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KNIPELBERG – Donald Wayne (Don)

April 2, 1940 – September 16, 2010

Our family is saddened to announce the passing of our father, uncle, brother, and friend, Donald Wayne Knipelberg (Don), on Thursday, September 16, 2010 at the age of 70 years. Don was given the “gift of life”, a heart transplant in 2005, but unfortunately succumbed from complications of cancer.

Don is survived by his two daughters and sons-in-law, Robyn and Rick Levasseur and Melanie and Will Burgess; two grandchildren, Kyle Mckee and Tara (Dustin) Hanson; three great-grandchildren, Ashton, Jade and Adyson Hanson; loving sister and best friend Barbara (John) Cosby; nieces Terry (Joe) Manning, Lori (Dan) Swainson and Rhonda Dolny; great-niece Amber Dolny; great-nephew Levi Althouse; step-niece Jessica Harwin; special aunts, Dode Karslake of Penticton and Lil Black of Moose Jaw; cousins in British Columbia and Saskatchewan; as well as many friends and co-workers. He touched the lives of all who knew him. Don was predeceased by his mother Betty Coates; step-father Bill Coates; father John Knipelberg; and his son Michael.

A Celebration of Don’s Life will be held at Royal Canadian Legion Ogden Branch #154 (2625 – 78 Avenue S.E.) on Friday, September 24, 2010 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Calgary Health Trust – The Heart Transplant Program, 1403 – 29th Street N.W. Calgary, AB T2N 2T9. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the Foothills Hospital Transplant Team and Southwood Hospice for their special care of Don.

In living memory of Don Knipelberg, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Dave & Veronica :

    We mourn the loss of a kind soul, friend and neighbour. Should you be in need of assistance or just an ear to listen, we are there for you during this time of sadness.

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  2. Brenda Weatherby :

    The drag racing community has lost a great man in Don “Quad Man” Knippelberg. For all the times that he watched over our kids at the top of the track. For all the times he was there to tow them back when something went wrong. For all the times he was there to cheer them on. For all the times he encouraged them to keep going and to keep doing well. On behalf of Cody and Meagan Weatherby and Steven Newman, he will always be fondly remembered. Our deepest condolences to your entire family.

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  3. We are so saddened by the loss of such a great guy! We had many good times & fantastic laughs with Don. Our hearts go out to you & your family! Call us if you need anything, we are here for you.

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  4. Melanie and family,
    We are deeply saddened by your loss. May you take comfort in the loved ones around you and know you are in our thoughts.
    Love Caroline, Jim, Brandon and Jamie
    Cloverdale, B.C.

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  5. Dr. John Thomas Fraser :

    Don was my half-brother, we shared a father John Knipleberg. I was adopted in 1945 and never knew of him until I was searching for my lost family. Although we never met in person, I longed to meet him. I am sad in many ways. Please pass on my sincere condolences to our sister and to his two children. God willing we will meet someday.

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