Donald W. Ells
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Donald Walter Ells on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the age of 67. Don passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Sackville, he was the son of the late Jules and Sadie Ells.
Don was an avid motorcyclist since purchasing his first bike in 1969 but enjoyed building and chopping even more. He built more than 20 sidecars and was often seen tooling around town on his green sidecar. The driveway was full of cars and motorcycles most weekends while friends enjoyed time relaxing and chatting in the booth he built in his garage. He was a stationery engineer by trade and worked at the Sackville Memorial Hospital for over 20 years alongside his father. The last four years he worked delivering for Meals and More. He loved his clients and gave them as much time as possible each week. They loved him in return as seen by the number of cards and well wishes he received. Don spent 18 years as a Boy Scout (Beavers) leader, several years as a Sunday School teacher and Elder at the Presbyterian Church, was one of the organizers of the Tantramar Toys for Tots for 25 years and on the board of York Street Children’s Centre for eight years.
Don will be remembered for his outgoing personality, infectious smile, warm hugs, sense of humor, strong faith and his tell-it-like-it-is attitude. He accepted his diagnosis from day one and just said "it is what it is" making it easier for all those who loved him.
Don will be deeply missed by his wife of 48 years, Judy (Smith), his high school sweetheart, his beloved son, Stephen, Moncton, brother Darrell (Thelma), Regina, sisters Gwen (James) Hagglund, Vancouver, and Shelley (Scott) Trenholm, Amherst, mother and father-in-law, Louise and Douglas Snowdon, Sackville, several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Also survived by very special friends, Justin, Alex, Rena and Sara Thomas and his feline buddy, Casey.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Jones Funeral Home, 70 Bridge St., Sackville (506-364-1300), also a proud past employer of Donnie. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm. A funeral service for Donnie will be held at the Jones Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 2 pm, Rev. Jeffrey Murray presiding. Burial will take place in the Four Corners Cemetery in the spring.
Special thanks to Dr. Andrea Wall and Cathy Cameron, Dr. Pam Mansfield, Dr. Maged Salem and all the wonderful Extramural nurses for their endless care (and warm hugs) during the past several months. With everyone’s help, Don was able to remain at home as we both wanted.
Those wishing to make a donation in Don’s memory may do so to the IWK, Sackville Carma Chapter, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, or a charity of their choice.
Sharing of memories and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Donnie's online memorial at www.jonesfuneralhome.ca or through the Jones Funeral Home Facebook Page.