Donald Walmsley

Obituary of Donald Roy Walmsley

In his 89th year, Don passed away quietly at Earl’s Court Village, London on February 1st. He is survived and loved by Shirley, his wife of 65 years. He is the proud father of Sharon (Bruce) and Barbara (Milan) and grandpa of Stefan, Alexander and Katrina. Don will be missed by his in-laws, Lynda and Norm; Larry and Carole. He is predeceased by his brother Bob and sister-in-law Dixon.


Don was born on November 19th, 1931 spending his entire life in London. He met Shirley, the love of his life, roller skating in Grand Bend. Initially a TV repairman with Warner’s radio, he went on to complete Teachers College, specializing in electronics.  He taught secondary school at Thames, Beal and finished his career at Montcalm; retiring in 1991.


Don loved anything he could fix and was good at it. He was passionate about amateur radio and was an active member for the majority of his life; speaking to people all over the world long before the internet existed.  Many happy summers were spent at the cottage or travelling. Cruises were a particular joy, with Alaska being his favourite.


The family expresses appreciation to the staff at Earl’s Court for the care and respect provided to Don over the past six years.


Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 4th from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Northview Funeral Chapel, 1490 Highbury Avenue North, London.  A private funeral service will be celebrated at The Church of St. Jude on Friday, February 5th followed by interment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.  Registration is required to attend the visitation. To register for Don's visitation or to leave condolences, please click the links to the left of the obituary.  Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Don are asked to consider The Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice.