CREIGHTON, Major (Retd.) Donald Martin, CD June 23, 1921 - April 20, 2014 . Don passed away peacefully in Lions Gate Hospital with his family at his side. He is survived by his loving wife Margaret, half-brother Jamie, son Neil (Liane McKenna), daughter Heather Pearce (Jeff), grandchildren Mara Diaz (Ruy), Paul (Nicky Thomson-Toth), Shaun Derrick (Shannon), Kaylin Pearce, Brianna Pearce and Connor Derrick (Carolyn Parratt), and two great grandchildren (in utero). Donald was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and grew up across the harbour in Dartmouth. He entered engineering school but left before graduating to join the Princess Louise Fusiliers and go off to the war in Europe where he landed in Italy and worked his way up to Holland before the end of hostilities. Upon his return home he married the girl across the street, Margaret "Mardie" Elliot, with whom he enjoyed almost 68 years of marriage. He also chose to remain in the Army, serving with the Victoria Rifles of Canada, the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry and the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, during which time he was based in London, Ontario, Calgary and, finally, in Vancouver. In addition, he spent a year in Germany with the 27th Canadian Infantry Brigade in 1951/52, and a year in Vietnam with the International Control Commission in 1962/63. After his retirement from the military in 1970, Donald took on the position of Coordinator, Continuing Education with the Real Estate Association of BC where he helped establish the Continuing Education Program for real estate professionals in the province. Donald relished his life with his family. He and Mardie particularly enjoyed camping with their children when they were young and, in later years, spending time at Adams Lake with their children and grandchildren (playing endless games of cribbage). He also enjoyed curling and, in retirement, a game of golf between trips to exotic locales. He was known as "a man of few words" but always had a twinkle in his eye and a wonderful sense of humour. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Lions Gate Hospital Foundation or the Alzheimer's Society of BC in his memory. Donald will be remembered at a private Celebration of Life. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the care givers from Shylo Nursing & Home Healthcare for their loving care over the last four years and to the staff on 4 East at Lions Gate Hospital for their tender care during his last few days.
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Published in The North Shore News from May 4 to May 5, 2014