Donald Allan Glover, born June 17, 1934 died peacefully in Fort Macleod on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at the age of 80.
Don is survived by his brother Roy; nieces Kate, Laura and Susan and grand niece Ruby of Fort Macleod; and nieces Marsha (Jim), Jane (Bob) of Toronto, Cathy (Ken) of Thunder Bay, Philip (Judy) of Ottawa and Marsha (John) of Yellowknife.
Don also leaves behind his great grand nieces and nephews Hardy, Joanne, Christy, Paul, Adam, Janet, Amy, Michael, and great grand nephew Will.
Don was predeceased by his parents Edward and Rena May; his brothers Bob, Clive and Floyd; sister Dorrie; and his grand nephew Christopher.
Donald was born in Fort William, Ont., the youngest of six siblings. His mother Rena May was a staunch supporter of the United Church where Don was exposed to music, and became a proficient player and lover of the music of the day. He only played by ear, and he happily accompanied the dancers at all the parties.
Don started his career as the radio operator in Gogama, Ont., then as technician at the local TV station where he filled in as an announcer during the late evening news.
It was then his plans were cut short when he received the devastating diagnosis of schizophrenia at 29 years old. Don lived with his dad Edward and sister Dorrie and his loving nieces Marsha, Jane and Cathy in Fort William until he moved west to live with his brother and sister-in-law, Roy and Mary. He spent several years as groundskeeper until they all moved to Fort Macleod to be closer to Don’s grand niece Ruby, and nieces Susan, Laura and Kate.
Don weathered his lot in life with equanimity, sweetness and humour, which he never gave up, even when strokes kept him from playing the piano.
Thank you to the staff at Pioneer Lodge and then Extendicare, where Donald spent his last years, for their tender care.
Donald was a kind, gentle, intelligent and gifted man and he will be missed by all whose lives he touched.
A memorial service will be held in Thunder Bay at a later date.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Schizophrenia Society of Canada., 426 Sixth St. S., Lethbridge, T1J 2C9.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Eden’s Funeral Home, Fort Macleod Phone 403-553-3772 or visit www.edensfuneralhome.com.