MUNRO, Donald George
February 10, 1919 – January 23, 2010
Don passed away peacefully at Peace Arch Hospital, on January 23, 2010 with his Loving daughter Fiona at his side. He will be Dearly missed by his grandchildren: Joshua, Amy and Rebecka. Don is survived by his sister Jean (Goodman) and his brother-in-law Fred. He will be fondly remembered by his nephews Ross Munro (his caregiver) and Andrew Munro. Don also leaves behind nieces Sharon and Carolyn Wahl. As well nephews Gary Wahl and Fred Goodman Jr. Don is also survived by Muriel Dibb, his confidant and traveling companion of many years.
Don is predeceased by his wife Barbra and daughter Sheena. Don was born in Mission in 1919, then moved to White Rock with his family in 1921. He spent the remainder of his life in White Rock with the exception of his time overseasduring WWII . He proudly served with the Canadian Air Force as a radar mechanic and spent his service years stationed in Britain, Ireland, North Africa and India. Upon his return to Canada, Don began municipal work before joining Canada Post and subsequently serving as White Rock Postmaster from 1946 – 1980.
During his life, he maintained an interest and involvement in community development and affairs. His contribution has been well noted including his service as Parks Board Chairman. The highlight of his community service came on Canada Day 2005 when he, along with 4 others was honoured as a outstanding Canadian and was formally thanked by Mayor Judy Forster for his “Dedication and commitment…and making a difference in the lives of fellow citizens.”
Don was passionate about local history and because of his extensive knowledge; he was approached by archivists and other historians seeking information concerning the history and development of White Rock, South Surrey and Surrey. He was considered by some to be a walking history book. Don’s experience during his overseas military tour ignited a passion for travel and he was fortunate enough to be able to continue his world travels right into his 90th year.
Don Munro had a full rich live and in the truest measure of life well spent; he touched the hearts of many people who came to know him.
The family wished to extend a special thanks to Rick Smith and Karen Wanke for their years of friendship to Don as well as their love and support during his final days. A heartfelt thanks must also be given to the Pacifica Resort Retirement Community. The friends, neighbours and staff there treated Don with the upmost dignity and respect. Their earnest caring and concern for him made his final year one of gentle transition.
Don requested there be no funeral service. Those who wish to honour his memory may do so by making a donation to the White Rock Museum or the Salvation Army.