Donald Grimster

Born: Fri., Jul. 22, 1932
Died: Sat., Apr. 15, 2017

Funeral Service


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Thu., Apr. 20, 2017
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Thu., Apr. 20, 2017
Location: Hillside Funeral Services Ltd.

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It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Donald James Grimster  at the North Bay Regional Health Centre on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at the age of 84 years.

He was the beloved husband for 63 years of Myrnie (nee Greason) and "daddy" to Muffin his beloved fur baby. Loving dad to Donald Jr. (Louise) and Tina (Brodie Chapman) and "Grampa/Papa Don" to his five grandchildren: Cory and Lindsay Grimster, Cody Gauthier (Allison Roberts), Matthew Chapman (Laura Lamore) and Jordan Chapman. He also had two very special Great Grandsons, Ethan Ambeau and Thomas Gauthier.


Don is survived by his sister Joanne Bilger (Larry) and predeceased by his grandson Dustin Gauthier and brother David Grimster.


Don was a retired leading seaman with the Royal Canadian Navy and a proud member of the local Naval Association. He loved the outdoors, whether it was shovelling in the winter or tinkering at the cottage in the summer. He was a dedicated family man and absolutely loved family gatherings, especially at the family cottage on Lake Nosbonsing.


A celebration of his life will be held at Hillside Funeral Services, 362 Airport Road, North Bay on Thursday April 20th from 2 until 4 and 7 until 9 pm.


Donations to the Northern Cancer Research Foundation (cheques only) or a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated by the family.  His family would like to thank the nursing staff on D3 for their TLC and a very special thank you to Dr. Michael Leckie whose care and compassion for Don was outstanding.




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Judy Hoovef
   Posted Mon April 17, 2017
Tina, I am so sorry to hear about your dad. Unable to attend services as I am in Florida but my prayers and thoughts are with you and the family.

Cindy Bonany
   Posted Mon April 17, 2017
Mrs. Grimster, Don and Tina -- I cannot tell you how sad I was to read about the passing of "Mr. Grimster". He was a wonderful man. He always had a smile on his face and always took the time to "chat" with me. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.

Rory Hawes
   Posted Tue April 18, 2017
Jean and I met Don when we first settled into our cottage on Morgan Rd. Over the years, he was always helpful and friendly. I can't count the number of times he stopped to take our garbage and recycling to the corner to save us a trip. If he saw us on the road, he would turn off the engine in the quad and shoot the breeze. Myrnie must have wondered sometimes if he had been kidnapped because he would be forever on a garbage run!

And then there was our road. He worked on it for many years and kept it in such good shape that people visiting from other cottage roads in the area were amazed as their roads were nothing but giant potholes! Once a guy on Kyle road asked me if I thought Don would do their road too. I told him that Don was ours! Boy, are we going to miss him.

Our condolences go out to Myrnie and the family. May you rest in peace, Don.
Rory and Jean

Brent LaBrosse
   Posted Tue April 18, 2017
Don and Louise, So sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this trying time.

Betty Costello
   Posted Tue April 18, 2017
Myrnie and Family:

I was so sorry to learn of Don's passing. He was a fine and helpful gentleman,
and I had many interesting conversations with him during the winters.

He will be greatly missed, and I extend my deepest condolences to his
family and friends at this sad time.

Ed & Mary Foley
   Posted Thu April 20, 2017
Tina and family - Sincere condolences from Mary and I. It's difficult losing one's parent - may the memories you've made over the years help you through the difficult days times ahead.

Bonny Oliver
   Posted Thu April 20, 2017
Please accept my sincere condolences to the entire family.

Joff and Sharon Rivet
   Posted Thu April 20, 2017
Sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Barry and Gale burstyn
   Posted Fri April 21, 2017
Dear Myrnie and family,
Your Don was quite the guy. He was the first Morgan road neighbour we met when
We started our cottage experience, and it was truly a pleasure to know him and learn about northern living!
Please know our thoughts are with you all and we wish you peace in your hearts along with many beautiful memories of a very special man

Your Morgan road neighbours,
Gale and Barry Burstyn

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