Oct 30, 1952 – Sep 29, 2017
Our family is heartbroken to announce Don’s passing on September 29, 2017. Don was born in Chilliwack, BC on October 30, 1952 and spent his childhood and adult years in Golden until work brought him and his family to Sicamous in 1996.
Don is survived by his wife and best friend of 43 years Wendy, son Jarrod (Emery and Oliver) and son Jordan and daughter-in-law Jayme (Niah and Kaden).
He also leaves behind his brother Ron (Evelyn), sisters Sandy (Conrad) and Tammy (Doug), sister-in-law Janice and their families.
He was predeceased by his parents, Herb and Sue and his younger brother Kelly. He will also be missed by his mother-in-law Dolores Rohrer, his brothers-in-law Dean and Tom Rohrer, sisters-in-law Linda MGuire and Debbie Kelly and their families. He loved you all so much.
Don had fond memories of his childhood and growing up on Wapta Street in Golden and he maintained the friendships he made from his younger years, throughout his life. He was a good and loyal friend and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone.
His career of more than 32 years was in supply management with Evans Forest Products/Louisiana Pacific in Donald, Golden and Malakwa. He loved his work which later on took him to the U.S. where he had the opportunity to use his experience and skills in those mills for LP. When his position was eliminated in 2008 he then worked at the Sicamous Recreation Centre and Napa Auto Parts to keep busy and fill his days until he and Wendy retired in 2013.
They purchased a new truck and fifth wheel and were able to enjoy four years of camping in areas including Vancouver Island, the northern and interior areas of BC, Alaska and Alberta. Don and Wendy were also able to travel on many warm vacations in different parts of Mexico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic where many friendships were made and continue.
Don loved all sports but his passion was hockey. He played from a young age and eventually played as a defenceman with the senior men’s hockey league as a Golden Rocket. He won many awards playing hockey, fastball as a shortstop and second baseman, and flag football. He was involved with the Golden Junior Rockets hockey club upon that team’s formation.
After moving to Sicamous he joined in helping with the Sicamous Eagles Jr B team. He was the assistant coach for several years including winning the 2001-2002 Western Canadian Jr B Championship with the Eagles team. He was always happy to coach his sons in hockey and baseball and was always their proudest supporter and fan. He was also instrumental in exposing his boys to golfing and skiing and was a role model in instilling a good work ethic and to be kind and helpful.
Don’s most cherished part of his life was his family. He was the best dad who always made time to do things with his boys and their families. He loved to watch Niah play ball, Kaden play hockey, support Emery in karate and watch Oliver play hockey. Best of all he loved getting hugs from his grandchildren. He especially loved our family trip to Mexico in March 2016 and the yearly houseboat vacations.
Don’s family would like to thank Dr Jack Beech, his office staff, the doctors, nurses and staff of Shuswap Lake General Hospital, Dr Ferdinand Matanaj, Dr Siavash Atrchian, Dr Michael Humphreys and the staff of the Vernon Cancer Agency.
He received excellent care throughout his illness. We are forever grateful for the time we had with Don because of all the caring medical staff.
Don’s request is no formal service. A date will be set next year to have a casual get-together in early summer for Don’s family and friends.
“Give your family a hug because you never know what tomorrow may bring.”
Online condolences may be forwarded to the family through Don’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com
Bowers Funeral Home