Doran, Donald Morton

Dec.29, 1925-Sept. 7, 2022
Don passed away peacefully in his 97th year on Wednesday September 7, 2022 at GBHS in Meaford, surrounded with the love of his family.

He was predeceased by his wife Joyce in 1992 and Marilyn in 2021.

Don is lovingly remembered by sons Paul of Owen Sound and Robert (Margret) of Kitchener, daughters Deborah Brunner (Bernard) of Meaford, Cheryl Mather of Meaford, Judy Campbell (Murray) of Etobicoke and Kathryn Lumley (Garry) of Owen Sound. Don is also survived by 13 grandchildren, Andrew Doran, Kieran Doran (Kelsey), Conor Doran, Jennifer Doran (Milan), Carolyn Bond (Mike), Matthew Brunner, Christopher Mather (Natalie), Stephen Mather (Emily), Dylan Campbell, Graham Campbell, Garth Lumley (Alisha), Joshua Lumley, and Jacob Lumley.  He is also remembered by 6 great grandchildren, Emilia and Addison Michale, Grayson and Tucker Mather, Maverick Mather and Cameron Bond.

In 1943, Don enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force and a year later transferred to the Army. He served in postwar Germany. In 1960, he was deployed with the United Nations Peacekeeping Forces in the Belgian Congo. He was also posted to several army bases throughout his military career including Gagetown NB, Calgary AB, Petawawa ON, Borden ON and Meaford ON. Don retired as a Captain from the CAF in 1972.

After his military career, Don worked as Sales Manager at Stanley Knight Flooring Ltd. in Meaford, a job that he enjoyed immensely.

He was a proud member of The Canadian Legion and regularly participated in Remembrance Day ceremonies. Service to his community was very important to Don. He joined the Rotary Club of Meaford in 1983 serving as Club President and chairing various committees.

Family was everything to Don and he cherished every moment he had with them. He also valued his independence and lived in his own home up to his 96th year. The last five months of his life were spent at Meaford Long Term Care.

Don’s family will receive friends at the Ferguson Funeral Home in Meaford on Monday, September 12, 2022 from 6 until 8 p.m.  A funeral service will be conducted at Meaford United Church on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 11 o’clock with a reception to follow.

As your expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, donations will be gratefully accepted to the Meaford United Church (cheques only please) or the Meaford Rotary Club, and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON   N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted.   www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca

 

Details

Monday, September 12, 2022
Visiting at the Ferguson Funeral Home from 6 until 8 p.m.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 11:00 AM
Service at the Meaford United Church

Donations: Meaford United Church (cheques only please) or the Meaford Rotary Club
Make a donation in memory of Donald Morton Doran


Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Maureen Hussey
    Friday, September 9, 2022

    My condolences to all of Don’s family. He was such a lovely gentleman. I remember fondly sitting on the front porch with a little glass of wine, taking in the view and chatting. I am so sorry for your loss. Maureen

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  2. Jennifer Dorgelo
    Friday, September 9, 2022

    Dear Debbie and Cheryl and all your family
    I am thinking of all of you at this very sad time with your Dad’s passing. I always enjoyed chatting with your Dad at church and we frequently had conversations about the Sunday School kids and their projects. Your Dad was very gregarious and had an interest in everyone around him which was evident in the strong sense of community that he displayed all of his life. Hoping that his memories bring you comfort and also the knowledge that he has left a strong legacy behind in his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
    With my sympathy and friendship
    Jennifer

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  3. Jeannette Haines
    Friday, September 9, 2022

    To Debbie, Cheryl and your families. Our sincere condolences to you at this very sad time. Your father was such a wonderful man and a very good friend of Dad’s. They sure had some great visits when they were together. Thinking of you.

    Sharon, Rhonda and Jeannette

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  4. Janice Barbuto and Bob Ruppel
    Saturday, September 10, 2022

    Our sincere condolences to all of Dons family. He was a true gentleman always pleasant and kind. We had the privilege to work with him at Stanley Knights and to also know him personally as a dear father to Cheryl. He was a wonderful example of the Great generation that believed in duty and responsibility. A true Gentleman. Janice and Bob

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  5. Alan Kerr
    Saturday, September 10, 2022

    Condolences to Don’s family … I knew Don for several years and was very fortunate to have had a recent visit with Don this past June. We had a wonderful time reminiscing about our many years in Rotary. Don will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

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  6. Deb Chapman
    Saturday, September 10, 2022

    Sincere sympathy to all of Don’s family ~
    Such a nice man.
    Always enjoyed chatting with him at the dental office.
    Thinking of you all
    Deb Chapman

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  7. Robert A Smith
    Saturday, September 10, 2022

    Bob and Margret and Families Please accept our condolence to you on the loss of your Dad he lived a long and full life He will be missed Don rest in peace Bob And June Smith

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  8. Dennis an Brenda Ormsby
    Saturday, September 10, 2022

    Our condolences to the Doran family.Don was a great guy.he will be missed.i was in Day away with him.

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  9. Colleen Hurst
    Sunday, September 11, 2022

    So sorry for your families loss.

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  10. Shirley Keaveney
    Sunday, September 11, 2022

    My sincerest condolences to the Doran family. Don was a true gentleman, a great Rotarian and supporter of his community. I recall Don as president helping the Chamber of Commerce Decorating Committee prepare for Awards events, he had incredible patience always!

