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Passed away peacefully in Cobourg, Ontario on Dec 28, 2020 at the age of 89.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland to John and Annabella Grant (nee Smith), along with his siblings John (deceased) and Nancy. A lifelong (frustrated) Rangers fan, he grew up in the shadows of Ibrox Park until he started his tool and die apprenticeship for Rolls Royce in the late 1940’s.
Served in the RAF on Thorney Island in the mid 50’s, maintaining the plane engines, playing trumpet and piano in the amateur jazz band, and trading letters with his sweetheart Irene Hackston . They married in 1958 and had three boys, Ian, Colin and Andrew. Andrew was born after their emigration to Canada in the 60’s.
Toolmaker by trade, musician at heart. He made folks laugh, scared the cat with trumpet playing, cursed things “in the name of the wee man”, read the sheet music while listening to classical, enjoyed a shot of “medicinal” whisky, was a great dancer, and built a lot of things with his hands. He also worked hard to help raise the boys.
He is survived by wife Irene, their 3 boys, daughters-in-law Robin, Angie, Cheryl, and grandkids Rowynne, Alexander, Gavin, Malcolm and Fiona.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada or the Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation.
A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:
Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation
To Irene, sons Ian, Colin, Andrew and families, Our deepest condolences to you all on the passing of your beloved Donald. We have fond memories of Don, made at special family occasions where his quick wit, story telling talent and improvised piano performances kept things lively. More often than taking the spotlight, Don would ask others about what was going on in their lives. We remember engaging conversations that could start with the weather but spin off into historical or satirical depth. Reading now, more of Don's life story, it's clear he lived a full and meaningful life. His great sons and grandchildren, and their many respective talents, carry on his legacy of creativity and skill using: head, hand and heart. May Don Rest In Peace and may your memories of him give you comfort at this time of great loss. Stephen, Lucy and Alina Roscoe
To Irene, sons Ian, Colin,Andrew and families - I remember Don telling my husband and I, many years ago, that the reason he and Irene emigrated to Canada was to give the boys a better life. Don said that in Scotland, the educational “streaming “ system would limit the boys opportunities. No doubt those early years were difficult, and I admire the grit and sacrifice it must have taken, in the name of love for family. May your memories comfort you in this time of loss, and may Don “Rest In Peace “. Sincerely, Joan Roscoe
Irene and family. I am so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed our visits when I was out walking my dog. I admired you as a devoted wife and caregiver for such a wonderful/accomplished man. Joanne Drury
So sad to hear about Don. He will be missed. Remember taking Irene to get some Newcastle Brown Ale for Don. He always was happy to see me taking care of Irene. He said I was her special friend. Thinking of Irene of family. Take care ❤
This brings me such sadness and I am sorry for your loss. Donald was one of my all time favourite patients, as well as your mother. I will never forget his fun personality and sneaking him in chocolates to work and making his favourite toast and tea before bed. I’m sorry for your loss Grant family.
Extending our deepest sympathy to you Irene, your sons and their families. I remember meeting Don while volunteering with you as members of the NHH Auxiliary and visiting with you as we went for our walks along Abbott Blvd. May all your wonderful memories of Don help you through this difficult time Bill & Sharon Gerber