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Donald Dozzi

August 11, 1946 - December 5, 2021


It is with heavy hearts, family and friends announce the passing of Donald Dozzi on December 5, 2021, at the Trail Hospital, the same hospital he was born at in 1946.  Don passed away from prostate cancer which he bravely fought for years.  He graciously accepted his plight and was courageous until the end.

Don was the youngest son of four, born to Lilia and Odilio Dozzi.  He lived all but the first two years of his life in Nelson.  He attended St Josephs’ Catholic School, Trafalgar Junior Secondary, and LV Rogers Secondary.  After graduation Don furthered his education earning his BA from Notre Dame University.

After university he was employed by Service Canada as an employment counsellor.  He retired after 34 years of employ.  Don was always so pleased if he could place a client in a job or training, “the perfect fit”. His personal interest and hobbies circled around bowling, he played in two leagues and won many trophies.

For many years Don volunteered as a basketball referee.  He ran up and down many courts all over the East & West Kootenays.  He would drop everything to ref a game and was honoured to do so.

People were very important to Don.  He knew many folk and chatted with them freely.  He was well liked and he returned these sentiments.

In the last couple of years of his life, he’d met with his friends for coffee at the mall, where he’d have his hellos to everyone walking by.

Don was generous to a fault, always extending a helping hand to friends and family.  His generosity overflowed into many local charities, in which he delighted in handing out the cheques personally.

Don is predeceased by his parents Lilia & Odilio, his brother Argillo, & sisters Clara & Carol.  Survived by eight nieces & nephews, thirteen great nieces & nephews, plus his support group of long-standing friends: Vivian, Bess, Patsy, Sylvia, & Bobbi.  Don will be missed beyond measure.

Donations can be made to the Kootenay Lake Hospital or the BC Cancer Society.  Memorial pending.


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From: Corinne Mori
Relation: friend

Lovely Don….that man was always smiling, always kind. I don’t think he will leave right away because he will want to make sure all his people are OK first.

From: Roland Porter
Relation: Friend

Don was the definition of a true friend. He was non judgemental, interested in you and your family, a good listener, interesting to talk to because of his many trips and interest in and curiosity about many things, someone you could have a good conversation with, and always upbeat and cheerful no matter what challenges he was dealing with. We had a great group in grades 12 and 13 at LVR and shared many wonderful adventures and exploits, and when we all went our separate ways would always visit Don when we were in Nelson for a visit, or reunion, and he always made time to drop by for a visit when he was visiting family at the coast or on the island or passing through on one of his trips. Whenever I called Don to lift his spirits when he was facing any of his many challenges, it was I who always felt uplifted by Don.
Rest In Peace my dear friend,

From: Eleanor Schmidt
Relation: School friend

Don was such a friendly person. I will miss greeting him on the streets of Nelson

From: Richard Crozier
Relation: Friend

Don was a great friend as we grew up together. Don, Bruce, Stan, Mel and Norm and myself hung out a lot over our teen years. Over the years since we had gone different directions but when we did meet up Don was always so upbeat and caring. Will miss you Don. R.I.P

From: Gilker Heather
Relation: Acquaintance

I am so pleased I got to meet you while in Belize.
I then enjoyed seeing you when I visited Nelson. Your smile lit up the room, you will be sorely missed.

From: William Potkins
Relation: friends

Don, wherever you are
You were a brave, gracious and generous “soldier”. Well done.
Bill Potkins

From: Judy Robertson
Relation: longtime friend

Don was a kind and gentle soul who will be missed. He was a good friend since High School, always seen with a smile and time for a chat.

From: Sarah A. Dozzi
Relation: From visits - related to my late husband.

OMG, I feared Don may have passed away. We used to correspond every Christmas and he has been to Halifax/Dartmouth to visit, interested in his family tree. His last note two years ago revealed he was having several surgeries, and no card note received Christmas 2021. Now I know. Deepest sympathy to all his family and friends.

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