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McLauchlan, Donald Patrick

August 22, 1912 – February 24, 2012

Don McLauchlan beloved husband of Katy Lou of Calgary passed away on Friday, February 24, 2012 at the age of 99 years.

Born to a life of adventure in Whitehorse in 1912, Don spent 29 years in the RCMP. His most memorable postings were his 15 years in the arctic. Married to Katy Lou, his love and best friend, for over 65 years, Don is best known for his many stories, good humour and life-long commitment to physical activity in the outdoors.

Besides his loving wife Katy Lou, Don is survived by his children Margaret, Louise (Jim), George (Elizabeth) and Sidney (Louise). He is also survived by his six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Don’s Life will be held at Fort Calgary (750 – 9 Avenue S.E. Calgary, AB) on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. A Graveside Service will follow at a later date at the RCMP Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Don McLauchlan, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Annette and Gerry McDonnell :

    We are sad to hear of Don’s sudden death and have many fond memories of his and Katy Lou’s visits to Ireland. May he rest in peace. Be assured Katy Lou, you and the family are all in our thoughts and prayers.

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  2. Ray and Marie Collins :

    So sorry to hear of your sad loss. May Don rest in peace. All our prayers are with Katy Lou and the family.

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  3. Please accept our sincere condolences from the whole team at Scotiabank. We loved having Mr. McLaughlan come into our branch and looked forward to his visits. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.
    Mandy & the team @ Scotiabank 5th & 5th

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  4. Rick Williamson :

    George: I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. I am sure you were very proud of him and his career as a police officer with the RCMP. I am sure you will recall many fond memories of your times with him.

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  5. Carol & Bob Potter :

    We have lost a Dear Neighbour and Don will be missed at Eau Claire. Our thoughts and prayers are with Katy Lou and Family

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  6. Margaret Newall :

    Although we didn’t really know Don except as a neighbour whom we often saw out walking, we will miss his cheerful smile. Please accept our condolences.
    Margaret and Ted Newall

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  7. Tom and Christine Gallagher :

    Don’s heart was always with his Katie and in the Arctic North where they spent such meaningful and exciting times. We only got to know Don as a Calgarian with a great heart and through his genuine fellowship. At 99 he set an example in our Eau Claire Gym…. where he came to exercise when the winter weather closed in so much that he couldn’t do his daily walk in the parks or in search of a backpack of provisions. The sincerity and sparkle of his eyes and the energy that he gave to everyone he met, made him such a great Canadian. The Arctic was a warmer place with him there….and so were all the places he lived and visited daily. We will deeply miss his confident, steady, fun loving …… disarming and natural way. He was an inspiration to us all.

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  8. I frequently told Don that he was my idol. Don and Katy Lou lived the way I dream of living my life.
    You rarely saw one with out the other unless you were in the fitness room at Eau Claire Estates where I frequently saw Don riding the bike or using the universal gym.
    This is a huge loss for the McLauchlan family and especially for Katy Lou. Don will be missed but he will always be my idol

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  9. Maureen & Tom Lowe :

    Memories of our first meeting with Don & KatyLou was in Whitehorse at the RCMP AGM. We spend many wonderful hours together, which will remain with us forever. We were actively preparing for another AGm on the cruise to Alaska in May this year. We are so very sad that our reunion there will not happen. We will treasure your book for the rest of our lives also…Much love KatyLou…Maureen and Tom

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  10. Dr. Edward Jang :

    To Mrs. McLauchlan and the rest of the family, I offer my condolences. It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to care for Don’s eyes for many years. He always displayed great energy and provided numerous stories during our visits.

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  11. angela boyes auger :

    George, Sydney and Elliot
    I am thinking about you and I am sad for your loss. I have said some prayers for Don.

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  12. Frances Leeson :

    So sorry to hear the sad news that cousin Don has passed away. May he rest in peace. Our sincere condolences to Katy Lou, Sydney and all the family from Fran & Brendan Leeson, Ireland.

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