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CAREFOOT, Donald James

Went to be with the Lord on May 3, 2013 at the age of 40.  Survived by his loving wife Trish Carefoot; daughter Marissa; son Josh; mother and father Ed and Helen Carefoot; sister Alicia; nieces: Kaitlyn, Heidi, Jillian, Casaundra; nephews: Liam and Byron.  Don spent his life doing his best to make other’s lives better.  Born in Gander, Newfoundland and during his life he lived in Inuvik, Masset, Bermuda, Vancouver Island, where he met his wife and then settled in the Okanagan, where they had their family.  A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, May 8th at 10:00 am at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the BC Children’s Hospital, 938 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 4H4.  If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

Wednesday, May 8th at 10:00 am

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The service for CAREFOOT, Donald James is scheduled for Wednesday, May 8th at 10:00 am. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Deb Schramm says:

    I send you deepest sympathies on the loss of Don. He was my bike instructor in 2000 at the KDSC, and I will forever remember his teaching, his passion for bikes. Remember :green light – stale light. May he Rest In Peace, he fought a hard battle.

  • Kellie, Dave and family says:

    Dear Trish, Marissa and Joshua, Aunt Helen, Uncle Ed, Alicia and family: We are truly heartbroken over the passing of Donny. We send our love, prayers and loving thoughts to each of you at this sad time. Donny was a kind, sweet, funny person with strong morals. He will be missed greatly and will always be remembered. May God Bless each of you and please know we are here for you.
    Love, Kellie, Dave, Matthew,Brendan and Keeran

  • Florence Ward says:

    We did not know Officer Carefoot, but we’d like to extend our condolensenses to his family and thank him for his service to our community. May God be with the family during this difficult time. God Bless.
    The Ward family

  • Rachel Green says:

    Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    The Green Family.

  • BensonFamily says:

    Trish, Marissa and Josh; We were so saddened to hear of Don’s passing. He was so full of joy and shared his passion for life, his job,family and interests so readily. He will be missed by everyone whose lives he touched, especially by those who knew him in the Scouting community. We always appreciated his enthusiasm and willingness to help and will remember him fondly.

  • Glenna & Michael says:

    Dear Trish, Marissa & Josh: Our heartfelt condolences in losing someone so special and so loved, much too soon. We feel fortunate to have known Don and know your loss is great. Hold on tight to each other and may treasured memories bring you peace.

  • Dennis and Gail Glasscock says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Don was a great guy and will be missed.

  • Glenna & Michael says:

    Dear Trish, Marissa & Josh: our heartfelt condolences on the loss of someone so special and so loved taken from you far too soon. Your loss is great. We feel fortunate to have known Don, even if for a short time. Hold on tight to each other and may your treasured memories bring you peace.

    Love Glenna & Michael

  • Ian Clarke says:

    On behalf of The Clarke family, i would like to express our deepest sympathy in the loss of Donald. May he rest in peace.

  • Anne Hendricskon says:

    Dear Trish, Marissa and Josh- you all are in my family’s thoughts and prayers. I am so very very sorry for your loss. I pray that you will heal and get strength and comfort from those that the Lord sends to help you. Hugs to you from Michigan,USA!

  • The Bigattini family says:

    Trish, Josh and Marissa,
    We are sorry to hear about your loss. We met your family when Emily and Abby went to preschool with Marissa and Josh. You are a beautiful family and your husband/dad was a special and fun man with children. A kid at heart. Our condolences to you.

  • Lynn Aufman says:

    Oh, My Canadian & the kidlets. My heart is broken over the news of Don.

    You will all continue to be in my thoughts & prayers.

