Born: May 31st, 1941
Passed on: October 18th, 2012
Donald James Wood
May 31, 1941 - October 18, 2012
Don passed away very peacefully on the evening of October 18 with his wife and daughters by his side. After suffering with Alzheimer's for many years, Don's heart remained strong to the end. Don was born in 1941 in Bengough, Saskatchewan to Marjorie and James Wood, prairie schoolteachers. They moved to Prince Albert where Don met Gail McEwen in high school and they married in 1965. Sandy and Susan were born in Prince Albert in 1968 and 1969 respectively. Don was an accountant at NorCanAir and was involved in Scouts and Cosmos. He enjoyed hiking, cross-country skiing, curling and fishing and canoeing at the lake. In 1984, the family moved to Coquitlam, BC, where Don worked for Greenleaf Garden Supplies. Don retired in 1999 after experiencing memory problems. He and Gail then enjoyed camping, traveling the world, and spending time with their grandchildren. Don moved to a care home in January of 2010 due to advancing Alzheimers. Don leaves behind wife Gail of 47 years, daughters Sandy Pitkethly (Graham Prouse) of Chilliwack, and Susan (Eliot) Simpson of Hong Kong, grandchildren Jared and Campbell Pitkethly, Emma and Phoebe Simpson, sisters Carol McCowan, Marilyn (Lew) Adkins, and several nieces, nephews extended family and friends. All who knew him say he was a true gentleman. Don's celebration of life took place on October 25 in Coquitlam, BC. Don will be interred in Prince Albert sometime in 2013. An announcement will be placed when the date is known. If you wish, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Society.