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Obituary of Cecil Edwin DONOVAN
Cec was born January 30, 1943 in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. His parents, Joseph and Elizabeth (both deceased) had a family of boys including Terry (deceased 1948), Cecil, Gerald (deceased 1974), and his twin Albert (Sue). Cec joined the Air Force in 1961 and was posted to a far away place out west called Comox. There he met his Wife, Donna of 55 years and they had two boys, William Joseph (Joey) (deceased 1999) and Michael (Nicole, granddaughter Lauren and grandson Jorden (Jordyn and Sawyer). He is survived by Brothers in law George Zaleschuk, and Terrance Zaleschuk (Kathie). Also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins to numerous to mention.
He is also predeceased by his mother in law Jean Zaleschuk (1995), father in law Jerry Zaleschuk (2004) and step father in law Syl Malik (2005) brother in law Gerald Zaleschuk (2017).
The adventures started at a plywood mill in Port Alberni (briefly) and then on to copper mining in norther Vancouver Island at Benson Lake. There he met and made a good friend who taught him about boats and fishing. Around that time he started camping at Tall Timbers in Port Alberni and watched for years all the speed boats and wished for one. Finally in 1989 he bought the "Sea Dawn" a 19' Sunrunner, that was hauled to the Alberni Canal at 5 am to fish and then back to Sproat Lake by 1 pm to water ski with the boys. By this time we had a 32' fifth wheel on a lot and life was good. When the Mine closed in 1972 we moved to Victoria and he joined his brothers in law in the Drywall Industry eventually owning CJ Drywall Ltd. until he retired in 2010.
In 1974 he joined the Racquet Club of Victoria so our boys could play hockey and not at 5 am. So Cec of course started playing for the Racquet Club Kings until he retired from hockey at 67 years old. He also was an avid squash player and we curled somewhere in there.
Cec's hockey days took him travelling. Firstly we went to Japan with the old timers to conquer the gold and then to Hawaii. He played in Scotland, Arizona, Las Vegas and Santa Rosa California, for the Snoopy tournament.
Cec was a gentle person, a man of few words but when he wanted to get a point across you got it! His grandchildren were very special to him. Mike Nicole, Lauren and Jorden and Cec and I were very tight for the last twenty years doing almost everything together. He was so looking forward to being a great grandfather in early February.
Of course his passion was the "Shalan", his 35' Chriscraft Cavalier. We joined the Capital City Yacht Club in 1997 and before you knew it he was entertainment in 2000, Fleet Captain, Rear and Vice commodore and Commodore 08/09.The yacht club was his second home.
However Donna retired in 2006 and he says buy a fifth wheel and Arizona here we come. Of course what else is next. Golf (his next passion) with a group of Americans and Canadians. We made a lot of good friends in USA because everyone loved Cec.
In 2018 we decide we wanted another 5 years of this "split life" but ….....................God had another plan...………….You will be missed and always loved Cec.!
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Celebration of Life
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Capital City Yacht Club
10630 Blue Heron Road
Sidney, British Columbia, Canada
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