Age 78 , of Halifax went home to be with His Lord 14th May 2021.
His purpose driven life was to love the Lord & neighbor in order to glorify God.
Born and raised in Vancouver., he attended Seymour Elementary, Britannia Secondary. BC Institute of Technology, University of British Columbia, University of Toronto (Clinical Biochem), Laval University-Quebec, St. Mary’s University - Halifax (ESL).
His three commissions (Cadet Services, Reserves & Regular) spanned Infantry - Irish Fusiliers Cadets and Regiment (1959), Communication-3 Area Sigs, Armour- BC Regt, Canadian Forces Medical Services with last Regular Force Posting to CF Hospital Halifax as Atlantic Regional Lab Officer & Cdn Cadet Movement - 1st Field Artillery Regiment Cadet Corps until compulsory retirement in 2007.
Post military employment involved teaching with the Halifax and Acadian Regional School Boards, ESL including in China, First Aid and moving mail @ Canada Post.
Donald’s dedication to his community included Red Cross, St John Ambulance - Volunteer Medical First Responder, Tea & Tango - providing the power of dance to the neurologically afflicted, First Baptist Church Dartmouth & Liberal Party. His volunteer service was recognized by awards including the Queen Elizabeth Golden & Diamond Jubilee Medals.
Passions included Bible Studies, Martial Arts, Dance especially Ballroom & Argentine Tango & member of the Corte Dance Club, Physical Fitness, Member Officers Mess CF Base Halifax & Royal Canadian Legion (Sommes).
Predeceased by daughter, Marika (1979), and wife Peggy Martin (2016).
He is loved and remembered by his daughter Laura Dumont-Lim of Quebec. Proud grandfather to Emmy (2004), Justin (2013) and Romy (2015). Survived by his brothers: Peter of Toronto, Sam (Julia) of New Brunswick, Al of Vancouver; and sisters: Penny of Vancouver, Nancy (Paul) of Vernon, Cheryl of Surrey ; and nephews: Jason (1973) , Jenna, of Edmonton, Jonathan (1977), and Sam (1981) of Surrey, Steven (1983),Stacey of Vernon; and great niece, Haddie (2017) of Vernon.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada.
Be strong & courageous. Do not be terrified nor discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Jos 1:9).
I have fought the good fight I finished the course. I Have kept the faith. ( 2 Tim 4:7).
Condolences from family and friends
Posted by Penny N. Lim | 08-Jul-2021
Once we were seven. Now we are six. Don has three brothers and three sisters. We came in pairs: 2 boys, 2 girls, 2 boys, and one girl. Lucky “7” felt Don. Don was No. 2 and I, No. 3 child. Of importance to Don: One, first, as well as January.
Our family home was in the Grandview District of Vancouver, B.C., down the Napier St. hill from Britannia High School which we all attended. Whatever the weather, we could play on the large front veranda of this big wooden house.
One day, as I carried a brown paper bag of groceries down Napier, an Italian boy emerged in the middle of the hill to harass me. Rudely, loudly and approaching me. Well, big brother Don fixed that. “Bother my sister again and I will rip out your tongue and your arm to hit you over your head with them!” Henceforth, little sister walked in safety.
May I thank all of you who remembered Don. Your words and cards mean so much at his loss.
My shock, pain, and disbelief because I fully expected Don to outlive us all.
Penny N. Lim,
Sa petite soeur
Sincere condolences to the Lim family upon the untimely passing of Don.
Don, a man dynamic in expression of his "purposeful life"; driven to excel in whatever he set his hand to; dedicated to family, friends; devoted in his faith; dutiful in service to country and community.
We first met when commencing careers in the health field in Vancouver, BC, in the late '60's.
This liaison, though intermittent, spanned more than 50 years as his military duties led to various postings across the country. Whenever he was in town he had a knack for showing up unannounced, usually at mealtime, knowing that Mom would always feed him!
He once said that "The Circle Song" (Harry Chapin) was one of his favorites. Perhaps in some future time as the song suggests, acquaintances will be renewed. So remember, Don, the door will always be open, with an extra potato in the pot, and a seat at the table for you.
Rest easy now. It has been a pleasure knowing you, Captain.
Your Irish connection - the Fitz-Gibbons clan, Maureen & Deirdre.