DAWSON, Donald Keith Fortescue
February 20, 1918 - February 22, 2013
Days after his 95th birthday, Donald Dawson passed away peacefully at 2:00 p.m. at the Strathcona Long Term Care Facility in Sherwood Park, Alberta.
He is survived by his wife Nancy; daughters Leslie and Wendy (Kamil Krepelka); sons James (Lorna Walker) and Timothy (Kim Dunlop); seven grandchildren, Inja (Therese Moseby), Sylva (Jeffery Browning), Thomas, Victoria, Veronica, Julia and Samuel; and one great-granddaughter Maija. He was predeceased by sons Eric and Samuel.
The son of A. Earnest and Linda Dawson, he was born February 20, 1918, in Peterborough, Ontario. In WWII he volunteered to serve for the Canadian Army, Canadian Armoured Corps, in which he fought as a 2nd lieutenant in Italy, Belgium, and Holland. He married the love of his life, Nancy Lane Young, of Victoria, on August 4, 1945, with whom he shared 68 wonderful years of marriage. At work Don qualified as Dominion, Ontario, and Alberta Land Surveyors. He conducted the first Canadian metric survey (Sable Island, NS), was one of the first to hire aboriginal Canadians on survey crews, was the 1956 president of the Alberta Land Surveyors Association, and pioneered satellite use in Canadian surveying. He received many honours for his work.
Don was well-known as a church organist and choir master at three churches, most recently St. Luke's Anglican Church, Edmonton. When he wasn't inspiring the choir to greater glories, he could be found rototilling his garden determined to beat the frost with his corn, planting trees, or leading rollicking sing- songs at the piano in his music room at his beloved country home, Hackmatack.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at St. Luke's Anglican Church, 8424 - 95 Avenue, Edmonton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army, which served Don during WWII.
Published in The Edmonton Journal from February 26 to February 27, 2013