Donald William Glover - aka DW, dad, dadio, gramps, grampy. Was born in 1925, one of five children to Robert and Pearl. He will join his wife Ivy, brothers, Robert and Doug, and be missed by his sisters Gladys (Vern) and Jean (George dec.). DW was married to Ivy for north of 60 years and they in turn had five children - Donna (Craig), Bobby, (Annabel), Susie (Alvaro), Cath (Jim) and Sher. He was an amazing dad.
Don and Ivy had a long and happy life together - Don was a very proud professional engineer and Ivy - a homemaker and passionate volunteer. They both loved politics and got many local Conservatives elected over the years. He was an incredibly patient man and was theoretically the family disciplinarian. None of us actually remember being disciplined but indeed that job was allocated to him.
Dad was incredibly smart and took great pride in his long career at Bell Canada and then consulting for Bell Canada International. He was a straight shooter, no nonsense type of guy with a ton of integrity. He ensured we all passed our math courses. He spent hours and hours each summer at Lake Simcoe ensuring his children and their friends all got turns behind the boat. He taught us all how to fish and skate and snow ski, and put up with us towing the canoe behind the boat at full speed. He loved shucking corn on the cottage deck with his grandchildren Kyle, Scott, Alex, Jeff, Paige, and James. He was proud of all of them, their spouses and partners, and in turn their children.
He loved dogs and kept the neighbourhood pooches in treats. He had an amazing sense of humour and took great joy in forwarding mostly bad jokes to his five children regularly. He was a prolific reader and had an extraordinary memory. Some of our best memories of dad are when he would hear or tell a particularly funny story. He would start to laugh — and then start to cry he would be laughing so hard. He was a man who taught us that laughter was good for the soul and complaining was not tolerated.
He lived in the Humber Valley most of his life, and had many Valley friends. They say it takes a village - and dad was surrounded by neighbours who never stopped including him in Valley activities. His friends Harold and Merf were long time friends and great company after Ivy’s passing. His long-time neighbours, Peter and Phyllis Telford were loving and caring and beyond great friends to dad. He was the third wheel to Ellen and Ross and in later years relied heavily on his two main caregivers, Paula and Lily to help take care of him. He adored them and they him. We will be forever grateful for their commitment and friendship with dad.
We will miss you dad, DW, daddio, gramps, grampy, and we are so thankful for your guidance, your love, kindness, and sense of humour. Our only comfort is that you and mom, aka nanny, the Big I are now together.
Our dad supported many charities. Please donate generously to your favourite one. And be kind to a dog in your neighbourhood . Our dad would love that.
Our family will be at Turner & Porter, Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor Street W., Toronto, on Monday November 29th 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm and Tuesday November 30th, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
Proof of vaccination and ID is required to attend. In addition to this, anyone medically able to wear a mask will be required to do so.