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  11. Pat Fuller
    Sunday, September 11, 2022

    Steve and Emily
    Please pass on our sincere condolences to your mom and the rest of the family. Know that you are in our thoughts.
    Kirby and Pat

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  12. Paul Warwick
    Sunday, September 11, 2022

    To the Doran family our condolences.Delivered Meals on Wheels to Don and a nicer man you won’t find.
    Paul and Alana

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  13. Helen Hume
    Sunday, September 11, 2022

    Cheryl, Debbie and all your family, I am deeply sorry for the loss of Don. He was a loyal and proud Legion member and attended every Remembrance Day Service. He was also a faithful member of Meaford United Church. I always enjoyed my visits with Don as we both admired the view of the Park and Georgian Bay from his front window. Don, you served God, your Country and your Community with dedication. Well done good and faithful servant.

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  14. Gordy Johnston and family
    Sunday, September 11, 2022

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Uncle Don had a special place in my heart. I enjoyed the times when we would see him and the rest of the family during our visits to Owen Sound to visit Grandma and Grandpa Doran. I wish that we could be there for the service and to spend time with the family, but we are unable to make it.

    Again, you are in our prayers during this time.

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  15. Julie Vala
    Monday, September 12, 2022

    Bob, Marg, Jennifer, Milan and Family we are so sorry for your loss.

    Julie & Acacio Vala & Family

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  16. Bonnie Gail Johnston
    Monday, September 12, 2022

    We send our message to the whole Doran family. It was with great sadness that we send our love to you all. Uncle Don was such special “gentle” man to both my sister Louise and me. He spoke of his life as a soldier and peace keeper much like Queen Elizabeth spoke of fulfilling her duty as our compassionate, consistent monarch. It was interesting that both passed away in their 97th year only a day apart. We wish we could be together with you at this time, but hope that we will see you all when Covid is conquered and our airlines return to more normal service. Then we will be able to share our thoughts and memories of our beloved uncle.

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  17. Gerry and Marilyn Knight
    Tuesday, September 13, 2022

    Marilyn and I send our sincere condolences to the Doran family. We considered Don a dear friend and true gentleman. He will be missed. The many tributes are testament to the respect held by so many.

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  18. Suzanne Gill
    Wednesday, September 14, 2022

    To all of Mr. Doran’s family
    He was a true gentleman. I have fond memories of him being a Legion member with my Dad and I chatted with him to over the years too. He always had a smile and time to talk. Hoping your memories help you during this sad time.
    Suzanne Gill

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  19. Thomas Skelding
    Wednesday, September 14, 2022

    On behalf of The Royal Canadian Dragoons Association, we send our sincere condolences to Don’s family. Thomas Skelding Pres RCDA

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  20. SallyAnn Longfellow
    Wednesday, September 14, 2022

    Dear Deb Cheryl and Bernard
    We have lost one of the few remains gentlemen. Do was devoted to God his family and his country.
    You were so good to humans he was proud of your whole family. It was quite a privilege to know him and to be his pastor. God has truly well ones him home. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  21. Roger Bredin
    Wednesday, September 14, 2022

    I’m so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. He was a very sweet man who I’m afraid I didn’t get to know as well as I should. I would like to offer my families condolences to the extended family at this troubling time.

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  22. Lis Elian
    Thursday, September 15, 2022

    Dear Bob, Marg, Deb, Bernard, Cheryl and the rest of the family. You were in my prayers today especially at the time of the funeral service. It is never easy to say that final good-bye.
    Don was such a kind personable man. We always enjoyed visiting with him when we got the chance. He will be greatly missed.
    May all of you feel God’s loving arms around you and supporting you during your time of grief.
    Hugs to all of the Doran Family,

    Lis & Ken

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  23. Janine Doucette
    Friday, September 16, 2022

    I’m very sorry to hear of Dons passing ,he was a real gentleman and I always enjoyed his visits for his foot care may God bless you and your family with your wonderful memories

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  24. Caroline Thomson
    Monday, September 19, 2022

    Lovely gentleman, always kind, interesting and full of life. I’ll always have fond memories of our time together.

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  25. Louise WALTON
    Monday, September 19, 2022

    Dear Paul, Rob and Marg, Debbie and Bernard, Cheryl, Judy and Murray, and Kathy and Garry and your families,

    The Walton family send our prayers and condolences on the passing of dear Uncle Don. We were sad to learn of his death, but so thankful that some of you were able to be with him in those last weeks, days and hours.

    I, Louise, remember such wonderful family times as we would gather together for picnics and celebrations at “Camp Borden” and the Meaford “Homestead”. Uncle Don was always welcoming and a special man that I looked up to. He was a kind, thoughtful uncle and such a gentleman, as many others have noted.

    He became the patriarch of the Doran family after my sister, Bonnie Gail’s and my dad, Ken, passed away. How special to have him attend gatherings with our children, Sarah and Timothy, and for our whole family to join in on his 80th birthday party in Meaford! Living in British Columbia has kept us from spending much time together over the last number of years, but how great it was to attend a Kitchener barbecue where Uncle Don could hold our first grandchild, Abigail Benjamins. During Covid, Bonnie Gail and I had opportunity to video message a couple of times. We surely appreciated the technology that allowed us to see each other even if only over the screen. I’ll never forget how thrilled Uncle Don was to think we could do this!

    To each one of you, we say how dear your dad and granddad was to us, and we trust that your memories will bring you joy in your sadness and that God will sustain you and bring you hope.

    Louise and Jim

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