OBITUARY

Donald Andrew Sibbald

April 24, 1951January 8, 2021

Donald Andrew Sibbald passed away at home on January 8, 2021, at 69 years of age.

Don was born to Anne and Cal Sibbald in Toronto, ON on April 24, 1951, growing up spending his summers on Lake Simcoe at the family cottage. After receiving his law degree from the University of Western Ontario, he moved with his wife Barb to Calgary, AB where they settled and started a family. A well-respected member of the Calgary legal community, Don was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 2010. He also contributed to the community through his volunteer work with the Calgary Food Bank, the Red Cross and Meals on Wheels and through his part-time teaching at SAIT. While taking great pride in his work, Don was happiest when surrounded by his family and friends and loved spending time at the cottage at Pine Lake, AB, waterskiing, boating, and sharing meals and laughs with loved ones, especially sitting on the deck with a drink in hand. Don’s love, support, and the obvious joy and pride he took in his wife and son knew no bounds and his kindness, generosity, and laugh will be remembered fondly.

Don is lovingly remembered by his wife Barbara Sibbald; son Christopher Sibbald (Angela Reid); sister Joy Railton (John Railton); his nieces and nephews, extended family, and the Pine Lake crew.

“… I will arise and go now, for always night and day I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore; While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements gray, I hear it in the deep heart’s core.” The Lake Isle of Innisfree W.B. Yeats

If friends so desire and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to The Heart and Stroke Foundation at https://www.heartandstroke.ca.

Due to current public health orders, a celebration of Don’s life will take place once it is safe for his family and his friends to gather again.

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Deena Rasky and Norm Greer

January 21, 2021

To Barb SIBBALD and family plus sister Joy Railton and family.
We’re saddened by the loss of Don but glad we have fond memories. What a decent man! It was such a treat to have dinner with you at your home when we were in Calgary for Bryan Railton’s wedding. We had much in common and instantly bonded. Then every year he (and Barb) sent us newsy Christmas cards. His love of language enabled him to summarize the year in just a few sentences. Such an honour to be friends as well as relatives. His memories live on...

Grant Buchan-Terrell

January 19, 2021

Barb, Nancy and I were so very sad to hear of Don’s untimely passing. It’s been decades since we last saw Don, but the memories are fresh because Don was one of a kind. A prince of a guy, a mensch, just a great guy we were lucky to know a little bit. Our sincere condolences to you Barb, and your family. Nancy & Grant B-T

Rodney Fong

January 13, 2021

I had the privilege of working with Don and learned a great deal from him as a colleague and a friend. Professional, pragmatic and principled, he was a man of integrity. My deepest condolences to Don’s family on his recent passing.

M Jane Rotnem

January 13, 2021

It was with great sadness that I read of Don's passing. I knew him on "the other side" of legal files, and as an independent, objective mediator, always fair, and always with a sense of humor. My sincere sympathy to his family. May the memories of all the good times you had with him bring you solace. Sincerely, Jane Rotnem

Marilynn Sander

January 13, 2021

SAIT's ALIVE (The Association of Retired and Former employees of SAIT and their spouses) extend their deepest sympathy.

Jodi Keil

January 13, 2021

I had the privilege of working with Don at the Land Compensation Board. I enjoyed working with him. He provided me with much appreciated guidance and mentorship. He often spoke of his son with pride, and frequently talked about spending time with his family and friends at the lake.

My sincere condolences to your family at this time.

Ruth Kohut

January 12, 2021

Dear Barb and Christopher,
In the handful of times I interacted with your husband/father, I always felt his warm presence and compassion. He contributed so much to who you both are today.

I hope you can garner the strength through this very sad time.

Big sis: you have been here for me so many times. I wish I could be right there with you right now.
My sincere condolences.
With all my thoughts and prayers, Ruth Kohut

Lynn Cabral

January 12, 2021

A bright light has been dimmed with Don's passing, but his memory will shine for eternity. Don was a wonderful family man, friend and neighbor. Our fondest memories are from Pine Lake. Curling on the lake on Boxing Day. Family curling tournament every February, and bringing in the New Year together while we all gathered down by the lake front. We are thinking of you all. You are in our hearts and our prayers. The Cabral Family

David Loukidelis

January 12, 2021

I extend deepest sympathies to the whole family on Don's passing.

I was fortunate enough to work with him on the Law Enforcement Review Board a few years back. He was always a pleasure to work with and I very much appreciated everything he brought to our work.

Please accept my sincere condolences on his untimely passing.

David Loukidelis

Susan Crawford

January 12, 2021

Sending big gentle hugs to you, Barb, and Chris and Angela, and thinking of all of you at this sad time! Our deepest sympathies!

Susan, Glenn and Heffy

FROM THE FAMILY