Swain, Donald

It is with sadness and deep gratitude that the family of Donald Gilmour Swain announce his passing on Tuesday June 25, 2024, aged 95. He died peacefully in his sleep at Pioneer Manor in Sudbury.

 Don is predeceased by his wife Joan (Meilleur) of 65 years and his son Bruce. He is survived by his daughters Janice (Wade), Susan and son Mark (Carol).  Dearly loved by his grandchildren, Shawna, Tyler, Jennifer, Jamie, Sam, Maggie as well as Sarah, Nathan, Noah, Jacob and their mother Denise. He was also great grandpa to seven.  His presence will be deeply missed by all of them.

Don was born on January 30, 1929 in Sudbury where he lived and worked for the remainder of his life. He met and married Joan in January 1952. They shared their lives together until Joan’s death on September 11, 2017. Don was the youngest child of Christina and Samuel Swain and brother to William (deceased). Don had many qualities that he will be remembered for. He had a work ethic unmatched by few and a sense of humor that endeared him to many. He had a legion of friends who were drawn to him for his generosity, loyalty and kindness.  He would do anything for anyone at any time, no questions asked and with no expectation of repayment. Don began his working career at a young age and worked as a contract painter for many years. He then worked for the Sudbury Algoma Sanitorium from where he retired. He was well known and liked for his friendly nature and good humor. Don was also active in the community during this time as he coached playground hockey for many years. Don loved to curl in the winter and golf in the summer. He made many friends and travelled to a variety golf courses and bonspiels over the years.  His favourite place to be however was to their camp on Manitoulin Island. Here he felt at ease, could entertain his friends and most of all could have his children and grandchildren. We all have so many wonderful memories of time spent with him and enjoyed the activities he planned for us, from the infamous lawn dart tournament to a simple bonfire. Don, our father, cared deeply for his family. He worked hard to make sure everyone was provided for, and he encouraged us to be involved in sports, in life and in family. As we say goodbye to him, we remember all the good times that made his long, life journey so meaningful. The last few years he struggled with Alzheimer’s and the spark that emanated from him gradually left his eyes. We are grateful that he has found peace.

The care he received at Pioneer Manor was phenomenal. The kindness and caring shown to our father is greatly appreciated. We would like to thank all the staff in Lodge 2, especially PSWS Catherine, Yvonne, Megan and Tina. who made him smile and laugh in their own special way.

A Celebration of Life for Don will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted with Ranger’s Cremation and Burial Services Ltd. Online condolences can be posted at www.RangersSudbury.com.

"Country Road take me Home......"


5 Condolences

  1. Dave are I are so very sorry to hear of Don’s passing. He was a wonderful, kind man. Dave surely misses his golf trips with the foursome of Don, Harold and Earl. They sure had some wonderful times. Please know we are thinking of you all at this difficult time. Frenchie and Nancy

    By: Dave and Nancy patreau
    July 8, 2024
  2. Donald was a wonderful man whom I got to know when he visited Tim Horton’s each morning. He will be missed by all who knew him.

    By: Pam Young
    July 3, 2024
  3. My deepest sympathies Jan. I remember your parents from the grocery store – good people. May your father’s memory be eternal. Christina Carmichael

    By: Christina Carmichael
    July 3, 2024
  4. My sincere condolences. I am grateful for meeting Donald who had the most contagious smile and laugh, that will always have a piece of my heart.

    By: Tina
    July 2, 2024
  5. Our sympathies and condolences to Donald’s family at this difficult time.

    I never met Donald. He’s my first cousin twice removed and his passing marks the end of an era as he was the last surviving of my great grandmother Mary Bibby’s nieces and nephews.

    May Donald rest in peace.

    Robert Bibby and family.

    By: Robert Bibby and family
    July 2, 2024

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