  • MaryAnn Reed (Rapid City, South Dakota) says:

    Trish, Josh and Missy – you all are in my thoughts and prayers. (((HUGS)))

  • Joan & Les O'Reilly says:

    Trish, Marissa, Joshua, Helen, Ed & Alicia
    Our hearts are with you at this most difficult time as you say goodbye to your husband,father,son & brother. Donny was dearly loved and will live on in his children and the hearts of his family.
    Joan & Les

  • Merle King says:


    Remembering you, Don and all Don’s family in my prayers. I wish there was more I could do for you. Hugs,


  • Sara Hatley-Wayland says:

    Dear Trish, Marissa, Josh & family.
    So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Our condolences to you all. He fought a very tough battle and was a lovely, kind and courageous man.

  • Lisa O'Rielly says:

    Dear Trish, Marissa, Josh, Ed, Helen,Alicia we were so very sorry to hear of Donny’s passing. Keep forever in your hearts all the good times that you had, for this will help you through this difficult time. Know that we are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers during this time. Our love to you all.
    Uncle Leo, Aunt Betty, Lisa and families

  • Tom, Rona & Family says:

    Trisha, Marissa,Joshua,Helen, Ed, Alicia (Heidi, Byron, Casundra)

    We send our most heartfelt sympathy to you on the loss of Donny, a wonderful person who honoured his family by living a life of love and service. Always in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Melanie Dempsey says:

    Send my love to you Trish, Marissa and Josh. Please know you are in the thoughts and prayers of so many across this country and abroad. My sincerest condolences to you all.

  • Robin Wild says:

    Trish, Marissa and Josh. I am so very sorry for your loss. Sending my love and support. You are all in my thoughts.

  • Mimi Cox says:

    Dear Trish, Missy and Josh, Praying for you and your precious family. Stay strong and keep your faith. May God surround you with His love. All my love, Mimi Cox, Texas USA

  • Michelle says:

    Trish: Sending all of you virtual hugs and holding you close to my heart. The world has lost a husband, father, son, nephew and friend to many.

  • Frances (Garguilo) Kranik says:

    Trish, Marissa, John and family of Don,
    My prayers continue for your family to find God’s Peace and comfort. From all I’ve read Don was a good and kind man that will be missed by many. My deepest condolences to you all. I wish I could hug you all. Sending hugs from Pennsylvania!

  • Gerard Lewis says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you face this very difficult. We have many fond memories of Donny growing up in Gander and spending time at his Nan and Pop O’Rielly’s in St. Brendan’s. There are no words that we can say that can lessen your pain however we have many good memories of Donny and his families. We know that you have many fond memories also and we hope that these will help you through this time. May God bless you all now and the future. Sincerest condolence from Aunt Kitty, Gerard, Stephanie, Melinda, Coralie and our grandchildren.

  • Lenora,Cluney,Elisha and Heather Greenham says:

    Trish,Marissa,Joshua,Aunt Helen ,Uncle ed and Alica.
    Our Hearts,prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time.Don will be greatly missed.May the wonderful memories you have with him help you all through this difficult time.

  • Judi and Brad says:

    Don knew to go after his dreams, and was a great role model for everyone who knew him. Trish, Missy, and Josh, we hold you dear to our hearts at this time, and pray for peace in your hearts. May the gentle arms of Jesus cradle you at this time.

    (the photo is from summer 2007)

    Love you!

  • Fran Redick says:

    My deepest sympathy to all of you, Don will be sorely missed by everyone in his extended military and RCMP families.

  • Kim Goeggel says:

    Love and hugs to you and your family. I’m so sorry Don had to leave your family way too soon….you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    The Goeggel Family

  • John Rasmussen says:

    Trisha, I have fond memories of Don positive outlook, outstanding work ethic and always there to lend a helping hand in the Keremeos office. He fought the toughest battle, while still thinking of others first. He will be missed by all who knew him.

    John Rasmussen, Sgt/retired

  • Kim O'Reilly, Tapfuma and Anna Nyaundi says:

    Trish, Marissa, Josh, Helen, Ed & Alicia and Family,

    Our deepest condolences on the loss of your husband, father, son, brother and uncle. We are thinking of you during this time, he will be forever loved and missed.

