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It is with profound sadness that the family announces the passing of Donald John Kennedy (Regimental #20929), 78, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s on June 9th, 2016 in Milton, Ontario surrounded by his loved ones.Don joined the RCMP in 1959, defending the law (“Maintiens le droit”) in “E” Division (Vancouver and Burnaby), “HQ” (Ottawa), and “O” Division (Oshawa and Toronto) rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant. “Staff” was known by many as an excellent police officer, a “straight-shooter” unit leader who stood for fairness and justice, retiring in 1993.
Loving husband of 52 years to Gerry (nee Moore), beloved father to Corene “Hok” (Sion) and son Gordon, proudest Grandfather to Samuel and Sheila (Michael) and Great-Grandpa “Deker” to Gwenyth.
Don was the middle child of nine and is survived by his siblings Elaine, Joyce, Lee, Robert (Leslie) Glenda (Bob) and Brenda (Ralph) and brother-in-law to Jacque and Gord and numerous nieces and nephews. Don is predeceased by his parents Myrtle and Samuel and step-mother Agda, brothers Alan and Lorne, brother-in-laws Johnny, Lou, Gary and Rick.
A prairie boy from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan “Deker” Don had a love of sports – baseball, golf and curling but most notably hockey and fashioned his own hockey style after the great #9 Gordie Howe. However, his wife, Gerry, was the love of his life. Over the course of 52 years of marriage, Don and Gerry carved out a family that epitomizes love, caring, compassion and humour.
Known for his numerous sayings and great sense of humour, a true and loyal friend to many in the force, he will be deeply missed by many.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Milton Place and Allandale Long-term Care facility, Milton, Ontario for their excellent care and compassion of Don during his illness and during palliative care.
A “Celebration of Life” will take place at the McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home, 114 Main St. E. Milton 905-878-4452 on Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm. The family invites friends and loved ones to join the family in celebrating Don’s life.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Society of Canada or a charity of choice in his name.