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GRAHAM, Donald Louis “Don”

Donald Louis Graham (Don) was born in Regina, Saskatchewan to Homer and Anne Graham on February 14th, 1940.  Whenever asked about his infamous birthday, he always joked “I’m a lover, not a fighter.”  Don was the oldest of 4 boys: Bob, deceased (Betty), Gary (Diedre, and their sons Taylor and Connor), Morley (Gwen, and their kids Logan, Heather and Max).  He grew up as an “airforce” brat and spent much of his childhood in different cities, including Regina, Ottawa and eventually Winnipeg.  He spent time working on the railroads as a young man, had early aspirations of becoming a pilot, and eventually chose to study Commerce at the University of Manitoba.  It was while working at Dog-n-Suds in Winnipeg that he met the love of his life, Sharon, in 1962.  They married in 1965, shortly after he started a sales career with Proctor and Gamble, which lasted over 30 years.  Don and Sharon spent nearly 25 years in Regina, where they celebrated the birth of their daughter Leanne in 1974.  They enjoyed family time at their cottage at White Bear Lake/Kenosee, and after the unfortunate death of Leanne in 1982 helped open the Regina chapter of Compassionate Friends, a support group for grieving parents.  A couple of years later, they adopted Cory Lyn and eventually moved out to Kelowna, BC in the summer of 1989. Don enjoyed many hours spent on the golf course in the summer, mainly at The Ponderosa in Peachland where he was involved with the Mens club for several years.  He also spent his winters on the slopes at Big White, all while continuing his career with Proctor and Gamble.  He liked to joke that he drove up and down the valley calling on all his friends… and got paid to do it!  After finally retiring for good in 2004, Don and Sharon were fortunate enough to travel abroad on several occasions, including trips to New Zealand, Turkey, a European River Cruise, as well as several winter months spent in the warmer parts of the United States.  Don was a devoted husband for 49 years, and father – especially proud of Cory Lyn and her achievements, and was happy to be able to walk her down the aisle at her and Richards wedding in 2013 in Mexico.  He enjoyed his time at the casino, a good glass of red wine, and was never too far from a Rum and Coke.  He passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 9th, 2015.  A Memorial Service will be held in his honor on Saturday, March 14th at 1:00 PM at the Springfield Funeral Home Chapel, 2020 Springfield Rd. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.sprinfieldfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to BC Heart & Stroke Foundation – #4-1551 Sutherland Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y9M9


Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 1:00 pm

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The service for GRAHAM, Donald Louis “Don” is scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 1:00 pm . 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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  • Dennis and Gail Glasscock says:

    Sharon, we are so sorry to learn of Don’s passing. Our thoughts are with you at this time. Cory Lyn, it is interesting that we know your name and that is due to the fact that your Dad always had good things to say about you – just wanted you to know.

  • George Carswell says:

    So sorry to read about Dons passing. I have fond memories of the good times at Ponderosa. Sorry but as I am down south will not be able to attend on Saturday but will hoist a glass of wine .R.I.P Don.

  • Bill and Sally-Mae Houghton says:

    We remember Don with fondness and send our heartfelt condolences to Sharon, Cory Lyn, and the rest of the family. We will miss his sense of humor and easy going attitude.
    Bill and Sally-Mae

  • Alan Linda Cattley says:

    We have wonderful memories of our times with Don. When he was the club Captain, at Ponderosa Golf Course. Also our card nites. He was fun to be around and had a great sense of humour.

  • Robin &Gail Bishop says:

    Our thoughts & prayers are with you during this difficult time.I remember a few years ago I was doing some painting outside.Don pulls up to the house and emerges wearing painting clothes.I laughed and told Don he really must be desperate for something to do if he was willing to help me paint my house Lol I sent him home. He was a true friend & I will miss him. Robin Bishop

  • Dennis Wazny says:

    Sharon, Cory Lyn and family – so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. I enjoyed my friendship with Don through golfing, skiing and poker. Don was a very caring person and was always there if anyone needed help. he was a great guy and will be missed by many. Our condolences on your loss.
    Dennis and Vera Wazny

  • Allan& Ronda Fabbi says:

    Sharon We are so sorry to learn of Dons passing. We always looked forward to seeing both of you in our Summerland Pharmacy store ..love & thoughts Allan& Ronda Fabbi

  • Allan Ungaro says:

    Gary and Morley I am so sorry for the loss of your brother.

