Semiahmoo Peninsula loses a class act

Don Carr and his wife Sherry are seen in a 2004 photo - File photo
Don Carr and his wife Sherry are seen in a 2004 photo
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If you wanted to find Don Carr at a social event, all you had to do was look for a group of smiling people and the genial giant of a man with the booming laugh would be in the middle.

“If you walked into a room or a party, he would be surrounded by people,” says his youngest son. “He was a great storyteller.”

Chris Carr recalled his father’s memory this week, after the older Carr lost his battle with cancer May 1. He is survived by his wife Sherry, sons Jason and Chris, daughter-in-law Brandi and granddaughters Mackenzie and Riley.

In White Rock, the 6’2” Carr was a household name, the owner of Don Carr Chev Olds, a dealership that won multiple awards for business excellence.

The Carrs were also known as sponsors of the annual Canadian Sandcastle competition in the ’70s and ’80s, as well as backing White Rock minor hockey, Semiahmoo Rotary Golf Tournament, South Surrey Eagles hockey team and other organizations and festivals.

Carr also routinely  donated vehicles to the RCMP for community policing.

Chris Carr recalls his father as an avid sports fan whose tastes included curling, NASCAR racing and golf, which he liked to both watch and play.

Don Carr was a nine-handicap golfer who often played at the Bellingham Golf Course.

Chris Carr says his father’s biggest compliment for a person was to call them a “class act” and his highest quality ranking was expressed as “first cabin.”

His father was also a class act, a larger-than-life character who told the best one-liners, and an accomplished world traveller with his wife, the son says.

“He was memorable,” Chris Carr says.

Born June 7, 1939, in Winnipeg, Man., Carr joined the GM corporation on graduation from the University of Manitoba in 1962.

After 17 years with GM, he went into business for himself, and bought the former Clifford Pontiac Buick dealership at Five Corners in White Rock in 1979.

In 1989, at GM’s request, he converted to a Chev Olds dealership.

The business relocated to the South Surrey Auto Mall in 1990.

Three years ago, Don Carr retired. He and his wife moved into their oceanfront dream home in Campbell River.

A celebration of his life will be held at Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre, at 14831 28 Ave. in Surrey, on Tuesday, May 15, at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, people are being asked to make a donation to the fight against cancer by going to and searching for the Don Carr fundraising page.

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