For so many years he seemed to be in a never-ending battle with his body but his stubborn nature and will to survive always won out with the support of his loving wife Renee Bayne Good with whom he spent more than half his life (47 years). We believed he was invincible.
Don had a few careers in his lifetime, but none were more fulfilling than when he was on the road driving transport. He had a great appreciation for the power of the 1958 Oldsmobile Super 88 from his youth, later the comfort of a plush Lincoln and when he got older, the practicality of a minivan. Just as his parents always sang to him and his sisters on long drives, so to would his mellow Johnny Cash style voice croon the sad story-based lyrics to tearful passengers. Don was determined to have his driver's license until his last day, and he did.
When not on the road, it was family time. If anyone needed a favour of him, they just had to ask. Movies, game nights, dinners out, Christmas potlucks and meeting up for a Timmies. Laughter abounded through those times together. Later as he tired, if he needed to laugh, reminiscing about his grandchildren and watching videos of his great grandchildren were a favourite pastime.
Predeceased by his parents; Stanley and Eva (Smith) Good, his older sister Margaret Iutzi and brother-in-law Stan (Steamie) Iutzi. He leaves behind a lifetime of memories for his younger sister Sandra Good and his cousin/best friend Bill Smith (Marg).
Loving father to Laura (Doug) Harding, Bradley Good, Barbara Beker and stepchildren: Kimberly (Perry) Flewelling and Keith Longman. Proud “Papa” of Danielle (Jay), Jessica (Derek), Michael, Matthew, Jacob, Aaron, Raechel, Clayton and Molly. Blessed to have held 4 great grandchildren in his arms.
Ever loved and dearly missed.
At Don's request, there will be no funeral but rather a private family gathering at a later date. Donations can be made 'In Memory of Don Good' to www.autismdogservices.ca or to the Mennonite Central Committee (MCCCanada.ca).
Messages and condolences may be left for the family at www.tricitycremations.com or 519.772.1237. Please visit Donald's obituary notice on Facebook.