June 12, 1939 – March 9, 2012
On Friday, March 9th, 2012 succumbed to his short battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his family, in his own home, when he completed his journey.
Don was born in Toronto, Ontario on June 12th, 1939 to Harold and Marguerite Tufford. Don was predeceased by his parents, his brother Al and sister Kay. Don is survived by his best friend and loving wife Nancy, eight children, Susan, Sharilyn, Carolyn, Ricki, Susanne, Phillip, Wayne and Beverleigh, seventeen grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Don grew up in Toronto. He attended Danforth Tech and became an architectural technician. Don worked in this field until the economic downturn in Ontario made it necessary to seek work in Alberta where he was employed with two separate architectural firms in Edmonton. Don then took several courses to upgrade his certificate and became a contract administrator as well as a site supervisor. He was then recruited by Public Works Canada and transferred to Innisfail, Alberta to oversee the reconstruction of Bowden Institution. Upon completion, the family moved to Edmonton area where he worked to reconstruct, upgrade and build several other institutions. Don retired in 2001 and he and Nancy moved to the Shuswap. Don’s dream retirement job – working on a golf course – was realized when he was hired at Shuswap Lake Estates. Don was an active member in our community as well as a member of the Masonic Lodge. Don’s favourite past times were golfing with his granddaughter Jewel, calling Bingo at the SDIS and walking the family pet “Jazz”. Don was awed by the amount of support he received by the people in our Community and wished to thank everyone for their wishes, visits and support. The family would like to thank Dr. K. Goldberg and the staff at the Shuswap Hospital for their care as well as the Case workers from Community Health for their visits to our home. A Memorial service will be held for Don at the Shuswap Lake Community Centre on Sunday, Shuswap Lake Estates, April 1st, 2012 from 2-4p.m. Thanks also to Fischer’s Funeral Home for caring for Don in such a professional manner.
Arrangements entrusted to FISCHER’S FUNERAL SERVICES & CREMATORIUM LTD., Salmon Arm (250) 833-1129. EMAIL condolences and share memories at www.fischersfuneralservices.com.