Donald "Don" Dolbear

Dolbear- Peacefully with his family by his side at Trillium Villa Nursing Home, Sarnia on Saturday February 22, 2020. Donald Ernest Dolbear, age 82 years of Corunna. Beloved husband of Norma (Auld) for 58 years-less 2 days. Loving father of Terry (Julie) and David (Julie). Cherished grandfather of Lyndsay (Nick), Matt (Clare), Jake (Yazmine) and Rachel (Jon) and great-grandfather of Lincoln, Vivienne and Nora. Don will be missed by; his sisters, Louise Ross (Walter), Joyce Young (Bob), Connie Caley (Hank) and Carol Oliver (Jack) and his sister-in-law, Norma Dolbear of Appin. He was predeceased by; his parents, Ernest and Lillian Dolbear of Alvinston and by his brother, Bruce Dolbear of Appin. Don was a quiet gentle man with beautiful blue eyes that twinkled especially when teasing babies and dogs. He graduated from Ridgetown Agricultural College. In 1959 he was employed at Dupont in Corunna and retired from Nova in 1993. Don was enthusiastic about Trap Shooting and was a longtime member of the Lambton Sportsman Club. He travelled in his 5th wheel trailer to participate in may trap shooting events-winning the top Canadian trap shooting championship in Ohio, a bronze medal in the Ontario games and many other awards along the way. He enjoyed spending 2 weeks every year moose hunting with friends in Northern Ontario. He was a member of the Courtright Friendship Club and enjoyed playing card games. In keeping with his wishes cremation has taken place and there will be a private family graveside service at a later date. The family will be hosting a celebration of life for family and friends at the Corunna Legion on Thursday March 12, 2020 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family would be grateful and appreciative with sympathy being expressed through memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society. Arrangements entrusted to Knight Funeral Home 588 St. Clair Parkway, Corunna Messages and condolences may be left online at Knight 519-862-2845.

Visitation Information

A celebration of life will be held at the Corunna Legion on Thursday March 12, 2020 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.


Alzheimer Society

Funeral Date

A private family graveside service will be held at a later date.

28 thoughts on “Donald "Don" Dolbear”

  1. Dear Norma,we are so sorry to learn of the loss of such a wonderful man. My special memories of Don are of how kindly and gently he escorted us when Jitske died. On a lighter note we had such great visits with Bob and Jermel.
    Our thughts are with you and your family.

  2. Bob and Marilyn johnson

    Norma we are thinking about you here in Florida. Don left us great memories of camping and playing cards together. Will miss him.

  3. NORMA and the DOLBEAR family, I am sorry to hear about Don. I enjoyed moose hunting with him and playing cards especially if we beat Bill and Wally at euchre. That just made his day! He was a great guy and a lot of fun.
    Our Condolences

    Doug and Darlene Dundas

  4. Larry and Sherry Kerr

    Norma and Family
    So sad to hear fo Don's passing.We know from Joyce that he has not been well for some time and the struggles have not been easy.Life can sure throw some curves at us.Our thoughts are with you.
    Larry and Sherry

  5. Norma, Terry, Dave and family.

    My condolences on your loss. I have so many terrific memories of Don trapshooting. He was one of the BEST SHOOTERS in 16 yard, handicap and doubles. Always calm and cool on the line. A lot of trips with the family to the Grand American in Ohio. The Labor Day Shoot in Port Huron and Ontario Provincial's in Hamilton to name a few. Then there were the Sunday afternoon's and Wednesday evenings in the summer at Lambton Sportsman's Gun Club. Hopefully Dad and Don are having a few laughs and shooting together on the line!

    Old Family Friend,
    Stephen Deschamps

  6. Marilyn and Rick Burr

    Sincere sympathy Connie in the passing of your Brother. Always hard to lose a family member.Treasure the wonderful memories you have of him.

  7. Jack and Marilyn Dolbear

    Sorry to hear about Don's passing.We have happy memories of good times through the years.Thinking of you all!Will see you at the memorial.

  8. Many memories off my big brother, being the tomboy following my brothers all around when I was least wanted and being left behind to get in trouble. Showing me how to fire a shotgun.
    Chaperoning me at the weekly townhall dance.
    Introducing my dearest friend ( his future wife) to him.
    Painting the interior of his car!
    Other times when Don was there to defend or protect me and as I started my career ,bailing me out of my car problems. The twinkle in his eyes as he told me something whether it were true or not! His pride in his dog’s new tricks, his special gun displays,his newest truck, showing off his wife’s garden. Never knowing half the time whether he was kidding or not.
    Ever the gentleman, polite and gracious with sincere compliments.
    Will keep these memories close to my heart.

  9. Karen Lauer Larry Simpson

    Hi Joyce and family …we are so sorry for your loss …I am sure he will be greatly missed by you all …sincerely Karen Lauer and Larry Simpson

  10. Dear Norma and family:

    Sending our sincere sympathies to you. Keeping you all in out thoughts and prayers.

    Jeff and Sue Agar

  11. Rob and Roxane Stewart

    Dear Norma and family, Our deepest condolences to you and family. He will be sadly missed at the family get togethers. My prayers are with you.

  12. Clare&Dawn Borrowman

    Clare & I are sad for your loss Clare grew up Doald's family lived next door in county. I think Louise walked Clare to Walnut school . MayGod Bless your family at this time.🙏🏻 Clare & Dawn Borrowman.

  13. Sharon. St John. (Frayne))

    Hello Norma,
    I am so sorry for your loss! I can relate, as I went through losing my husband a few years ago. Hang in there!
    It has been so long since I saw you. I have never forgotten our wonderful times together at good old Watford High! There were lots of other memories to remember too!
    Hopefully our paths will cross again soon, as we are getting up there in age.
    I am currently living in a retirement residence, The Manor, on Richmond Street in London, and am very happy here. My phone number is still 519 471-7441.
    It would be fun to meet up again, and remember some of our antics!
    Stay well, and try to stay in touch if possible. Where are you living?
    Sharie St John,
    (Sharon Frayne)

  14. Gord and Cathy and Jessica Vickerd

    We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Don.
    You all are in our thought and Prayers

  15. Gord and Cathy and Jessica Vickerd

    We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Don.
    You all are in our thought and Prayers

  16. Kevin & Cheri Helps

    Terry, Julie, Dave, Julie & families,

    We are very sorry to learn of the passing of your dad. He always had a kind gentle smile when we were in his presence. Our thoughts are with you and all of the kids at this time. May your fond memories help to bring you comfort in your loss.

    Kevin, Cheri, Travis & Emily

  17. Ron & Josie Lightfoot

    Our deepest condolences Connie. We pray for you & your family. Hold him in your hearts with all the wonderful memories. RIP God Bless

  18. John and Jeanne Pretty

    Norma and Family
    So sorry to hear of Don passing. He is at peace now. Just know that we are thinking about you at this sad time.
    John and Jeanne Pretty

  19. Our hearts and love go out from our family to yours! I was very fortunate to know Don and his family. He was one of my 1st bosses at the Gun Club and I will always remember his distinctive"ahhhhh" as his "pull" call. A quiet, nice and giving man.
    Thanks Don
    ian hansen and family

  20. Jim and Lou Anne McLachlan

    Love and prayers to Norma and family
    We will stop and see you Norma in spring when we return home from Texas

  21. I am so sorry to see this about Don. We only got to know him when he became a roommate for dad, Bill Brown, less than a year ago now. I know my dad enjoyed his company so much as was easy to tell by the laughter and chats they had. Those months they spent together meant a lot to us. RIP Don.

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