Don passed away at VGH with family by his side.
He is survived by his wife Emma, daughter Maureen and three grandchildren; Raymond, Mallory and Brandon Wheeler.
He was predeceased by his son Barry in 2011.
At 18, Don enlisted in the Canadian Army Tank Corp in the Second World War and went overseas. He spent 2 years in France, Belgium and Germany after which he came home and married Emma Moonen on Nov. 19, 1946. They moved to Quesnel from Salmon Arm in 1950. Don worked for NWI, then the weigh scales and finally at Cariboo Pulp and Paper.
Don was very active in sports. Together with George Oliver, they coached little league and Babe Ruth baseball. Don was a loyal Yankee fan. He was also an avid curler and played in many tournaments with Tom Gurnett. Don and Emma also organized Grey Cup parties at the Legion with Sherman Blair.
Don loved fishing with his family out west of Quesnel where he and daughter Maureen would have competitions to see who could catch the first and biggest fish. Hunting with his son Barry gave Don great joy, where getting that moose was a must. Long time friend Karl Johnson and his sons, Richard Marsh and others were often part of the hunting party as well.
Don was a life member of Legion Branch 94 (active member for 65 years), served on the executive for many years, worked on the trades fair and many more events. He was also a life member of the Quesnel Masonic Lodge.
Don will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
A service and tea was held at the Legion
hall on Oct. 12th at
The family would like to thank all their friends and relatives for their support at this time.