KNIGHT, Donald Stephen
April 1, 1930 – August 9, 2014
With great sadness, the family of Don Knight announces his passing on August 9, 2014. Don was born in Souris, Manitoba and was the eldest child of Cliff and Nora Knight. Don grew up in St. Vital Winnipeg and attended Glenlawn Collegiate. In Winnipeg, he was an Air Cadet as a youth and belonged to DeMolay. He moved with his family to Vancouver in 1949, where he worked for Eaton's and a bank before joining BC Tel. Don took on a wide variety of management roles during his more than 30 years of service, living in many communities throughout BC and also in Ottawa, and making many good friends wherever he worked. Don retired from BC Tel to be the Director of Public Affairs for the Telecom Canada Pavilion at 'Expo 86,' the World's Fair hosted in Vancouver in 1986. Don was made a lifelong member of the Telephone Pioneers of America in 1986. Don married his high school sweetheart, Melva, in Winnipeg in 1955. As they raised their three children, they made wonderful, lifelong friends in Vancouver, Nelson, Ottawa, Kamloops and Coquitlam. Don was an athlete all his life, winning a provincial discus championship in his youth and local curling and golf titles later on. He loved football as a young man and his family rarely saw him without a football in his hands when they lived in Winnipeg. He enjoyed lawn bowling in recent years, and continued to play bridge, cribbage and do Sudoku puzzles. Don was an active Rotarian for more than 40 years. He served as President of the Nelson Rotary Club in 1972/73 and was made a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Don also served on the Board of the Douglas College Foundation. More recently, Don volunteered on the Deercrest Strata Council. Don will be dearly missed by his daughter Nancy (Randy); son Doug (Toni); grandchildren Nicolas, Natalie, Lindsay and Clayton; sisters and brothers Shirley (Kate), Rhey (Eileen), Barrie and Patricia (Lawrence); sister-in-law Sybil; brother-in-law Bob (Joanne); and many cousins, nephews and nieces. Don was predeceased by his wife Melva and son Greg (Teresa). A Service to celebrate Don's life will be held Friday, September 5, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Burquitlam Funeral Home located at 625 North Road, Coquitlam, BC. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice is appreciated. Condolences can be offered at burquitlamfuneralhome.ca.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Aug. 16, 2014