Donald Schmidt

Don Schmidt

Sunday, May 18th, 1947 - Monday, November 16th, 2020
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Schmidt, Donald George “Don” - It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Don on Monday, November 16, 2020 in his 74th year. Don was the beloved husband and best friend of Dana Schmidt (nee Heffernan). Loving and devoted father of Lynn Schmidt (Trevor Unruh) and very proud Papa of Ainslie Unruh and Nathan Unruh. Predeceased by his parents Francis (Frank) and Edna (nee Avery) Schmidt, his parents in-law Edward (Ted) and Marjorie Heffernan and his treasured sister Marlene Beck (2019). Don is survived by his cherished siblings and in-laws: James (Cheryl) Schmidt, Susan (David) Sutcliffe, Elizabeth (Terry) Brown, Jeanne (Steve) Connell of Red Deer, Alberta and Jeffrey (Josephine) Schmidt and brother in-law Patrick Beck. He is also mourned by Dana’s family, Sharleen (Gordon) Field and Mary Lynn (Ralph) Groen. He will be fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Don was born and raised in Guelph, meeting his beloved wife, Dana, through family friends. Don began courting Dana with drives home after her night shifts at the hospital and together they forged a bond that lasted over 54 years. He worked for many years at Kearney National with coworkers that became family. In the latter part of his career, he added to that family in his role at Bel-Volt. He was well known within the hydro-electric industry, not only for his experience and professionalism, but also his ready smile, being quick with a joke, and always being there to listen and lend a hand to others. His love for the outdoors and sports knew few bounds. Hunting, fishing, camping, skiing, bowling, tennis, baseball, and running were but a few of the pursuits he took up with ease and success, but his passion was golf. Don was a long-standing member at Cambridge Golf Course and the outpouring of love from the golfing community has been of immense comfort to him. On the golf course is where he was happiest, and even more so if Dana was playing the round with him.

Don battled against a progressive muscular disease the past 6 years which robbed him of the ability to engage in his favourite pursuits and he ultimately chose to undergo MAID. The support, love and kind words that his family and friends provided him in the last weeks of his life were beyond measure and comforted and touched him deeply. The online Masters Event to celebrate Don filled his heart full. How perfect that his last Sunday was spent watching the Masters, surrounded by “the love train.” The family extends their heartfelt thanks to all who called, visited, and expressed their love for Don. To know he was so loved has helped ease their grief.

The family would also like to extend their sincere gratitude to Don’s doctors, Dr. Jennifer Caspers for her care and compassion through the course of Don’s disease, and to Dr. Tara Somerville, who’s gentle and compassionate ways provided much comfort to Don and Dana in these last days.

In accordance with Don’s wishes, cremation has taken place and the family will gather for a private ceremony at Marymount Mausoleum at a later date.

As expressions of sympathy donations in Don’s memory may be made to the Parkinson’s Society of Canada or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Online donations and condolences can be made at
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    Our Lady Immaculate Mausoleum, Marymount Cemetery
    5400 Hwy 6N.
    Guelph, Ontario N1H 6J2
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Rosemary Beange

Posted at 02:17pm
Dear Dana & family,
Our sincere condolence to you on the passing of Don. Thoughts & prayers
are sent to you at this sad time. Cherish your memories and hold them close
to your heart. He will be missed by family & friends. May he Rest In Peace.
Allan & Rosemary Beange- Goderich, Ont.

Lynn Schmidt Posted at 06:26pm

Thank you for your kindness, Rosemary & Allan - we are so fortunate to have been able to share so many fond memories with him in his final days and we will continue to hold them close. Sincerely, Dana and Lynn

Kate Quarrie

Posted at 12:06pm
Dear Dana and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you today. Don was special with his smile, his jokes and his intelligent conversations. I will miss seeing that but will always remember him sitting in Jim and Cheryl’s kitchen sharing a good story. God Bless him and may he rest in peace

Lynn Schmidt Posted at 06:17pm

Thank you so much, Kate - Laura and I were commenting how we remember (as very very small kids) falling asleep under the table to the sounds of kitchen table chatter! We appreciate these happy memories! Sincerely, Dana and Lynn

Dianne Rovers

Posted at 09:10am
To Dana and family. Sorry about your loss. If I remember correctly, Dana and Don met at 6 St. Andrew St. The Letson household. Dana,a cousin and Don, a friend living on the same street. God bless you during this difficult time. Dianne & Tony Rovers

Lynn Schmidt Posted at 06:13pm

Dianne and Tony, thank you for these memories! You are exactly correct - my dad and Rob were friends (my mom shared the story of their meeting through Rob!) Thank you for your kind words and happy memories. Sincerely, Dana and Lynn

Lynn Schmidt Posted at 06:13pm

Dianne and Tony, thank you for these memories! You are exactly correct - my dad and Rob were friends (my mom shared the story of their meeting through Rob!) Thank you for your kind words and happy memories. Sincerely, Dana and Lynn

Helen Pratt

Posted at 10:34pm
Dana and family
I just read about your husband, father and grandfathers passing. While I did not know this man personally I wish to express my condolences to you and yours at this difficult time.
Helen Pratt
Former coworker of Dana

Lynn Schmidt Posted at 06:12pm

Helen, thank you, for your kindness. Sincerely, Dana and Lynn

Bob Mitchell

Posted at 01:38pm
Don was a very classy man. I had the pleasure of playing in a foursome with him on several occasions during our Friday senior days at Cambridge golf course.Not only was he the best golfer during those games but he always offered encouragement to those of us who were not as talented,even in the last days that he was able to join us due to his not feeling his best.He will be missed.Rest in peace Don.You deserve it. Respectfully;Bob Mitchell,Cambridge.

Lynn Schmidt Posted at 06:11pm

Thank you so much, for these lovely memories, Bob. My mom and I appreciate it a great deal - he will always be our favourite person to play a round of golf with for exactly this lovely encouraging way he had about him. Sincerely, Dana and Lynn

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