Donald Churchill Whenham

Don Whenham, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully on May 4, 2016 in Courtenay, BC. Formerly of Edmonton, Alberta, he had lived in Comox and Courtenay for nine years. His loss will be felt deeply by his wife of 66 years, Melva, his children, Maureen Firth (Grant), Laurie Steele (Gary), Glenn Whenham (Nancy), six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Don was born in Arden, Manitoba and lived in many prairie towns throughout his childhood. After marrying Melva Thompson in 1950, they settled in Edmonton, finally moving out to their dream home on an acreage near Beaumont in 1970. They had many happy years and loved country living. They were very fond of animals, especially dogs and cats, and were successful at raising horses, cattle, chickens, pigs and ducks. Before retiring at 64, Don continued to work at IPSCO and Native Counselling, downtown, but never minded the commute because it gave him time to listen to sports and current events on the radio. He was an avid fan of the Edmonton Oilers and the Edmonton Eskimos and had seasons tickets for decades.

Don was very interested in everyone he met and could converse with them about anything. He had a great sense of humour, loved to laugh, sing and whistle. He had a great attitude about life, was tolerant, kind and helped any in need. He gave over 157 blood donations and made other plasma donations as well. Many people benefited from his gift.

He adored his wife, Melva, and would do anything for her. Theirs was a true love story. He was a devoted father and grandfather. No one could ever take his place in our hearts. We loved him very much.

Condolence cards can be sent to Toneff Funeral Services, 1A – 204 Old Island Highway, Courtenay, BC V9N 3P1. Donations can be made to a charity of choice.


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