QUIRING, Donald David
Donald David Quiring passed away peacefully on May 12 following a courageous battle with cancer. He leaves to mourn: his wife of 25 years, Penny Reedie; his daughter Lisa (Robin Dewe); grandchildren Thomas, Evan and Kristin, all of Ottawa, and; sisters Gladys Jeeves and Verna Irving of British Columbia. He will be missed by many friends in Canada and New Zealand, and fellow thespians at the Ottawa Little Theatre. Don led a rich, full and rewarding life. He was born in Saskatoon in 1935, and graduated with a commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario. Don had a successful career in the military, and as a young officer lived in Antwerp for four years before returning to Canada and moving with his young family to Edmonton, Calgary, London, Montreal and Toronto. As a senior executive with the federal public service, first with the Bureau of Management Consulting, then Consumer and Corporate Affairs, and the Public Service Commission, he lived in Winnipeg and Quebec City before settling in Ottawa. Don's career took him and Penny to New Zealand from 1987-1989; then Penny's career took them back to New Zealand from 2005-2009. His love of theatre saw him perform for 35 years at the Ottawa Little Theatre, as well as other theatres in Ottawa, Halifax and Wellington, New Zealand. Performing was his passion, as was golf. He was also a raconteur extraordinaire. Cremation has taken place. There will be no funeral service, as Don wished. A Celebration of Don's Life will take place next week. Condolences may be sent to email@example.com
Say not in grief "he is no more"
But live in thankfulness that he was
Published in Ottawa Citizen from May 16 to May 18, 2013.