Donald "Don" Jickling

30/03/1947 - 21/06/2020

Obituary for Donald "Don" Jickling

March 30, 1947 – June 21, 2020

Don Jickling, 73, passed away peacefully on June 21, 2020 at his home in Sexsmith, Alberta. Fitting for the family man that he was, he died surrounded by his loving wife of 52 years Judy, and his three children Mark (Sheri), Stacie (Dallas) and Ward (Nicole). Don also leaves behind four wonderful grandkids (Sophie, Zachary, Emma and Elizabeth) who were always a source of great joy to him.

Don was born in Provost on March 30, 1947 but had called Sexsmith home for over 40 years. He was part of town life in many ways from the arcade he owned on Main Street to his years on town council. Don could always be counted on for a joke or two and some sage advice.

Don will be missed by many and a celebration of Don’s life will be planned for a later date after the current pandemic resolves.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Diabetes Canada ( or The Kidney Foundation of Canada (

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742

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Sincere Sympathies Judy, Mark, Stacie, Ward & families , sad to hear of Don's passing. Sharon & Don Nelson
- Sharon Nelson
Stacie, Dallas and family, Sorry sorry for your loss. Although I never met the man personally I always enjoyed hearing the many stories about his antics. Sound like a pretty funny character. Deepest condolences to you at this time. With love, Jana.
- Jana Dooley
Well that old fart has had quite a few one liners, over the last 40 some years Don was always awesome to chat with No matter what, Danny wheeled and dealed with him at Windsor ford. I'm pretty sure Don outdid a salesman. Just saying. I remember the arcade as a teenager. Good thing I could out smart ass him. Thank you for being A part of our community. Don and JUdy. Love the Diane/Dan steinke clan. The arcade as a teenager,
- Diane Steinke
To Judy and Family, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love Dana Knapp (Bob Carlton's step daughter)
- Dana Knapp
So sorry for your loss. We all send you our deepest condolences.
- Heather Lang
So sorry for your loss Judy and family. Thinking of you and sending hugs. With love, The Schaefer Family
- Schaefer Family
Sending thoughts and deep condolences to the Jickling family! Don or Mr J was a huge influence to so many of us young ruffians growing up in Sexsmith in the 80s and 90s. He was one of a kind and possibly had the greatest sense of humor I have ever come across. So many great memories.
- Justin Brown
Don. A great person and friend. Will miss our chats. RIP My Friend. Our Condolences To Judy And Family. Barry and Yvonne McLean.
- Barry McLean
Judy...Mark...Stacy and Ward, words cant express how sorry I am to hear of Don passing away. He was a big part of my childhood growing up in Sexsmith and I can honestly say he always had a smile on his face and a new dirty joke to tell. Stay strong...stay safe...and take care
- Chris Hennigar
My deepest condolences, He was a good man! Love & Hugs XXXXX
- Patty Benson
Sorry to hear about Dons passing. Our condolences to you and the family. We have many fond memories of Don, you and your children. Our thoughts are with you Judy. Dan and Joan Kirkham
- Dan Kirkham
Judy and family, we are so sorry to hear this. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very difficult time.
- Kodi Anderson
Sending hugs and prayers to the family, all the ball games, house party's and jokes our dads played in each other crazy to think the era or Norm, Moe and Don is gone. Thinking of you guys
- Nancy Olson
Judy and Family we are so very sorry to hear of Don's passing. Our deepest condolences and sympathy to the family. Bryan and Louise Dibb
- Louise Dibb

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