  • Sandra Genereux says:

    Sharon, Cory Lyn, Rich and family – I am so sorry for your loss. Don was always so kind, could talk to any and everyone and always had a great story to tell. He sure will be missed!
    Sandra Genereux & Brad Sheppard

  • Don Grant says:

    Hello Sharon and Cory Lyn; I met Don as he managed the Okanagan for Procter & Gamble. He was always a joy to meet and loved by his customers and competitors alike for his kindness and positive, optimistic style. Don always spoke of you, his family with glowing pride.

  • Alf and Blanche Tate says:

    Our deepest condolences to Sharon,Cory Lyn and family. We are so sorry for your loss.
    Sharon, we will always remember the wonderful times we spent golfing with you and Don, while travelling with the girls on the Junior circuit.
    Don’s time spent at the Ponderosa golfing and more importantly working with the men’s club and volunteering his time to the junior program was greatly appreciated. He had a great positive attitude and sense of humour. We will miss you Don, you will be in our thoughts forever.

  • Terry and Gordon Jago says:

    Sharon and Cory Lyn, our sincere sympathy and prayers are with you as we sadly read of Don’s passing. What an enthusiastic, fun loving, energetic man he was yet with a passion to make a difference. We have lost a special guy. Wish we could be there but will be there in thought. Love Terry and Gord.

  • Nick Coe says:

    Sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Enjoyed time spent with him at Ponderorsa golf course and our poker games. Will raise a glass here in California on Saturday with George Carswell.

  • Helmut and Joan Arndt says:

    Our sincere condolences to you on Don’s passing. We remember the great times we had travelling together. We are in California so are unable to attend the service for Don. We will have to toast in his memory. Our thoughts are with you and this sad time.

  • Rick and Terry Gotobed says:

    Lots of good times with Don both at golf and poker. Enjoyed his happy go lucky sense of humour, will miss him.

  • Adaline Leir says:

    Dear Sharon, Cory Lyn, Richard and all your families,
    I’m deeply saddened to read of Don’s passing and extend my deepest sympathy to all. Please know I have you in my thoughts and prayers today and always.
    On behalf of all of The Compassionate Friends chapters and members past, present in Saskatchewan, we are ever thankful for Don’s involvement in forming the first chapter in Regina in 1983.
    Sending hugs and love, Adaline Leir

  • Garry and Yvonne Bunkowsky says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your memorial with us. We watched, laughed, cried and were pleased you were able to use our memories of Don. We sat with our rum and coke and drank a toast to Don…love you and we’ll talk soon.

  • Don Hoole says:

    We are both very sad to hear of Don’s passing. Don was an inspiring person as he always dealt with adversity with a very positive attitude warm smile and infectious laughter. We both have many fond memories of Don and his lovely wife Sharon and their daughter Cory Lyn. Our sincere condolences Don and Liz Hoole

  • Paddy Dishington says:

    Dear Sharon, I am so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. I remember him well and you from Regina a long time ago. I would often wonder what happened to you both. I have very fond memories of Leanne as well, as I used to babysit her for you and when you would drive me home afterwards we would have many long chats in your mustang – remember those! And one time we even caught Don passing by to make sure you were okay as you were taking so long to come home! It sounds like you made a very happy and wonderful life in Kelowna along with your daughter Cory Lyn…it is so nice to hear that! Please know you are in my thought and prayers….take care.
    Paddy (Hassard) Dishington
    Regina, SK

  • Lois Bruce says:

    Sharon and Family,

    I was so sorry to hear about Don’s passing. I can’t help but smile when I think of him. He was a fixture at P&G and there was no one who had more fun at meetings than Don. I always was amazed at how he could be one of the last ones to go to bed but be up bright eyed and bushy tailed the next morning raring to go. I learned a lot from Don and always appreciated how patient he was with a young whipper snapper like me. I have attached a picture from an Oktoberfest meeting in Edmonton – many moons ago.

    He was a legend that will not soon be forgotten.


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