Donald Foster

Donald Foster

Sunday, April 24th, 1932 - Thursday, April 8th, 2021
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Suddenly passed away due to complications from Covid 19 at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre in his 89th year. Devoted husband for 64 years to Gwen. Loving father to Nancy (David), Jim, and Jane (Arnie). Cherished grandfather to Steve (Nicole), Brian (Jessica), Jason (Bryanna), Michael (Robyn), Emily (Cole), Allison (Kyle) and Julia. Great grandfather to Wyatt, Chase, Harper, George, and another baby Davidson set to arrive in August 2021. Beloved son to the late Charles and Laura Foster. Dear brother to Joan Brown (the late Mel) the late Marjorie (Bill) Hutchinson, and the late Marion (Gerry) Ackford.

Don was a successful self-employed businessman who bought the D C Foster Delivery and Cartage company from his father and then Don sold it in the early Nineties. Don loved spending time with his family up at the cottage on Stoney Lake and he loved their skiing holidays in Quebec. He was an avid bridge player and loved playing and watching many sports. He was a member of the Northminster United Church and an honored Mason.

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Tom Davis

Posted at 04:08pm
Dear Gwen, Jane & Family,

Marcee, my wee Chihuahua, and I are saddened to see where our great friend Don has passed. Marcee loved her visits with Gwen & Don and I have so many fond memories of ski trips, crossword puzzle mentoring, seeing Don's trucks all over town, teaching family members, laughing at Don's superb sense of humour and thoughts of a family we all should emulate. Well done Don on your trip through life. Hopefully, the family will come to realize wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is always a trail of beautiful memories. You have left your mark on your world, my friend.

Tom and Cip Bibby

Posted at 09:03am
Tom and I were shocked and saddened to learn of Don's sudden passing.
Both Don and Gwen have been friends of my husband and his former wife, Barbara, since the 50's as she also was one of the nursing grads of McMaster Class of '56. These gals and their husbands remain close knit, socializing and caring about each other. I have been fortunate to have been adopted by this group when Tom and I married in 1990. We have been blessed and give thanks for the wonderful and man fond memories we have shared over the years with such remarkable and loving friends.
It is so sad that we cannot be with you to reminisce, to laugh, to cry and perhaps even roll our eyes hearing the stories. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Hold close to your heart the loving memories as they will comfort you.
Don truly was a gentle, kind, caring man who had a wonderful smile and sense of humour. He was a dear friend--we will miss him.
May he rest in peace.
With deepest sympathy and love,
Cip and Tom Bibby
Stoney Creek, ON

Kevin Rankin

Posted at 08:00am
Dear Gwen, Nancy, Jim, Jane and families,
Sincere condolences from the Rankin family. Parents Don and Nancy Rankin send along their sympathies and regards to Gwen. I was one of the lucky ones to work for Don at DC Foster Cartage and Delivery, as a university student. Don was incredibly kind and generous. I also learned a lot about the quickest way to navigate through Peterborough! In recent years I would see Don at Northminster when I was in Peterborough and attended church with my dad. It seemed he hadn't changed a bit -- kind, good-natured, witty, and with a generous spirit. I would often get a brief update on how the family was doing. Be blessed and comforted in this time. Sincerely, Kevin Rankin

Darlene McGuinness

Posted at 04:14pm
Dear Gwen, Jim, Nancy, Jane & families: We were surprised and saddened upon hearing of Don's passing. As a neighbour, he was always ready for a chat while outdoors--and we had many. We heard about family, the cottage, the skiing trips, and then the grandkid arrivals. After his heart issues, it was common to see Don walking twice a day, with Gwen at his side in the latter years. Every Sunday morning we'd pull out of our driveways around the same time, and he'd give a friendly wave as they headed off to church. They were missed when left Langton St. Our sincere condolences. Your in our thoughts & prayers.
Bun & Darlene McGuinness & family.

Karen Elliott

Posted at 07:06am
It is never easy to say goodbye to a loved one, especially when they have enriched your lives in such a beautiful way. We hope that you find Peace, joy, and laughter in the love that you felt from Don, and the wonderful memories! Our thoughts are with you. Karen Elliott and Stan Cook
I read this the other day and wanted to share:
"Legends say that the hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for love, joy, and celebration. The hummingbird's delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning and that laughter is life's sweetest creation." Karen Elliott

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