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Donald John Messenger September 6, 1946 - October 27, 2018

 

September 6, 1946 (Collingwood)

Donald’s courageous battle with cancer ended on Saturday, October 27, 2018, when he passed away peacefully at his Kemptville home.  Throughout his illness, his family, friends and neighbours, along with the professional care of nurses and doctors, provided constant comfort and support.

Donald was a dedicated physics, science and math teacher and teacher-librarian at North Grenville District High School for 36 years.

The Ferguson Nursery Forest provided him the opportunity for many hours of walking, cycling, cross-country skiing and nature appreciation.

A longtime member and elder (45 years) of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Kemptville, Donald was very supportive of the ministry and served on committees, taught Sunday School and served as Church Historian.

In the community, he did volunteer teaching at the T.R. Leger School, helped with the “Fun with Books” program, and attended “Youngsters of Yore” and Historical Society meetings.

He will be dearly missed, but will live on in the hearts of his wife Judy, his daughters Nancy (Steve), Catherine (Darren), Karen (Erik), his brother George, sisters-in-law Marie, Brenda (Ernie), Janice (John), nieces and nephews Moira, Sheila, Carrie, Regan, Dallas and T.J., several cousins, and many close friends.

Visitation: Thursday, Nov. 1, 2-4pm and 6-8pm.

A Celebration of Donald’s Life: Friday, Nov.2, 2:00pm.

Both visitation and service at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Prescott St., Kemptville.

Memorial donations to St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church or the Canadian Cancer Society will be gratefully acknowledged by the family.

Arrangements entrusted to the Byers Funeral Home, South Mountain (613-989-3836). Online condolences may be made at www.byersfuneralhomeinc.com

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Visitation: Thursday, Nov. 1, 2-4pm and 6-8pm.

A Celebration of Donald’s Life: Friday, Nov.2, 2:00pm.

Both visitation and service at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Prescott St., Kemptville.

Memorial donations to St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church or the Canadian Cancer Society will be gratefully acknowledged by the family.

Arrangements entrusted to the Byers Funeral Home, South Mountain (613-989-3836). Online condolences may be made at www.byersfuneralhomeinc.com

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    Ron & Heather says

    From the science behind what we cannot see to the faith beyond what we cannot comprehend, his legacy lives on. With loving thoughts and prayers to you, Judy, and to Nancy, Catherine and Karen (plus mates!)
    Lovingly, Ron & Heather

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    Dale Van Allen says

    Back in my high school days I would have said that physics would not be a course I would enjoy…at all. That changed quickly in grade 11 when Mr. Messinger was my teacher. He was just so positive and excited by what he was teaching that it rubbed off. Was one of my favourite classes just as it was for so many others. Very sorry for your loss. A. Dale Van Allen

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    Shawn Lavigne says

    Mr. Messenger was truly one of the nicest teachers at NGDHS. He was always polite and ready to help you in any way. He is gone far too soon but will never be forgotten. To his family I send my condolences. Sincerely, Shawn Lavigne

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    Andrew de Blois says

    One of a select and few teachers who really, taught and engaged. My condolences to all Family and friends.

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    Brenda Johnston says

    Our sincere condolences to you Judy and your wonderful girls Nancy, Catherine and Karen. I know Don was a dedicated husband, father and teacher. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely Brenda and Glen Johnston and family.

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    Robin Hoy says

    My condolences are with the Messenger family at this time of loss. Mr. Messenger was a great teacher although physics and math were never my strong suits but more important cared about every student he met. Sincerely Robin Hoy NGDHS Grad 1977

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    Clair Sadler says

    Our condolences to the Messenger family. I was so lucky to have taught with Don for most of my teaching career – he was so kind, gentle and giving. His sense of humour and endless patience was always inspirational. He will be missed. Sincerely, Clair, Dave and Will Sadler.

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    Regan Tyndall says

    Uncle Donald was a towering titan of humanitarian grace and goodwill (as is his wonderful wife, my aunt). I regret that I could not spend more time with him, but such is life and distance. His influence on his family, students, and community is an enormous legacy that will last forever and that has led and guided others onto paths of success and virtue. He was the greatest of men.

    We cannot be at the November 1st service but Messengers please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers!

    — Regan, Azumi, and little Joe (in Tokyo)

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    Joan Gummeson says

    My sincere sympathy to the family.
    We are all thinking of you at this trying time.

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    Mieke Turner says

    Our sincere sympathy goes to Judy, Nancy, Karen and Catherine.
    We are thinking of you at this difficult time.
    Gord and Mieke Turner

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    Linda Cummings says

    My condolences to all of Don’s family. I was very lucky to start my career with the Upper Canada Board fifteen years ago working with Don as my teacher-librarian at North Grenville. I will always remember his kind, patient demeanour and how much he truly enjoyed his profession and the students.

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    Shirley Bolton says

    My deepest sympathy to the Messenger family.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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    MARY WHITTAKER says

    Our sincere sympathy to all the family. Grant & I are thinking of you at this sad & difficult time.

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    Fairlie Ellis says

    I will remember Don as a true gentleman. I knew him as a fellow teacher and he was always positive regardless of the circumstances. He was quiet but had a smile for everyone. Whether he was in his science classroom or in the library, he worked with students and teachers in an respectful and interested manner.
    My condolences to Judy and the family.

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    paulette henderson says

    my sincere sympathy to all the family

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    Cheryl and Richard Bell says

    Our sincere sympathy to you Judy and all your family. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

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    Doug Phillips says

    I met Don in the early ’80’s when we were taking our Librarian’s qualifications in Ottawa. Our paths crossed several times over the next 20+ years. Don was a genuinely fine person. My condolences to his family.

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