DONALD RICHARD WHITTON
Veteran of World War II
Born August 2, 1923 in London, Ontario, Donald Richard Whitton passed on suddenly at his home in Ottawa on April 26, 2018.
Don is survived by his loving wife, Gail Halliday and by his children, David (Natalie) and Sylvia (John). He will be greatly missed by grandsons, Nigel (Julie) and Duncan (Megan), three great-granddaughters and one great-grandson. He was predeceased by his youngest son, Philip.
In World War II, Don served with the Second Canadian Division, 4th Field Artillery Regiment as a signaler.
After establishing a career in Toronto as a fine musician noted for his warm tone and musical sensitivity, Donald was appointed Principal Cellist of the National Arts Centre Orchestra by Mario Bernardi on its formation in Ottawa in 1969, where he remained until his retirement in 1993.
Among his many recording credits, Don was a founding member of the legendary Canadian rock group Lighthouse. At the other end of the musical spectrum he worked with Glenn Gould on a number of occasions, and appreciated Gould's later comment about him being 'the perfect continuo player'.
Don was a highly recognized and much loved teacher with students in many orchestras across Canada. All who knew him considered him an especially loving and caring man, who was both humble and highly professional throughout his musical career. He will long live in the memory of his family, friends, and colleagues.
There will be a celebration of his life at the Ottawa Mennonite Church at 1830 Kilborn Ave. on Tuesday, May 29th at 2 p.m.
Saturday May 5, 2018
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