DUNCAN DONALD CAMERON McGEACHY, P.ENG. Don McGeachy passed peacefully November 25, 2009 in his 91st year, surrounded by family. Devoted and loving husband of Joan (Macdonald) for 28 years. Beloved father of three daughters and one son: Lynn (Bruce Smith), Joan, Ruth and Neil (Susan). Lovingly remembered by treasured grandchildren Cynthia and Cameron Andrews, Jana, Kristin, Diane and David McGeachy (Leslie), great-granddaughter Journey, step-granddaughter Kelly (Ralph Schatzmair) and their children Alexandra and Jack, step-niece Heather (Scott MacMillian) and their children Alec, Adam and Graeme. Don will be missed by nephews Ted (Ann), Jack (Jill) and Ken (Anneli) French, sons of his late sister Jean. Donald was raised in Vanderhoof, B.C., and educated at Queen's University in Mechanical Engineering, and in Business at UWO. War time employment included the British Admiralty and, as an engineer, a lieutenant on convoy duty for the Royal Canadian Navy onboard H.M.C.S. Lanark and Owen Sound. After the war, he built and developed Unifin and Wolverine Tube in London, Ontario. He was renowned as a pioneer of employee relationships. Subsequent activities included consulting and professional directorships to numerous business corporations, including Gore Mutual Insurance, Trimac Ltd. (Calgary), Unit Drop Forge Inc. (Milwaukee), and Fleet Aircraft (Ft. Erie). Don's community support work included advisory work with UWO, London Health Sciences Centre, YMCA, the United Church of Canada and the Council of Regents for Community Colleges of Ontario. With a strong social and philanthropic conscience, he was instrumental in the building of Westminster College in London and was president of the Stratford Festival Theatre. In later years he set up Takla Charitable Foundation and took a particular interest in environmental preservation projects. He was a hiker, a fly-fisherman and a pilot. A lover of literature, opera and theatre. Donald McGeachy was a gentleman, an ethical man and a model of integrity. He will be sorely missed. A memorial service will be conducted at Metropolitan United Church, 468 Wellington St. (at Dufferin Ave.) on Saturday, December 5 at 11 am by the Rev. Herbert Summers.
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