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McEACHERN, Donald Lee

McEACHERN, Donald “Lee”

1935 – Fort Saskatchewan, AB

2013 – Cochrane, AB

Lee was born in Fort Saskatchewan, AB and passed peacefully on June 29, 2013 in Cochrane AB at the age of 78 years.


Lee grew up in Lamont AB.  He worked in the oil patch, spent time working at the family garage in Hylo in1954, and then settled in the Edson area in the late 1950’s.  Lee was a mechanic and then owned and operated his own business “Lee’s Steamer Service” and was well known in the Pine Creek and Edson area. He was a well-known welder and mechanic with an extraordinary ability to fix anything you put in front of him. He was a talented guitar player and spent much of his youth and his later years playing at various dances, as well as the Parkland Lodge and the Pioneer Cabin. In 2012, Lee moved to Cochrane to be closer to family. Lee will be lovingly remembered for his thoughtfulness and deep love for his family. He was not a man of many words, but he was wise and witty and spoke from the heart.


He is survived by his stepchildren Shauna (Scott), Stephen (Shannon), Kerri (Mike) and seven grandchildren; Brett, Kade, Liam, Kyle, Julia, Jack and Sam who loved him dearly and fondly called him “Papa Lee”.  He is also survived by his siblings Chester, Victor, Larry, Faye and Dale and many special nephews and nieces. Lee was predeceased by his loving wife of 20 years, Carole and parents, Gordon and Charlotte McEachern.


Funeral Services will be held on July 3, 2013 at the Pioneer Cabin (4836-7th Avenue, Edson, AB) at 11:00 am. A Graveside Service to be advised at a later date. Lee will rest with Carole in Hylo AB; Condolences may be forwarded through If friends do so desire, memorial tributes can be made to the Bethany Care Centre Foundation at or can call 403-210-4665. Lee’s family would like to extend grateful thanks to the staff at The Parkland Lodge and at The Bethany Care Center in Cochrane for their compassionate care.


In living memory of Lee McEachern, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Cochrane Funeral Home, 369 RAILWAY STREET, COCHRANE, AB.  Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.

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  1. We had family who lived in Edson; the Frasers, and through some of thier friends, I was introudced to Lee while looking for a place to live in the area. I shared Lee’s home with him while I worked in the area. I really enjoyed hearing his stories and tales; he was a great man and I am very glad I had the opportunity to call him my friend. He was very proud of his family and all his belongings. May he rest in Peace and may you, his family, hold tight to your memories. Perry Kuch

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  2. Jack and Val Wooders :

    We were very sorry to hear of Lee’s passing. We know he will be missed by all who knew him. He and Jack had many gold panning stories to share.

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  3. Shauna, Stephen, Kerri and Families;
    I recently became aware of Lee’s passing and wish to extend my sincere sympathy. I met your Mom and Lee when they took me in to their home and I stayed with them during a time of moving my own family to Edson. After your Mom passed, I continued on with Lee and we had many hours of discussion. I enjoyed their friendship and hospitality. They were both wonderful people. It has been a couple of years since I stopped to visit Lee and had what turned out to be my last visit with him. Take comfort in knowing he is at rest with the Lord. May God bless each of you and provide comfort. Ian

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