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DONALD CAMERON AIKEN (DON)
Born: Jul 13, 1945
Date of Passing: Dec 16, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
DONALD CAMERON AIKEN
Don was born on Friday, July 13, 1945. He grew up in Charleswood, Winnipeg, and maintained a lifelong residence there. Before Children (BC) he and his wife Judy spent time travelling (most memorably to Europe), racing, attending concerts, and enjoying their youth.
Working hard was a staple of Don's personality, and After Children (AC) he did so at such varied workplaces as Alphametrics, Stage Light, the University of Winnipeg, the Royal Canadian Mint, and as an Audio Visual Coordinator for Manitoba Lotteries at McPhillips Street Station. After all his hard work he retired to spend time doing what he loved: admiring the local Charleswood wildlife of deer, squirrels, and birds, machining and tinkering, fixing up things and making them better; repairing media players, appliances, and other technology for everyone who asked.
Over the course of his career, he collected many skills; electronics, engine repair, construction, machining, pyrotechnics, stage lighting and sound mixing, robotics, animatronics, metal tooling and manufacturing. He was an inventor and entrepreneur. He had an industrial metal lathe which he used to create custom pieces for clients, ranging from brass cannons for model shipbuilders, to highly specialized parts for the aerospace industry. But his greatest skills were interpersonal. He was very well-read on a wide range of topics and could speak knowledgeably and entertainingly on just about everything, from archaeology to zoology. And he listened. When you spoke to him, you had his undivided attention, and one left a conversation with him feeling heard and appreciated. He loved to trade puns, each round getting both sillier and cleverer as it went on, and he could spontaneously come up with dry, witty remarks worthy of Monty Python.
He was predeceased by his father, Don Aiken; mother, Dorothy Aiken (nee Anderson); sister, Rebecca; stepmom, Marion (nee MacBain), and his childhood sweetheart and loving wife of 34 years, Judy (nee Dunn). He will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by his two daughters, Coral (Bill), and Nicole (Jason); sisters, Norlaine (Jeff), and Debi (Maurice); and countless nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Don was a wonderful man, generous of spirit, kind, funny, extremely intelligent, and clever with any kind of machinery or technology. He was an animal whisperer, an adventurer, and a dear friend to many. Don enjoyed spending time with family and friends at the cottage in Laurentia Beach, as well as working with various performing arts groups around Winnipeg, lending his expertise to their productions. He was fascinated with aircraft, particularly vintage aircraft, and was an avid consumer of books and documentaries on the subject.
A Celebration of Life will be planned for the Spring of 2022.
More details and updates will be posted on Don's Memorial Facebook Page (https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003239096381).
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of MB.
For those who wish to sign the online
Guest Book please visit www.chapellawn.ca
Chapel Lawn Funeral Home
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 31, 2021
Condolences & Memories (3 entries)
My sympathy to you Coral and Nicole. Yes, as I knew your father preparing for the Headingley Dinner Theatres he was a genius with a definite sense of humour which we all appreciated. May your many happy memories bring you comfort and peace. With love to you both, Helen Whetter - Posted by: Helen Whetter (friend) on: Jan 02, 2022
I met Don at Sunday school in the Roblin Park Community Centre around 1957. I would also encounter him over the following years when I was with my friends who lived near him. Don was a wonderful story teller and we would always be happy to see him outside the house, ready to entertain us. When I bought a guitar and told him, he immediately offered to teach me to play it. He was an excellent guitarist, but he had a slow student. Later, I served as an usher at his wedding to Judy, and he was the best man when Liz and I were married. I hope the many happy memories he created will bring comfort to his family and friends. R.I.P. old friend! - Posted by: Bill Stevens (Friend in Alberta) on: Dec 31, 2021
Coral and Nicole we are so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. 🥰 We have lots of memories of the times they worked at the U of W. Times at the lake and memories of you girls growing up. Keep well, blessings to you all 💕💕 - Posted by: Craig and Loraine Krastel (Friends ) on: Dec 31, 2021
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