Donald Russell McDougall

June 20, 2020



OCTOBER 4, 1959 – JUNE 20, 2020

Donny is on his next trek, as he lived doing things his own way and following his wishes, with the love of his family.

Our beloved Don left us way too early. He leaves his loving spouse, Joy Gillespie, and Joy's daughter Danielle (Ben), his mother, Thelma McDougall and brothers Duncan McDougall (Janis), Rick McDougall (Byron Johnson) and sisters Cheryl McDougall (Edwin Gluck), Norma McDougall, Alice McDougall, Beverly Belanger (Gilbert), Suzanna Kalman (John) and Joanne Hawkins (Jim) and the many nieces and nephews with whom he had a close connection. He also leaves his brother-in-law Doug Taverner. Don was predeceased by his father Russell in August 1986 and his sister Rosemary Taverner in January 2020.

Don was the epitome of the outdoorsman, spending countless hours fishing, hunting and guiding. He and Joy loved their time together fishing in and around the Lakes of Manitoba and spending time in Winnipeg Beach. Don worked at Gerdau Steel in Selkirk, MB (formerly Manitoba Rolling Mills) for 34 years and made many friends throughout his life. He was always the first one to help those in need, even as a young boy. He hosted amazing meals at his home and his culinary abilities were legendary. He shared his love of music, which he inherited from his Dad, and was appreciated by all who had the joy of hearing him play and sing. Don had a gift with animals and plants and was known for caring for both. He will be intensely missed by all who knew and loved him. RIP Astro.

“Farewell my love, fly with your birds, buzz with your bees and smell all of your beautiful flowers” Joy

Our blessings go out to all who knew Don, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will only be a private family service. 

No Flowers please. The family requests donations in honour of Don to the Palliative Care Unit in Selkirk to support comfortable overnight stays for family members.

Cheques can be made out to the Interlake Eastern Health Foundation @ Selkirk Regional Health Centre, P.O Box 5000, 120 Easton Drive, Selkirk, MB  R1A 2M2 for the SRHC Palliative Care unit in memory of Don or online at

Condolences may be left on his tribute wall at

Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements.

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