Dec 10, 1927 – Feb 22, 2007
Don passed away peacefully Feb 22, 2007, with his family by his side. Don was predeceased by his parents, Charlie and Hallie North, sisters Thelma Peters and Irene Hall and brother Gerald North. He is survived by his wife Jeanne of 35 years and her daughters Anita Bell and Michelle Wheeler and their children and grandchildren; sister Jeanette Mitchell, brother Eldon North and numerous nieces and nephews.
Don was born near Moosejaw, Sask. Dec 10th, 1927. He grew up on a farm with school taking second place in busy seasons such as harvest time.
In 1948, Don and Gerald moved to Calgary and spent 15 years working at plaster, stucco, bricks and drywall trades. In 1965, he went to Toronto for massage therapy training and was a massage therapist at the Harrison Hotel for 25 years, retiring in 1997.
Over the years, Don acquired many hobbies. He learned to weave baskets from willow and reed or any other materials available. He engraved glass and was also a licensed auctioneer. In sports, he played and curled and had the honour of being trounced soundly by teams like the Campbell Brothers of Avonlea, Sask, the team that won the briar cup in 1955. He followed archery for several years in Alberta and BC and won the BC Open Flight trophy.
Another of his crafts was building and repairing wagon wheels. He was contacted by people from all over the country to utilize his services. He had a great love of horses and combined this with his massage therapy.
Don and Jeanne had many adventures traveling to Spain, Italy, France, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii, Philippines, Indonesia, China, Japan, Singapore, Canada, United States, Mexico, South America and a Caribbean and Panama cruise.
A special thanks to the doctors, nurses and caregivers at the Chilliwack General Hospital.
A memorial service was held at All Saints Anglican Church, Agassiz, Tuesday Feb 27th 2:00pm.
In Don’s memory, donations may be made to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, 1690 Matthews Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6J 2T2.