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Wednesday January 30, 2013

HAY, Donald Smith

Peacefully at Carling View Manor, Ottawa, January 12th at the age of 88. Survived by his devoted wife of 28 years, Myrna Jean Hay (née Graham) also of Carling View Manor, his elder sister Phyllis West of Houlton, Maine and his two children, Kim Chiotti (Roberto Chiotti) of Toronto and Erik Hay (Andrea Higgins) of Guelph, Ontario. Donald's last two years were made significantly easier and more dignified by the loving dedication and care from Ayan Said and her wonderful family. Don loved his nephews, Larry, John, and Robert and nieces, Jane and Barbara and always kept up with their lives and their children. He loved spending time with Myrna's cousin, Steve Keeley, of Perth, and his wife Colleen and their two children, Jordan and Scott. He maintained a connection with his former wife, Ruth Rustige Van Zuylen of Guelph and her sister Edith MacDonald of Fredericton. Everyone who knew him would agree that he was the most consistent gentleman, in every good sense of the word, even as dementia began to take over his life. Don was always kind and generous to those he loved. He loved his dear wife, Myrna, and all his family and friends. He was interested and welcoming to the friends of his family and the family of his friends. Many will miss him and think of him kindly, a deserved testament to this sweet man. The family is deeply grateful for the wonderful care from all the staff at Carling View Manor. Service to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations could be made to the Parkinson's Society of Ontario.

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