Donald "Donnie" Philip Scott Dignan

8/23/1959 - 7/6/2018

Obituary Overview

Donnie Dignan

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Donald ‘Donnie’ Philip Scott Dignan of Brooklyn, Hants County on July 6, 2018 at the Hants Community Hospital in Windsor surrounded by his family. Donnie was the loving husband of 37 years to Karen (Parker), proud father of daughter, Kimberly (Ryan) of Cheverie; son, Adam of Summerville; and the loving & doting Papa to their very special grandchildren: Liam, Landon, and his ‘kitchen monkey’ Madeline. He is also survived by his brother David (Debbie) of Westville; sister, Jane (Mike) Bonang of Halifax; nieces and nephews: Victoria, Alexander, Cameron, Emily, Quinn and Eilish; and extended family.

Born in New Glasgow, NS on August 23, 1959 to Scott and Betty (MacDonald) Dignan, Donnie grew up in Halifax and graduated from Saint Mary’s University before enlisting in the RCMP in September 1980. After serving 35 years in communities in Newfoundland & Labrador, Prince Edward Island, the Yukon, and Nova Scotia, he retired from the RCMP as a Corporal to begin a new chapter as the REMO coordinator for Windsor/West Hants. Donnie was an active and involved community member who wore many hats and could always be counted on for a helping hand and a laugh. His love for children led him to begin volunteering at the IWK during university. He spent many years involved with his daughter’s skating club, as president, playing music, and driving a van load of teenage girls from Charlottetown to Slemon Park every week. More recently he served as a member of the Brooklyn Fire Department, as a board member of the West Hants Uniacke Community Health Board and the Hants Community Hospital Emergency Planning committee. Donnie never missed a Tim Horton’s Camp day, which spoke to his love of children and his ever present mug of black coffee. He was a true role model, loved and respected by all who had the chance to know him. He had a quiet strength, a kind and gentle nature and a sense of humour that made everyone smile. He will forever be in our hearts, no words can express how much we will miss him.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 10, 2018 from 6-8 pm in the Lindsay Windsor Funeral Home, 194 King Street, P.O. Box 2218, Windsor, NS B0N 2T0.

A  Celebration of Life service will be held Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 2 pm in the Brooklyn Civic Centre, 995 Hwy 215, Brooklyn, Hants County, NS. Rev. Garnet Parker will officiate. Interment will be held at a later date. 

Donations in Donnie’s memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Society of Nova Scotia. To have a donation card place, please call Lindsay’s (902~798~2232) . 

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I Am Free

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call;
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way;
I found that place at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared a laugh, a kiss;
Ah yes, these things, I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much;
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seems all to brief;
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now, He set me free.

Funeral Details

  • Visitation

    Lindsay Windsor Funeral Home

    Event Times

    7/10/2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

  • Celebration of Life

    Brooklyn Civic Centre

    Event Times

    7/12/2018 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

  • Reception

    Brooklyn Civic Centre

    Event Times

    7/12/2018 2:45 PM - 4:30 PM

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Posted by Debora Bailey | 7/13/2018

I am truly sorry for your loss, please accept my sincere condolences. I hope the Dignan family find comfort and strength in Jesus promise along with our heavenly father Jehovah of the earthly resurrection, where death will be eliminated forever. Truly, what a glorious and almost unbelievable day that will be! It's a reality though for God cannot lie!

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Posted by Kristyn Remme | 7/13/2018

Although I was only at West Hants for a short work placement, Don certainly made a lasting impression. I'm truly thankful to have met such a wonderful person, and I will cherish the stories and experiences he shared with me.

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