November 20, 1934 – July 10, 2020
Peacefully, on Friday July 10, 2020, Donald Ernest Achurch, of Duncan, passed away at 85 years of age.
Born in Winnipeg November 20, 1934, alongside his twin sister Jean Achurch (Deceased October 8, 2018), Don spent his early years in the St James section of Winnipeg before he moved west with his mother and sister to eventually settle in Duncan on Vancouver Island. As Don grew, bicycles gave way to motorcycles, cars, including his love for stock cars, and planes. He became a skilled mechanic and spent a lengthy career with the Cowichan Valley School District.
Don’s love for flying showed as he joined the Duncan Flying Club and became their first student to earn a private pilot’s licence.
Travelling to warm locations was always on Don’s agenda. For many years he would spend winter vacation time in Hawaii, Mexico and in later years in Arizona. Summers were always set aside for the Okanagan.
Don’s life was fulfilled in the late 1990s when he met and married Carol. They both enjoyed time in the sun, whether it was Arizona in the winter or the Okanagan in the summer. Those years together were the best of times for Don until Carol’s passing in 2008.
This past year was a tough year for Don as he spent the majority of it in hospital and recently in a care centre where he passed away.
A huge thank you to the staff at the Cowichan District Hospital in wards 2 West and 2 Central for the professional care and attention they provided to Don during his extended stay. Also, thank you to the staff at the Chemainus Health Care Centre for the short time Don was in their care. He spoke highly of the staff at both locations.
An urn with Don’s ashes will be placed in a niche next to Carol’s in First Memorial Garden of Memories, Victoria. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, a memorial service will be delayed until further notice.
Don will be missed by many but never forgotten.
First Memorial Funeral Services
Duncan, B.C. 250-748-2134
Condolences may be sent to www.firstmemorialduncan.com
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