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"ROA" 2003 Obituary


ROACH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-10-04 published
Beloved husband of Jennifer, died on Wednesday, October 1, after a brief illness. Don had been in poor health for some time. Don was born on October 24, 1914 in Saint Thomas, Ontario. He spent two years of his early childhood in the wilds of Montana, avoiding rattlesnakes, and listening to coyotes howl. During his early adult life he had a short career playing the guitar for The Royal Canucks, a dance band in London, Ontario. He received his post secondary education at the Universities of Western Ontario, and Toronto. After serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force in World War 2, Don began his teaching career, working in Dutton, Haldim and County, Forest Hill, and in the Ministry of Education, where he held several senior positions. Throughout his life Don was especially interested in natural science, birding in particular, and enthusiastically shared these interests with Friends and associates. He was a member of several science clubs, including the Brodie Club. Don loved the challenge of learning both practical and intellectual subjects, and became skillful at photography, fly fishing, furniture making as well as achieving considerable fluency in French, German and Spanish. His love of adventure took him to five continents where, among other things, he rode on the back of both an elephant, and an ostrich. He and Jennifer traveled widely pursuing their interest in the visual arts. Don leaves behind his wife Jennifer, brother-in-law David LENNOX and wife Virginia, and their sons, Chris and his wife Leola, and Andrew ROACH of Barrie, his sister-in law Tina LENNOX, her two sons, Jason and Joshua and their families, and his cousin Edna BATE and her family of Brantford. During his long and happy life Don won many cherished Friends, who will miss his loyalty, and wisdom. During his declining health, Don exhibited grace and fortitude, always the gentleman. His last three years were made easier due to the fine care he received at Carefree Lodge, for which Debbie ARAUJO and her fine staff deserve special praise. The family will receive Friends at the Kane Funeral Home at 6150 Yonge Street, Toronto, on Sunday, October 5, from 2-4, followed by a reception. According to Don¹s wishes, there will be no funeral. If desired, donations may be made in Don¹s memory to Birdstudies Canada, P.O. Box 150, Port Rowan, Ontario, N0E 1M0, or a charity of your choice.

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