Our motorcycle loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather Donald West Purves of Alliston and formerly Toronto passed away peacefully in Brockville on December 5th at the age of 91.
He will be lovingly remembered by his high school sweetheart and wife of 68 years, Phyllis Mary (nee Pope): children Wendy (Mark), Cathy (Calvin), and Brian (Angie): his grandchildren Lianne, Christopher, Brandon and Shannon: and his 3 great-grandchildren.
Don was predeceased by his parents, Ross and Cornelia, and his much adored older brother Alan.
Don was a top tier salesman and marketer throughout his colourful career in the printing industry. He established a national bilingual education course for direct marketing managers, lectured at the University of Waterloo and won the 1975-76 Direct Marketer of the Year Award; just 3 of his remarkable achievements.
Family was a priority for Don, from the trips across Canada and the US, to the cottage on Georgian Bay, which he designed, and where he spent many magical summers swimming, sailing, golfing and woodcarving.
Don will be forever missed for his hilarious sarcastic wit and sharp mind.
A family celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to UNICEF Canada, a cause that Don fully supported, 90 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto ON M4P 2Y3.
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