Reverend Donald G. CARSON

CARSON, The Reverend Donald G.

23 Apr 1924 – 6 Apr 2010

Donald passed away at Royal Columbian Hospital following a fall and respiratory problems.

Donald is the oldest son of James and Nellie Carson of Weyburn, Saskatchewan. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Lucienne (nee Bernard-Juppet) of Marie de Bagnole, France and his brothers Ken (Betty)of Winnipeg and Glenn (Pat)of Ottawa and their families.

In 1943, Don, as he was known to his friends, enlisted in the RCAF. During the war he was stationed in Yorkshire with the 419 Squadron. In 1946 he returned to Canada where he worked for the Saskatchewan government until 1950. He then re-enlisted in the RCAF. He qualified as an armament technician and served in 416 Squadron before flying over to France where he later joined 421 Squadron. Don served on various bases in Europe and Canada, retiring in the rank of Sergeant in 1974. In 1974 Don entered The Presbyterian College at McGill University, receiving his Bachelor of Theology degree in 1977. He was ordained in Knox Church, Ottawa the following year. Don was called to the congregation of Killam – Galahad, Alberta in 1978 where he served as their Pastor until answering the call to Calvin Presbyterian Church, Abbotsford in 1981. Don’s warm, friendly character and quiet but determined leadership style resulted in considerable church growth and in 1985 he was instrumental in the building of a new sanctuary and church basement.

Don retired in 1992 and took to the road. He and Lucienne travelled extensively in North and South America and Europe. However, this did not prevent Don from volunteering most of his spare time to community programmes and charities, including a short spell of preaching at Bradner Presbyterian Church. There will be a memorial service for Don at Calvin Presbyterian Church, 2597 Bourquin Crescent East, Abbotsford on Thursday the 6th May at 2:00 pm officiated by the Reverend Dr J. H (Hans) Kouwenberg. Family and friends wish to express appreciation to the caring staff at Foyer Maillard in Coquitlam and to the Emergency Ward medical and nursing personnel at the Royal Columbian Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada or the Calvin Church New Building Fund. Tributes and condolences may be left at www.hendersonsabbotsfordfunerals.com

Henderson’s Funeral Home 604-854-5534