A lifetime resident of the Morrisburg area, Donnie B. Wells passed away suddenly at home on Saturday, September 28, 2013. He was 73.
Donnie was born in Aultsville, on October 17, 1939, to his parents Walter and Margaret Wells (nee Colquhoun). He attended public school in Aultsville, and high school at Morrisburg Collegiate Institute.
Following high school, Donnie moved to Toronto, where he worked as a diesel mechanic until he came home for the weekend and met a young lady named Laurie Tupper at a dance in Williamsburg.
From that moment Donnie decided it was time to move home and on October 9, 1965, he married Laurie and together they had two children, Greg and Julie.
After moving home, Donnie got a job at the Rohm and Haas plant, where he worked for the next 39 years until he retired on January 14, 2005. Donnie took great pride in knowing that the only sick days he ever took were when he had surgery on his knee.
Donnie was a dedicated husband and father. When his children were young, Donnie built a fabulous outdoor rink on a vacant lot next to his home on Fifth Street and every winter many local kids spent countless hours honing their hockey skills there. Donnie also coached minor hockey for many years, and the teams he coached were very successful as a result of his guidance.
Donnie was a perfectionist at everything he did. He loved to garden, and he took great pride in the appearance of his home, his fish pond, his rose beds and his lawn. Donnie’s lawn was always immaculate, weed free and cut to perfection.
Donnie also loved to cook and especially enjoyed barbecuing. He was famous for his chicken wings and the massive meals he would prepare for guests. Following these delicious meals, a game of euchre was usually played which Donnie thoroughly enjoyed.
Donnie will be affectionately remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather who was very proud of his family and their accomplishments.
Donnie is survived by his wife Laurie, his children Greg (Mayren) of Chicago and Julie (Todd) Croteau of Iroquois and his brother Gordon of Prescott.
Papa will be sadly missed by grandchildren Jack, Kacey, Crosby, Grady and Lily. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service was held at the Morrisburg Pentecostal Tabernacle on Thursday, October 3rd, at 11 a.m., with Rev. James Tripp and Rev. Lorna Casselman officiating.
Interment of cremated remains was at Grantley Cemetery in Chesterville.
Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.