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McKINLAY, Donald Harrison  -1923 - 2016

A true gentleman throughout his life and at its end, Don passed away on October 2, 2016 at Sunnybrook Hospital.

He was comforted in final days by his loving daughters Sheila and Jane and will be deeply missed by them both.

Don exemplified the best qualities of his generation: a strong and steadfast sense of responsibility, a quiet pride in his family, his country and his service on its behalf in WWII, all of which he combined with a sense of humour and a great sense of style.

Don was born in Toronto and grew up through the Depression years on Bedford Park Ave. with siblings Mary and John. Don joined the Canadian Army Signals Corps at the age of 19 and fought in Italy, France and the Netherlands.

Returning to Toronto, he met and married Doreen (Hoath) to whom he was a devoted husband for 59 years until her death in 2009. Don made his career in transportation, primarily in the brewery industry and rose to National Transport Manager for Carling/O'Keefe Breweries.

In recent years, Don was a resident of Sunnybrook Veterans' Centre and the family thanks the staff there for making it a warm and caring home for him.

Predeceased by his wife Doreen and eldest daughter Judith, Don will be lovingly remembered by daughters Sheila (Jamie Halfnight) and Jane (Richard Hanninen) and by the grandchildren of whom he was so very proud - Sarah, Alexander and Matthew, Jared and Erik.

Family and friends are invited to an open house to share memories of Don, on Saturday, October 8th from 2 to 5 p.m. at daughter Sheila's home (contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details).

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McKINLAY, Donald Harrison  -1923 - 2016

A true gentleman throughout his life and at its end, Don passed away on October 2, 2016 at Sunnybrook Hospital.

He was comforted in final days by his loving daughters Sheila and Jane and will be deeply missed by them both.

Don exemplified the best qualities of his generation: a strong and steadfast sense of responsibility, a quiet pride in his family, his country and his service on its behalf in WWII, all of which he combined with a sense of humour and a great sense of style.

Don was born in Toronto and grew up through the Depression years on Bedford Park Ave. with siblings Mary and John. Don joined the Canadian Army Signals Corps at the age of 19 and fought in Italy, France and the Netherlands.

Returning to Toronto, he met and married Doreen (Hoath) to whom he was a devoted husband for 59 years until her death in 2009. Don made his career in transportation, primarily in the brewery industry and rose to National Transport Manager for Carling/O'Keefe Breweries.

In recent years, Don was a resident of Sunnybrook Veterans' Centre and the family thanks the staff there for making it a warm and caring home for him.

Predeceased by his wife Doreen and eldest daughter Judith, Don will be lovingly remembered by daughters Sheila (Jamie Halfnight) and Jane (Richard Hanninen) and by the grandchildren of whom he was so very proud - Sarah, Alexander and Matthew, Jared and Erik.

Family and friends are invited to an open house to share memories of Don, on Saturday, October 8th from 2 to 5 p.m. at daughter Sheila's home (contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details).

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