We Remember


April 10, 1933 — February 6, 2024

It is with great sadness that I announce the sudden passing of my father Donald Hardisty on February 6, 2024, in the early morning hours after a brief illness, at the age of 90.

Don is survived by a host of family and friends. His loving wife of 57 years, Shirley; his daughter, Sheila (Dean); and grandsons, Conrad and Hudson, will miss him dearly. He was predeceased by his mother Madeleine, his father Frederick, and brother Jack.

Don was born and raised in Victoria, BC before he moved to Vancouver in his early 20s. Often, he would reminisce about growing up around the James Bay area sharing “back in the day” memories and stories. Music was always an important part of Don’s life. In the earlier years, he played bass in the clubs in Victoria with the band The Continentals. In 1957, Don moved to Vancouver to pursue a fulfilling career in the music industry at CBC Radio. He enjoyed many years working as a Sound Technician where he expertly recorded and engineered a variety of music, shows, and events, both locally and as far away as Mexico and Japan.

One day, while on his runabout boat with some friends, Don met his beloved future wife, Shirley, who he married in 1966. Don and Shirley built their life together as long-time residents of West Vancouver, while he worked at CBC and onwards into retirement. Favourite pastimes for Don included walks on the Seawall, golf, gardening, and travel – especially to the sunny states of California and Hawaii. He also continued with his passion for music, often playing memorable tunes on the piano and keyboard for family and friends to enjoy. He had a great appreciation of many music styles including Soul, Pop, Jazz, and later in life Gospel music. He loved animals and was always happy to meet, spend time with, and help if needed any of our furry companions.

In 2018, Don and Shirley relocated to Kelowna, to be near family, and spent time with their daughter, son-in-law, and grandsons. He enjoyed the Okanagan with visits to the beaches and shops, trips to the ski hill, and walks at the dog park with the family dog, Roxy.

Don was a wonderful husband, awesome dad, and terrific grandfather, who was fun to be around and is lovingly remembered for his kindness, thoughtful ways, and good character. He had many friends and acquaintances and was well liked by all those who knew him. He lives on in our hearts and memories and will be greatly missed until we meet again someday.

The family is planning a Celebration of Life gathering on the North Shore of Vancouver. For more information, please connect with the family.

In Donald’s memory, donations may be made to any animal charity that benefits the life and well-being of our animal friends.

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