BALLANTYNE, Donald G. M. - WWII - 1923 to 2017 - At Northumberland Hills Hospital in Cobourg, ONT, after a losing battle with prostate cancer, on March 10, 2017.
Donald was born in Montreal and enlisted in the Canadian army in 1940 at the age of 17.
After service in Newfoundland, British Columbia, and Nova Scotia, he was selected to join the elite First Special Service Force in 1942. He served with the Force in The Aleutians, Italy and France, taking part in the Anzio landings and the liberation of Rome and Southern France.
After disbandment of the Force in 1944 in France, he served in England as an infantry instructor. He was discharged in 1946 with the rank of WOII, Company Sergeant Major.
Post war, in Canada, he attended Sir George Williams University, now Concordia University, graduating in 1951 with a B, Sc. Degree. He joined Canadian Industries Limited (C-I-L) upon graduation attaining the position of senior patent and trademarks agent and retired in 1988.
He married Elizabeth Macpherson of Prescott, Toronto and Montreal who died in 1987.
He is survived by his three children; Kenneth of Chemainus, BC., Terry of Medfield, Massachusetts, and Janis of Vancouver, BC.
He leaves two grandsons, Craig Ballantyne and Cody Ballantyne Ballard.
He was predeceased by his brothers Campbell, late of Geneva, Switzerland; Craig late of Ste Marguerite, Quebec; and his sister Lois Chapin, late of Fayville, Massachusetts.
Donald relocated to Port Hope in 1989 where he was active in volunteer work, particularly Community Care, the United Way, and most recently, with the Northumberland Prostate Cancer Support Group. He was an ardent lawn bowler and hiker.
Private arrangements have been made
As an expression of remembrance, a donation to The Prostate Cancer Research Foundation of Canada, (145 Front St. E., Toronto, M5A1E3) would be appreciated.