December 27, 1939 – Exeter, Ontario
September 9, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta
Don Gladman of Calgary, AB, passed away peacefully at Carewest Sarcee Hospice on Monday, September 9, 2019 surrounded by family.
Don lived a very full and productive life. He worked as a physician in Calgary for fifty years, retiring for health reasons on December 31, 2018. From humble beginnings in Exeter, ON, he started school in a one-room country schoolhouse then on to Winnipeg where the family lived in the Wildwood Park Neighbourhood. In 1954 the family continued their move west to Vancouver. Don, at age fourteen showed his precocious streak. He took it upon himself to stop in Banff, live alone in a tent and work his dream job as a caddy at the Banff Springs Golf Course. It was there that he developed his lifelong passion for golf. Don always excelled in academics and graduated from Kitsilano High School at the tender age of 15, then headed straight to UBC to study chemistry and medicine. He had previously enrolled to be a medical officer in the Canadian Army and upon completing his internship in Victoria he was posted with his growing family to Germany for two years. Returning to Canada, his next post was Clinton, ON. He completed his army commitment, having reached the rank of Major before moving out west again to Calgary. He established a busy family practice in the Mission area with a Canadian colleague from Germany, Dr. Gary Haywood. Later they were joined by Dr. Bruce Wheeler. Don worked for decades as a beloved family doctor and delivered hundreds of babies in his early years of practice. He worked countless shifts in the emergency department at Foothills Hospital and well into his seventies as a long term care physician alongside his son Paul. Don was also an avid sports enthusiast. He participated in squash, tennis, and golf at the Glencoe club, ran a marathon and played hockey in his early years. He loved the Flames and the Stampeders and attended many games with his kids and grandchildren. Don loved spending time with his grandchildren and was exceptionally generous with them, taking them on numerous trips to exotic locales. Finally, Don was an exceptional bridge player, attaining the level of Diamond Life Master through many years of dedicated play. He attended countless tournaments with his friend and bridge partner, Ken Penton among other cherished friends. In 2003, Don and Irene married in Scottsdale, AZ and celebrated their marriage at the Glencoe Golf and Country Club with friends and family. Don adored Irene and all the fun they got up to. They travelled extensively from golfing in South Africa to exploring the wonders of the Galapagos Islands.
Don will lovingly be remembered by his wife Irene Shewchuk, his children, Lorna, Paul (Ginny Hughes) and Susan; and his grandchildren, Zoe, Ava, Reid, Jackson, Kajal and Milo. He is also survived by sisters, Peggy (Duff) Graham and Randy (Jerry) Lorenz; his brother Michael Gladman (Wendy McNiven); and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Donald’s Life will be announced at a later date.The family thanks Dr. Andrew Daly, Dr. Peter Colbert, nurse Scott and all the staff at TBCC Hematology/Oncology Clinic and Dr. Tania Murynka and staff at Sarcee Hospice for their kind and compassionate care.
“He sometimes challenged us with his fierce independence and held on to his dignity as long as he could.”
In living memory of Dr. Donald Gladman, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences