MacINNES, Donald Robert “Don”
Passed away on April 11, 2023, at the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital in his 83rd year. Donald was born on April 17, 1940, at the Bracebridge Hospital to parents Hugh & Eliza (nee Wreggitt) MacInnes. During his formative years, he was schooled at Pine Grove, VK Greer, Bracebridge High School and later Huntsville High School. On August 29, 1964, Donald married Karen Noreen McClure.
Donald joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in April of 1957, in North Bay, alongside his friend, Bill Quimby. He would proceed to Saint John, Quebec for basic training and onto Camp Borden to complete the Aero Engine trade course. On completion, Donald continued his studies at the RCAF Station MacDonald, Manitoba for one year, later transferring to Traffic Tech trade at Downsview and would fly on the C119 Boxcar of the 436 Squadron. Donald transferred to CFB Uplands in Ottawa for 6 years flying on C130 Hercules, travelling the world. After completing 10,000 hours of flying time, Don transferred to a ground position. The next fifteen years would see him in North Bay, Base Bordon, Yellowknife, and Trenton in a Traffic Tech position. Sargeant MacInnes retired in 1985 to Port Sydney.
Not one to stay idle, during his retirement, Donald worked at several handyman jobs and well as at the Granite Ridge Golf Course.
Donald leaves behind the love of his life, Karen. They were married 58 years. He will be dearly missed by his sister Margaret (Robert) McCulley, brothers-in-law, Donald (Judy) and David (Donna). Pre-deceased by brother-in-law Robert (Donna). Missed but never forgotten by his many nieces, nephews and great-nieces. Remembered by friends both near and far.
A celebration of life will be held on April 28, 2023, at the North Granite Ridge Golf Club, 476 South Mary Lake Rd, Port Sydney from 2-4 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation.