Bellows, Donald Wesley Edward

December 2, 1931 – December 14, 2018
at the age of 87 years

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my amazing Grandfather, my 2nd father figure, Donald Wesley Edward Bellows. He passed peacefully at the age of 87 years old, in Shuswap Lake General Hospital, in Salmon Arm, British Columbia. Don was born in Central Butte, Saskatchewan.
He lived in Sicamous and Armstrong for quite a few years before residing in  Canoe, British Columbia where he has lived for the last 13 years.e is predeceased by his parents: Lucille and Benjamin Bellows, his 10 siblings, and his daughter, Diane Martin. He is survived by: Sons: Dean (Georgina) Bellows of Revelstoke BC, Paul (Val) Bellows of Vavenby, BC, Brother: George {Edna} Bellows of Penoka, Alberta. Don is survived by many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Don worked at the  mill for quite a few years until retirement. One of his  famous quotes.” It’s best to be 10 mins early, then 10 mins late. He would always arrive 10 mins early when he was working at the mill.   As well as, “You can’t do things tomorrow, because tomorrow never comes because tomorrow is today.
My grandfather was a really smart man, and very wise.  He had such positive energy that anyone would want to be around him. He would say hi to people he didn’t even know. He taught me and I’m sure others how to be strong. To not let things bother you that you have no control over, and can’t do anything about. Don would teach you how to keep fighting because he sure gave one heck of a fight!!  He was a very stubborn man, but in a good way. He never complained, he was a pretty easy going man.
A funny memory when he was in the hospital was when the nurses would come and check his vitals and change him when they were done he would wave at them bye bye.
My Grandfather’s morning routine was waking up at 6 am in the morning to have his breakfast. Then he would head to town and go to A&W for coffee. After he would go to 711 and play keno. This was something he would do almost each and every day. He quite enjoyed hockey, which is where I got the love for live hockey and volunteer for a BCHL team the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.  The Canucks were one of his favorite teams, same with the Calgary Flames, and Detroit. He also loved watching baseball and other sports as well.
I among his family would like to thank the nurses and doctors at Shuswap Lake Hospital for taking care of Don. We would like to thank Dr. Wilms who was his doctor for several years. We would also like to thank Vincent and Tammy Fisher of Fisher’s Funeral Services, for being so kind and sympathetic during our difficult time.
Donations can be made to the Diabetes Association. There is no memorial service upon Don’s  Request.

3 Comments

  1. Donna and I offer our sincere condolences to all the families of Uncle Don. It is a time of sadness but also a time to reflect on all the great memories each have.

  2. Grandpa, I really don’t know where to start.. I promise I will be okay. but right now I’m completely broken. We spent so much time together. But you were the type of person that anyone would want to be around. Someone I always trusted with my entire life. You never broke my trust never. I will always treasure all the time we spent even just watching hockey or TV shows. Your passion and drive for sports got me into Volunteering for the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. I will remember all of our coffee dates as going to a&W was your morning routine with going to 711. I will miss my protective bear, you always worried about me and see if I was okay. I am going to miss your smile, miss your laugh, miss our coffee dates.

    I am so blessed that I got to spend 30 amazing years with you. From going to the arena all the time when I was little to going on those monkey bars. I was so determined. All of our trips we used to have when I was attending school, and going to college. Our conversations we used to have. GrandDad u were the only person on this planet that made me feel completely numb, and never gave up on me. You may not physically be here anymore, but you’ll forever be in my heart. I got a necklace that says that and it’s so true. You will go everywhere with me.

    To my Grandparents family whom is reading this. Some I haven’t met, I honestly want to thank u from the bottom of my heart for sharing this man with me. For letting him raise me and be the father figure I needed in my life. I send my heart filled condolences, and know he loved you very much as do I.

    Till I see you again Grandpa Don, Rest Easy, I love you.

    Your Granddaughter,
    Michaella Wright

  3. I love you dad,sure do miss our talks.Thanks for all you have done for me
    Paul xoxo

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