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Born: Apr 07, 1950

Date of Passing: Jan 05, 2022

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April 7, 1950 - January 5, 2022

It is with heavy hearts that his family announces the unexpected passing of Donald Glen Forfar.
Don is survived by son Jeremy (Amanda) and daughter Sarah, brother Ross (Linda), mother Ellen, partner Diane, former wife Betts, and numerous extended relations.
Born in Brandon, Don grew up in the Dauphin area. He attended St. John's boys school as a teenager before spending his early adults years around Canada. He settled in the Interlake area where he will be remembered by many as proprietor of the IGA in Winnipeg Beach where he honed his skills as a businessman and butcher. He began working with First Nations organizations and continued to be involved with many throughout his years. Many people will know Don from his tenure as Mayor of St. Andrews. First elected in 1998, he won a further three elections before stepping down in 2014. He worked hard in this role as an advocate for the community and we are proud of his political and volunteer accomplishments. Wherever he went, Don was a light of encouragement and was known for his caring and compassion. Among many passions, he loved reading, gardening, and was an active member of St. Georges Wakefield Anglican church.
An advocate for his community, donations can be made in his honor to Red River Churches Refugee Team or other community charity of your choice.
A private service will be held on Tuesday, January 18 at 11:00 a.m. The service will be live streamed through Gilbart Funeral Home's website.

Condolences may be left on his tribute wall at

Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk
in care of arrangements.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 15, 2022

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • So saddened to hear of Don's passing. Our sincere condolences to Diane and Don's family for your loss! He will be greatly missed! - Posted by: Diane and Bryan Bowser (Friend) on: Jan 22, 2022

  • So saddened to hear of Don's passing. Our sincere condolences to Diane and Don's family for your loss! He will be greatly missed! - Posted by: Diane and Bryan Bowser (Friend) on: Jan 22, 2022

  • Jeremy : so sorry to hear about your dad. Saw him regularly out and about. Where are you living, have not seen you around. Share my condolences with your mom and sister. Take care, Liz - Posted by: Liz Flett (Friend) on: Jan 19, 2022

  • The Board of Carriage House North would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Don Forfar. Don served as the President of our Board for many years and was the President at his time of passing. Don’s experience, expertise, and professionalism served all the people that live in our buildings and his selfless devotion to serving our charity will forever be remembered. Along with his professionalism and expertise, Don also brought a huge heart and a great sense of humour to his charitable work. He was involved in many organizations that aimed to build our community and make it a better place to live. He will be sorely missed by his many friends, his family, and the community at large. - Posted by: Stephan Jantz (Friend) on: Jan 17, 2022

  • I first met Don in 1979 when I started working for him at Don's IGA. He was a fair person who always saw the good in people and believed in giving anyone an opportunity. He was a great boss to all of his staff and a good friend. Don will be lovingly remembered and terribly missed. I will always remember his laugh!! Peace be with you my friend! Condolences to Diane and Don's family - Posted by: Perry & Janis Dola (Friends) on: Jan 17, 2022

  • My condolences to you Diane, and to Don's family My heart goes out to all of you. Thinking of you. Please call any time you want to talk - Posted by: Bev Lotocki (Friend) on: Jan 16, 2022

  • I first met Don at his store in Wpg Beach, I’m thinking around 1980 Don was always a great guy to talk to and he was always kind to me . When he sold the store I haven’t seen him for years till I became a councilor in Wpg Beach. And at that time Don was the reeve of St Andrews, so we reconnected again, as I often ran into Don at conventions, I always enjoyed our conversations, Don always had a lot to catch up on. I have a lot of respect for Don as he was just a great guy . So sorry to hear of Don's passing - Posted by: Ryan Reykdal (Friend for Many years ) on: Jan 16, 2022

  • Don was truly a good man who worked for the betterment of our community. He got things done. We will miss him. My condolences to your family. - Posted by: Lloyd Thomas (Friend ) on: Jan 16, 2022

  • Don was always the friendly person with a good sense of humour. Diane sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Carol Manlow (Friend ) on: Jan 15, 2022

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