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Donald William Emmett

Born: Sat., Jun. 18, 1932
Died: Sun., Nov. 19, 2017

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sat., Nov. 25, 2017
Location: Knox United Church

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Don Emmett

June 18, 1932 ~ November 19, 2017
Don is survived by his wife Shirley; his daughter Debra and her husband Brian;
son Dale and his partner Stephanie; and the family’s caregiver Mae.  
He will be lovingly remembered by his family and many dear friends.

Funeral Service
Saturday, November 25, 2017
2:00 P.M.
Knox United Church
Castor, Alberta

Memorial Donations may be made to a charity of your own choice.
Don was born on June 18, 1932 at his grandparents, Patrick and Annie Emmetts’ homestead just east of Halkirk, Alberta.  He was the eldest of Ezra and Elsie Emmett’s two children and was raised on the small family farm due west of Halkirk.

Upon completing his high school in Castor, Don worked as a teacher at Apremont school in the Castor school district.  On June 25, 1958, he married Shirley Hunt, the woman he cherished for the following 59 years until his death. They had two children: Debra and Dale.

Following a number of years as a foreman in road construction, Don had a change in occupation to managing the local grain elevator in Castor, which allowed him to be closer to home and the family.  His life involved a commitment to hard work, giving back to the community and treating everyone equally and with kindness.
After he retired from the elevator, he worked as a hail adjuster, which allowed him to travel around Alberta and meet many new friends.  In 1992 he obtained his real estate licence and worked with his son, Dale, at FC Hunt Agencies for 17 years.

In his spare time, he was an avid curler and also coached the local ladies’ softball team, the Capri’s, for many years.  He was a playing coach for the Castor Mets, the men’s softball team.  Don was inducted into the Softball Alberta Hall of Fame in 1998.  He served as a volunteer District Organizer for the Association for 19 years.  “Don was a voice for grassroots softball promoting the sport at the community level in rural Alberta.  The consummate professional, Don served only for the love of the game and his sincerity and dedication to the sport helped it grow in the 1980’s.”

Don was honoured to be a councillor for the town of Castor from 1986 to 1992.  He was then was given the opportunity to represent the Town as its Mayor from 1992 to 2001.  These 15 years were another opportunity for Don to give back to the community for which he so deeply cared.
Don was predeceased by his parents Elsie and Ezra Emmett and his brother Darrel.

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Kaye Taylor
   Posted Thu November 23, 2017
I was so sorry to hear of Don's passing. My deepest sympathy to all of his family at this sad time.

Herb Knowles
   Posted Fri November 24, 2017
Dear Shirley & family.
My deepest sympathy on your loss. Don has been a dear friend for 67 years. I hope his suffering has ended.

Lynn Bellissimo
   Posted Sat November 25, 2017
My deepest condolences to the Emmett family. My memories of Don were that he was a gentle man with a huge heart. May the love and prayers of friends and family bring you strength through this difficult time.

Sylvia Wold
   Posted Sat November 25, 2017
Dale and I attended the lovely service for our friend Don Emmett today. Don and I served the Paintearth Lodge and CDHA for many years together - he as the Board Chair. He was a strong mentor and I learned so much about diplomacy from Don. I didn't always use tact or diplomacy but at least I always knew what the 'high road' was from him. He was always a good 'boss' and put the Seniors first and foremost. The community, as well as his friends and family, have lost one of the good guys.

Floyd mann
   Posted Sat November 25, 2017
We worked together on 2 or 3 road jobs. Donnie was always a gentleman and always
A chearful person to be around. Condolences to the family. Floyd

Brock and Elaine Crysler,Moose Jaw
   Posted Sun November 26, 2017
So sorry for delay,but we just heard of Don's passing.Our sympathies to the family;Don was one of the truly "good guys"! He did so much for the town of Castor,always very humbly!
Take care Shirley,Dale and Debra;our thought are with you.
Brock and Elaine Crysler
Moose Jaw,SK.

Jim & Lynne Jones
   Posted Wed December 06, 2017

Shirley and Family

Just wanted to drop you a note to say how sorry I was to hear of Don's passing. I worked with Don for twelve years on the Softball Alberta board of directors and came to learn of such a good man he was.

Don was always the voice of the youth and common sense. He was grassroots through and through and truly beleived that softball was the original game of summer.

I proudly remember the day that he was inducted into our Softball Alberta Hall of Fame as a sport builder. I have never seen a man so humble to receive an award that he so truly deserved. Don was a quiet man but when he spoke he spoke from the heart and was respectful of everyone's opinion, young and old.

Our sincrerest sympathy Shirley.

Jim & Lynne Jones
Leduc, Alta

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