Chapel of Memories Funeral Directors

4005 Sixth Ave, Port Alberni, BC


Donald James Gaetz

August 25, 1958April 25, 2020

With sadness we announce Donald James Gaetz, age 62, died peacefully at home on Saturday, April 25th, 2020. Don will be remembered by his wife Jaci, his son Christopher (April), daughter Terri-Anne (Robert) and grandchildren: Kurtis, Jenna and Amy; sisters and brothers-in-law Kathy & Gerry and Lynne & Gerald. Don will also be missed by his Nova Scotia family: mom Maryanne Demonde, brothers Mike (BJ), Steven (Michael), and sister Laurel McLeod; and many beloved nieces and nephews from west and east coast.

Don was born and raised in Nova Scotia and moved to BC in 1978. He worked for over 36 years at the Pulp and Paper Mill. He was an avid and competitive card player, master bowler and YBC coach. He enjoyed people and talking for hours. His greatest attribute was his generosity to all. Don was happiest on the dance floor with his wife.

An opportunity to toast his memory will be held at a later date.


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Mike and BJ Gaetz

May 4, 2020

Dear Jaci and family... BJ and I send our condolences and love. We will always cherish our memories of Don and the time spent together in Winnipeg and Port Alberni . Our last family reunion with Mom and all her children was a very special and rare event. That visit takes on even more significance remembering quiet times sharing memories from the past, the laughter, and the many card games. I know Don thought the world of you, Terri, and Chris. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Mike and BJ

Laurel McLeod

May 3, 2020

Dear Brother: I shall miss you very much but you live on in my memories. You followed your heart and it led you to a wonderful family in British Columbia and I am so grateful for them and their love for you. I always called you "Donnie" and you would reply, "no, no it's Don now" and I would laugh and say okay Donnie. I could feel your smile and it touched my heart. Rest in peace until we meet again. Love always , your sister Laurel.

Steven Gaetz

May 3, 2020

Jaci, Terri-Ann and Chris..We are so very sad to hear of DJ's passing. Even though you know something is coming, it is still not easy. Keep all the good memories close. Hope you are all doing OK,
You are in our thoughts,
Steven and Michael

Bill Pedersen

May 1, 2020

Jaci.....We send our Sincere Condolences, to you and your family.
Such a sad time, for you. The social distancing, at a time like this, must be terribly hard. Hugs to you.....Bill and Carol Pedersen.


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