MACEACHERN, Don­ald Franklyn

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES -

Our dear father and grand­fa­ther passed away peace­fully at home in Burling­ton, On­tario on June 26th, 2017 in his 86th year. Don was pre­de­ceased by his beloved wife of 58 years, Alma MacEachern (nee Suds­bury). Born in Mer­maid, P.E.I., Don was the son of Wil­liam L. and Janet El­iz­a­beth (Wright) MacEachern, both pre­de­ceased. Don will be greatly missed by his two daugh­ters, Shauna Helm (Ed) and Sheila Zych (Bob). He was a very proud “Bappy” of six grand­chil­dren – Don­ald, Deb­o­rah, Aaron (Heather), Kim­berly (Chris), An­drew and Evan, as well as three great grand­chil­dren – Holden, Emma and Everly. Don will also be missed by his sis­ter, El­iz­a­beth An­drew (Alvin, de­ceased) and was pre­de­ceased by his brother Wil­liam MacEachern (Betty). Don’s first ca­reer was as an ex­ec­u­tive with Sears. Place­ments in Ed­mon­ton, Moose Jaw, Cal­gary and Toronto dur­ing his 25-year ten­ure gave him and his fam­ily the op­por­tu­nity to see Canada. Upon re­tire­ment from Sears, he and Alma moved back home to P.E.I. They built their beau­ti­ful home and work­shop in Spring Val­ley and es­tab­lished a sec­ond ca­reer in cus­tom and heritage wood­work­ing. Don was a great sto­ry­teller; many happy, won­der­ful years were spent by the pond and in the shop with fam­ily, friends and col­leagues. Don re­turned to Burling­ton in 2012 to be close to his fam­ily. He was a very ac­tive and ac­com­plished du­pli­cate bridge player and had nu­mer­ous in­ter­ests in cur­rent af­fairs, sports, in­vest­ments and nu­tri­tion. Much as Don crafted and shaped wood in his work­shop, so did he leave his mark on all our lives. He was a very special man who will be for­ever in our hearts. Cre­ma­tion has taken place. A Cel­e­bra­tion of Life will be held in P.E.I. at a fu­ture date. In lieu of flow­ers, a do­na­tion to Don’s favourite char­ity IWK Health Cen­tre in Hal­i­fax (iwk­foun­da­tion.org/do­nate) or a char­ity of your choice is ap­pre­ci­ated.

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