was born May 2, 1932 in St. Thomas and passed peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, June 29, 2015 at WRH. Beloved husband of Margaret (nee Sinclair) for 56 years. Adored father of Paul Hepburn (Haiyin), Lance Hepburn (Holly Howe), Mark Hepburn (Wendy), Karen McGuire (Mark), Patti Farquharson (Craig), Susan Szostopal (Tom) and father-in-law of Susan Hepburn. Proud grandpa of Mitchell, Matthew, Keely, Aaron, Connor, Eva, Riley, Sophie, Kingsley, Dylan, Claire and 3 great grandchildren, Geana, Hunter and Marcus. Dear brother-in-law of Nancy Fleming (late Donald). Don will also be remembered by his cousins, Frank & Lynn Turville, David and June Turville, Anne & Don McArthur and the Summers and McNaughton families. As a young athlete in St. Thomas, Don played on a number of different basketball teams achieving all Ontario Championships 1958-60. Upon arriving in Essex he was the first travel coach, starting out with the Pee Wee's and finishing as the last Essex Juvenile Bombers coach. Don was a life member with the St. Thomas St. David's Masonic Lodge #302 A.F. and A.M. and Chapter Lodge #54 and affiliate member of the Essex Parvaim Central Lodge #395 A.F. and A.M. In his career, Don started as an operator with Ontario Hydro and finished there in sales with 25 years of service. He then moved to E&B AC & Heating of Leamington and worked in sales for 22 years. Don was a longtime member of Essex United Church. In retirement, Don enjoyed golfing and spending time with his family. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the entire staff at WRH in the CCU and ICU for the loving care shown to Don. Visiting will be held at the Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre, 87 Maidstone Ave. E, Essex (519-776-4233) on Thursday from 2-5 and 7-9 pm and on Friday, July 3, 2015 at Essex United Church, 53 Talbot Street South, Essex from 10 am until time of Funeral Service to celebrate Don's life at 11 am. Pastor Jim Hatt officiating. Cremation to follow. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Area District Shrine Club for Crippled Children, Essex United Church or the charity of your choice. Family and friends are invited to share their memories or make a donation online at www.reidfuneralhome.ca
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