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DONALD ELRICK RETTIE
Born: Aug 15, 1930
Date of Passing: Apr 30, 2004Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
DONALD ELRICK RETTIE August 15, 1930 - April 30, 2004 Peacefully, on April 30th after a courageous battle with heart disease, Donald passed away at Health Sciences Centre with his loving family by his side. Donald was born in Brandon, MB, and moved to Winnipeg in 1939. He graduated from Norwood Collegiate and went on to attain his Chartered Accounting designation from the University of Manitoba having articled at the firm Miller-Macdonald. He had a successful business career beginning at Western Savings and Loan, retiring with the position of Senior Vice-President, Finance and Treasury at Investors Group Incorporated in June, 1988. In his youth he enjoyed baseball. As a pitcher better known as "Pistol Pete", he played with the Rosedales and the St. Boniface Native Sons and pitched a no-hitter for the Winnipeg Goldeyes in 1953. He was inducted into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997. During his retirement years he enjoyed family vacations, gardening, golf and extensive travel with his wife Joan. His numerous volunteer activities included such things as Winnipeg Harvest, Cancer Foundation, Baseball Hall of Fame, United Way and coaching of a number of youth baseball teams. Donald was predeceased by his parents and his brother William. He is survived by the sunshine of his life, Joan; sons, Donald (Jana), Robert (Margaret), Bill and his daughters, Sandra (Alex), Nancy (Cory) and his grandchildren, Nolan, Bryce, Danielle, Rob, Tyson, Alan, Leah, Blair, Nicholas, Max and Hunter. He is also survived by his brother Jack (Meagan), sister-in-law Carol and sister-in-law Lorraine (Syd). The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to all the staff at the Health Sciences Centre for their compassionate care. A special thank you to Dr. Rabson, for his special dedication to Donalds care. Funeral services will be held at Charleswood United Church, 4820 Roblin Blvd. on Tuesday, May 4 at 1:30 p.m. Rev. Michael Wilson officiating. Those who wish to make donations may do so to the Manitoba Heart and Stroke Foundation.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 03, 2004
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