He was born on a farm at Kennedy, SK, the second son in a family of three boys and two girls. They moved to Saskatoon where Don attended high school. After graduation in 1935 Don worked numerous jobs, most of them in the agricultural field. He was always known as a good hand with a horse, both riding and driving.
He met the love of his life, Helen Graham, a farm girl from Vanscoy, SK; also a horse lover. They were married Nov 7, 1940, and after working for the armed forces at Uc1uelet BC during the war, moved back to a farm at Pike Lake Sask. They raised three sons: Don Clifford Jr, Gene and Neil.
The family sold the farm and moved to Saskatoon where Don worked in the hardware business. In 1967, with the three boys graduated and living on their own, Don and Helen moved to BC, settling in Peachland in 1968. Don worked at different bridge construction jobs into his 60’s, retiring to enjoy his friends and sports in Peachland.
Don was a gifted athlete, excelling at baseball and hockey in his younger days. He was an avid golfer, curler and bowler into his 90’s.
Don and Helen moved to Vernon in 2001 due to health issues and to be closer to family. Don became known as ‘Papa’ when he became a grandfather. He was proud ‘Papa’ to Chris, Lana, Clint, Ryan, Leanne, Pat, Kyle, Devon, Justin and Chloe.
Papa was pre deceased by his eldest son Cliff in 1978, and his loving wife of 64 years Helen in 2004. He is survived by sons Gene (Jan) of Blackfalds, AB, and Neil (Line) of Lumby, BC, and his loving grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews across western Canada and into the western U.S.A.
Don will be remembered as a good man, always willing to do his share and earn his own way in life, and willing to help others when they needed a hand; a strong family man.
Papa, we know how much you have missed Gram (Helen) for almost six years. Now the two of you can be together for eternity. We will love and cherish both of you forever!
There will not be a funeral at Don’s request. A family memorial will be held in the spring.