyton, Hunter and Alycia; two precious great-grandsons, Luke and Zack and another one on the way. Also survived by his siblings, Cathy, Marlene, William, and sister-in-law Jean, along with nieces and nephews.
Dad was born at the St. Boniface Hospital on May 4, 1940 and lived in Southside until moving into Transcona in 1949. He married Lynne and together they raised their four children in Transcona. He was very active at the East End Community Club with his four children and volunteered his time being the maintenance man at the club for many years. He also spent countless hours coaching his children's baseball and ringette.
Dad worked at CN Rail Transcona Shop as a welder prior to transferring to Symington yard. He retired in 1994, after 34 years of service.
In 1975 Dad and Mom built a cottage at Victoria Beach where they spent many enjoyable weekends and summer holidays. Upon retirement they built a home near Coca Cola Falls where they were involved in the Lac Du Bonnet Legion playing darts. They also enjoyed golfing in the summer, snowmobiling and curling in the winter. Winters were enjoyed in Osoyoos, BC where he made many new friends from across Canada. Dad and Mom had the trip of a lifetime in 2008 travelling with their fifth wheel trailer to Alaska. He enjoyed driving through the mountains, along the ocean and in the wilderness.
Dad was proud to be a Khartum Shriner for 33 years in the Vintage Car Club. He loved being involved with the Shrine Circus and driving his 1966 Olds 98 in the numerous parades and conventions. He loved spending time with his family and enjoyed taking his grandchildren to all the circuses and parades.
Dad was an outdoorsman who spent countless hours hunting and fishing with family and friends. He was thrilled to be taken fishing by his sons and son-in-law in the last few years even though his mobility had decreased. There was nothing that made him happier than to have his family close and playing practical jokes on them. In 2013 we were lucky enough to have the whole family travel to Mexico for his granddaughter's wedding where he was able to go fishing on the ocean with his son and grandsons. He will be truly missed and forever loved.
A private family interment will take place.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, CancerCare or the Khartum Shriners.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 27, 2021
Condolences & Memories (11 entries)
We will always remember Don manning the barbecue at our condo get togethers. - Posted by: Valerie & Rick Cortvriendt (condo neighbor) on: Apr 04, 2021
Lynne and family we are so sorry for your loss. We are remembering all the fun times we shared, - Posted by: Don and Sally Chester (friend) on: Mar 27, 2021
Lynne and family, so for sorry to hear about the loss of Don on March 23rd. His cousin Ray passed away 2 days later. I remember running into Don when my kids were small at the Circus - Posted by: Vicki Nault Johnston (Cousin) on: Mar 27, 2021
Thoughts are with you. Words can't express our feelings. Don will be missed. Take Care - Posted by: Beryl & Allen Savge (Friend) on: Mar 27, 2021
My condolences to Lynne and family. I'm very sorry for your loss Lynne for I truly know what you're going through. R.I.P DON. - Posted by: Kora markusa (friend) on: Mar 27, 2021
Lynne and family, I am sorry to hear of Don's passing. I am not sure of the last time that I saw Don or any of the family, possibly at the Gale family reunion in 1999. We seem to spread out and drift apart. You are all fortunate that you have had many years to make many great memories. Please cherish them all. I had forgotten until today that Don and I shared May 4th as a birthday. Condolences Doug and Susan Cranstone - Posted by: Doug Cranstone (Cousin) on: Mar 27, 2021
Our sincere condolences to Lynne and family. Richard & Merle - Posted by: Richard and Merle Bloom (Long Time friends) on: Mar 27, 2021
Lynne & family........Our condolences on the passing of your husband, father and grandfather........ - Posted by: Bill & Karen Shanski (Former neighbours) on: Mar 27, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss. I remember working with Don at the shops. Don was fun to work with and always made the days fun. He will truly be missed. - Posted by: Ross Shaw (Friend) on: Mar 27, 2021
My most sincere condolences to the Gale Family. I remember Don well from many years ago when I “hung out” at the Gale home in Transcona in the ‘50’s and ‘60’s. A home which was always welcoming and loving. I was best friends with Don’s younger sister Marlene. Don was always there as the handsome, worldly, older brother who was so much smarter and wiser than us. Of course, all of us girls had a huge “crush” on Don. I remember those days and Don as well as Marlene and the whole Gale family with deep fondness as they all had a big impact on my life. May Don be carried swiftly into eternity in the arms of angels! - Posted by: Donna Cunningham. Toronto Ontario (Friend ) on: Mar 27, 2021
My most sincere condolences to the Gale Family. I remember Don well from many years ago when I “hung out” at the Gale home in Transcona in the ‘50’s and ‘60’s. A home which was always welcoming and loving. I was best friends with Don’s younger sister Marlene. Don was always there as the handsome, worldly, older brother who was so much smarter and wiser than us. Of course, all of us girls had a huge “crush” on Don. I remember those days and Don as well as Marlene and the whole Gale family with deep fondness as they all had a big impact on my life. May Don be carried swiftly into eternity in the arms of angels! - Posted by: Donna Cunningham (Friend) on: Mar 27, 2021
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