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Born: May 16, 1942

Date of Passing: Jun 04, 2021

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May 16, 1942 – June 4, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Donald David Chadney. Don passed away at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre, surrounded by his children, on June 4, 2021, at the age of 79.
Don is survived by his six children, Dawna (Winnipeg, MB), Catherine (Brian) (Tyndall, MB), Maura (Winnipeg, MB), Rhonda (Campbell River, BC), Kim (Calgary, AB) and Faren (Joanne) (Ste. Anne, MB); 13 grandchildren, Ashley, Cassandra, Ethan and Thomas, Ridge and Brittany, Clayton (Laura), Jonas and Derek, James and Jennica, Tylo and Brayden; five great-grandchildren, Emma and Adalyn, Alexis, Payton and Emilie; and many other family and friends.
Don was predeceased by his parents, Sarah and Walter; his wife, Elaine; and grandson, Tyler.
Don was born in Rose Valley and raised near Kelvington, Saskatchewan, where he worked on the family farm and at various other odd jobs. At the age of 18, he moved to Manitoba, where he met his first wife, Victoria, eventually settling in Lynn Lake. They had three daughters but divorced after a few years. He met and married the love of his life, Elaine, in Lynn Lake. They supported their blended family of six children by working at the Sherritt Gordon mine, where Don was a shift boss and president of the union. Don and Elaine moved to Winnipeg in 1980, where Don became an instructor at Glenlawn Collegiate, teaching diesel mechanics as part of one of Manitoba's first co-op education programs. After that, Don moved on to work for South Winnipeg Technical College (now MITT), teaching Heavy Duty Mechanics until he retired in 2007.
Throughout his life, Don was heavily involved in shooting sports. He was instrumental in establishing the gun range in Lynn Lake, where he and others would demonstrate trick shooting. Don was a member of many shooting sports clubs, including the St. Hubertus Game and Fish Association and the Selkirk Game and Fish Association. Don taught many students as an instructor for the Manitoba Hunter Education Program and as a coach for Manitoba Junior Rifle and Shotgun programs and the Manitoba Provincial Rifle Association. He would share his knowledge and passion for shooting with anyone interested.
Don was ever the teacher. No matter the subject, Don could provide some insight. He loved sharing his knowledge about the outdoors, including plant and animal life. Many of the ATV rides he led turned into impromptu lessons on native Manitoba plants, especially orchids - his favourite being the Lady Slipper.
Don was a generous man who gave freely of his time to anyone in need. He would often stop to help people on the side of the road or give hitchhikers a ride, even if it was hours out of his way. Don was there for his family any time, night or day. He would lend tools, money, vehicles, etc., to his family, friends and even strangers, without expecting anything in return. Don had a big personality and a jolly spirit, and he loved children.
He will be missed by the many people whose life he touched.
Following his wishes, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will take place once public health restrictions are lifted.
The family appreciates donations to CancerCare Manitoba.
Friends and relatives are encouraged to share in a photo-tribute, stories and condolences for the family by visiting Don's tribute page at

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 03, 2021

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Don, I have known you since 1981. You were my Mechanics teacher for an RRCC project being held at the government garage on Logan Ave...we became instant friends. The love of the outdoors was our biggest connection but also the love of cars. You helped me many times on my dart swinger. We met at many events for sporting clays and skeet shoot events. You had a crazy way of always finding me either it be a sports show or where I worked..S.I.R..Cabelas and even Home Hardware in stonewall...Then we hooked up again just after Christmas and we were making plans for you to come to my family BBQ...but the calls stopped and you left us...I cried hard but I know your with your wife and looking down on all of your family and friends...until we meet will be missed... Scott - Posted by: Scott Petrowski (Friends ) on: Aug 14, 2021

  • Don and Elaine were awesome kind friends they always stopped in at the farm at Rd102N grand Marias after the passing of Elaine. Don stopped in with Howard for a visit but you could see Don was very lonely for Elaine. He loved her so much! Don always talked about his whole family he loved them so much too! Elaine was the one who helped me inquire about my Indian status. We are sure missing you both so very much and all your wisdom too😢 - Posted by: Karen Bruneau& David porayko (Friends) on: Jul 07, 2021

  • So sorry to hear the news tonight of Don’s passing. Lately we had good chats and we’re thinking of a trip west to shoot some prairie dogs. My personal condolences as well as from Manitoba SCI in which Don had been a member for a few years now. He was so proud of his family and especially when Tylo was chosen for a MB SCI bursary. He will be missed and out thoughts and prayers go out to all of Don’s family and friends. - Posted by: Johnny Fidler (Friend) on: Jul 06, 2021

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