It is with great sadness the family of Donald Montgomery Westcott announces his passing on Sunday, February 20th, 2022, after a sudden and brief illness.
Donald will be lovingly remembered as the incredible husband and life partner of fifty years to his wife Cathy; a devoted father to his children Christina (predeceased), Douglas (Tara), Rebecca Edwards (Mike); an engaging and loving grandfather to Lucas and Jake; son of the late Gerald and Mollie Westcott; dear brother of James (Yvonne), Beryl Eller (Gary), David (predeceased) (Linda), twin brother Douglas (Trish), Yvonne Pike (Ron), Louise Buchan (Murray), Geraldine Toebes (Jan), Sylvia Westcott-Tigwell (Kevin), fondly remembered by aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and neighbours.
Donald conveyed his genuine love and interest in people and community throughout his life.
After retiring from a thirty-year career in policing, he went on to work alongside his son in construction, seeing to fruition the reality of the dream home for he and his wife Cathy on the Green River in Washago. Always a farm boy at heart, Donald was a keen and avid gardener, with a natural ‘green thumb’. He loved to share the neverending bounty of his veggie garden and beautiful flowers, whether it be a basket of tomatoes or cucumbers for a neighbour or a bouquet of dahlia or zinnia for a passerby. In his role as President of the Washago Garden Club, Donald enjoyed working with his fellow volunteer gardeners, turning the Community Gardens into a place of beauty for everyone to enjoy.
As a member of the Ramara Historical Society, Donald’s natural curiosity and enthusiasm in history came through when he would engage in conversation with everyone who passed by at local historical events. One of his favourite pastimes was listening to and sharing stories with members of St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church. His love of community also led him to serve one full term as Councillor of Ward 5, Township of Severn, a position in which he took great pride.
A private family service will be held on Saturday A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers a donation to St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, Orillia or St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto would be greatly appreciated and can be made through the Mundell Funeral Home, Orillia.