Donald Robert Meeres late of Sardis, passed away suddenly in the Vancouver St. Paul’s Hospital at the age of 69 years. Don was born January 28, 1934 in Edmonton, Alta. to parents, Edgar and Lucy Meeres. He had lived in this area for 67 years.
He moved to Sardis with siblings Jean and Elmer at the age of two-and-one-half years. He lived on Prest Rd., Chilliwack River Rd., and the Sardis area before moving to a home on Airport Rd., where he lived until his marriage to Carolyn in 1957.
He left school early and travelled to Alberta to find a variety of work from construction to logging. Later in life he worked in TV installations and for Canadian Aviation and Electronics. He drove milk truck, was a security officer in B.C. Forestry camps and was part owner of Chilliwack Gulf Oil. Don worked for Friesen Equipment as a salesman for many years and during this time he acquired many friends in the farming communities. In 1989 Don purchased M & C Insulation where he was currently owner and manager with a great foreman and crew.
Interspersed with these activities was his love of animals where he hobby farmed with calves, cows and horses, mainly Appaloosas and Quarter Horses. His hobbies included reading, TV and horse auctions. He especially enjoyed attending 4H, sports and horse events which involved his grandchildren. His joy in summer was spending time in Scotch Creek at Caravans West Resort with his family and friends.
A graveside service will be held at Chilliwack Cemeteries on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2003 at 11 a.m., followed by a Service of Remembrance at the Chilliwack Alliance Church at 1 p.m., Rev. Brian Wiebe officiating.
Casket bearers: Chris Meeres, Gary Meeres, Peter Pellikaan, Rick Meeres, Joe Meeres, and Mark Craig. Honourary bearers: Bud Allan, Len Hall, Barb Litzenberger, Terry Johnson, Neil Thornton, Bob Sepass, and Merril Prest.
He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 46 years, Carolyn; sons, Rick (Cathy), Gary (Janie), and Joe (Lynn); daughter Nancy (Peter) Pellikaan, all of Chilliwack; as well as 12 loving grandchildren, and Teresa; brother Elmer Meeres of Nanaimo; and numerous nieces, nephews, and close family friends.
Don was predeceased by his sister Jean Trussel; his mother Lucy; and father Edgar Meeres.
If friends so desire, donations in her memory may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.