Of Comox passed away peacefully April 2, 2013.
Don was born in Vancouver and raised in Victoria where he attended Oak Bay High School and Victoria College. He is survived by Margot (nee King) his wife of 60 years, sons John (Marie), Matt (Michele) and daughter Lorelei (Stu). He also leaves two grandchildren, Clinton and Natasha.
Don’s first career choice was in the forestry sector where he worked until fatherhood left him wanting to spend more time at home. In 1960 the insurance industry moved Don & Margot to the Comox Valley where they raised their family.
He was an avid sportsman, playing football, baseball, rugby and golf. Most weekends you could find him coaching baseball, hockey or on the pool deck timing swimmers.
Pa Hope’s first love (some say obsession) was football; he spent 30+ years officiating all levels of the game and was instrumental in bringing his beloved BC Lions, training camp, to the Comox Valley.
He was an enthusiastic fisherman, boater and sailor. Travelling south to Palm Springs during the winter months was another of his favourite pass times. He was passionate about music, especially Dixieland jazz.
Don was also known to share a story or two with good friends over a couple of glasses of single malt scotch.
An informal gathering of family and friends will be held at 1234 Slater Place, Comox on Saturday April 13th from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. Drop by, raise a glass and tell a Don story (or two).
In lieu of flowers donations to the Comox Valley SPCA would be welcomed.