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DOAL – Donald Robert Stuart

October 25, 1921 – September 9, 2010

Donald Robert Stuart Doal passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 9, 2010.

Don was born in Englehart, ON on October 25, 1921 grew up in Matheson, ON and spent his working life as a geologist and prospector. He served overseas for five years with the Royal Canadian Engineers in WW2. Don was a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion and served in many capacities there. His work as Service Officer of the branch brought comfort to so many. Don received numerous honors and awards including the Legion Palm Leaf. In 1999 he was honored as the Greatest Airdronian of the century. He played on many sports teams throughout his life winning trophies and medals for running, darts, bowling and curling. Don loved his family, sports and the outdoors but most of all Don loved life.

Don was the beloved husband, friend and life-long companion of his wife of fifty-seven years Laura (Begley), whom he had known since childhood. Don was also a wonderful father to his only daughter Vicky (Ken) Mamczasz and a much-loved grandpa to Michael and great-grandson Cameron, grandson Steven and “the girl” granddaughter Kimberly. Don also leaves behind his loving sisters Jean (George) Schmidt in Denver and Pauline Mitten in Halifax as well as numerous nieces and nephews and many special friends. He was predeceased by his parents Florence and Paul; his twin Betty; sisters, Dorothy, Helen, Marion; and brothers, Mel, Reg and Dalton.

Please join us to celebrate Don’s life at the Airdrie United Church (216 – 1 Avenue NE, Airdrie, AB) on Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Donald Doal, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Airdrie Funeral Home, 300 TOWERLANE DRIVE, AIRDRIE. Telephone: (403) 948-1100.

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  1. Ken and Gert Burns :

    We are so sorry to hear Don pass away We wish to send our heart felt condolences to the family

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  2. My condolences to Laura & family on the your loss of a great guy and able leader of men while undertaking mineral exploration work in remote areas throughout Canada.

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  3. Dear Laura, Vicky and Family – My love is with you all at this sad time. You are are in my thoughts and prayers – may God bless you all and give you peace that Uncle Don is at rest. He was a wonderful guy who lived a full life with you all and enjoyed every bit of it. We shall miss him and will keep him alive through our memories that we share. Peace be with you. XO BJ, John and Family

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  4. Paul Mitten and Lynn MacCannell :

    Laura, Vicky, Ken, and Family – Lynn and I want to send you our sincere condolences. We’ll both miss Don, too. I remember his wonderful sense of humour, his laugh, his stories of life in the bush and more. He was a great man and lead a great life. – Paul and Lynn

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  5. Steven Mamczasz :

    Always thinking of you grandpa.
    Tomorrow is going to be tough without you there.

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