Donald Charles Keith

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Donald Charles Keith May 14, 1930 - January 4, 2018 Donald Charles Keith formerly of Outlook, Regina, Katepwa Beach and Calgary passed away on January 4, 2018. Donald was predeceased by his loving wife of 53 years, Mary Marjory Keith, and his parents Mr. & Mrs. A.W. Keith; brothers George, Walter (Ruth), David (Neva), Leslie, Alexander (Roberta); brother-in-law Gordon (Marion); and sisters Frances McLean and Dorothy. Donald is survived by daughters Heather, Margaret Keith-Chester, Marichal Binns and Cydney; and two exceptional sons-in-law John Binns and Jeffrey Brodt. Also left to miss him dearly are his seven treasured grandchildren Gillian, Catherine and Rowan Keith-Chester; Alexander Binns; and Isabel, Jefferson and Zoe Brodt; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his sisters Margaret and Marion Brack; and sisters-in-law Ruth, Roberta, and Neva. Born in Outlook, Sask in 1930, Donald spent his childhood enjoying life in his small town, playing cards, swimming, and many other pursuits. He married Mary Marjory MacKenzie in 1960, graduated with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan in 1961, and then settled in Regina. Donald provided his family with a beautiful, magical home on Angus Crescent, spending countless hours creating a backyard paradise complete with in ground pool and rose gardens, hidden forts, and a big, warm home for his family and friends to congregate. In the summer, friends & neighbours came for pool parties. In the winter, he ensured the fireplace was crackling with a wood fire and the house was resplendent with Christmas cheer. Dad always invited his friends, the "Lost Souls," to our home on Christmas Eve. Our home felt like heaven. Donald was a very generous man, a socialist and tireless worker for social equality. He ran for public office a number of times, and was mayor of Katepwa Village in the 1990s. He taught high school, and held various positions in the civil service. An avid gardener, Donald also opened a market garden with his friend. After retirement, the garden grew into the Boss-Keith Tree Farm. The two gentlemen and their crew grew all kinds of vegetables and flowers, acres of corn, many species of trees; even raised ducks, geese and bees for a time. Donald gardened from sun-up to sun-down, well into his 70s. They eventually left the Village of Katepwa a living legacy of fir trees along the main road called "the strip," a beautiful reminder of the Boss-Keith Tree Farm and the continuity of life. Dad & Mom loved Katepwa so much they continued gardening privately well into their senior years with their close friend Malcolm Reddy who graciously shared his cottage with them. In addition to his love of gardening, Donald was a passionate supporter of the arts, including and especially opera, symphony, visual arts and literature. He and Mary Marj took in countless operatic productions the world over, relishing every moment. Donald also read voraciously. He was never without a book. If he was between books, you'd be wise to guard your own because if he saw an untended publication and flipped to page 1.... Donald was also an avid bridge player. Growing up in a large family who loved playing cards, he and Mary Marj played bridge often and with great flair. Throughout their lives, Don and Mary Marj were very social and had loads of friends, with bridge the centre attraction. Dad's passing leaves us with heavy hearts but lovely memories. We will mourn privately with flowers graciously declined. We will not be holding a religious service, but we plan to host a Celebration of Life for Donald and Mary Marjory in the summer of 2018 in Regina. Details to be announced. [email protected]


Published in The Leader-Post from Jan. 11 to Jan. 13, 2018
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