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FIELDS – Donald Lee, Ph.D.

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.

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  1. Donald and Jennifer Domenie :

    We were so saddened to hear of Don’s passing today. We have thought of you both many times since you moved to Calgary. Don was truly a wonderful person with such a kind soul. To Kay and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.

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  2. bob & Eileen wilson :

    Kay, sorry to hear of Don’s passing it was quite a shock. Our thoughts and prayers go with you in your time of sorrow.

    Bob & Eileen Wilson

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  3. Brian Cornell :

    Kay, Kelvin, and Warren…my condolences during this difficult time.
    May family, friends, and faith help you through the upcoming days.

    Brian Cornell…Liverpool St. School and Forest Hill School teacher from 1975 to 1984.

    Don was always a very supportive parent with a sincere interest in the welfare of the children and the school.

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  4. Wanda MacLean :

    To Kay, Kelvin & Warren:

    I am so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. I remember all the good times we had in Fredericton and how generous you were Kay at sharing Don with us when Gordo was home. He was a wise and caring man who will be sorely missed by the family. He loved you, his boys and his grandbabies and I am sure this will give some comfort in knowing the joy you all brought him.

    In my case, I feel proud and fortunate to have been his friend.

    Wanda MacLean

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  5. Jim and Maureen O'Sullivan :

    To Kay and family — We were shocked to learn of Don’s passing. We will remember him as full of fun and good cheer. We hope that you can find comfort and support from those around you in this very difficult time.

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  6. Wayne Donaldson :

    We are so terribly shocked to hear of Don’s passing. Don and I overlapped for about three years at the University in Calgary and when connections go back that far things hit close to home. Our deepest, deepest sympathy to Kay and the family. Our thoughts are with you. Wayne and Mary Donaldson

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  7. Stephanie Russon :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys at this very difficult time! If there is ANYTHING we can do for you let us know. LOTS OF LOVE to our FAVORITE babysitter and her family!
    The Jones’

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  8. Oh Kay – I am so very, very sorry to hear of Don’s passing. He was such a bright spirit and a pleasure to know. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. Please accept my deepest condolences.

    Nancy Reid
    (Berkely Drive – Daisy’s ‘mum’)

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  9. Dear Fields family: It was with great sadness that I read about Don’s passing. Don was my supervisor while I was working on my MA at UNB in the early 80’s. I will always remember Don for his great sense of humour and easy going style. He was an outstanding mentor and his encouragement and support truly made a difference in my life. I will never forget the many happy hours I spent listening to Don’s wonderful voice as he spun those great stories from his seemingly endless store of experiences. Please accept my hearfelt condolences.

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  10. Lloyd and Sharon Svendsen :

    Kay Kelvin Warren
    So very sorry to read of Don passing. Our thoughts are with you at this very difficult time and the days to come.
    Lloyd Sharon Tara Neil Mark

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  11. Peter McDougall :

    I had the great pleasure to know Don through his involvement with the AUNBT. He was a very highly respected faculty member and a fine gentleman. My most sincere condolences to all his family and friends.

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  12. Margaret Easterbrook, Pamela Nadeau and families :

    Dear Kay, We were deeply shocked to hear of the loss of Don. He was a kind and compassionate man who touched so many hearts with joy. Please accept our heartfelt condolances to you and your family.

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  13. Albert and Margaret Murray :

    Dear Kay, Albert and I were devastated when we heard the news. Don was truly wonderful man and we enjoyed getting to know him (and of course you and Newton) over our years on Berkley Drive. Please know that we are thinking of you and your family. We are donating books in Don’s memory to 3 First Nation schools which I have been working with.
    Margaret and Albert Murray

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  14. John & Veronica Christian :

    To Kay and family.

    We send our deepest condolences to you.
    We will be thinking of you and remembering you in our prayers.

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  15. Anne Marshall :

    To Kay and Family:
    I was shocked and saddened to hear of Don’s death. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I recently read somewhere that “memories last forever..sorrow does not.” I hope this is true for you and your family.

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  16. Dear Kay,
    We are so sorry to hear the news of Don’s death. We have such fond memories of you and Don. I often think of you when we walk by your old house and then think of meeting up with Don walking Newton. He always had time to stop, chat, and get “caught up”—he had such a wonderful smile and good sense of humour. I know that you and your family will miss him greatly. We are thinking of you.
    Cecil and Donna Jones

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  17. Sandra Brannen :

    Kay and family.

    So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Please accept my condolences. I just returned from a walk and passed your old home here in Fredericton. I often think of you and Newton stopping to talk while on your walk.

