Saturday November 24, 2012
Donovan Frederick Douglas Pinker Oct. 11th, 1926 - Nov. 14th, 2012 Donovan embraced life with passion, curiosity, humour, optimism and honour. His attitude was forever youthful. He and his first wife, Olive (Bird) emigrated from England to Toronto in 1956. Sadly, Donovan had just started up his own business (Donovan Pinker Consultants) when he lost his young wife to cancer in 1965. But in Canada's Centennial year, a blind date opened the door to a second chance at happiness for him. For the past 45 years, Don and Maxine (Miller) have adored, protected, cherished and fiercely championed each other. Highlights from his career as an urban planner include: the marina at Montreal's Expo 67; site selection for Fanshawe and Sheridan Colleges in Ontario; and the very first plan to develop the desert kingdom of Dubai. Donovan inspired his students in both the Faculty of Architecture in Toronto, and at the University of Washington (Seattle). In 1990, Don and Max made a new life in Vancouver, with a succession of golden retrievers: Katie, Charlie and Shenny. Missing him deeply are his adult children: Karen Pinker, Christopher Gerrard-Pinker, Colin Gerrard, Glenn Pinker, son-in-law Jamie Darling; and Donovan's grandchildren: Oliver, Jessica, Caileigh, Sam, Isabel and Julian. The family will soon announce celebrations of Donovan's life in both Vancouver and Toronto.