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Donald Lounsbury

LOUNSBURY _ Donald Hall July 23, 1917 - January 5, 2008 Donald Hall Lounsbury passed away in his sleep at Chinook Care Centre on Saturday, January 5, 2008. He was born on July 23, 1917, in Swift Current, SK, the elder son of Cecil and Ada Hall Lounsbury. At the time of his birth his family lived in Cabri; his youth was spent in a number of small towns in Saskatchewan until the family settled in Netherhill, where he completed his schooling except grade twelve in Kindersley, about ten miles to the west. He worked for a time in his father's hardware store, then for BA Oil in Plato, east of Eston, before moving to Lloydminster, to Kindersley, in 1946 to Saskatoon, to Yorkton in 1948, Regina in 1951, and Calgary in 1954, where he remained, except for a short time in Vancouver in 1956 to 1957. Because of failing eyesight, he retired from Gulf Resources in 1980. In 1945 he married Kathleen Marie Stephens of Yorkton, SK. His two chief passions were music, especially early jazz and the Big Band Era, and automobiles, in particular classic cars of the twenties and thirties. He played the trombone primarily, beginning at school in Netherhill and throughout his life; in the Reserve Army Band in Yorkton, Regina, and Calgary; in Calgary as a Shriner at many functions including the Stampede Parade and in the Shriners' Pumpernickel Band; also in small bands at New Year's Eve celebrations and at Seniors' Clubs and Care Centres. He and his wife traveled extensively in the United States, Alaska and the Yukon, the United Kingdom and Europe, Australia and New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii, and all the provinces of Canada. He was predeceased by his daughter, Janis Roberta, in 1975, and by his brother-in-law, Donald Graham Stephens, in 2001. He is survived by his wife Marie; his son Richard Cecil; his brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Vera Lounsbury of Pincher Creek, AB, and nieces and nephew, Donna, Susan, and Brock; and his sister-in-law Dor-Lou Stephens of Vancouver, BC, and nieces Hilary and Lindsay. Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Saturday, January 12, 2008, at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Salvation Army, 420 - 9 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 0R9 (Telephone 403-410-1111, www.salvationarmy.org ). Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com . In living memory of Donald Lounsbury, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: 403-276-2296.
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Published in The Calgary Herald from Jan. 8 to Jan. 11, 2008
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