Nelson, Donald Nels

NELSON, DONALDS WSeptember 24, 1929 – April 5, 2013

at the age of 83 years

Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Don passed away peacefully at Bastion Place, Salmon Arm, BC.

Predeceased by both parents, son Robert, and brother Conrad.  Don started working for CP Telecommunications as a telegraph messenger at the age of 13, which led to a career which spanned 43 years.

Dad was a passionate collector of music and postage stamps and will always be remembered by friends and family as a cheerful gentleman with an infectious laugh, and was considered as a ‘second father’ to many.  Dad left us to go see the greatest jazz band ever assembled and to share the wonder of those sounds with the son he has missed so dearly.

Don and Marg have enjoyed many wonderful years in Sorrento on the beautiful Shuswap Lake. He is survived by his loving wife, Margaret, sons Don (Sandy), Rick (Michelle), Chris (Nicole), grandchildren Kyla, Dana, Richard, Steven, Randi, Andrew and Christine. Great grandchildren Finn, Calen, Maggie and Jackson. Also survived by loving nieces and nephews.

No service at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Vi holder deg alltid kjær, Dad.


  1. My condolences to you Margaret and your entire family. I just learned of Dons passing
    this week when I arrived back in Vancouver from a two month visit to Europe. I first
    met Don when I was still a teenager and started working at CP Telegraphs, on February l0th, 1953. At that time Don was a “Utility” supervisor; and immediately
    took me “under his wings” – He was very gracious and supportive to all new employees. I appreciated his thoughtfulness and kindness to me as I was able to learn a great deal about the business in a short time. I have many wonderful memories of those years – Don always had a great sense of humour and we had many good laughs and great times. May he rest in peace.
    Best Regards

    Mike Buble

  2. Thank you very much for the condolences, Pat. He had many good years and fond memories of his career at CP.

  3. Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Don. In the years I worked at CP, I had many interesting chats with Don at CP Telecommunications for various reasons.

    R.I.P. Don. See you at the great telegram office in the sky.

  4. He loved you all so much, Val. For him, ‘FAMILY’ was the only thing that mattered.
    We’ll all carry a little piece of him in our hearts forever.

  5. Uncle Don was always there for so many, to lend support and a helping hand at difficult times. He was always cheerful, and full of fun. Forever loved, he will be forever missed and remembered. Love, Val, Stephen and Theresa.

  6. Thank you so much for the kind words, Bob and Linda.
    He will be missed.

    The Nelson family

  7. We are saddened to hear of Don’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Margaret and family.
    Bob and Linda Cliffe

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