October 2, 1954—December 10, 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear Father, Grandfather, Companion, Brother and friend Don on December 10, 2018.

Don leaves behind his best friend and loving companion Lisa Hoegi, his son Cody Oldford (Crystal Gray), his daughter Lindsay (Keith) Lilje and their mother Viola Callihoo.  Two special step sons John Whiting (Laney) and James Whiting.  He will also be missed by his grandchildren Addison Oldford, Jesse, Ryley and Brody Lilje, Senica, Brayden and Jolan Whiting and his little sweetie Maya Whiting.  His sisters Debbie (Hans) Kaiser, Donnalda Oldford (Dennis Hamel), brother Scott (Wendy) Oldford and sister-in-law Lorrie Oldford.  Don also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Don was predeceased by his parents Don SR and Mary Ellen Oldford and his most missed brother

 Ralph Oldford. He will also be happily reunited with his favorite dog Lil (Lil Shit).

Don was born and raised in Kenora Ontario.  He moved west to Alberta in his late teens and became an iron worker and welder by trade and joined the Iron Workers Local 720.  He lived in B.C. for a few years and when he was done wandering made his way back to Kenora.  Upon returning to Kenora he worked for Lafreniere, Riverview Industries and Migizi Ventures to name a few and he was always complimented on his talent as a worker.

Don had a brilliant mind and an outrageous sense of humour that lasted right up until his passing.  If you had ever heard his famous laugh it’s a sound you’ll never forget, that and those beautiful sparkling blue eyes.

The great outdoors is where Don felt most at home.  He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to birdwatch, fish, camp and hike.  He would load up his iconic backpack that was always with him with a thermos of black coffee, medical supplies, swiss army knives, ropes and many trinkets and take off into the bush for hours, often taking his children along with him when they were small.  Some of his most cherished memories were from summers spent with family at Ethelma Lake.  Another of his favorite things were his bird feeders that were placed in the trees that could be seen from his spot in the living room.  He spent countless hours watching the birds, squirrels and chipmunks feeding there and even went so far as to build them little bridges to play on.  Don also enjoyed his gardens.

We would like to thank Dr. Steve Virani and Dr. Jean-Marc Rizk, as well as the nurses in ICU and on 3rd Floor East for all their care and compassion they gave Don during his time in Lake of the Woods District Hospital.  Another special thanks goes to a great friend Darcy Coughlin who was always there for Don including during his illness.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  Until then keep his memory alive by sharing your great stories with each other.  He always loved a good story.

In lieu of flowers please donate to a charity of ones choice.