October 11 1925 ~ June 4, 2015
Born to Jean and John McLaren in Leyland Alberta. Don passed after a long struggle with Parkinson’s and heart disease. Don was able to stay in his own home for most of his illness, cared for lovingly by his wife of 67 years Rosemary, née Grieve. He was predeceased by his brothers Ian and Bob and his son Bruce. Don leaves his wife Rosemary and their children Don (Leila), Sheila (Doug), and Mary (Leo). Don also leaves his grandsons Scott (Dove), Bruce, Nathan, Stephen (Jessica), Kyle and Robb and great grand children Elainea, Brandon, Jonathan and Charissa. Don’s parents emigrated from Scotland and came to the Coal Branch in Alberta where Don was born in Leyland. As a young man he worked in Cadomin in the mines and as a heavy equipment operator. When the mines closed Don and family moved to Surrey, BC where he worked for the municipality for many years as an electrician. Don was introduced to Rosemary by her brother John, who was also Don’s best friend. They married December 22, 1947. Don shared a love of the outdoors with Rosemary and they spent many years camping together. Don was an avid fisherman and hunter.
Thank you to the staff at Westminster House for their excellent care of Don in the last weeks of his life. Donations in lieu of flowers to your favorite charity. Private service.