Dewart "Donald" KEIR
1922 - 2020
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(April 10, 1922 - September 16, 2020) It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Don Keir, formerly of Nickel Centre and of Dundas, on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at Sunnybrook Veterans Wing in Toronto. He was in his ninety-ninth year. Predeceased by his dearest companion and wife of seventy years, Margaret Ruth Keir (2013), Don leaves behind his children: Dianne Keir (David Frausell), Don Keir (Elizabeth Hope), Linda Hockham, Jim Keir (Jeanette), Debi Keir-Nicholson (David), Wendy Mattice (Richard), and Cindy Hockham (Paul). He was predeceased by infant son David Keir in 1952. Brother to Doris George and Jamie Keir, both deceased, Don is survived by sister Ruth McNern and sister in law Lois Keir. Oldest son of David and Lillie May Keir, Don was born in Parry Sound and grew up in the nearby community of Waubamik where his father worked as station master for the railway. In his very early adult years he enlisted in the Royal Air Force. Don more than earned his status of World War II veteran, flying nineteen missions as a radio operator on Lancaster bombers, a debt that we as a family and as a nation can never fully repay. After the war Don and Ruth settled in Coniston to raise an ever growing family. Don worked as a mechanic at the Coniston smelter until health issues demanded a new direction. He would pursue his passion for electronics. From his small television repair business he would go on to teach electronics at Cambrian College at the New Sudbury campus. We, his family, will remember him by many descriptors: top notch problem solver, critical thinker, incessant reader, tireless activist, Great Cuddler, avid camper, singer of songs, daring card player, fixer of almost everything. His rich legacy will be passed on to new generations through his many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. Father, Grandfather (all three levels), the wonderful man he was. We shall miss him dearly. A graveside funeral service will be held Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Grove Cemetery, Dundas, Ontario. Online condolences may be made at

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Published in The Hamilton Spectator on Sep. 19, 2020.
Graveside service
02:00 PM
Grove Cemetery
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September 20, 2020
I remember my mother Cora, Don’s first cousin, reminiscing about how her mother (Don’s Aunt Marjorie) would send my mother, a young teenager, down the road to keep Ruth, a young bride, company while Don was away in the Air Force, a story that has always made me smile—and reminds me how young those brave men were! I always admired Don, especially his sharp mind and independence in old age, and the way he just kept going. God rest him.
Sincere condolences to all Don’s family,
Karen Crawford Hill, Keith
Hill, John and Becky.
Karen Crawford Hill
September 20, 2020
Debi and your entire family,
We send our deepest sympathy to everyone at this sad time. Your parents had a great life together, handling all the challenges that come along through life and raising a wonderful family. Your Dad and Mom are together again, enjoying an interesting Bridge game. God bless him for his war time service to Canada. He will be missed.
Sincerely, Les and Ann Lisk
Ann Lisk
September 19, 2020
My most sincere condolences to you and your family on the passing of your Father.
George Hourtovenko
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