Donald Mario Sales

Donald Marlo Sales

November 26, 1923 – October 19, 2006

It is with much love and wonderful memories that we announce the passing of our husband, father, and grandfather Don Sales. He passed away peacefully at home with his loving wife Eula at his side as she has been for 59 years.

He left us the way he lived his entire life, with humour and a profound love for his family. Don had a way of making everyone he touched feel special and he touched so many of us during his 83 remarkable years. He accomplished so much to be proud of, but he took the most pride in his family. He leaves a legacy of 8 loving children: John (Connie) Sales of Abbotsford; Bob (Marj) Sales of Quesnel; Don (Lynda) Sales of Quesnel; Marilyn (Pat) Morgan of Comox; Chuck (Rachel) Sales of Quesnel; Shirley (Tim) Law of Quesnel; Rick (Debbie) Sales of Quesnel; and Dave (Marlee) Sales of Burnaby. He enjoyed being surrounded by his 23 grandchildren and was a proud great-grandfather of 25 more.

He was born in Spy Hill, Saskatchewan, and came to Vancouver with his family at the age of 4 years. His father had the opportunity to take his family into the Cariboo during the depression, homesteading on Dragon Lake near Quesnel, British Columbia. As second oldest of seven children, he developed a strong sense of family and work ethic, much needed to survive in a frontier setting. As a young man, he sailed with the merchant marines during WWll before returning to the Cariboo and Prince George where he met Eula and worked in trucking and logging. He and Eula built a house and family on the Dragon lake farm in Quesnel. He started his own logging company in 1966 and retired to Comox in 1992. He loved his retirement years, traveling with friends and devoting his time to his favorite pastimes of golfing and fishing. Through it all – his sense of humour and love of life shone brightly.

He spent many years traveling to sporting events, supporting his children and grandchildren in hockey and other sports. He loved hockey and enjoyed his trips to many rinks in BC to cheer on his favorite teams. In his memory, the family is creating an athletic bursary, more information and how to make donations will be available soon.

The family would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Fitzpatrick for giving him what he wanted which was “a little more time on the right side of the grass”. We will be forever thankful for the gift of extra time we all had to be with him in his final months. Thank you as well to the wonderful staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital for the care he received and for their understanding of our family’s depth of devotion to our Dad.

A Celebration of Don’s life and love of family will be held on Friday, October 27, 2006 at 4:30pm at the Westerly Hotel (Best Western), 1590 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay, BC.