Donald Andrew Myles

August 1, 1935  ---August 10, 2020

 

Don passed away at Pinecrest Home on August 10, 2020 following a lengthy illness.

He was predeceased by his parents Edward ”Pat” and Victoria Myles, sister Shirley and brother Keith. Survived by  Shirley his loving wife of 62 years, sons Kevin(Jackie) and Bart(Carla). Grandchildren Kyla, Josh, Kelsey(Brandon) and Brady (Kristie),  great grandaughter Kayden, sister-in-law Pam and several special nieces and nephews.

Don was born and raised in Kenora, moving to Winnipeg in his teens where he played Junior Hockey and completed an apprenticeship. He met a young nursing student named Shirley in Winnipeg and they were married in Kenora in 1958. They were soul mates.

Don was a proud father and grandfather and with Shirley avidly supported and encouraged whatever sport, activity, interest or educational opportunity the children and grandchildren pursued. Many summers were enjoyed at the family island on Lake of the Woods. Short winter vacations were spent in various warmer southern climes and Victoria B.C. with special memories of a Jamaican holiday with their teenage sons and much later a Mexican holiday with the whole family.

Don was employed by the CPR and Mando prior to joining the OPP which provided him with valuable opportunities and experiences. In 1970 he accepted the position of Northern Affairs Officer in Kenora with the newly formed Ontario Ministry of Northern Affairs and retired in 1993 as the Northwestern Ontario Regional Manager.

Don had a quick dry wit and a strong sense of commitment that he passed on to his sons. His strength was in organization. Past Master of Pequonga Masonic Lodge, Past President of the Kenora Golf and Country Club, former member of Rotary, active member of St Alban,s Anglican church, he was involved with other community committees and activities both in Kenora as well as in Thunder Bay where the family resided for 6 years. Don enjoyed cycling, and with the assistance of a great group of volunteers, staged a sanctioned bike race, with some notable riders from Canada and the USA, for Kenora’s Centennial. He had a passion for hockey as a player, coach and organizer. For several years he planned the senior hockey team trips to the Victoria Hockey Tournament and initiated and for 25 years ran the Noon Hour League in Kenora that was facetiously known as the “NHL” and as such was dubbed “The Commish” by the players.

He loved Kenora. He walked, jogged, skated, cross country skied, swam, golfed, kayaked, cycled and was an early morning regular at the gym until ill health intervened. He was aware of what the future held but counted his blessings.

Don became a resident of Pinecrest Home in October 2016.  We are very thankful for the excellent and compassionate care provided by the staff and hesitate to name anyone lest someone is missed. They are all angels.

Flowers are gratefully declined. If so desired donations may be made to Pinecrest Home for the Aged or a charity of your choice.

Cremation has taken place.

Due to the times there will not be a formal service. A private family interment will be held.