May 3, 1940 – February 3, 2023
In Loving Memory ~
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Donald Bernard MKiinney on February 3, 2023, with his loving family by his side. Don was born in Port Alberni on May 3, 1940, to Richard and Marguerite McKinney, along with his twin brother and forever best friend, Dick.
Soon after they moved to James Bay of Victoria, B.C. where they spent their childhood. Don was predeceased by his wife, Winnie, and his brothers Dick and Jim.
He is survived by his brother, Gerry (Rose), and his sisters-in-law Dolores and Linda.
Don met his loving wife, Winnie, in 1958 at a barn dance at Luxton Hall, and they were married on December 5, 1959. Don and Winnie had three children, Rick (Norma Jean), Lynn (Ron), and Chuck (Tracey); five grandchildren, Kaetlynn, Courtney (Eric), Joshua (Jennifer), Hillary, and Cameron; and one great-grandson, Lane.
Don loved his grandchildren with all of his heart, and they would put a smile on his face that could light up a room. You would often hear Don bragging about his grandchildren, as he was so proud of them all, and he loved to watch them grow and follow their dreams.
After school, Don started a career with the E and N Railway, which would later become C.P. Rail, as a wiper/fireman. He quickly advanced into a Locomotive Engineer position. He worked in this position at C.P. Rail for 37 years at various locations in Victoria, Roberts Bank, and Kamloops.
Don retired on Vancouver Island driving the bud car from Esquimalt to Courtney.
In 1994, Don and Winnie moved to Blind Bay, B.C., where they built their dream home overlooking Shuswap Lake. There, they met a great circle of friends and could often be found sitting on their deck enjoying a beer with their dog Tickles on their lap.
Don loved the outdoors, whether it be wandering the bush during hunting season, or waiting on a lake for that lunker to bite his hook.
The family would like to thank all the amazing Doctors and Nurses of Salmon Arm Hospital and Kamloops Royal Inland Hospital that cared for Don over the past year. A special thanks to the Renal Clinic of Kamloops, as they made his visits enjoyable.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Foundation or the Canadian Kidney Foundation would be appreciated.
A Celebration of life will be held May 6, 2023, at 12:00 p.m., at Knutsford Hall, 2560 Princeton Highway, Kamloops, B.C.
Condolences may be expressed at www.schoeningfuneralservice.com
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