  • Dana Mitchell and Family says:

    Dear Trish, Marissa, and Josh
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time. We wish you the gift of a memory whenever you need to know, the one you love still walks with you wherever you may go. Our deepest sympathies.

  • Kevin says:

    one of the few pics I have of Don not on a bike.

    • Deb Schramm says:

      Tom, Nick, Tim, Dan, Ken, …yes, the instructors from my class in 2000. Thanks for the memories Kevin.

  • McCheane Family says:

    Dear Trish, Marissa,and Josh,

    This was our first year to meet Don and your family. Don had a great impact on our lives, especially for Jo. He was a great coach, and extremely generous with his time and knowledge. Our time with him was too short and we will miss him very much.
    Our sincerest condolences.

  • Travis & Jodi Kelloway says:

    We send our deepest condolences to the entire Carefoot family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Don was an amazing guy and we were truly blessed to have him as a friend. We will treasure the memories we have of him.

  • Carrie Kreider says:

    Trish, although I never met Don, I know that he must have been one great guy to find you and raise such wonderful kiddos. Sending all my love and praying for comfort for you and your family. Lots of love from Pennsylvania.

  • Shirley & Mike Morris says:

    Just heard the sad news this morning. Our heartfelt condolences to Ed, Helen and the rest of the Carefoot family.

  • Shirley & Mike Morris says:

    Just learned the sad new this morning. Our deepest condolences to Ed, Helen and the rest of the Carefoot family.

  • Karen & Stuart Lavoie says:

    Our hearts are with you and your family at this difficult time.

  • Dani Rogers (Illinois USA) says:

    Dearest Trish, Missy, and Josh –
    I am so very very very sorry for your loss. Please, tell happy stories and hold those loving memories close. Hopefully that can help you heal with time. There is lots of love surrounding you and I’m always an ear if you need one! GREAT BIG HUGS!!! You are all in my thoughts.

  • Nancy Howard says:

    Sending my thoughts, prayers and much love to you all.

    Love always!
    Nancy and Shawn

  • Kelly Manduca says:

    Trish, Marissa and Josh,
    I have fond memories of your family when I taught at Helen Gorman Elm and always remember Don with a smile on his face. My thoughts are with you.

  • Sonia says:

    Trish my thoughts are with you and family during this challenging time of loss. Please accept my sincere and deepest condolences.
    With Love~Sonia

  • Betty and Jim Troyanek says:

    Our sincere condolences to Helen and Ed and the Carefoot family on the loss of Don. Times such as these are never easy, hopefully time will easy your pain.

  • Ray Lebeau says:

    To Trish, Marissa, Josh, Ed, Helen, Family Members & Friends,
    All members of the Supplementary Radio (SUPRAD) Oldtimers Association were deeply saddened by the news of Don’s passing. Please know that as your extended military family, we will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    ‘Friends Forever’

  • Brian Garon says:

    This thought is for Ed and Helen. It’s been many years Ed since the old 291-er days. I think of you among others now and then with fond memories. I cannot imagine losing what you two have lost. My deepest sympathies to you both.

  • Randy and Yvonne Smeaton says:

    Ed and Helen and the Carefoot family. We are sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept our deepest condolence.

  • Paul, Bonnie Batchelor says:

    Helen,Ed and family – apologies for the late condolences however just found about the passing of Don. Golfed with son,Jason today and chatted about his Gander babysitter. Hope your faith has carried you through this tough time. Bonnie and Paul

  • STU & DEB PIKE says:

    Helen, Ed and family. We are so sorry for your loss. Was only today that we found out of his passing. We hope that his dedication to others and joy of life will carry you through this difficult time. Thinking of you all.
    Stu & Deb Pike

  • Madeline & Dave McWilliams says:

    Sorry to hear about the loss of Donnie I know he will be missed but never forgotten Our pryers are with his family today and always May you and Ed always remember the good times

  • Deborah Waddell says:

    My heart goes out to you Trish and babies. Angels will guide you and protect you through this.

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