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ANTONIUS (TONY) DONKER (published on October 31, 2009)

ANTONIUS (TONY) DONKER March 17, 1920 - October 23, 2009 Peacefully with his family by his side, Dad passed away on Friday, October 23, 2009 at Riverview Health Centre. Tony was predeceased by his wife, Baukje (Kay). They were able to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary prior to Mom's passing in 1997. Dad will be lovingly remembered by his son, Dirk (Jean) of Valleyview, Alberta, and their furry, four footed family; daughter Aaltje (Ted) Hansell of Winnipeg; grandchildren, Robin (Cary) Schneiderat of Penticton, B.C., Jennifer (Trevor) Sinclair of St. Andrews and grandson, Scott Hansell of Winnipeg; great-grandchildren, Amanda, Payton, Quinn and Mya. Dad, Mom and family immigrated to Canada from The Netherlands in 1954. Tony was a very accomplished landscape gardener, working many long hours to make a better life for his family. Dad worked for the Winnipeg School Board until 1967. He proudly pointed out the now tall trees that he had planted around many Winnipeg schools so many years ago. Dad took university night courses to achieve a teacher's certificate. He helped to create and taught a greenhouse course at R.B. Russell School. He also taught the custodial class. After retiring in 1981, Dad and Mom began to travel more - across the U.S., to Cuba, to Hawaii, Europe but there was no place like home, Canada. The family wishes to thank some of the many people who touched Dad's and our lives during the latter years of his life. His homecare aides helped to achieve his desire to remain in his own home as long as he could. Thank you, Bernice for caring for Dad's home and being there when he needed your help. The doctors, nurses, aides, and social worker at 3East, Riverview for their compassion, caring, and honesty that was so appreciated. According to Dad's wishes, cremation has taken place with family gathering on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 to celebrate his life. The things that we will remember most about Dad, was how proud he was to be a Canadian, and how much he loved us, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Glen Eden Funeral Home 338-7111


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