Richard, Donald Willis, 99, of Milton, passed away Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 at Shoreham Village, Chester.
Born in Pentz, he was a son of the late Willis and Edith (Pentz) Richard.
Donald worked many years up until his retirement for the Bowater Mersey paper company. He was a member of Trinity Anglican Church, Liverpool, Order of the Eastern Star, Arbutus Chapter #30, Liverpool and the Prince of Wales #30 AF & AM, Milton. Donald was known as a jack of all trades who enjoyed woodworking, gardening, hunting and fishing.
He is survived by daughters; Donalda (Leon) Dexter of Tantallon, Shirley (Myril) Greenough of Milton, grandchildren; Pamela (Jeffrey) Wells, Scott (Heather) Greenough, Holly (Roland) Gay-Larivier, Richard Dexter, Stephen (Lisa) Dexter, Michael Dexter (Lloyd Petrie). Eight great grandchildren, two step great grandchildren, sister Frances Smith of Ontario and brother Arnold of Hamilton, Ontario.
He was predeceased by his wife Lillian, daughter Marina, sisters; Edith, Ruth and Violet and brothers; Earl, Angus, Borden and Norwood.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers’ Funeral Home, Liverpool. A Celebration of Donald’s Life will be held Saturday, January 16th, 2010, at 2:00 p.m., from Trinity Anglican Church, Liverpool. Chaplin Donald Lawton officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to Shoreham Village, Chester or to Trinity Anglican Church, Liverpool. Online condolences may be made at www.chandlersfuneral.com
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Gaven & Carla Whynot
So sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Donnie. Our deepest and sincerest sympathy goes out to all of our family. Thank you Shirley for always taking the time to keep me posted on Don’s health and care.
Gaven & Carla
Lloyd and barbara Naugler
Shirley Myril & family-We are sorry to hear of your father”s passing.It will be strange for you but I”m sure it was time as he lived a long and very interesting life with his work and hobbies.Thinking of you at this difficult time.
My sincere sympathy to you, Shirley and Myril and family. Your Dad lived a long and interesting life. Nancy Anthony
Rose Marie (Veinot) Mooers & Stewart
Our deepest sympathy to Shirley, Merrill and family. He lived a very long and wonderful life for which you have many great memories to cherish. God Bless you all!
DAVID & JUDY WHYNOTT
our deepest regrets to donalds family he was a great guy and will be missed by many. He was a great mason and we all enjoyed his company.
So sorry to hear of your father’s passing, but he lived a long and good life. God bless all of you.
Dear Shirley and families, so sorry to hear of Uncle Donnie’s passing. I will always remember the garden he grew and the numberous cucumbers I ate when spending time down at nan and gramp’s cottage and the many hikes up over the hill to Aunt Lilly and Uncle Donnie’s cabin for a swing on the old tire swing. Love to you all xoxo.
Beverley & Betty-Jean Colp
Our deepest sympathy to all the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Linda & Robert Trainor
Shirley & family
So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. 99, what at great life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of sorrow. God is with you at this time of mourning, relie on his strength and peace.
Linda & Robert Trainor
Gerald Keddy, MP
Dear Shirley, Donalda and family,
Truly sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time.
My deepest sympathies to the family.
David MIchael Whynot
My condolences on your loss. He was never at a loss for words and always had a storey to tell or opinion on something. It was always a pleasure visiting with him…and Lily. I’ll miss those times.
"Meg" (Margaret Ruth) Maccini
I am so sad to hear of great uncle Donnie’s passing. I always enjoyed visiting with him and great aunt Lilly, seeing the beautiful gardens at the house and hearing of family news. Uncle Donnie was such a nice person. I was always struck by his strong hands and his voice, both of which reminded me of my grandfather Norwood’s.
May wonderful memories of his life and love for family sustain you.
Warmest thoughts and love,
Dale & Bebe Dauphinee
Sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
Donalda & Family- So sorry to hear of your loss- My deepest sympathy to you and all your family. Your Dad sounded like he was a remarkable man and lived a long and interesting life.
To Donalda & Leon, Shirley & Myril: Thinking of you in the loss of Uncle Donnie. As a young girl, I spent many hours at Aunt Lily & Uncle Donnie’s house and many a Saturday night eating Aunt Lily’s homemade brown bread and baked beans! I always envied the clematis climbing up the side of the verandah and now I have several of my own. Uncle Donnie was the most patient man I have ever known and I know he will be missed. Love to you all, Linda
Linda and Raymond Wentzell
Dear Shirley and family,
Please accept our deepest sympathy during the loss of your dear father.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Linda & Raymond
Deb and Chuck Sponagle-Taylor
Dear Pam and family,
we are so sad to see the loss of your grandfather, it has been a very hard and sad time for you this last bit , please find some strength in knowing we are thinking of you and sending energy and hugs your way.
Deb and Chuck Sponagle-Taylor
Sorry to hear about your Dad. Thinking about you.
shirley and family………
when I look back to the 50’s, it makes me wander where all the years went. the little pond out front of your house, where we used to skate. the home made icecream your mom would make. the swing on the front porch. the pear tree by the back door that we would climb at nite. your dad knew . he was a character reference for me when I lost my drivers licence back in 1964. he was in my eyes, a very gentle soft spoken man. from the old school so to speak, because I don’t every remember him getting mad at anyone.I only have fond memories of him.ever so gentle he was.
now, he is with god and your mother……….take care love to all
Shirley and family…
I was so very sorry to hear of your father’s passing…he lived a remarkable life I’m sure and will be remembered by family and friends who have many fond and wonderful memories to cherish. The video was a lovely tribute, I enjoyed watching it.
Greta and Jim Smith
Dear Shirley and Myril
So sorry to hear of Donny’s passing. He was a kind and gentle man. What a memory, Jim and I loved to listen to his stories. He lived a long life and was loved by all who knew him. For a man with his disabilities, he was a marvel – down stairs to do his laundry, scrapping and painting the front veranda – he always amazed us. A remarkable and kind and interesting man. We will all miss him. We know he will always be in your heart. Our thought and prayers are with you.
Aunt Greta and Uncle Jim
Dear Shirley and Myril,
I was very sorry to hear about Donny’s passing. At 99 he lived a very long life one to remember with fondness. I have a wooden out house that Donny gave my years ago on a visit and I shall treasure it all the more now.
My prayers are with you and your family.