SPEIR, Donald R. - Peacefully at University Hospital on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, Donald Ross “Don" Speir of London in his 89th year. Beloved husband of the late Joyce Elizabeth Speir, nee Park (2008). Loving father of Sharon Speir of Bermuda, Richard Speir and his wife Marjorie of Burlington, David Speir and Michele of London. Dear grandfather of Jessica, Benjamin and Sarah, Jason and Jenna. Brother of Isabelle Harmer. Don was a proud ‘Aggie’, graduating from the University of Guelph in 1949. He was an active citizen and supporter of several organizations, serving as an Elder of DaySpring Presbyterian Church and member of the Kiwanis Club of Forest City-London. He was also an interested supporter of the work of St. Joseph’s Health Care, Robarts Research Institute, the London Health Sciences Centre, and the United Way. He enjoyed curling at Highland and golfing at Sunningdale. Visitation on Sunday from 2-4 pm at the Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond. A Celebration of His Life will be conducted at DaySpring Presbyterian Church, 1880 Phillbrook Drive at Adelaide St. N., on Monday, February 2 at 11 am. Reception to follow in the church. Cremation and private interment, St. John’s Cemetery, Arva. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to DaySpring Presbyterian Church would be gratefully acknowledged.
James and Christine Speir and family
February 1, 2015, 8:23 pm
Don and Joyce were always welcome and wonderful guests at our annual family BBQ in Simcoe. We looked forward to seeing them and enjoying a good visit every August for many years. They were gracious and kind and we miss them. They are in our thoughts and prayers and we wish their family a comforting peace.
February 2, 2015, 9:29 am
Richard, I'm very sorry to hear of your father's passing. Growing up together I spent lots of time in your house. As a shy 15 year old, I was a little bit afraid of your father. He spoke few words and had a very quick wit that I was slow to catch onto. After a while I learned to watch for the sparkle in his eye that preceded a particularly inciteful comment.
Without knowing it your father taught me an important lesson. One morning in the late 70s I walked up to your house just as your father was driving away. He didn't know I was there. I watched as this somewhat intimidating man playfully waved goodbye to your mother. In that brief gesture I realized how much more there was to your father than my shallow teenage impression of him. Suddenly, there was a loving, kind, caring person I hadn't noticed before. I learned about how much more complex we all are than we seem. And also that men can display their loving sides as well. I may be reading more into that moment than what was actually going on however it has stuck with me for a very long time.
All my love to you and Marjorie, your family, David and Sharon.
February 4, 2015, 9:59 am
I'm so sorry to hear about Mr. Speir's passing. I worked with him at the Kiwanis parking lot, and I have many memories of sitting in lawn chairs, talking and joking. With the parking lot being downtown, we often encountered a variety of people; on one occasion, a man with a multi-coloured mohawk walked past, Mr. Speir smiled warmly at him, and said afterwards, "different strokes for different folks." He always seemed accepting of other people, and of learning new things. He shared of how he had used Kijiji to help him downsize, and how his family had taught him how to skype with his granddaughter. I'm glad to have met him. He will be missed by many at Kiwanis.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family. My sincere condolences.
January 29, 2015, 4:23 pm
So sad to hear of Don's passing. He was a great supporter of St. Joseph’s. It was a pleasure knowing him. My condolences to his family.
January 30, 2015, 10:20 am
Sharon…so sorry to hear of your father's passing. Thinking of you and your family. My sincere condolences.
January 30, 2015, 1:06 pm
Sharon, I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult times.
January 30, 2015, 1:27 pm
Sharon, I am so sorry to hear about your father's death. Know that my thoughts are with you and your family during this time of loss.
January 30, 2015, 3:44 pm
Dave, Michele and Family - I am sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts are with you.
January 30, 2015, 5:48 pm
Dave, Michele and family - So sorry to hear of your Dad's sudden passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to you at this difficult time.
January 30, 2015, 8:31 pm
I'm very sorry to hear of your Dad's passing, Dave. My thoughts go out to you, Michele and your family
February 1, 2015, 10:10 am
I was so sorry to hear Don passed away. His kind and warm nature, his curiosity and keen interest in so many things, and the way he always looked for ways to be of service to others were among his special traits. His support of St. Joseph's helped us complete many projects that continue to make an important difference to our community's healthcare. He made the world a better place, and the world will miss him very much.
I hope he and Joyce will be enjoying a game of golf again soon.
My sincere condolences to Don's children and their families.
Susan Beattie Hughes
February 1, 2015, 10:16 am
Sharon, Richard & David,
So sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. Don was a wonderful man and I know a wonderful father to each of you. I have such great memories of spending time with your entire family on two very special summer vacations. Please know that my thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
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