On May 9, 2018, Mr. Don Goudy of Spruce Grove passed away at the age of 70 years.
Don will be lovingly remembered by his wife Marge; son Damon (Rae); grandsons Hayden and Ryley; mother-in-law Reta; brothers: Emerson, Myles, Lawrence; sisters: Dorthy, Laura, Julie; brothers-in-law: Archie, Joe, Wayne, Lee, Leonard, Quentin; sisters-in-law: Bernice, Hilda, Faye, Lil, Janet, Carmen, Darlene, Andrea, Norrine; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents Damon and Dortha; his father-in-law Andrew; his sons Quentin and Blaine; brothers: Lloyd, John, David,George; sisters: Luella, Catherine, Marion; brothers-in-law: George, Marion, Villi, Emil, John; sisters-in-law: Elva and Wendy; nieces Connie, Shirley, Theresa, and Amy as well as nephews Curtis and Jay.
Prayers will be held on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 200 Boundary Road, Spruce Grove, AB with a time for Visitation at 6:00 P.M. that evening.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 10:00 A.M., also at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. A reception will be held following the Funeral service at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church Reception Hall.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Garry and Heidi Fenby for everything they have done in supporting Don and Marge throughout his illness.
If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation, Northern Alberta and the Territories Branch, 202-11227 Jasper Avenue N.W., Edmonton, AB T5K 0L5 or the Canadian Diabetes Society, 1-020 Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research Innovation, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB, T6G 2E1.
DON’S LIFE STORY
Don was born in October 1947 to Damon and Dortha Goudy in Saskatchewan, the youngest of 14 children. As a youngster, Don had many adventures. For example, when his nephew, Garry Fenby, was just starting Grade 1, Don tried to smuggle him into his Grade 3 class so that they could be in the same classroom together. Although his teacher was suspicious, Don convinced her that Garry should stay. However, by first recess, the teacher promptly demoted Garry to Grade 1; much to his relief.
As a young man, Don was eager to get his driver’s license. Although it took a few tries it wasn’t long before he was driving and had bought his own set of wheels with assistance from his brother Myles. One of his first vehicles was a 1965 Pontiac Parisienne convertible. One day while driving with the top down and 16 to 18 people jammed into his car, he noticed a scarf on the road. He got the bright idea of opening the door and scooping it up. Soon afterwards, he was pulled over by the police who handed him a ticket and said, “Who do you think you are? Roy Rodgers?”.
In 1967 Don met the lovely, Marge Harty. Marge’s father, Andrew, was not thrilled that Don was courting his daughter and on his first visit to Marge’s house, Marge’s dad sent him packing and told him not to come back. However, Don was persistent. The next day, Don came calling and noticed that Marge’s younger brother Quentin’s bike was broken. Don put forth his best effort and not only fixed Quentin’s bike but also won over the heart of Quentin but not Marge’s dad. Despite Marge’s dad’s protests Don and Marge were married in August 1968.
Prior to marrying Marge, Don’s job history was irregular as he jumped from job to job. After marriage, he became more career minded. His nephew, Garry Fenby, who was also newly married to his wife Heidi, found work, a month earlier, at Inco nickel mines in Manitoba. Don and Marge soon followed packing all their belongings, including a 19-inch colour television, in their 1961 Plymouth and moved to Thompson with Don’s mother in tow. Don was able to get a job, underground, at the mines by filling his pockets with rolls of quarters in order to meet the minimal weight requirement. In 1969, their first son, Damon was born weighing in at a whopping 6 pounds 4 ounces. Don continued to work hard at the mine and in 1972 Don and Marge bought their first house for $16,000 which seemed like a fortune at the time. A job became available in the boiler house, which was above ground, but required a 4th class power engineering certificate. Soon thereafter, Don, and his nephew Garry began schooling for the 4th class power engineering certificate which he obtained followed by his 3rd class power engineering certificate in 1978.
Don and Marge were blessed with another son. Quentin in 1976, followed by Blaine in 1977. Sadly, Quentin passed away shortly after birth and Blaine passed away in 2004. Although such losses could have driven the couple apart, it only strengthened their bond and commitment to each other.
