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Donald Vance

Donald Raymond Vance

Wednesday, May 26th, 1943 - Tuesday, July 7th, 2020
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Obituary

VANCE, Donald Raymond
May 26, 1943-July 6, 2020.

Don passed suddenly of natural causes, at his home on July 6, 2020. Our brother was a man of huge heart and impetuous action. His life began on May 26,1943, the second son to Lawrence “Doc” Vance and Leona Morrison Vance. Don was born and educated in Belleville, Ontario.

Don is predeceased by both parents and his beloved grandparents, Fire Chief Gerald Vance and Helen Hurst Vance. On May 30, 1970, Don received the gift of his lifetime when his daughter Shawn Doneen Vance was born to Colleen Dawe. He forever credited her with being an exceptional Mommy. Their connection and fondness remained steadfast. Grievously they shared their daughter for a brief six years when Shawn was wrenched from their lives succumbing to meningitis in Vancouver, British Columbia. This devastation remained an unreconciled loss for the remainder of Don’s life.

Don is forever loved in treasured memories and adventurous times by all siblings: Predeceased by Lawrence “Hiker” and Ann Vance. Survived by Sandra and Bill Rushlow; Jacqueline and Greg Chambers; Kelly Vance and Ron Whyte. Uncle Donnie was an original, even legendary character to all of his nieces and nephews: Rushlow Family...Robbie, Andrew, Jacqueline. Vance Family...Karen and Amber , Chambers Family: Adam and predeceased by Brad, Vance- Whyte-,Rankin Family: Adam, Sarah, Shawn, Matthew.

Uncle Donnie will reside in the hearts and minds of all extended family...Amber Orser, Mary and George Pearce, as well as dear friend Patricia Culhane.

He followed in his Dad’s footsteps as a welder and worked from coast to coast in Canada. Don was proud of his lifetime membership to the Iron Workers International Union. Throughout his life he became a skilled trades person...home builder, painter: Hobbyist…. collector of license plates, totem poles, cars and trucks and especially of hockey memorabilia. His greatest enthusiasm was evidenced in his stellar assortment of NHL Hockey Jerseys!

“C’mon Summer” would be gently bellowed each night as he called his beloved cat to come inside for shelter. Following her caregiver’s lifestyle, Summer occasionally chose to remain free.

Brother, you pushed all barriers, you tested all limits, you would offer the shirt off of your back!

“Have An Eye Son” was Dad’s cautionary remark and reminder that love was constant!

Mom would often lament, “You were like a cow that gave a good pail of milk and then kicked it over!” Never the less Mom’s support and forgiveness was infinite. She would always listen!

As Aunt May would say...”You are now at peace...the peace that passeth all understanding.”

… Reunited with your beloved family...Shawnie Doneen, Mom and Dad, Grandma and Poppa, Hiker and Ann, Aunt Amy and Uncle Stan, Uncle Al and Aunt Gloria, Uncle Harry and Uncle Chris and Bradley Lawrence.

Cremation has occurred and a private family service of interment will be scheduled for a future date. Don will be with his parents and grandparents at Belleville Cemetery.

Donations in Don’s Memory would be appreciated by the family to any of the following :

Epilepsy Ontario, Parkinson’s Society Ontario, Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke or Humane Society

Our immense gratitude and recognition to the S.M.I.L.E community support organization as well as the Southeast Community Care Access Centre.

To share memories of Don and online condolences please visit www.rushnellfamilyservices.com
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Nancy Watts

Posted at 11:38am
We are sorry to learn of Don's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family at this difficult time.
A loss is never easy to deal with, but you will be able to share your fondest memories of Don for ever.
The Watts family
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Bruce Pearce

Posted at 07:03pm
I only met Donny on a couple occasions, but his genuine kindness & thoughtfulness made a real impact on me. Facing my own loss of my brother in 2017 & my mother earlier this year, Donny reached out to me personally & extended his condolences. Reading his beautiful obituary tells me this kindness was a lifelong trait he shared with those around him. I'm sorry to hear of his passing, and offer my deepest sympathies to Donny's family & friends.
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Sherry (Anderson)Marshall

Posted at 11:05am
Very sad to hear about Donny. Condolences to Sandra, Jackie, Kelly and families. As neighbors for many years, the Vance kids and Anderson kids grew up together (along with the Henn and Longhurst kids). Those 'Murney Alley' bonds endure. Thinking of you all today.
 
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c-CD.awe@shaw.ca Posted at 12:51am

I think that Don and I had Jimmy Henn in our apartment for a bit on I think on East Bridge st. Hard for me with a little baby,Shawn, in the morning with him still In the living room still sleeping. But Don was that kind of guy,kelp anyone❤️
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Colleen Dawe

Posted at 12:31am
We will always love you,as Shawnie said
Up to the Sky! Miss you😢❤️ Love to your
family
 
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. Posted at 12:39am

I would like to cancel about the apartment on Bridge St,. Sorry not really Appropriate to the comments,just something that I remember in my short times in Belleville😃
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