OBITUARY

Donald KINGDON

25 September, 194415 February, 2021

Donald Kingdon, age 76, passed on in the Chilliwack Hospital on February 15th, 2021. He was born to parents Beatrice and Lloyd on September 25, 1944 in Sarnia Ontario.

He was raised in Blackwell with his four siblings, in a small house on Dent Drive. He graduated as a nurses' aid and met Donna shortly afterwards while working at the Sarnia General Hospital. (They met on the psych ward. Don claimed Donna was a patient. Donna claimed she worked there. We shall leave this to the reader to ponder!) They married in 1966. He had moved onto welding by this time which was his lifelong career. He worked in many places including New Brunswick, Ontario, Alberta and finally retired from 20 years employment at the Port Alice Pulp Mill in British Columbia in 2007.

Don was known for his love of music and was a talented self-taught musician. His family and friends have fond memories of him playing guitar and performing classics like The Auctioneer and King of the Road. He was also quite the poet and left behind many poems cherished by his family. He was a gentle, kind man with a wonderful sense of humour. Don also loved cars. His family often heard about his dream of owning a silver satin Corvette which never came to fruition but he was the proud owner of a ‘69 Mustang in his early 20’s. As a young man, Don had always wanted a convertible so he decided to make his own. He used a cold chisel to remove the roof of his car, thus creating his beloved convertible! Speaking of his sense of humour, he would later hook up an electric current to the car to give those who came in contact with it a mild shock which amused him greatly. This is a story he would tell his children many times, always with a big smile and a good chuckle!

He was the devoted husband of Donna; cherished father to his children Donnie (Melissa), Rebecca (Garney), Steven (Jennie), Joe (Amy), Aynalem and Sentayehu; adored grandfather to Jared, Jonah, Jesse, Isabella, Mattias, Chloe, Christian, Felix, Bruno and Liliana; a loving brother of Lloyd (Pat), Bob (Joan), Sue (Dan) and in laws Carol, JoAnn (Dick), Bob, and Jane (Chris). Don will be remembered by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Beatrice and Lloyd and older brother Terry.

A Memorial Service is being held at 1pm on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Don and Donna's home in Chilliwack. It will be livestreamed for those that cannot attend at: https://www.legacystreaming.com/dignity-chilliwack/

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PAM cATES

27 February 2021

Donna and Family
What a beautiful memorial service and wonderful memories of Don. Ron particularly enjoyed Chris's story about the Mustang, Ron remembers you and Don coming to the farm with the Mustang. My thoughts and prayers are with you Donna and your family

Alieu Bah

23 February 2021

I remember Don for his incredible kindness, generousity and soft-heartedness. I recall the warm welcome he gave me and my family 18 years ago when we arrived in port McNeil from Africa. He spared no efforts in making us comfortable. He drove us around in search of jobs, shopping and more. He would teach my daughter to play the piano. Country Bumkin was among his favorite songs then. I can write pages about Don's kindness but one gesture of his generousity I'll never forget was the day I received my driver's license. He put his truck's key in my hand that day and asked me to go take a spin in his truck! Really? Was he entrusting his truck to a new driver just to bolter his confidence on the road? He suggested that I drive all the way to Port Hardy and back if I like and I happily did! Don will always remain in our hearts therefore our heart-felt condolences go to Donna and her family. May his soul rest in perfect peace.

Mathew Shetler

21 February 2021

Lots of good memories of uncle Don smiling and laughing as he told stories. A kind and patient man with a mischievous twinkle in his eye. He will be missed.

Mary & Hughes

21 February 2021

Feb 21, 2021
With our deepest sympathy to Donna and family. No words can express how we feel with the passing of Don. My earliest memories are rooted in Sarnia and the Kingdon family. Cousin Don was a talented musician. loved to play his guitar, incredibly good man, and friend.
“A family is a circle of love, not broken by a loss, but made stronger by the memories. We are forever blessed that God connected us to you.” Author unknown.

Jo Ann Regan

20 February 2021

Dear Donna and family

Fond memories of hearing Don play his guitar with his group up north in Ontario many years ago.
A gentle quiet man who will be greatly missed by his children and family and at all the Shetler family get togethers!
Gone but not forgotten!
Our prayers at with you at this difficult time
Aunt Jo and Dick

Robert Shetler

19 February 2021

Have many great memories of Don . Learning how to water ski with him . Him playing the guitar . Two trips to the west with him . Such a good kind man .

Donanne Avery

18 February 2021

Dear Donna and family,
My heart breaks for your loss. Don was one of those fellas you were always thrilled to see. The first thing my son said was "I loved how he did the "Auctioneer".
The Blessing for all of you in the days ahead will be your happy memories. Hold them close. May God cloak you with Comfort, Peace and Love.
Much Love and Caring Hugs,
Auntie "D:

Paul Kleinsmith

17 February 2021

Great memories of Kincardine, with the Great Danes and the old farmhouse and barn, and then the newer house, and the guitar breaking out!

Tammy Broer

17 February 2021

I remember Uncle Don and Aunt Donna coming come to visit and Uncle Don breaking out the guitar. I was amazed that anyone could remember all the words to Johnny Cash’s I’ve Been Everywhere.

I tried for years after to get the words down and I never could.

Brad Kingdon

17 February 2021

One of my favorite memories was going up to the Bruce to visit Uncle Don and Aunt Donna. Playing with Donny and Becky and the Great Danes. Wonderful memories. I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Uncle Don will be missed.
Brad Kingdon

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