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ROBERTSON, Donald John

Donald passed away peacefully on Friday, October 13th with his loving family by his side. Don is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Lori, his sons Matthew and Brandon, and his sister Bonnie-Lynn. Don was born November 23rd, 1962 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His parents Stanley and Dorothy Robertson (both deceased) raised Don and Bonnie-Lynn in Winnipeg until the family moved to White Rock, BC in 1980.

Don and Lori married on July 16th, 1988 in Langley, BC. They were soon blessed with their first son Matthew on December 30th, 1991. They moved to the Okanagan Valley in 1992 and opened their own business, Elliott Row. Three years later, the family welcomed Brandon into the world who was born June 17th, 1995.

In April of 1999, Don was diagnosed with the terminal cancer known as GIST. He was given less than 6 months to live. Don fought this battle for 18 years where he endured 10 major surgeries, countless days in the hospital, and over a million milligrams of oral chemotherapy. He kept the cancer at bay with grace, kindness and an amazing sense of humour! Don used his experiences to try to motivate his friends, family and total strangers to make sure that everyone around him lived life to the fullest.

The Robertson family would like to thank the Kelowna General Hospital, the B.C. Cancer Agency, the B.C. Cancer Foundation, Dr. Barry Sullivan, Dr. Kong Khoo and Dr. Ronnald Schriemer. We would also like to thank the countless amazing health care providers that have helped him on his journey.

The Funeral service will be held on Monday, October 23rd at 4:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the B.C. Cancer Foundation Okanagan on Don’s behalf.

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Monday, October 23rd at 4:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for ROBERTSON, Donald John is scheduled for Monday, October 23rd at 4:00 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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  • Barbara & Dave Holme & family says:

    Dear Lori & family
    Words fall short of expressing our sorrow for your loss. Don will be greatly missed .
    Love to all of you ❤️

  • Rick & Yasmin Thorpe says:

    Lori, Matthew & Brandon, our thoughts and prayers are with you, as you know Don was a very good person, one who was always positive & smiling, I will treasure my many chats with Don, our thoughts are with you, Rick Thorpe

  • Wes & Kristy Stevenson says:

    Matt & Family, we can’t imagine what you must be feeling right now. Our heartfelt condolences.
    If it wasn’t for basketball back when you and our son, Eric, played together, we wouldn’t have had the pleasure to know your dad. He was your greatest supporter.
    We will never forget his smile and kindness. May God give him eternal rest and your family the strength to bear this great pain.

  • Leon & Eleanor Proznick says:

    Dear Lori,Mathew&Brandon
    Our deepest sympathy on the loss of Don, your husband,
    & father. He will be missed by all who knew him.We shall miss seeing him on our visits yo westbank.
    Leon & Eleanor Proznick

  • Mike Clendenan says:

    I knew Don growing up in Winnipeg, but lost contact with him after High School. Fortunately we were reacquaint through our mutual friend Bruce Robinson. Best memories of Don (nickname Dub) was his laughter and good natured spirit. Never saw him get mad or angry with of his friends.

    His strength and good nature through his battle with cancer is inspirational and has reaffirm for me what is important in life. The love of family and friends.

    To Lorri and the boys. Be proud and strong.

  • Rachel Eisner (Lauer) says:

    Dear Lori and boys,
    Please accept my heartfelt condolences on Don’s passing.
    Don taught me so much about business, professionalism, and that family should always come first, no matter what. He taught me to sell better and that a sale didn’t mean much if you forced it. He also taught me to love and hate golf; lessons that I carry to this day.
    The bear you gave me the first Christmas I worked for you still sits on my desk and the tree ornaments from the next years still grace our tree every year. I think of the lessons learned every time I see that bear. I will also always remember the pride and love in Don’s voice when he talked of you all.
    I actually don’t know how to say what those years with Elliot Row meant to me. Thank you for them and sharing Don.

  • Walter & Phyllis Blahut says:

    Our sincerest condolences to you, Lori, Matthew ,Brandon and Bonnie-Lynn. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Bob Wareham and Linda Coyle says:

    Lori and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with at this time of great personal loss. Don is now at rest and has to battle no more. May he rest in peace.
    Bob and Linda

  • The Baun family says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

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