We Remember

Beaton Donald

BEATON, Donald J.

July 31, 1933 — January 19, 2017

Passed away peacefully with his wife Fritze of 30 years by his side on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at the age of 83. He will be missed by his brother Bill of Canmore; sister Margaret Lee of Mississauga; nephews Billie and Jim Beaton and Robert Lee of Ontario, as well as many wonderful friends in Winnipeg, Kelowna and Florida.

Don was born in Winnipeg and resided there until his retirement. He was in the glass business for most of his life and had made many good friends through his work. Many wonderful summers were spent in Clearwater Bay and winters in Punta Gorda, Florida. In 2003, he moved to Kelowna where he enjoyed the milder winters. He was able to enjoy many cruises and winter vacations in Palm Springs. Unfortunately he suffered from many illnesses and was very restricted in his activities during his last few years.

The family wish to thank the caring staff in the emergency unit and on 3East at Kelowna General Hospital. They made Don’s last few hours as comfortable as possible. The family would also like to thank Dr. H. N. Reeves who treated Don’s COPD for many years and cared so deeply. We will forever miss his smile and many stories of his life before AA – of which he was a proud member for 28 years.

At his request, there will be no service. Interment has taken place in Kelowna. His wish was to be buried next to his father in the family plot in Brookside Cemetery in Winnipeg, however sadly that was not to be.

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  • Dear Fritze;
    It’s been a long struggle for Don, and it’s been a long road for you. I appreciate this picture of Don looking so handsome and happy, as the last few times he was in the shop, I could tell he was getting tired. I am very sorry for your loss and I will think of you both often. You are both such nice people and it’s been a pleasure knowing you. My sincere condolences to you and all of Don’s family.

    Condolence sent by: Rhonda and Larry on January 24, 2017 at 9:20 pm

  • We share comfort in knowing that Don is no longer sufering. We mourn the loss of our friend. In sympathy we reach out to those who grieve and send thoughts of support to Don`s wife Fritze. In friendship…sincerely Eric and Marion Weinberger – Naples, Florida\Kelowna, BC

    Condolence sent by: Marion and Eric Weinberger on January 25, 2017 at 5:39 am

  • Sincere condolences to Fritze, I have great memories of chatting with Don, he was a true gentleman!

    Condolence sent by: Doug Harrison on January 25, 2017 at 7:33 pm

  • Was so sorry to read that there will be no service in Winnipeg. Must have something to do with Brookside. Both Annette and I were going to be there. I will call you later this week Fritze, again Don will be so missed.

    Condolence sent by: Lovern Daniels on January 26, 2017 at 12:08 pm

  • Dear Fritze,
    I don’t know why the letter “T” is not printing out. Am thinking of you of you girl. What a fantastic photo of Don. He looks so handsome in his tux. I will remember Don and his kind gentle soul. You take care of yourself and keep in touch now and then. Sherry

    Condolence sent by: ;Sherry Brackett on January 27, 2017 at 1:25 pm

  • i am sending my sincere condolences to the family.
    Willard Mc Intosh

    Condolence sent by: Willard McIntosh on February 5, 2017 at 10:46 am

  • Dearest Fritze and Family,
    Dawn and I from Aphrodite in me Spa send our deepest condolences to you and your family. Don was a wonderful man with amazing stories we’ll never forget. We are relieved to know he’s not suffering anymore and we offer our sympathies. May he rest in peace.

    -With love,
    Rayny and Dawn

    Condolence sent by: Raynia Harris and Dawn Thiessen on February 14, 2017 at 2:33 pm

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