Alfred Donald "Don" HOSKINS

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HOSKINS, Alfred Donald "Don"
March 31, 1926 - February 17, 2016
With deepest sadness, we announce that Don Hoskins passed away peacefully, at the age of 89, after a long struggle with ill health. Don was predeceased by parents, Alfred and Pauline; sister, Ruth; brother, Glenn; and wife of 58 years, Dawn. Don is truly missed and loved always by his children, Katherine (Rex), Greg (Donna), Karen (Marty), and Beth (Brian), as well as his grandchildren, Sarah, Katie, Matthew, Carly, Amy, and Curtis. Don is deeply missed and forever loved as well by his wife, Daphne, and her children, Kelly (Mike), Patty (Tom), and Kevin (Paula), and her grandchildren, Brennan, Jesse, Tessa, and Julianna, as well as many family members and friends across Canada and beyond. Don was a man of character, commitment and strong family values. His ready smile, hearty greeting, and calm, supportive caring in all his relationships won him many friends and much respect. He had a great storehouse of knowledge, which he enjoyed sharing at any opportunity! Don was born in Chilliwack, BC, and participated in basketball and mountain climbing as a young man. His educational career included a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Sciences, and Master of Science with a focus on Chemical Engineering. His early ambition was to be a teacher, and he was a teacher by nature, but Chemical Engineering became his direction, resulting in a 30 year career in the oil industry. He began at IOCO Refinery in Port Moody, and later was an executive with Shell Oil in many diverse positions and locations across Canada, and briefly, Texas. Upon retirement in 1983, Don and Dawn relocated to beautiful Belcarra, where he resided for the rest of his days, loving the life "between forest and sea." Sadly, his wife Dawn died in 2005 after a long illness, during which Don faithfully cared for her at home. Don wrote a new and unexpected chapter in his life when he was introduced to Daphne, and they married in 2008! So many happy times were shared with family and friends both at home and travelling far and wide. Don's favourite place to be was always at home in Belcarra. He had many interests such as wood turning, gardening, community service, travel, great music and art, reading, red wine, and socializing! Don was an active community member, serving as Councillor in Belcarra for 11 years and making many significant contributions. He was deservedly granted the "Freedom of the Municipality" in 1997. Don's passion and skill for wood turning is well known, and he was a founding member of the Greater Vancouver Wood Turners Guild, attending many meetings, conferences and workshops, giving demos and selling his beautiful wares across the lower mainland. He was well known in the Port Moody and Coquitlam Arts Community. Through these involvements, Don made lifelong friendships, and was awarded a lifetime membership in GVWG, and an Outstanding Contributions Award in 2015. Truly, this was a very special gentleman - accomplished, intelligent, thoughtful, and kind. His keen wit and sense of humour were uniquely "Don," but he will be remembered most of all for his way of making everyone he met, from three to ninety-three, feel valued and cared for. Don will be missed and fondly remembered, always. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, April 1 at 6:00 p.m. at Old Orchard Hall, 646 Bentley Road (off Ioco Rd), Port Moody. Donations in Don's memory may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation, BC Lung Association, or Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation. Special gratitude goes to the caring and capable staff of C2B at Eagle Ridge Hospital, and his several doctors.
"Rest now, dear one, and know you are loved."
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Feb. 27, 2016
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