Donald Ross Brunton
March 8, 1928 – October 9, 2020
Don passed away peacefully at age 92, having lived a full and happy life with his late wife Patricia (nee Pim), the love of his life and best friend for over 60 years. He was a wise and loving father to Rick, Janet (Robert Bertolo) and his late son Steven (Suzette Brunton), and proud grandfather of Renée (Nigel McConnochie), Andrea, Gregory, Sophia and Lily. Don was truly a kind gentleman with a quiet wit, who found joy in life’s simple pleasures – always whistling a happy tune. Don was born to Blanche (nee Carter) and Allan Brunton, and grew up with his brothers Lorne (Dorothy) and Len (Jean) on Oakdene Crescent in East York. Many childhood friendships lasted throughout Don’s lifetime, a testament to his genuine nature. He graduated from U of T with a degree in Pharmacy in 1953. After their marriage in 1954, Don and Pat followed Lorne and Dorothy to Sarnia, where he opened Don Brunton Drugs. In 1964, the family moved to Scarborough when Don transitioned into pharmaceutical sales with Ciba-Geigy; he ended his career as an Inspector with the Ontario College of Pharmacists. In 1968, Don and Pat purchased a cottage on Black Lake in Haliburton, which they agreed was one of the best decisions of their lives. They developed cherished friendships that led to decades’ worth of fond memories for themselves, their children and their grandchildren. Don had a lifelong love of sports, as an athlete and as a spectator. Retirement allowed him to fully indulge his passion for golf, as a member of Mill Run Golf Club and while wintering in Florida, for many of those years with in-laws Al and Jackie Pim. Golf buddies, bridge club friends, travel companions, cottage friends, work colleagues and family would all agree that Don was “one of the good guys”. Friends and family of all generations will sadly miss his wonderful company. A celebration of his life will take place at a later date.
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Donald Ross Brunton
October 21, 2020
I have known Don since we were both six years old.and living on Oakdene cresent
. Don was one of the original Oakdene Tigers and now sadly I am the last Tiger. June and I remember the great times we had with Pat and Don and our group Larry,,Helen,Chuck and Phylis at Black Lake. I will miss the phone calls we had over the years , reliving our youth. Don was quite an athlete in High school winning many mile races in his senior year. He was also a member of Riverdales High School hockey championship. Don and I have had a great 86 year relationship and we were hoping for many more. Bye Don . Your old buddy. Stan Courtney
October 15, 2020
Rick and Janet, our entire family have fond memories of both Don and Pat as well as Steve. It is with sad regrets that we are writing this message to you. Bluefin Crescent was made even more spectacular because of your family's presence at 28. Attending Christmas Eve gatherings at your home was always a delight. Don, a man who was every much of a father for all of the kids on the street will surely be missed. We still have the famous Toronto Maple Seat, which he purchased after the Leafs won the Stanley Cup. He was a great role model and someone we all looked up to each and every day. When you determine the date and time at which we can celebrate his life as a group who loved him, please connect with us so we will be able to attend. email@example.com Love Ted, Janet and David Ashberry