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DONALD CAMERON FORTESCUE (DONNIE) (published on October 01, 2009)

DONALD CAMERON FORTESCUE (DONNIE) It is with great sadness that the family of Donald Cameron Fortescue announces his peaceful passing on Saturday, September 26, 2009 surrounded by his loving family. Donnie fought his cancer with courage, strength, class and absolute dignity. He was brave beyond words until the very end. Donnie is survived by his loving family, Pat, his wife of over 41 years; his wonderful son and daughter Ryan (Jenn) and Erin (Nolan) and his treasured grandchildren, Reilly and Ava Fortescue and Izabella and Hunter Still. Donnie thought there was no one like his grandkids and for the last several years since he retired from CNR, he was the chief babysitter and chauffeur for them. Donnie is also survived by his mother Catherine; sisters, Judy (Richard), Darlene (Paul), Sandra (Grant), Debbie (Karl), Donna and by his brothers, Brian, Cameron and Randy. Also surviving are his mother-in-law Anna Smith; his brother-in-law Guy Smith and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Donnie was predeceased by his father Alexander and his father-in-law Arthur Smith. Donnie was born in Winnipeg on July 25, 1943 and began working at the CNR in 1961 as a Carman Apprentice and retired in 1998. Donnie and Pat were married in June 1968 and several years later their children Ryan and Erin were born. While Pat worked evenings for many years, Donnie was very active in transporting the kids back and forth to their various lessons and sporting activities. Donnie was an extremely kind hearted, well liked and popular person with a terrific sense of humour. He never had an unkind word to say to anyone and everyone he met enjoyed being with him. One of his friends stated on the day that Donnie passed away, that he had never ever heard anyone say they didn't like Donnie. He was an easygoing, unpretentious person who loved nothing more than going to his buddy Dave's garage and visiting' with whomever he would run into there. Donnie was never too busy to hear about the latest gossip. Whether we would be in Grand Forks or Grand Marais, people would be calling out to him and asking him how he was doing. A trip to Safeway to get milk often took him up to two hours, as he would inevitably run into a guy from work that he hadn't seen for a while and had to catch up on things. Donnie also had a steady stream of company in our garage. He made the best coffee anywhere and was only too happy to make some for him and his friends (notably Bob and Hermann) to enjoy while sitting in the garage summer or winter. It didn't matter that the only part of the garage that was insulated was the spot surrounding his throne' where he held court on a regular basis, once again catching up on the news of the day. Donnie considered most people to be his friend and many of his friends had been such for way over 40 years. Donnie was always glad to see his friends and any chance to have a chat was appreciated. Donnie's mission in life for the last few years was finding out anything he could about people's pension plans. Even while in the hospital, he was doing his best to find out what he could about the nurse's pensions; when asked if he was actually getting any information he replied that he was working on it . Anyone who knew Donnie well knew that he was an avid collector of anything copper. He was meticulous about it having everything sorted into piles and knowing exactly what he would get for his stash. He also never lost his love of old cars and still had our '62 T-Bird that he was going to restore, but was still deciding on what he was going to do with it. We would like to thank Donnie's many friends who visited him faithfully during his illness and helped to brighten his days. He truly appreciated the loving kindness at each visit and loved all of you. Also, sincere thanks to the wonderful staff of the Riverview Health Centre, 3 East, Palliative Care Ward for their exceptional care over the past three weeks. Their compassion and care was wonderful and will forever be deeply appreciated by those who love Donnie. In lieu of flowers, if friends wish, they may make a donation to Riverview Health Centre, 3E Palliative Care Ward, 1 Morley Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3L 2P4 in Donnie's memory. Friends are invited to join us in a Celebration of Donnie's life on Saturday, October 2 at 11:00 a.m. at the Transcona Funeral Chapel, 1800 Day Street in Transcona. Donnie, we will love you and miss you forever, and will be forever grateful to have had you in our lives.


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