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VANSTONE, Donald “Don” Lowell

August 17, 1930 – Calgary, Alberta
December 10, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Don Vanstone of Calgary passed away on December 10, 2018 at the age of 88 years.

Don received the Federal Commemorative Medal for the 125 Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal, both medals awarded to citizens of Canada who made a significant contribution to their fellow citizens, their community, or to Canada.

Don was a lifetime employee of Calgary Power/TransAlta Utilities. His career took him to Calgary, Claresholm, Hardisty, Bassano, Athabasca, Drayton Valley and Edmonton.

He was an avid hiker with a lifetime’s experience exploring the Canadian Rockies, often sharing his appreciation of nature with his children. This love for nature included volunteer leadership roles with Boy Scouts of Canada.

Don also volunteered with the Canadian Red Cross in Edmonton and was a significant contributor to the Emergency Preparedness Plan, which was completed only hours before the 1987 tornado. He was deployed frequently on behalf of the American Red Cross in response to numerous natural disasters over the years; finally standing down with the Red Cross at the age of 76 after 21 years of exceptional volunteer service.

Don was devoted to his family, dedicated to his faith and committed to his community.

Don is survived by his wife Florence (Flo); children, Beverley Harder, Karen Ritchie (Wayne) of Calgary and Glen Vanstone (Stacey) of Leduc County; grandchildren, Joe Ritchie, Cailen Harder, Jon Ritchie of Calgary, Colton Vanstone and Keegan Vanstone of Leduc County.

A Private Family Service will be held. Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes in Don’s honour may be made directly to Dulcina Hospice, 110 Evanspark Manor N.W., Calgary, Alberta T3P 0N4 Telephone: 587-230-5500. The family wishes to express deep appreciation to the staff at Dulcina Hospice for their dedication and support to Don’s care.

In living memory of Don Vanstone, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. CALGARY, AB, T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Sincerest condolences from Havelock Madill on behalf of the family of the late Clarence and Jean Madill. We first met Don, Florence and family when Don was Calgary Power District Manager at Bassano and my father, Clarence Madill, the District Manager at Brooks. During a summer job while attending University, I again met Don when he was District Manager at Athabasca. Later in life, I encountered him a few times at the Calgary Airport where he volunteered assisting visitors. I remember him very well as always kind and friendly man with charming smile and a big heart. He will be missed by many.

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  2. Please accept my condolences with the passing of Don. He taught me Sunday School many years ago in Bassano and was a very fine man.
    Roy Smith

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  3. I haven’t seen or been in touch with you people in many many years but I babysat for you when you lived in Bassano. I remember Don (Mr. Vanstone to me then) as a very nice, quite man involved with our Presbyterian Church as you both were. Please accept my condolences. Kay (Mashford) Fraser

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  4. Margaret Bonham (AC)

    Karen, Glen and Vanstone families
    Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your father. May your cherished memories give you comfort at this difficult time.

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  5. Dear Glen and family,
    Sincerest condolences for the loss of your father. He was an amazing man. May all your wonderful memories bring you comfort and make you smile.
    Val and Randy Klose

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  6. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Vanstone family at this time.
    My family is from Bassano and remember Mr. & Mrs with great fondness. Active in the community & great supporters of the young people.

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  7. Karen and Vanstone Family;
    Sincere condolences on your father”s passing.
    I place this with our fond memories of you & your family during our stay in Drayton Valley.
    R.I.P. Don.
    Harvey & Leanne

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  8. Karen, Wayne, Joe and Jon and the rest of the Vanstone Family,
    Deepest Sympathies to you and your family! May all your loving memories give you comfort during this difficult time. With Love, Nancy, Mike, Ashely and Amanda.

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  9. Bill Goodwin (Jr)

    My most sincere condolences to the Vanstone family. My father, Bill Goodwin Sr., knew Don when both worked for Calgary Power/TransAlta. My dad was District Manager of Bow Island & District and System Control in Edmonton/Calgary.
    I had the great good fortune to meet and get to know Don very well before, during and after the Edm. tornado in 1987. My name is Bill Goodwin Jr. and I was the Director of Disaster Services for the Canadian Red Cross Services in Alberta/NWT. I first met your father at a disaster training session at Red Deer in the beginning of June of 1987, just barely two months before Black Friday. Don and his local volunteer team formed the point guard of the Red Cross response. Don and I worked hand in glove for several years thereafter.
    I’ve often thought so very fondly of Don since we last saw each other. I was blessed to know and work so closely with him. God speed my friend.

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