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Donald Spencer Dove died June 11, 2011 at 93. He was born Sept. 9, 1917 in Spears, Sask. to Spencer and Dorothy Dove. Donald was quiet, calm, steady, and kind. Farmwork only allowed him to attend school from age 9 till seventh grade. He was an eager learner with artistic talent. Donald married in the late 1930s and had two sons Danny and Leroy in the early ’40s. Donald trained as a certified draftsman while working as a military draftsman and photographer in Kingston, Ont. After WWII, he worked in printing, photography, and silk-screening in Vancouver. In the early 1950s, the marriage ended. Donald was diagnosed with a throat tumour and underwent 2 operations. He received prayer at a prayer service; at his next doctor’s visit, the tumour was gone, and Donald’s spiritual appetite was awakened. Through meeting Lydia, his heart softened to God, and they married May 1959. Four more children followed: Dorothy, Stephen, Peter, and David. Donald was a warm greeter at Christian Life Assembly. A family trip across Canada in 1977 rekindled his love for photography, and he toured senior’s homes in the Lower Mainland giving slideshows. To watch him worship was to watch someone who knew God. Donald and Lydia became members at Northside Community Church, Mission, B.C., in 2004. Donald is mourned by Lydia, his children.

  • Birth: September 9, 1917
  • Birthplace:
    Spears, Saskatchewan
  • Death: June 11, 2011
  • Parents:
    Spencer and Dorothy Dove
  • Married:
    Late 1930s (first wife); Lydia, May 1959
  • Family:
    Donald is mourned by Lydia, his children.