August 20, 1931 – January 7, 2020
“HIS WINGS WERE READY, OUR HEARTS WERE NOT”
In the early evening, while in hospital, Don passed away peacefully in his sleep. He was not alone at the time of his passing, loving family was by his side and had been during his entire three week journey. A few days earlier, having received the news that his health was declining, Don accepted what was to be, and in his words said, “… I am 88 years old, I have had a good life, let nature take its course”. Don tried his best to stay a little longer with us, however, his kind, but tired heart, just stopped beating.
Don loved to drive and worked for 35 years with BC Transit, driving bus in Vancouver and Burnaby. He was also employed by Woodward’s, driving delivery truck on Saturdays, when he was needed.
Don was a loving and devoted husband, a much loved father, and a good friend to many. He liked an uncomplicated life spent with family and friends. Don enjoyed a hot cup of coffee, a good meal and would never turn down a slice of pie. He liked “kibitzing” with friends and even strangers, and would tease with a twinkle in his eyes and a little smile on his face. Don enjoyed a good hockey game especially if it ended with a win for the Canucks, and he and Joyce spent many happy hours cheering for the Blue Jays.
Don met Joyce on a blind date and they were happily married for 66 and a half years. They have been a team throughout their marriage. Recently, for his driver’s license renewal, Don had to undergo a verbal test given by his doctor. He was to say the first 4 word sentence that came to his mind. Without skipping a beat, Don said, “I love my wife!”
Missing Don and holding him close in their hearts are his loving family; his wife Joyce, son Dennis, daughter Joanne Plecas (Darryl) and grandson Sean. Don was predeceased by grandson Ryan.
In keeping with and honouring Don’s wishes, there will be no service. Instead, we ask that you think of Don every now and then, and smile at your memories of him.
In lieu of flowers, and if you so wish, Don’s family would appreciate donations in his name be made to Matthew’s House in Abbotsford.
“YOU MADE US HAPPY WHEN SKIES WERE GREY”
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