Donald Robert Critchley
December 27, 1939 – June 28, 2018
In Loving Memory of Donald Robert Critchley. It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our father, father-in-law, grandfather, brother and uncle. Don passed away peacefully on June 28, 2018 at Holmberg House in Abbotsford, BC at the age of 78. He was born on December 27, 1939 in St. Boniface, Winnipeg. Don leaves behind his two sons Mike (Jaana) and Dave (Lynsay); and his four grandchildren Markus (Gracie), Emma (Jordan) Messner, Aidan and Kailyn. He was predeceased by his father Clifford Critchley and his mother Doris Macey (nee Johnson). Don was devoted to his family and loved family gatherings. He was a loving father, grandfather and a friend to many. He was a tireless volunteer throughout his lifetime to the Lions Club in Invermere, BC and later to the Rotary Club in Mission, BC. His greatest joy came from the many friendships made through volunteering. The twinkle in his eyes, his smile and his endless stories will be forever missed by all. Rest peacefully dad and gramps. We love you and we miss you dearly. The family would like to express their special thanks to all of the doctors, nurses and staff of the Cancer Center, Oncology Unit, and Palliative Care Unit of the Abbotsford Hospital and Holmberg House in Abbotsford, BC. A Celebration of Don’s life will be held at a later date in Mission, BC.
- Celebration of Life Sunday, September 9, 2018
Donald Robert Critchley
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December 6, 2018
Don and I attended Lord Selkirk school up to grade 12. In late elementary and junior high I considered him my best friend but I always looked up to him. As things happen we drifted apart in High School and when I went to University but I have always remembered him and regretted not having somehow made contact with him. It's hard to accept his passing - in my mind he will always be 13
September 7, 2018
Blessings to the Loved Ones Of Don Critchley:
We are so blessed to live in this age of technology as it presented a fabulous opportunity to meet and become friends with Jaana Critchley. Shortly after becoming fast friends with Jaana she shared her burden over her father-in-law’s terminal illness. She poured out her heart to me regarding Don’s suffering and the family’s struggle to cope. The Lord put a burden on my heart for him and the family. I began to pray fervently for Don asking God to deliver him from the misery and to touch his life.
I am a Christian and wanted to know that when Don’s time here on earth was complete that he would join Christ in Heaven for eternity. After praying for a week or so the Lord’s Spirit gave this revelation: “Don is already mine (God’s). I have had a claim on his life from the beginning and will deliver him in the end. He is heaven bound though he just hasn’t acknowledged Me yet.”
I was given a profound sense of peace that only God can give and knew with all confidence that he would soon be removed from this world of pain and regrets. I could hardly wait to share the Good News with Jaana who is a precious sister to me now.
I want the family to understand that though I never knew Don personally his life effected me deeply. He had a part in growing my faith and bringing a new understanding of God’s power and grace. It marked a new beginning for me in my walk with the Lord.
God Bless You All through Christ Jesus,
July 7, 2018
To Don's family; I am so sorry for your loss. He was one of the kindest people I have ever met. I got to know him through Rotary. He always seemed to be volunteering at every event that he could. Always had a story to tell and made friends with everyone he met. He loved to talk about his family, especially his grandchildren. He was very proud of all of you. Mission will miss him and so will I.