Donald Frederick Porteous

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  • " Sept 21 2010 Fern & family: I was saddened to hear of..."
  • "Very sad to hear of Don's demise.He was a person that..."
    - J.Michael Hartley
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    - Jo Bodard
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    - Mary Lois Alford
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PORTEOUS, Donald Frederick August 6, 1918 August 24, 2010 Don passed away quietly at Oak Bay Lodge in Victoria. He will be lovingly remembered by Fern, his wife of 62 years, his children Lee, Neil, Laraine (Shedden), Janice (& Jack) and by his good friend and son-in-law Frank Shedden. He is survived by his brothers Bob and Stewart and his grandchildren Bonnie, Lindsay and Lee (& Fiona), as well as his great grandchildren Raine and Cleo. He is predeceased by brothers Duncan and Malcolm. Don was born in Pangman, Saskatchewan and grew up in Halbrite, playing hockey and baseball, and doing chores such as picking potato bugs for a nickel a bucket and hunting gophers. He followed his father into banking and remembered well the dust storms, locusts and bank closures during the days before WWII. He continued to play hockey (traveling with his teammates in horse drawn sleighs to games in neighbouring towns), baseball and softball in the various towns where he was stationed, and, with a friend, even built a tennis court so they could try that game. He was transferred to the Nelson, BC branch of the Imperial Bank where he worked until war broke out. He enlisted as soon as he could and became a pilot of amphibious planes deployed in England, Ireland and Nova Scotia to search for enemy submarines and protect convoys crossing the Atlantic, with the 422nd Squadron. When the war ended he returned to Nelson where he married and his children were born. In Nelson, he served on the Recreation Commission, the School Board and as an alderman for two terms. He worked with the elections office during a number of elections, eventually serving as Chief Returning Officer for the West Kootenays for two of them. His interests were varied and after he left the bank to create his own accounting business, he tried prospecting, mining, a paving company, a mobile home park, and a soft ice cream outlet, amongst other ventures. He loved television and had one of the first sold in Nelson. He bought one of the first colour TV sets when they became available, so that he could see "the blood on the saddle " during "Bonanza " episodes. He read three newspapers a day until a stroke in 2007 made that difficult but he still followed politics and sports and was willing to discuss either whenever an opportunity presented itself. He was an avid curler for many years and his crew was successful in each bonspiel until they would meet up with their nemesis, the "Stone Rink ". He was also an umpire for Little League and a member of the Nelson Tennis Club, eventually being made a Life Member. Although he would golf with Fern, tennis was his sport of choice and after moving to Victoria in 2000 he regularly played with "the gang " at Beacon Hill Park courts and with the "Racketeers " at Carnarvon Park. When he could no longer play, his tennis friends arranged special celebrations for his 90th, 91st and 92nd birthdays at "their " coffee shop, which he enjoyed immensely. He was a generous man with a good sense of humour and will be missed at the gatherings of friends and family that he enjoyed so much. The family would like to thank the staff at Oak Bay Lodge for the care and friendship they gave Don during his stay there and especially during his final illness. 602565
Published in The Times Colonist on Sept. 4, 2010
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