Donald 'Don' Garnier
Born In: North Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
Born: November 23rd, 1924
Passed in: Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed on: September 28th, 2012
It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Donald Joseph Garnier Sr. on Friday, September 28th, 2012 at Taigh Na Mara in Glace Bay.
Born in North Sydney on November 23, 1924, he was the son of the late James M. and Sadie (Ogden) Garnier. Don was parishioner of St. Augustine’s Parish, Grand Lake Road, for many years and more recently St. Joseph's Parish, Reserve Mines.
Don was a veteran of World War II, serving overseas with the Cape Breton Highlanders. He campaigned in Italy, Holland and Germany and was an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 128. Don enjoyed sharing his experiences from World War II and writing poetry in recent years. He was a member of the Steelworker's and Sydney Pensioner's Club, loved bowling and was an avid card player. For 36 years, he was employed at Sydney Steel Corporation in the Electrical Department retiring in 1978 to care for his wife.
He will be greatly missed by sons, Donnie and Joe, Laval, QC; grandchildren Jennifer, Kimberley (Brad Fraser) and Shannon. Also surviving his brothers John Garnier, Oromocto, NB and Clyde (Evelyn) Garnier, Ottawa, ON; brother-in-law Ron (Rita) Marman, sister-in-law Mary Marman and many nieces and nephews.
Don was predeceased by the love of his life, his wife, Phyllis (Marman) Garnier; sisters Polly Young, Patricia Hamilton, Shirley Roussel; brothers Jim, Sid, Reg, Wally, Lonnie and Terry Garnier.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Taigh Na Mara for the wonderful care Don received over the years.
A visitation for Don will be held Sunday 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. in the T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel, 755 George St., Sydney. A celebration of Don's life will take place Monday 1 p.m. at St. Joseph's Parish, Reserve Mines with Fr. Daniel Boudreau officiating. Burial to follow at Forest Haven Memorial Gardens on Grand Lake Road in Sydney.
Donations can be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Online condolences to www.twcurry.com.
Under the Apple Tree
By: Don Garnier
We won the war but I lost a friend,
He was shot between the eyes by a German Bren
I lost my friend and he won't be coming home,
He was killed just outside of Rome.
Before he died he said to me,
“I wish I was home sitting under our apple tree.”
Now he is long gone, his name was Bill,
When I think of him I get a cold chill.
I wrote to his mom and dad.
They were so happy he had a friend.
They wanted him home but it was not to be,
So he will not lay under that apple tree.
Some day things will get better,
God will get us back together.
That is the way it has to be,
We will both sit under that apple tree.