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Donald Warwick Perry

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Donald Warwick Perry

August 2, 1929 - June 11, 2022

Donald Warwick Perry passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Saturday June 11, 2022 in his 93rd year.
Don was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario on August 2, 1929. He was a seaman at heart, first with the Merchant Marines during WWII and after the war, he worked sailing the Great Lakes. He also worked with CN in Northern Ontario as a lineman where he learned to speak French, one of the many languages he spoke, with a proficiency in profanity excelling at the more colorful verbs. When he met and married the love of his life, Mary Jean Lackey, he pursued a career with Bell Canada where he worked for 35 years, the last 4 years in Saudi Arabia. He had countless long-lasting friendships with so many of his fellow Bell employees, his childhood friends and many others he met along the way, all of whom he considered family and oddly all were named Herb. He was a master storyteller and never forgot a detail, a date, a name or a place. He was a devoted parishioner of Trinity-St. Andrews United Church in Brighton and a passionate member of their choir. You would be hard pressed to find a more dedicated and eternally optimistic Leaf, Argos or Blue Jays fan. Most of all, Don loved his family. His children and grandchildren were his pride and joy.
After his retirement, he and Jean (who he referred to as Jane) moved from Toronto to a farm in the Northumberland Hills where they spent many happy years creating and caring for the most beautiful flower, fruit and vegetable gardens. Throughout his life Don was an avid traveler; he was never happier than when he was planning for his next trip. He spent the last eight years in Brighton, Ontario with his great friend, Terry Brown, with whom he shared many happy holidays and created many happy memories.
He was very much loved by his three children, Michael (Jane), David (Carroll) and Martha (Guy) and was a cherished “Puppa” to Holly, Owen (Jacky), Garrett (Meghan), Natalie, Alexandra (Brock) and Calum and his Great Grandson, Eadon. He will be dearly missed by his sister Liz (Penny) Martin, his sisters-in-law Betty Oliver and Ruth Jones, as well as many nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at Trinity-St. Andrew’s United Church in Brighton on Monday June 20th, 2022 at 12 noon. Visiting will be held in the church from 11 am – 12 noon. Friends and family are invited to attend a reception in the church hall following the service. Interment in Shiloh Cemetery. The family ask that all those attending the service to wear masks. If desired donations may be made to Trinity-St. Andrew’s United Church, Brighton, Friends of Dundonald or Shiloh Cemetery.

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Sandra Philp - June 29, 2022

So very sorry to her of Dons passing. I will always remember him full of life and energy and stories. I last saw him on a cruise we went on with his cousins Pat Lough and Jackie Robertson to Alaska to commemorate Don and Pats 85 year! Pat Lough is my mom , I will let her know the sad news of her kissing cousin!

Hank Vandermeer - June 25, 2022

Rest In Peace Don. Thank you for making my and my staff’s day with a laugh when you came in to get your car serviced. We’ll miss you.

Brenda Chapman - June 22, 2022

I got to know Don, when working at Community Care, Colborne. Don was an active member of the men's group sharing his compassion , humor and caring to the group. He was also a dedicated volunteer driver. Don has left us all with a smile as we remember him. Brenda Chapman

Diane and Stan Chapman - June 21, 2022

So sorry to about Don. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of his family.

Ted Marshall - June 20, 2022

‘Don I have many memories of when we worked together in Esander drive. Your humour, the lunch hours lifting weights on Eglinton our numerous Ski trips to Mt Tremblant and other Ski Resorts. Cannot forget our cruise on Lake Simcoe withDerwood. All fun times. Rest In Peace my brother. Ted Marshall

Bruce Lewis-Watts - June 19, 2022

Being one of Don’s, Bell herbs. It was an honour to be called Herb. As a teacher Don was always patient, concerned about safety and doing the job correctly. He instilled in you to be the best cable repair person that you could be. These traits became my lifestyle and I am truly great full . My hats off to you Don for your life lessons taught, the friendship gained and the laughs enjoyed. Cheers Herb and safe passage to the beyond.

Harriet Barkhouse - June 19, 2022

Sorry to hear about your Dad's passing Martha. My condolences to you and Guy as well as your children. God bless, and may you find comfort knowing others share in your grief.

