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LEWIS, Donald Clarence

December 23, 1933 — January 13, 2022

Don passed away peacefully in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 13, 2022 at the age of 88.  He was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and moved many times before retiring to Lake Country, British Columbia in 1995.

Don had a lifelong love of learning and was remarkably self-taught.  He was an avid reader and an encyclopedia of knowledge on nearly every topic imaginable.  He embraced computer technology throughout his life, from the Commodore 64 to the Microsoft Surface Pro.

Professionally, Don worked as a mechanical engineer, spending most of his career in Vancouver.  From early on, “Diesel Don”, as he was fondly known by many, had a passion for railroads, including model railroading.  He was the author and publisher of a large collection of railroad technical books, DVDs, and digital flipbooks, including the Rail Canada series, Rail America series, and Steam in Canada.

Right up to his passing, Don loved to spend his time working on his books and watching major league sports with his beloved wife, always rooting for his favourite team, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.  Don had an ease for conversation and was a charismatic and captivating storyteller. He was quick to make new friends and loved to visit and stay in touch with his friends.

He is survived by the love of his life, and wife of more than 57 years, Carol; his daughter Sheri (Bruno Delmaestro); son Gordon Lewis; and his two grandchildren Brianna Delmaestro (Kase Overes, Fiancé) and Cristina Delmaestro.  He was so proud of his granddaughters and spoke highly of their endeavours and accomplishments.  He is also survived by his sister-in-law Sylvia (Bob) Macpherson; brother-in-law Jim (Mary Fran) Stoll; sister-in-law Jane (John) Ferguson; and many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and brother-in-law Charlie Stoll.

Donations can be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association and The Lung Association.

In keeping with Don’s wishes, no funeral service will be held.

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