Donald Lacey

17 février 19464 mars 2021
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On Thursday, March 4, 2021, Don passed away peacefully at Lakeridge Health in Oshawa at the age of 75. He is predeceased by his beloved wife Sandy (nee Sheppard) and will be remembered as a loving father and best friend to Kevin (Erika) and a cherished Grandpa to Mackenzie and Bronwyn. Don was a dear brother to Richard (Deborah Beaudoin) and the late Ronald and was predeceased by his sister-in-law Elizabeth. He was a dedicated son to Gwendolyn and predeceased by his father Richard. Don will be missed by his partner Mary Zolis and her children Jennifer (Matt), Jessica (Andy), Jordan and granddaughter Adaline. ‘Uncle Don’ will also be missed by his many nieces, nephews and godchildren along with so many extended family and friends.

Don was an avid student whose university studies continued through until his passing. He leveraged his knowledge not only to support a successful career, but also to provide support as a patient advocate for Sandy and for so many others. Don was as comfortable in the gym as he was in the classroom. His fitness allowed for the completion of several 10k and Half Marathon races and supported his affinity for biking. Don travelled extensively both for business and for pleasure, and was fortunate to have shared those experiences with his family and friends. Many of those same family and friends think of laughing about the day’s events with Don and a glass of wine by the BBQ at home, or on the balcony in Clearwater.

A small, private Celebration of Life service will be held at the COURTICE FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1587 Highway #2, Courtice (905-432-8484). Due to COVID restrictions, attendance has been limited to a very small list that has been confirmed with those individuals. The family would ask that you view the service via Live Stream https://funeraweb.tv/en/diffusions/25798 remotely on-line on Saturday, March 20th at 1:30 p.m..

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Oley Foundation (www.oley.org) or the Heart and Stroke (www.heartandstroke.ca ) Foundations would be appreciated.



Donald Lacey


Gord Arsenault

21 mars , 2021

I enjoyed over the years enlightened conversation with Don and the consumption of one or perhaps more cold beer to aid our discussions. More recently we ventured on a few bike rides locally and in Florida. The ride from the Florida condo to Tarpon Springs for a Greek lunch was a highlight. Don,s hospitality and cooking skills were on full display for Susan and I during our Florida tour a few years ago. A good man. Rest easy my friend.
Gord and Susan

Lillian Norcott

21 mars , 2021

The first night we met our new neighbors, Don and Sandy, was spent laughing, talking and sipping wine - I remember thinking how lucky we were that they had moved in next door. We realized at 5 AM that young Kevin had been promised a trip to Santa’s Village and sure enough within the hour we were off for New York to spend the day, a little weary but we enjoyed every minute. We shared many such adventures and laughs together over the years and no matter how long it had been since we had seen them it was as if we still lived next door. I was devastated to hear of Don’s sudden passing and will miss him dearly. He was a wonderful friend to the boys and I, just a warm and genuine soul. My sincerest condolences to Kevin, Erica, Mackenzie and Bronwyn who he was so proud of. Sympathies also to Gwen and Richard. It is a comfort to think of him up there in the welcoming arms of Sandy and my husband, Rob. 💕

Mike Arsenault

20 mars , 2021

Hi Kevin and Family,

I just watched the service for Don. It was very moving to see and hear just how much he meant to all of you. He was a terrific man and he will be missed dearly.

I too remember going to an Oshawa Generals game with him and the great conversations we had. He made a nervous high school kid feel like his adult equal that night.

I think the last time we were all together was at your house for pizza on Halloween when I was working for The Weather Network. Hopefully, we can all get together again sometime soon. I'd love to catch up.

My condolences,

Mike and Kelly Arsenault

Glenn Akeson

20 mars , 2021

Kevin & Family what a shock hearing the news of your Dad's passing. I too grew up in Ottawa and attended St. George's with him. As a matter of fact 55 years ago, March 19, 1966 Don was my Best Man as Petra & I married in Metcalfe, Ontario. Having moved out of Ottawa to Burlington we did lose contact until 3 Years ago. Through Dave Dempsey we reconnected in Florida and what a joy it was getting to spend time with him talking old times and Don made it feel like it was just yesterday when we were last together. That was his unique ability. Once a Friend, Always a Friend. Both Don & Sandy left indelible marks on all of us and made us all feel better having known them. RIP in each others arms.
Glenn & Petra Akeson


20 mars , 2021

To the Lacey family,
Was shocked and sad to hear of cousin Don's passing. Glad we got to catch up at the Lacey family reunion in 2018. We lived walking distance apart in Oshawa for years and didn't even know it. Sincere condolences. Don was a remarkable man, with many achievements and will be missed dearly by all his family and friends.

Kristine (Tilley) Charlton

Sharon (Lacey) & David Wright

20 mars , 2021

Our deepest sympathies to the 'Lacey' family.
Gone but not forgotten, he will live on in his children, grandchildren, family, friends, co-workers, students, memories and experiences.
I cheered Donald and Kevin on from the sidelines of some of his 10K races in Ottawa.
I listened to his stories (loved his stories) when we were at family events eg. 'Lacey Family Reunion 2018'
Great smile, always welcoming. We will miss you.
"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, Love leaves a memory no one can steal"
Hugs to the 'Lacey family'.
David, Sharon, Karen, Chan and family; David Jr., Barb and family

Bill Shaddy

20 mars , 2021

I consider myself fortunate to have worked with Don at Pepsi over the years. His passing comes a a sudden shock to all of us who knew him as a strong executive leader in the Beverage and Food Industries.

He treated all employees, suppliers and outside resources with respect and professional dignity. In addition to being “an all-around great guy,” Don set a high standard of Excellence for all to follow.

Bill Shaddy
Sarasota, Florida.

Jim Fitzgibbons Joanne Hunter

19 mars , 2021

As like others I started with
Don at St. George's with many memories of growing in easier times, and then onto high school and E.O.I.T. I most remember Don for his smile, laughter and love of life. His devotion to Sandy and his entire family speak to his determination of a life well lived.
Joanne and I were fortunate to spend a few days with Don, Sandy, Faye and Jay in Portugal. We will always remember his determination to make this a special time for everyone. We will never lose sight of his smile, his laugh and his care for those around him. We will miss you,

Dan Horner

19 mars , 2021

I feel very fortunate to have had great room mates in University. Even more so, it was nice to have had the feeling of 4 extra sets of parents. It made you feel really good to know that Mr. Lacey had your back. He was a capable leader, a dedicated father, gave great advice, and was someone who could be a dad and one-of-the-guys all at the same time. We're so lucky that such a great guy was on this planet at the same time we were here. Luckily, he has passed the best parts of himself to his son. As I write this, I have this great image of him doing his Dad-dance at Kevin's wedding and it's making me feel really good. What better way to spend your time on this earth than to live life that benefits others, pass those traits to the next generation, and at the time of your passing, leave people remembering good times with a smile. Thanks Mr. Lacey.

Peter and Margie Mulvihill

17 mars , 2021

Kevin, Erika, Mackenzie, Bronwin, Gwen, Richard ,Mary and all,

It was with shock and great sadness that we learned of Don's sudden passing . He was everything to all of us..... once Don's friend, always Don's friend. He was generous, loving and kind and would do anything for anyone. As Peter says " Don was one of the smartest guys I ever knew !" His bonds of love were strong. He valued his family and kept his friends close. What a treasure . He was proud of his Irish heritage and we have happy memories of St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Don will ever remain as part of our "Pot of Gold!' Rest in peace our dear friend.

Love , Peter, Margie and family