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On May 20, 2012, Don Petrar passed away at Kamloops BC. He is survived by his partner and companion Darla, who he cherished. By his daughter Andrea (Rob), son Steve (Mackenzie), stepson Dawson, and granddaughter Lucy, and by his first love and the mother of his children Jan. Don was predeceased by his parents Con and Betty, and his brother Keith.
Don was born in Regina, and grew up on the family farm near Dysart. He was a proud son in the Romanian community and never forgot his roots and his heritage. He moved to Kamloops BC with his family in 1989.
Don loved his children and his granddaughter deeply; his pride in them knew no bounds. He was an outstanding father. Don loved to travel and explore, and he loved the outdoors.
Don enjoyed cooking for his friends and family - so long as he was cooking cabbage rolls, creamed chicken with mamaliga, or chicken noodle soup, that is. He may have been the only person alive to consider dill a food group, and no matter what the recipe called for, it always needed a little more garlic.
Don did many things in his life, from banker to camp cook, from businessman to bakery manager. But what he really was was a dreamer. He was a poet, and a romantic, who dreamed of someday writing the next great novel. Forever a jokester, his elaborate tall tales were delivered with such gusto that even the most serious face in the audience (usually his son…) couldn't help cracking a smile when he reached the punch line. Everybody will miss him and his stories, but we know he is smiling down on us from above. No doubt, he's putting the finishing touches on the grandest whopper of them all - to share when we're together again.
All those who knew Don, and those who's lives he touched, are invited to join us for a memorial service and celebration of his life at 3 pm, Saturday August 25 2012, at the Victoria Avenue Funeral Home, Regina.
Published in The Regina Leader-Post from Aug. 18 to Aug. 24, 2012