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Donald George Joseph Desautels – 1939 – 2014

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.
Donald George Joseph Desautels – 1939 – 2014

Donald George Joseph Desautels passed away peacefully at DRHC, at the age of 75yrs with his family by his side, on August 8, 2014.

Don was very loved and will be sadly missed by best friend Margaret Napish, his children, Gayla Desautels-Weatherall and son Lloyd Napish, and his grandchildren, Jaxon Ryan, Colton and Logan Napish.

Don is predeceased by his parents Frank and Elizabeth, siblings Brian, Eugene, Corrise Johnson, Roger, and recently Frances.

Also predeceased by his in-laws, Jim Rathwell, Donna Desautels, Sophie Desautels and nephew Wayne Desautels.

Don will be sadly missed by siblings, Patsy Rathwell, Gerry (Claudette), Richard (Inge), Linda Scott(Bill), Marcel (Dianne), Norman (Laurie) and brother in law; Ray Johnson.

Loved and missed by many nieces and nephews, Lillian, Cheryl, Jim, Paddy, Michelle, Nick, Greg, Charmaine, Corry, Kurtis, Marcy, Christopher, Terri, Todd, Susan, Liz, Tracey, Michael, Randy, Perry, Lorie, Carol, Cheryl, Troy and Greg.

Born in St. Anne, MB in 1939, the family moved to Barclay, ON (Dryden, ON) in 1946.

Don worked at Rathwell Sawmill in 1956, but was injured on the job. He then worked for Louis Taxi for many years before spending many years as a Janitor for the school board.

Don enjoyed his many sports. He played and coached fastball for the Royals, with his 9 brothers, and his love for the sport took him to umpiring the game for many more years.

Don was a loyal fan of the Montreal Canadians, Montreal Expo’s, and the Dodgers.

There will be no Visitation as cremation has taken place.

A Memorial Service was held on Wednesday August 13, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the Dryden Community Funeral Home’s Chapel with Father Al Campeau officiating.

Interment of ashes will be at a later date.

If friends so desire, donations may be made to DRHC’s Room Refurbishing through the Dryden Community Funeral Home 249 Grand Trunk Ave., Dryden, ON P8N 2X3


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