    My thoughts are with you at this time.
    Sandra Brannen, New Maryland

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  18. Stephanie and David Coffin :

    Dear Kay and family, we were saddened to read of Don’s passing. I’m glad you were able to move back to Calgary to be closer with your family this last little while. I fondly remember our conversations with Don on the walking path behind our home in New Maryland. He was a real “mensch”. Please except our condolences and that we are thinking of you at this difficult time .. Stephanie and Dave . Alex and Eric remember him fondly as well.

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  19. David Likely :

    Dear Kay,
    Very sorry for your loss. Don was one of the most pleasant colleagues and friends I have known.
    -David

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  20. Harry Devereux :

    Although I did not know Don well I respected his input at our Vector meetings in Calgary. My condolences to the family.
    Harry Devereux

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  21. Jeff Maston :

    My deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences on the passing of Don. I was a student of Don’s in the early-80s and then played on the old Arts & Entertainment UNB Softball team with him, Kent Thompson and Brian Cupples among many others. In 1985 the four of us embarked on a roadtrip to Old Orchard Beach, ME to see a minor league ballgame (we felt we weren’t good enough players to see a major league game) where we met Cab Calloway and Larry Doby. We laughed the whole way down to Portland and all the way back. Another player from the A&E team observed that Don knew how to get the most fun out of everything and then always shared it with the rest of us. It was so true in both the classroom and on the field, rink or golf course. A fascinating educator and great friend, he will always shine brightly through the lives of all those he encountered in his earthly journey.

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  22. Terry Arnold :

    Sorry for your loss. I knew Don from UNB where I worked.
    I also played hockey with Don in the VAHL for many years.
    His hockey nickname was “Strawberry” and he made the VAHL Hockey News a few times.
    He was great to have around when we had our annual VAHL Hockey Awards night.

    Terry Arnold

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  23. Will C. van den Hoonaard :

    I was greatly saddened to learn of Don’s death. As a colleagues of his, I have deeply enjoyed his company, his sense of humour, and his generous interest of the work and research of others. Throughout the many years of our association, including many memorable lunches, I remember his lovely wit, his probing questions, and his gentleness. He was someone one could very easily get attached to!
    May his family find the strength in the times ahead. Don would have loved this quote: “The positive presence of absence.” In other words, despite his physical absence, he will still provide a positive presence through his life.

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  24. Paul McDonnell :

    Dear Kay and Family, Don was a great colleague who contributed hugely (and daily) to the academic experience of his students and to all of the faculty. I was inspired by his work in organizing parents of children with Down’s Syndrome and daily benefited from his extensive knowledge of the field of children with disabilities. Thanks so much Don! You will always be remembered with affection and gratitude.

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  25. Ray and Barb Vogan :

    Please accept our sincere sympathy at this very sad time. Your many friends, former neighbours and U.N.B. students are all thinking of you.

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  26. Kay,
    You may remember that at Don’s retirement party I said he had become one of my honourary three brothers at AUNBT. I enjoyed sparring with him and appreciated his sense of humour. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    Gail

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  27. John and Verna O'Brien :

    Kay – We were glad that we were able to reach you by phone to express our sorrow and offer our very sincere condolences to you and your family.
    Don will always be fondly remembered

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  28. David Clark :

    I was sad to hear of Don’s passing and want to send my thoughts and condolences to Kay and the family. Don was a special colleague for me, especially in the early years as a faculty member. I had lunch with him almost every day along with Dick, Paul and Chok, and we shared many interesting stories, discussions and good laughs. I also taught introductory psychology for many years when Don was the Coordinator. Again this gave us many opportunities to work together and sort out the usual problems of teaching such large classes. Don always added a unique perspective at department meetings that has been missed by many of us since he retired. He made an important contribution to our department at the university, and had a significant impact on my life. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

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  29. Mike Cody 20 Ruby Crt,F'ton,NB E3G 7T1 :

    Dear Kay & Family. I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved Don.
    He was a fine man & I was honored to call him my friend. We played as two tall defencemen on the UNB oldtimers hockey team for years & very few skaters could get by Don & I on defence. I bet he is stickhandling in Heaven now making room for all his family & friends to join him one day. I am sure he is getting his just reward for being a good fellow who touched many lives here on earth. He will be sorrowly missed by all who knew him. Please take comfort that he is now in the presence of his Father, God Almighty in Heaven.

    God Bless Don, his wife Kay, his sons, Kelvin & Warren, his dad Richard, his sister Gayle & all his other family members.
    Mike Cody

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  30. Frredericton Association For Community Living :

    Fredericton Association for Community Living (FACL) has made a donation to Fredericton Public Library in memory of Don Fields; in memory, and in gratitude for his work with Early Intervention on behalf of those who are mentally disabled.
    We send our deep condolences to family and friends, both here in Fredericton and his other home of Calgary. Ann Passmore

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