In 1979 another job opportunity became available through Calgary Power, now known as TransAlta Utilities. Don went ahead to Alberta, leaving Marge to pack up the household with help from family. Marge’s brother’s Wayne and John drove the U Haul and Marge soon joined Don; settling into the company housing at Wabamun where they paid $88.00 a month for rent. Don and Marge then moved into Parkland Village for a couple years and eventually settled into their current home in Spruce Grove in 1982.
Although Don was extremely family oriented, he loved his work at TransAlta Utilities. He pursued his 2nd class engineering certificate in order to further his career and obtained it in 1985. As Marge was his constant companion and assisted with his studying, honorary certificates should have been awarded to her as well. Don was very excited when Damon began working with him at TransAlta Utilities in 2004. Don remained at TransAlta Utilities until his retirement in the summer of 2013 and then worked as a consultant for a few months in the fall. In December 2013, Don became a member of the 2 percent club. He suffered a massive aortic aneurysm and had a 2
percent chance of surviving. Not only did Don live but he surprised the medical team as he was up and walking within a few days following his surgery and home again after spending only two weeks in hospital.
Don was community minded; refereeing hockey, becoming an active member with the Knights of Columbus, and lending a hand whenever and where ever he could. As Don was quite a handy man, there was no job around the house that he couldn’t tackle. He was very generous with his time and when a friend or family member needed assistance, Don was there, toolbox in hand.
Through the years, Don and Marge opened their home to several family members. In 1993, Marge’s father had a devastating stroke which affected his mobility and prevented him from speaking. When Marge’s mother Reta could no longer care for him at home, Marge and Don offered to care for them both and they moved from Regina to Spruce Grove. Don’s gentle and compassionate nature and eagerness to communicate with his father-in-law, resulted in an incredible bond between the two men. After Andrew’s passing, Don continued to assist Marge in the care of her mother.
Family was very important to Don. He was a loving, devoted father who wanted the best for his boys; Damon and Blaine. He encouraged them to play sports, did outdoor activities together, and supported them to further their education even going so far as to attend math classes with Damon when he was struggling in Grade 11 and years later tutoring Blaine in math so that he could attend a regular grade 10 class rather than an IOP class in High School. Don was extremely proud of Damon when he pursued higher learning and got his Plumber/Gasfitter ticket in 1999, Steamfitter ticket in 2006, and Millwright ticket in 2017.
In 1997, Damon married Erin. Erin was welcomed into the family and Erin indicated that Don was like a father to her. This sentiment was also expressed by Damon’s current partner Rae.
Don embraced becoming a Grandfather with open arms when Hayden and Ryley were born in 1999 and 2003 respectively. Both Don and Marge were eager to babysit and did so frequently particularly when Damon was working out of town. Don was their biggest cheerleader watching them play sports such as soccer, ball hockey, and football. He was eager to share his knowledge with them and did so with patience and enthusiasm. No one barbecued as good as Grandpa Don, not even their dad. Don and Marge enjoyed many summers with Hayden and Ryley, taking them to family reunions as well as camping at Sylvan Lake where the boys kept them busy go-carting, going to the waterslides, and taking frequent trips Moos for ice cream.
When the boys were younger, Don and Marge accompanied Damon and Erin to Disneyland and also went camping with them once to Osoyoos. Don and Marge enjoyed travelling and took many trips with family members to locations such as Hawaii, Mexico, Las Vegas, and Cuba. Sadly, Don’s health prevented him from further travel upon retirement but they were able to go to Victoria and the Maritimes before Don started dialysis.
Don remained strong for his family; especially his wife Marge. However, the last 5 years were challenging for him. Despite these difficulties, Don remained positive and rarely complained. He continued to support his family as best he could; providing guidance and love. Don’s infectious
smile never faded. His love of family and concern for others remained until the end. Although he could no longer complete jobs around the house, he continued to coach others; particularly his beloved Marge and son Damon, with whom he adored.
Don was a humble man with a gentle, easy-going and compassionate nature. He had an infectious smile and a wonderful sense of humour. He touched the hearts of so many over the years and made our lives better for knowing him. Now our lives are forever changed with him gone. However, his legacy will live on through his son and grandsons.
Rest easy, dearest Don. Your pain and suffering have ended and we seek some solace in knowing that you are at peace and safe within the hands of Our Lord.