Don passed away peacefully on May 21, 2020 at the age of 85 years. Don is survived by his sons Andrew (Abigail Aimes) and Bruce (Carol Collinge), and grandchildren Grace and Eve. Don was predeceased by his wife (Marion), parents (Bob and Muriel), and brother (Keith).

Don was born and raised in Gravenhurst, Ontario and attended Queen’s University (Arts ’57). A career in industrial relations and human resource management brought Don and his family from Toronto to Calgary in 1980, where he gradually retired in the early 1990’s. After an initial retirement period based in the Gravenhurst area, Don and Marion relocated to Victoria in 2006 where they remained.

Don was a thoughtful and generous man with many friends and loved ones. He enjoyed sports. He enjoyed reading. He was active in his Church. He adored his grandchildren. Don’s family would like to thank the staff at Victoria Hospice for their extraordinary care and kindness. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the hospice or a charity of personal choice would be appreciated.

A Celebration of Don’s Life will be held at a later date, when circumstances better allow for a gathering of family and friends.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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  • Anne MacLachlan

    Don left me and my family with many happy memories to reflect on, especially our times in Muskoka. Since he was from the area and we were the newbies, he was able to provide us with some practical advice that was so helpful. We had some wonderful dinners at Don and Marion’s home, and in turn, they would at times show up at our little log cottage with goodies from Don’s Bakery in Bala. Much good cheer was shared. After Don and Marion moved to Victoria we continued to keep in touch with cards and occasional calls. Later Don continued to keep in touch with all of the MacLachlans in Toronto when he visited the area. We would all meet for a catch up lunch at the same restaurant every year. Don and Marion were very welcoming and kind to me when I married Ron in 1963 and arrived in Toronto. I will always remember Don as kind, thoughtful, respectful, and a man who was a great example of decency and values. He will be remembered with great affection.

  • Fely D.Diego

    We are so sorry that Grandpa has passed away,He was such a great,kind man and true gentleman, He always put others before himself,and will be missed by all of us,May our Lord bless and comfort the whole family during this time of grief.
    Our Deepest Sympathy,
    Fely Domingo Diego
    & Family.

  • Charlie O’Donnell

    Our sincerest condolences on Don’s passing. He was a good friend of the O’Donnell family and we were proud to have him in our lives. Don sometimes vacationed with us in BC. I will always remember is get up and go spirit at the lake. Touching on 80 he was still game to attempt the paddle board. We had some great laughs and Don was also kind enough to share his life experiences and wisdom over a glass of wine.
    He was a treasure and will not soon be forgotten.

    The O’Donnell’s

  • Mae Stewart

    Always remembered with much love and many happy memories. I will miss your phone calls Don.

  • Amy McLuskie

    To all the family,

    We were saddened to hear the news of Don’s passing. We will fondly remember him during his last visit to Scotland. We are thinking of you all, especially during these difficult times.

    Lots of love

    Amy, James and family xx

  • Bob & Valerie Russell

    Don was the kind of man you were drawn to the moment you met him. He will be remembered for his kindness, sense of humor and winning smile. Marion was the love of his life and we will always remember both of them with a certain fondness that cannot be forgotten. I was introduced to Don & Marion the first week I arrived in Canada and his and Marion’s friendliness left an impression that will always remain in our hearts

    Our sincere condolences go to all of the family at this sad and difficult time.

  • Ann Weyzig

    It’s with a very heavy heart I send my sincere condolences
    To the macEachern family
    Your dad was one of the nicest men I have known.
    He was a great dad to his boys Bruce and Andrew and a good friend to his family and friends near and far.
    Sending lots of love and strength, Don will live in our hearts
    filling it with wonderful memories God bless ❤️
    Ann Weyzig

  • Bill and Nancy Duke

    Bruce and Andy,

    Nancy and I will always remember your Dad as a real gentleman and a true friend. We will think of him always with great affection and miss him deeply, as we miss your Mum. It helps, however, to know that Don and Marion are together again.

    Good Bless.

  • Beryl & George Starke

    Dear Bruce, Andrew and your families,

    We were so sorry and sad to hear of Don’s passing. He was a good friend and we will really miss him. We will always cherish the good times we had with Don and Marian. Don’s wonderful sense of humor will always be remembered.
    You have our most sincere sympathy.

    George and Beryl

  • Stewart & Ann Auld

    We were so sad to learn of Don’s passing. We will remember him as a lovely, fun, kind and charming person – as Stewart would say – you always wanted to be nice to Don. You will all miss him so much and we will remember the times in Victoria where he kindly let us share his home and the visit we had when Marion was alive. May he rest in peace.
    Love from Ann and Stewart (Auld)

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