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DONALD GORDON MILNE


Peacefully, at the age of 82 years, Don Milne has died.
He is survived by his wife Marlene (Martz), son Ian, daughter Nicole and their families.
Don was a gifted musician and entertainer, featured on radio and television, performing globally for over seven decades.
In honour of his many years of volunteer work, the family suggests that in lieu of flowers, a donation to Harvest Manitoba or CJNU 93.7FM would be appreciated and appropriate.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 20, 2022

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • Dear Marlene. Its with True Sympathy and True Understanding that my thoughts are with you, Ian and Nicole. Donny joins Eddie with his passing in June. Choose a Memory that brings a Smile to your Heart and Cherish it Always. Sending warm hugs from the Prairies. Shirley - Posted by: Shirley Thomas (Cousin) on: Sep 22, 2022

  • My condolences Marlene at the loss of your “best friend and husband, Don”. It seems like only yesterday when you and I began our teaching careers at GCI after being connected as classmates at United College. It was only a few years later when I got to meet the man who would become your lifetime partner - Both he and I joined the staff of John Taylor Collegiate around the same time and I got to know what an amazing, talented musician and vocalist that he was. His commitment to his craft was evident in his work with students and in his role in Winnipeg’s music scene. He carried this passion throughout his life and influenced many as a teacher and mentor. He will be missed! - Posted by: Wayne Ruff (Teaching Colleague) on: Sep 22, 2022

  • I find it hard to think that Don, his music and amazing trivia will not be available for a consult. I'm most grateful to have had all those years and memories. Glad you are there with Niki and Ian and the "grands". Hugs to you Marlene. Linda - Posted by: Linda Strange (Singer) on: Sep 21, 2022

  • I'm so sorry for Don's passing, but at the same time relieved to hear he died peacefully, in the comfort of his own home. I'm sending my love to Marlene, Ian and Nicky, and hope that they find comfort in each other's company, together in Ottawa, and in their countless memories of Don. We were so lucky to have grown up two doors down from the Milnes. My first memory of Don dates back to the summer of 1977, when he picked me up off the street after I'd been hit by a car, and laid me down under our apple tree while we waited for an ambulance. Other "only Don" memories include the rare occasions when I was allowed to come into his house to hang out with Ian amidst all of the beautiful art and that living room waterbed; his Kimono-clad slideshow presentations of the Milnes' latest European vacation; his teaching me to make chicken curry in his fancy black and white, marble counter-topped kitchen; his crawling back to 159 Matheson from our place at 151, having survived a Christmas night of drinking slivovic (Croatian plum brandy) and home-brewed red wine with my dad, Boris; his warm embraces of my wife, Jane; and lastly, setting me straight that I'll never be a guitarist. You're one of a kind Don...we love you! Rob - Posted by: Robert Znidarec (Friend) on: Sep 21, 2022

  • Marlene & Family...so sorry to hear of Don's passing. I was welcomed into your home when I started babysitting Ian, who later was the ring bearer at my wedding. Will always be grateful for Don's kindness and taking on the role of arranging my ride to Grad. Many fond memories and I hope your memories will give you all strength through this challenging time. - Posted by: Dianne Harriott (Palmer) (Friend) on: Sep 21, 2022

  • Our condolences to all of your family. The memories of meeting Don back in high school when he was leading the vocal group "The Gems" will remain with me always. What a fine guy and I was so lucky to connect with him both musically in our teaching years. When I think of Don I always remember him doing his perfect version of Bill Kenny and the Ink Spots singing If I Didn't Care. Don I will always recall your kindness and your grand personality. And thanks so much for travelling with me on that great trip together after our 1st year of teaching - what a time we had. - Posted by: Gary and Patricia Hamilton (Friends ) on: Sep 20, 2022

  • I will never forget Handsome Famous Cowboy as he rode that noble steed Ginger. So many memories of all the times we spent together. Ian is 3 months older than my daughter Kirsten, and they have grown up together into magnificent human beings. Donnie brought music to his family, sang and played and performed with mega talented Nicole. His legacy lives on through his children and the lives he has touched. Deepest condolences to dear Marlene and all the family. - Posted by: Jeremy Robinson (Long time friend) on: Sep 20, 2022

  • Dear Marlene and Family So sorry to read of Don’s passing. Haven’t seen the Milne’s for a long time but will always remember your warm and friendly ways and the music. Marlene, of course my favourite teacher and you and Don were such a great couple. A good example for Terry and I as we started out. Love and best wishes to you all - Posted by: Cheryl Anderson Dann (Friend ) on: Sep 20, 2022

  • Marlene, Ian and Nicole - my deepest condolences on your loss. I have many memories of both your mom and dad when I used to babysit for them. I still think about that waterbed in the living room on Matheson Ave. from time to time - how cool it was! I hope you find comfort in your memories. Sincerely Brigitte - Posted by: Brigitte Fisher (Suszko) (Friend) on: Sep 20, 2022

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