Donald John Messenger


September 6, 1946 (Collingwood) – October 27, 2018

Donald’s courageous battle with cancer ended on Saturday, October 27, 2018, when he passed away peacefully at his Kemptville home. Throughout his illness, his family, friends and neighbours, along with the professional care of nurses and doctors, provided constant comfort and support.

Donald was a dedicated physics, science and math teacher and teacher-librarian at North Grenville District High School for 36 years. The Ferguson Nursery Forest provided him the opportunity for many hours of walking, cycling, cross-country skiing and nature appreciation.

A longtime member and elder (45 years) of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Kemptville, Donald was very supportive of the ministry and served on committees, taught Sunday School and served as Church Historian.

In the community, he did volunteer teaching at the T.R. Leger School, helped with the “Fun with Books” program, and attended “Youngsters of Yore” and Historical Society meetings.

He will be dearly missed, but will live on in the hearts of his wife Judy, his daughters Nancy (Steve), Catherine (Darren), Karen (Erik), his brother George, sisters-in-law Marie, Brenda (Ernie), Janice (John), nieces and nephews Moria, Sheila, Carrie, Regan, Dallas and T.J., several cousins, and many close friends.

A Celebration of Donald’s Life took place last Friday, at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Prescott St., Kemptville.

Memorial donations to St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church or the Canadian Cancer Society will be gratefully acknowledged by the family.


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