Donald Lorne Nordin was born in Vancouver, BC and lived in the Marpole area growing up. He worked for many years as a stationery engineer in the mills around British Columbia. He loved hiking and mountain climbing. Moving to Gabriola in the late 70s, he built his own unique home and became a political activist, fighting ferry fare increases. He was involved in the Operation Solidarity that mobilized thousands of B.C. workers in 1983 to try to stop Social credit cutbacks. He was also active in his union local, The Union of Operating Engineers, and successfully fought against safety standards being lowered at the Nanaimo General Hospital. Despite upgrading his certification to Class 2, he was unable to find work and was forced to retire early. He moved with his wife Nina Westaway to Vancouver and for 17 years hosted a public affairs program called The Monday Brownbagger with Vancouver Coop Radio. He brought other activists into public affairs. He battled cancer for many years and was always looking for alternative, non-invasive treatments. Moving to Lumby in 2004 from Vancouver, he continued to educate people about reality and ideas through public video showings in Vernon, letters to the editor and e-mail correspondence. Lately, he was involved in fighting Smart Meters. He died unexpectedly on February 11, 2013 at home in Lumby.
Don is survived by his wife Nina Westaway and step-daughter Margaret Westaway-Sanchez with her family. He is pre-deceased by his mother Dorothy Nordin, step-father Alvar Nordin, and uncle Jack Barron.
A memorial gathering and reception will be held Saturday, Feb. 23 from 2 to 4 pm at the Lumby United Church hall, corner of Park Avenue and Highway 6 in Lumby (across from the downtown Shell station). Everyone welcome.