We Remember

LONDON, Donald R.


It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Donald R. London on January 11, 2023.

He is deeply mourned and remains forever in memory through his wife Betty, daughter Tracey (Kevin), son Craig (Tracy), daughter Debbie (Richard) and seven grandchildren: Kristen, Riley, Katie, Tristan,
Joshua, Summer, and Logan.

Don was born in North Vancouver, BC on October 3, 1937, and was the sixth child of Frank and Claire London. Don graduated from North Vancouver High in 1955, and joined various airlines as Chief Agent and in his travels he met the love of his life, Betty. They married in 1961, and just recently celebrated 61 years together. After his graduation from UBC in 1970, Don accepted a position with Loomis Armored Car Service, before working for Rothmans. He then joined the Canadian Red Cross Society in 1988 and also became a Coordinator on the BC Disaster Response Team. His career led to involvement in many major disaster reliefs, up to and including 9/11, New York 2001. Shortly after, he retired to Kelowna.

Don endeavoured to work in every community around him, both in North Vancouver and Kelowna. He served 23 years for the Boy Scouts in North Vancouver. He was also a member of Kiwanis International, the Jaycees, Treasurer of the Kelowna Stamp Club, and a devout brother of the Knights of Columbus 7359. The entire time, Don maintained a volunteer position on the Disaster Response Team and assisted with many disasters during that time.

Don, alongside his wife Betty, had a passion for travelling, and the snow-love birds flew south to Yuma, Arizona for many years throughout the winter before returning for beautiful summers in the Okanagan Valley. You could find Don using any spare time he had either tinkering in his workshop, focused on his passion for gardening or as the serious stamp and coin collector he became.

Don will be remembered as a devoted husband, caring, honourable, loyal, and a man of faith. He had an engaging personality and a wonderful sense of humour. Don was a light in any room he entered, and he never missed an opportunity to get up and dance. His life was well lived, and forever loved; he is ingrained within us all.

Watch this page on Springfield’s website for Don’s Celebration of Life that will occur this spring.

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