In Loving Memory of
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Donald Floyd Yates
July 24, 1933 - January 24, 2019
Don passed away peacefully on January 24 at the stroke of midnight. Beloved husband of Gwen (Dafoe) Yates, devoted father of Karen and Glenn Yates, grandfather of Carter, Palmer and Chandler Simpson. Remembered fondly by his first wife, Catherine Joanne Yates.
Don was born at 943 Greenwood Avenue in East York, to Raymond Yates and Pearle (Graham) Yates. He was predeceased by his brothers Graham, George and Gordon and his sister Norma (Iley). His sister Mary Meadus (Ottawa) and his brothers-in law, Weldon Meadus and Fred Iley, along with this and sisters-in-law Catherine Yates, Rose, Sandy, Lorraine, Isabelle and Dorothy remember him with love.
Don graduated from East York Collegiate Institute and then attended the University of Toronto. He then decided to follow in his brother George's’ footsteps and became a Land Surveyor. He was a partner with his brother George at Yates & Yates Ontario Land Surveyors and PhotoMap Air Surveys. He enjoyed a long and distinguished career as an OLS and was active on the council of the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors including serving a term as President. Don loved to curl, skate and ski. He also enjoyed fishing, swimming and snorkeling at his cottage on Brough Lake; perhaps reminding him of his childhood, where the Yates children spent their summers at the Yates cottage in Port Union. Don was a loving, caring, patient man. He will be missed tremendously.