Eliane Léon - June 19, 2022

My thoughts are with you Martha and your family. Today is Father's Day and tomorrow will also be a very difficult day for you. I send you courage and to be surrounded by your loved ones. Love Elly xo

Hank & Kathy Packard - June 18, 2022

We are saddened to hear of Dons passing. Our deepest condolences Dave, Carroll and family! Don was a shining light wherever he went. Such a kind, caring, gentle man! I will remember him with a smile and warmth in my heart. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Ruth Jones & Family - June 18, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Shiloh Cemetery

Karen kentrell - June 18, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Trinity - St. Andrew's United Church

Roberta [Bobby] Clark - June 17, 2022

My thoughts and prayers are with all the Perry Family at this sad time-he will be missed not only by you, but by the many friends he made along the way. He was one of a kind-a loving, caring , special man and I will miss him-{even if he didn't like country music} God Bless you Don-will see you soon--love--Bobby

Stanislaus ( Stan) Antony - June 17, 2022

Dear Dave, I recall how much time you two spent together. You were virtually inseparable. May all your wonderful memories comfort you during this heartbreaking time. Our deepest condolences from our family to yours.

David and Pamela Blizzard - June 16, 2022

Our condolences to the Perry Family. His grandson Garrett has shared many happy memories and stories of his Grandfather. He will be greatly missed.

Betty Oliver &family - June 16, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Friends of Dundonald (Eden United Church)

Betty Oliver &family - June 16, 2022

Our condolences to Michael,David,Martha and their families. There will be many stories ,jokes And memories for all of us to share. We will miss him and his visits.

Pat Westrope - June 15, 2022

Sincere condolences to Don's family as you celebrate the wonderful life this man lived. He was a great story-teller, jokester and always had a compliment to those he met. Don will be fondly remembered by all who knew and loved him. RIP Don.

Linda Hunt - June 15, 2022

Don will be forever missed as a member of our community choir, Vocalese. You would not find a more dedicated and enthusiastic member. Rest In peace, Don. LindaHunt

Jeff Bogaerts - June 15, 2022

A Tribute to a Great Man and Veteran ...

Donna & Dennis Larocque - June 15, 2022

Martha, Guy and family please accept our deepest condolences. Your Dad sounds like he had an amazing, full life and left you and so many with some great memories. May he rest in peace. Hugs, Donna and Dennis

Karen Ritter - June 15, 2022

So sorry to hear of your family’s loss Martha. Sounds like your Dad had a rich and full life. You and your family were blessed to have such a loving man in your life for so long. Condolences to you and your family during this hard time. God bless you all.

Debbie Young - June 14, 2022

My deepest condolences to each and everyone of Don's family....I had the privilege of meeting this great fellow...we always had some pretty good conversations, I had the utmost respect for Don what a terrific person, he will certainly be missed by everyone..RIP my friend until we meet again. Debbie

Susie (Hanson) movat - June 14, 2022

A lovely tribute to a very good man. Mr perry was one of a kind. And I’m proud to say I was a herb for many years!

Nancy Roberts - June 14, 2022

Martha, I am so very sorry for your loss. Cherish the great memories you created with your Dad. 💞

Jeanette Lynn - June 14, 2022

I’m very sorry to hear of Dons’ passing. He was a very interesting gentleman. He made one of the best martinis that I have ever had and served it with a flair!

Mary Chiarot - June 14, 2022

I met the great Donald on only one occasion & my memory was one of such pleasure meeting quite the jokster. My condolences to Martha, Guy, daughters, and other family members for the loss of such a dear man who lived life to the fullest. Love Mary Chiarot

Janet & James Gutowski - June 14, 2022

Deepest condolences on your loss. I’m sure he will be missed by many. On a happier note it sounds like he lived a rich and full life. Family & friends will have a wealth of memories to share. Love , Janet & James

Kim Wilson - June 14, 2022

Oh Martha Tim and I are so sorry to hear the passing of your dad!!! Sending our deepest condolences to you and the family Tim and Kim

Susie (Lee) Fraser - June 14, 2022

There was NO ONE like "my Uncle Don" ... loved by ALL. Although we do have numerous memories (most of them hilarious), life just won't be the same without "Herb". With a heavy heart, I send love and sympathy to all the family and friends whose life he touched so exquisitely. See you "on the other side" my guardian angel.

Sandi Ward - June 14, 2022

We will always remember how your dad made us smile. He was always ready with a funny story or joke. Oh Don! Jane would always say lol. We will remember him with the fondest of memories. May fond memories of your dad bring you comfort during this sad time. Our thoughts are with you! RIP Mr. Don Perry Sandi & Jeff

Donna M Logel - June 14, 2022

Oh, my deepest sympathy on the loss of Don. I shared many many laughs with this guy.. he lived a full life.. My your memories give you comfort.