Donald Ivan Gardner

January 20, 1942 – January 14, 2015

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, and uncle just shy of his 73rd birthday. Don was predeceased by his parents Ivan and Ena, as well as his son Robert. He is survived by his devoted wife Ann who was by his side until the very end, his daughter Patricia, his sisters Gladys and Myrna, daughter-in-law Carol, his 4 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and countless loving family and friends. Don was born in Ladysmith and moved to Campbell River in 1978. Don’s wife Ann was the love of his life and along with her family brought him endless joy and support for the past 37 years.

Don’s smile and charm never failed to light up a room, always made new friends wherever he went, constantly created a lasting impression with people he met, making him forever unforgettable. He had a great zest for life, sharp mind, quick wit, a big heart and loved to dance. Don was proud to have been a member of the Ladysmith Volunteer Fire Department from 1964-1976. His many accomplishments and charitable duties included the Masons, Shriners, Lions and Curling Club, all of Campbell River. Don was a commercial fisherman and an engineer on a seine boat. He was a skilled tradesman, and owned and operated ALDI Heating Services Ltd for over 30 years, as well as trained and mentored many service technicians.

At the onset of his illness, Don enjoyed the activities at the Campbell River Adult Daycare Centre. He put up a courageous battle with his illness. The family would like to thank the staff on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Campbell River Hospital, and a special thanks to the entire staff at New Horizons Community of Care, for all their compassionate and loving care over the past two years. Our heartfelt gratitude to his friends and buddies who visited him in the hospital and at New Horizons (you know who you are).

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Don’s memory to Gizeh Shrine Transportation Fund or the charity of your choice.

Please join us for a Celebration of Life for Don at 2pm on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the Campbell River Masonic Discovery Lodge #149, 2905 Island Hwy, Campbell River, BC.

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