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DONALD CHARLES WYATT (published on July 21, 2009)

DONALD CHARLES WYATT Peacefully at the Victoria General Hospital in Winnipeg, Donald Charles Wyatt passed away on July 17, 2009 at the age of 83. Don was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and was the second youngest of his 12 siblings. At a young age, Don followed in his brothers' footsteps and enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. After the war, Don returned to the Sault and completed his high school education. He then worked many different jobs and often referred to himself as a Jack of all trades but master of none . It was at this time, he met the love of his life, Agnes, who he married on September 5, 1949. Afterwards, he accepted a position with the Sault Ste. Marie Fire Department and successfully completed Fire College Training. He was a dedicated firefighter for 35 years retiring as a Captain in 1984. After retiring, Don and Agnes moved to Bruce Mines, Ontario situated on Lake Huron and enjoyed wintering in their trailer in Avon Park, Florida. Once their granddaughters arrived, Don and Agnes decided to move to Winnipeg to be a larger part of Ashley and Brittany's life, leaving behind their many family members and friends. Don was their only Grandpa and he cherished every moment he spent with the girls. They captured his heart and were the apple of his eye. Throughout his life, Don enjoyed the outdoor life especially with his family at their cottage at Diamond Lake, Ontario. He was an avid fisherman and hunter who enjoyed his annual trips with his buddies. Don was known for his quick wit, love for life and his dedication to his family and friends. Don was predeceased by his parents Edward and Jane Wyatt of Sault Ste. Marie as well as by his 10 siblings, Edward, Elliott, Stan, Hugh, Robert, George, Emily, Helen, Marion and Dorothy. Don is survived by his loving wife of almost 60 years, Agnes (Read); their two daughters, Sharon of Toronto; Debbie and her husband Ron DeBrouwere of Winnipeg and their daughters Ashley and Brittany DeBrouwere. He is also survived by his one remaining sister, Ona McLarty of Hilton Beach, Ontario; sister-in-law Betty Wyatt of Penticton, BC; brother-in-law Douglas Spurr of Sault Ste. Marie; sister-in-law and brother-in-law June and Ernie Oliverio of Sault Ste. Marie; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Ernie and Leona Read of Mount Forest, Ontario. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. The family wishes to express their deepest appreciation and thanks to the staff at St. Boniface General Hospital, Victoria General Hospital, Manitoba Homecare Program, Riverview Health Centre and the Golden Door Geriatric Centre for all their care and compassion throughout the years. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 23, 2009 at St. Mary Magdalene Church, 3 St. Vital Road, Winnipeg at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Canon Bob Webster officiating. Cremation has taken place with interment taking place at a later date in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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