August 10, 1945 – June 11, 2011
Don Fields passed away quietly at the Sarcee Hospice on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at age 65 after a valiant struggle with cancer.
Don was the hub of his family and he will be greatly missed by Kay, his loving wife of forty-five years, his sons Kelvin (Teana) and Warren (Tricia) and their children Emily, Ethan, and Kailie. He is also survived by his father Richard (Jeanne) and his devoted sister Gayle. Don was predeceased by his mother Norma Fields and mother-in-law Margaret Hogg. He was also predeceased by Margaret Marriott of Edmonton. Always a friendly and gregarious man, Don leaves many close friends and colleagues to mourn him including his good buddies at Kingswood Golf Club and his old-timers hockey team in Fredericton, NB. He had a passion and enthusiasm for the game of golf and appreciated the camaraderie that was extended to him as a new member of Springbank Links, Calgary. Don was fortunate to be part of a large extended family and he will be deeply missed by all of his aunts, uncles, and cousins. Born and raised in Calgary, and with the love and encouragement of his parents, Don enjoyed an idyllic childhood of racing go-karts and scooters, riding his horse, scouting, playing sports, fishing, and family camping trips. During his years at Viscount Bennett High School, Don was a member of both the school band and the Elks marching band as well as the Junior Achievement club. Other activities included playing varsity football and his fraternity. While attending the University of Alberta – Calgary, he met his soon-to-be wife Kay whereupon they began their life and many adventures together. He completed his BA in 1966 and his MA in Education Psychology from the University of Calgary in 1969 before moving to Toronto to start his doctorate at York University. In 1974, Don took a position with the University of New Brunswick, Department of Psychology in Fredericton. Don involved himself in many academic pursuits and professional endevours during his thirty-five year tenure at UNB, the last of which was to serve as the President of the AUNBT. In taking early retirement; Don was afforded not only the opportunity to develop and offer web-based psychology courses to students world-wide, but he was also able to enjoy more leisure time for tee-offs, stock trading, and travelling. Only after great consideration for the life that they had built in Fredericton; Don and Kay, along with Senior Partner Newton, decided to return to Calgary in 2009 where he could spend more time with his family but especially his father and cherished grandchildren.
A Celebration of Don’s life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that donations be made to a charity of the donor’s choice – especially ones which enrich lives through reading.
In living memory of Don Fields, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.Print This Obituary & Condolences