Obituaries

Donald Gordon Dixon

04/12/1936 - 05/08/2020

Obituary for Donald Gordon Dixon

December 4, 1936 – August 5, 2020
Donald Dixon, resident of Prairie Lake Seniors Community, formerly of the Crystal Creek, Alberta area, passed away on August 5th, 2020 in the Queen Elizabeth 11 Hospital at the age of 83 years.
Donald worked at the Canfor Plywood plant in Grande Prairie for 29 years. He liked working by himself and despite his physical limitations, he never let them stop him from doing whatever he wanted; fixing things, growing a great garden and keeping a meticulous house. In later years he received a great deal of help and care from neighbors Russ and Brenda MacIntosh.
Donald was predeceased by his father and mother, Howard and Lillian Dixon and his brother Robert Dixon.
He is survived by nieces Brenda Gagne and Lori Ann Patterson, who live in the Edmonton area.
As per Donald’s request there will be no service. Donations in memory of Donald may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780 830 7742 www.bearcreekfuneral.com

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Donald was my parent's neighbour for 26 years. He was a dear friend to them, and always very helpful. He was a man of few words, but what he said was worth listening to. He was wise and very resourceful. He holds a special place in our family and will be missed.
- Eric Brocklesby
I first met Donald about 18 years ago. He lived across the road from my in-laws, the Brocklesbys. I heard a lot about him from Jack and Margaret. He came over for dinner on my first trip up there. I enjoyed meeting Donald. He liked talking and visiting with the Brocklesbys. I was impressed by Donald's resourcefulness. Despite having had polio as a child, he was able to manage his physical limitations and live on his own. He maintained his property and managed to have a big garden every year. He would set up a green house and dismantle it every year. I offered to help him with this when Jacqueline and I would be up visiting her parents, but he wouldn't take me up on the offer. He had it all set up and organized in such a way that he was able to get the parts out there and assemble them. I think his brother would help him out on the final day. Being independent was very important to him. It wasn't until my last visit with him at this house that he actually asked me to help him with something. My son, Ian, and I showed up for a visit and I saw that he had a ladder up to the roof of the house. He had a loose shingle that he wanted to repair. I told him I would do it and he accepted. The last time we saw Donald was around this time last year. We were in Grande Prairie for Jack Brocklesby's burial and we had a couple of visits with Donald. We had a nice visit. We brought him some Ritz crackers. When Ian was about 3 years old, we had a visit with Donald at his house and he gave us some Ritz crackers for a snack. My son always remembered this, so whenever we visited him again, we would bring him some Ritz crackers That was our silly little thing we would do.. We talked with Donald several times over the last year, and the conversations would be quite long. He was interested in hearing how things were going with us. It was a pleasure to have met Donald, and he will be missed. The McKenna family..
- Noel McKenna

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