BARKELL, Donald Bruce – He was one of the best! A great husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to all. Don died unexpectedly due to complications after surgery at Health Sciences North on April 15, 2018. He is survived by his loving family, his wife of 52 years Marilyn (Coghlan), daughters Tracey Barkell, Amanda (Trevor) Condie, Paula (Neal) Henderson and by 10 grandchildren (his pride and joy) Brianna Barkell, Nicholas, Jacob, Sean (McGonigal), Kate, Erica, Andrea, Caroline (Condie), Jamie and Ryan (Henderson). Don was predeceased by his parents Harry and Mayme, brother Ross, son-in-law John McGonigal, brothers-in-law Claire Mitchell, Malcolm Doyle and sister-in-law Lucy Beland. Don is also survived and forever remembered by his brother Brian (Harmonie), sisters Doreen, Marilyn, Patricia (Frank Laframboise), sister-in-law Shirley Barkell and numerous nieces and nephews who thought the world of him. His in-laws Ken (Vera), Brian, Charlene (Ken) Zeta all who thought the “Big Guy” was the best! During his years of employment at Adam’s Mine and raising a family, he endeavored to continue his education and obtained his bachelor of arts degree. “Sticky” as he was known to his teammates (Pies Panthers), loved to play slow pitch and basketball. He enjoyed the after game pint as well. He was often seen with his grandchildren and gave them all his attention and love. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Kirkland & District Hospital Foundation (145 Government Road East, Kirkland Lake, ON P2N 3P4) would be appreciated. They went above and beyond in providing excellent care while in ICU. A celebration of Don’s life will be held at a later date.
French Family Funeral Home & Crematorium
Celebration of Life:
400 Government Road West
Kirkland Lake, ON P2N 3M6
Thursday, August 2, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.