Donald Wallace

With heavy hearts the family of Don Wallace wishes to announce his passing. He left us on September 18th after a long battle with lung cancer and COPD. He passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side.

Don was born in Trail and raised in Castlegar. In his younger years he worked in various automotive wholesale stores in Trail and then finished his career as a Senior Buyer at the Celgar Pulp Mill. Don retired in 1996. He and Marlene enjoyed travelling in their RV as well as many trips to Mexico and the U.S. in the winter. Don loved all sports and enjoyed hockey, baseball, football and golf. In their later retirement years, his time was spent as the RV Park host at the Castlegar Golf Course in the spring, summer and fall months and then wintering in Arizona. Just this month Don was very proud to have celebrated his 39th AA Birthday.

Don will be lovingly remembered and missed by his wife, Marlene, his son, Dan (Sharel), his daughter, Pat (Rob Keller), his sister Mima (Sam Quigley), sisters-in-law Joy & Judy, brother-in-law John (Joanne), 4 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews as well as his furry companion of 15 years Kia.

He was predeceased by his parents – Don and Mary, his brother – Ewan and sisters – Dorothy and Ellen.

The family would like to thank Dr. Wilson, the Castlegar Paramedics, Emergency room staff and hospital staff in both Trail and Castlegar, Castlegar Hospice, Castlegar Home Support and Castlegar Community Services for all their help and support during Don’s and our time of need.

At Don’s request there will be no service. The family will be having a private gathering at a later date. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Cancer Society of BC, Castlegar Hospice dedicated for the Hospice House or a charity of your choice.

You can shed tears that I am gone or you can smile because I have lived.

You can close your eyes and pray that I’ll come back or you can open your eyes and see all that I left.

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see me or you call be full of the love you shared.

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

You can remember me only that I am gone or you can cherish my memory and let it live on.

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back or you can do what I’d want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.