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Donald Robson Stopherd

March 5, 1922 - May 8, 2015


Donald passed away at the age of 93 at Cairnsmore Place. He was predeceased by his wife Peggy and his daughter Jackie.  He is survived by his children; Donald, Rosemarie (Bert), Wendy (Wayne) and grandchildren Wendy, Amanda, Jennifer and Ian and great grandchildren Connor, Maddox, Halle, Cohen, Ben and Nora.  After his retirement as an auto body repairman, Dad and Mum bought a sailboat and spent many happy years sailing around local water and Desolation Sound. Dad loved to race his sailboat at the Maple Bay Yacht Club.  His other great passion was his love of cars, going as fast as he could in his beloved Camry. He spent his last years at Wedgewood and Cairnsmore Place. He had a wonderful voice and loved to sing solos.  Our many thanks to the staff at Cairnsmore Place for the care of our father. Also thanks to the Dr. Blackburn for his compassion and kindness.  “Yes Dad, you’ve had your last ride”  No Service by request



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From: Neil Pack
Relation: Friend

With deep sympathy and fond memories of Don.

From Neil and Rose Pack, Marilyn and Robin

From: david chadwick
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

my deepest condolences to all the family , don was a hell of a sailor , use to scare me to death ,when looking out of the cabin window all one could see was ocean rushing bye , i have missed seeing him in the thriftys store and the many moments that we would pass together talking about cars and sailboats , he is gone to be with Peggy now off sailing into the sunset , i will remember him well . david and dot chadwick

From: Gordon Kloosterman
Relation: Friend and workmate

Sorry to hear about Don’s passing, He was my mentor at Woodland Auto body, we worked together for about 15 years. He was a very skilled and hard working man. I sailed with Don a lot aboard the Wind Dancer as well, we participated in quite a few races, one in particular was an overnight race around Ruxton Island were we tore the main sail and almost ran up onto the rocks, it was a very stormy night. I would stop in to see Don from time to time at Cairnsmore, I took him for a drive down to the yacht club to look at the boats, I saw him last about a month ago, he was still very sharp, his memory very good. It is sad that he is no longer with us, he was a very good man and I will miss him.

From: Jean Whittaker
Relation: Good Friend

Don& Peg were the best neighbours one could wish for. We were always there for one another. I’m glad I spent Don’s last birthday with him, sharing his cake, he had such a sense of humor & always a smile for you. Don & Bob will be happy to have tea together again. Fond memories of him. Love Jean, Linda & Vicki

From: Alison Thiessen
Relation: Dad - Ian Jones - shared Don's table at Cairnsmore

Just want to let you know that our family enjoyed meeting Don at Cairnsmore Place – my Dad was at Cairnsmore for about 2-1/2 years. Don was one of the few we got to know better because he ate at the same table as Dad, and one of more of our family were there almost daily to feed him. Don was always so friendly, and greeted Dad warmly, even though my Dad had dementia, and was often very sleepy and disoriented. I worried about Don sometimes because he would try to help another man, Magnus up from the table when he struggled to get on his feet – I was afraid Don would hurt himself, but he didn’t seem too concerned – he just was helping his friend, and encouraging him to try harder. Another example of his good character & his kindness. We enjoyed knowing Don, and just want to send our condolences for your loss. He was a good man.

From: Sue and Dan Edgson
Relation: family and friend

We send our love and warm hugs to all family members and most especially to Wendy and Rosemarie. Your Dad was a good man. We have great memories of him both current, and in the past, as a younger man with your Mom. Dan has great memories of your Dad’s stories that he shared with him about his time serving in WWII as an airplane mechanic. Dan also was trained by your Dad at Duncan Garage some 48 years ago. Our love to you all…Sue and Dan

From: Ed & Joanne Nelson
Relation: Friend

Sincere condolences to you all & especially Rosemarie & Wendy. Don was a good friend of my Dad’s as they warmly greeted each other & cracked jokes. Together again. Fondest memories as they continue in everyone he touched . Love Ed & Jo

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