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Robert Donald (Don) Lyon

October 31, 1936 - October 11, 2013


It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the death of Donald Lyon after a short, hard-fought battle with cancer.

Don retired to Nelson with his wife Heather in 1997. He embraced life here and was an active member of the community. Don volunteered for many years with the Nelson Museum and was actively involved in moving it to its current location in the Old City Hall. He was keenly interested in the history of British Columbia and the Kootenays and was one of several people instrumental in starting up the Kootenay History Interest Group. Don also helped the Friends of the Library during their annual book sale and last year cleaned and painted the society’s book sorting room. In recent years, he worked very hard with the Friends of Pulpit Rock Society to improve the trail to the look out and beyond to the Flagpole. He was also exploring the possibility of developing one or more other local trails for people in the Nelson vicinity to enjoy.

Early in life, Don developed a passion for the outdoors and the mountains. He joined the Varsity Outdoor Club at UBC where he formed many close friendships which have lasted to this day. He made some of the early ascents of North America’s highest mountains, Mount Logan and Mount McKinley, and was a key member of the First Canadian Himalayan Expedition.

Don was a loving and devoted family man who was always ready to lend a hand. He will be missed by all who knew him.


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Shawna Nelson
Relation: friend

I am so sorry to hear about Don’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with Heather in this very difficult time.

From: Les Lee Lowe
Relation: worked with him - B.S.B.

Dear Heather: I was saddened to learn of Don’s death. I have many fond memories of Don and I working together at B.S.B. Please give my condolences to the family.

From: Kerri Joe
Relation: Worked with Don at Schou Ed Ctr

Sincere condolences to the family. Don was such a wonderful person to work with – full of knowledge and great stories of life experiences and family. I, too, have many fond memories of Don.
My thoughts are with you all.

From: Cora kinoshita
Relation: Work

I am sorry to hear about Don’s passing. As a teacher in Burnaby, I got to know him through schou education centre. It was a pleasure working with him. I also attended his retirement and chatted with him about his impending move to Nelson where i had began my teaching career. My condolences to his family.

From: Robert E. Pedersen
Relation: UBC roommate

Even though it has been several decades since I last saw Don, the memory of this fine person still lingers with me. By coincidence at different periods both my brother Roy and myself were Don”s roommates at Acadia Camp at UBC. He was always pleasant and easy going in those days and good for a laugh or two.
I met him one more time several years after graduation and he had not changed at all, his sunny disposition still intact.
It was a privledge to have know him.
My condolences to his family and friends, he certainly will be dearly missed. .

From: Bev Temp (nee Anhofer)
Relation: Worked with him at Schou Ed Ctr

A very sweet and gentle man I have ever met. I had a great deal of respect for him and had several great laughs with him. My sincere condolences to Heather and all of Don’s family. Bev Temp (Anhofer)

From: Fiona Mooney
Relation: Worked with Don at Touchstones

Dear Heather and family
Don was one of the most consistently positive, curious and interested people I have worked with. I am sorry that we all lose that wonderful energy, at least in person. I will remember these qualities, Don’s engaging smile, his evident companionship with you, Heather, and your shared love of the outdoors. May you all go gently as you feel his passing. With sadness and warm wishes, Fiona

From: Blair Brown
Relation: Colleague of Don's in Burnaby

In approx. 1971 I chaired a committee of Burnaby teachers and Board Staff to esrtablish a teacher Resourece Centre for the district.. We hired Don to head this facility. Don retired from such many years later having done an admirable job and having made many lasting friendships.
I extend sincere condolences to Heather and her family

From: Lois Arnesen
Relation: friend

Dear Heather,I only knew Don through Touchstones and other community activities and appreciated all he contributed to Nelson. Please accept my deepest condolences.

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