Donald Richard Squires
November 23, 1931 – June 21, 2020
Donald passed at age 88 on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21st after a lengthy illness.
While his ability to function physically lessened, his love of music, his sense of humour, resilience and will to live endured. Donald is remembered as a devoted husband to wife Cecile (nee Holland). He is survived by his children Robert Squires, Kathleen Beauvais (Dave Deverall), Shirley Squires (Robin Roberts) and Daniel Beauvais (Rhonda), grandchildren Christopher, Cassandra, Holly and Melanie. Donald is predeceased by five siblings. He was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. He enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1950. Donald served two tours of service in Korea, one in 1951-52 through the war period and then in 1954 with the United Nations Peace Keeping Forces. As a member of this force, he later received an authorized replica of the Nobel Peace Prize. Donald moved to Kitchener, Ontario in 1987. He was an active member of the Korean Veterans Association, Unit 13 in Cambridge, Ontario for many years, serving as Unit Treasurer for part of that time. He cared deeply for his fellow comrades and maintained life-long relationships with many. In 2013, Donald was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2014, he received a Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation for his many contributions, including the motion to have a commemorative plaque presented to HMCS Haida – a plaque which pays tribute to the eight ships and more than 3600 members of the Royal Canadian Navy who participated in the Korean War. Donald spent his last months at the Parkwood Mennonite Long-Term Care Residence and received periodic care from Saint-Mary’s Hospital. A graveside service will be held in the Field of Honour at the National Military Cemetery in Ottawa, Ontario at a date to be determined. Donations in memory of Donald may be made to St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation or to the War Amps of Canada. Online condolences at www.westmountfuneralchapel.com
Donald Richard Squires
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July 7, 2020
Dear Shirley, Robbie, Robin and Melanie,
With sympathy for your loss. We hope, with time, the good memories you have of time spent your father, father-in -law, grandfather will replace the sorrow you feel right now. From the details of your fathers life there is much to celebrate later this summer.
Love, Berni & Michael xoxo
June 28, 2020
Uncle Don will be fondly remembered as a caring person with a wonderful sense of humour. As children, we would gather in celebration of life's events and Uncle Don would always take the time to get to know us and entertain us with stories and words of wisdom. We greatly respected his service in Korea, which from time to time he would give us a glimpse of through his memories.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your loss.
Debbie Leahy and family
June 23, 2020
Dear Shirley, Robbie, Robin, Melanie and family,
We are saddened by your loss, but your father has served his country well and leaves behind many special memories for you to hold close to your heart. May he rest in peace.
With our sincere condolences, Susan, Peter and Laurel