TRIBUTE TO RICHARD (DON) BARON
Don passed away peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Comox on December 11, 2004. He leaves behind his loving wife of 20 years, Jeannette; his children: Gordon (Shirley), Donald, Debra (Ron Hames) and Lorne (Cheryl); four stepchildren: Theresa, Louise, Marc & Michelle; 17 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; two brothers: Bill and Ted (Lenore); 6 nieces and 1 nephew. He is predeceased by his mother Edna, stepfather Lorne, sister-in-law Colleen and the mother of his children Beverley.
Don was born on August 2, 1929 in Powell River, B.C. As a boy the family moved to Vancouver Island to the Union Bay area, eventually settling in Ladysmith. In 1966 Don and his family moved to Kokish, where he was Boom Foreman with Crown Zellerbach for 14 years. He then was transferred to Courtenay where he retired in 1984 after a 40 year career in the logging industry. When relaxing Don enjoyed boating, fishing, hunting, dancing, golfing and music. Don was a gifted musician and played the piano, guitar and banjo well. However, the accordion was the one he loved and played the most. His music provided many hours of pleasure for his family and friends. Don was a reliable, sensitive, kind man with a wonderful smile, a unique sense of humor and the ability to make one laugh.
Special thanks to Dr. Dion Human and staff at Olive Devaud and ECU in Powell River, Dr. Mark Woldnik and staff at ECU in St. Joseph’s, Comox for the wonderful love, care and kindness to Don during his stay with them. A very special thank you to Don’s angel, Kay Johnson who lovingly fed Don his lunch and dinner for all these months.
It’s been a long haul my love.
Rest in peace.
Private family arrangements entrusted to Comox Valley Funeral Home & Crematorium, 1101 Ryan Road. Donations in Don’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society, Suite 300, 828 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1E2 or the charity of your choice.
When I come to the end of my journey
and I travel my last weary mile
Forget if you can
That I ever frowned
and remember only my smile.
Forget unkind words I have spoken
Remember some good I have done.
Forget that I ever had heartache
and remember I’ve had lots of fun .
Forget that I’ve stumbled and blundered
and sometimes fell by the way
Remember I’ve fought some hard battles
and won ere the close of the day.
Then forget to grieve for my going,
I would not have you sad for a day.
But in summer just gather some flowers
and remember the place where I lay.
And come in the shade of the evening
When the sun paints the sky in the West
and stand for a few moments beside me.