WIGTON, Donald Marion “Don”

Wigton Photo for Obit copy
November 5, 1925 – January 30, 2014

Dad was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota the second oldest of 6 children. He married Sheila Black in Calgary October 12, 1951. A long time resident of Cochrane from 1960 to 2011. Don resided at the Bethany Care Centre in Airdrie at the time of his passing.
Dad studied at SAIT (Tech) where he earned his journeyman tickets in a Sheet Metal, and gas fitting. He owned and operated Renown Sheet Metal & Heating for many years, teaching his trade to his sons. A man of his word, Don was always ready and willing to get the job done. Grampa loved his grand kids, even before fishing! A master of anything mechanical; if there were moving parts he knew how it worked and often tried to tweak its operation.
Don was predeceased by his parents, his wife Sheila in October 2007; daughter in law Valerie, son in law Howard. Brothers; Tom, Doug, Wally, sister Betty; brother in law David, and sisters in law Joyce (Bill) & Clara.
Don is survived by his children: Judy (Larry), Sharon, Bruce, Bob (Peggy), Deb (Bryan), Shelley (Preston), 18 Grandchildren, 25 Great grandchildren and 1 Great great grandchild. He is also survived by his sister Marcile (Cliff) Sheperd, sister in laws; Marilyn Wigton, Barbara (Ed) Barkley, Pat (David) Buckler, and Beth (Frank) Eedy, many nieces and nephews, as well as a large circle of other relatives and friends.
A celebration of Don’s life will be held at Weedon Hall, West Corner of Hwy 22 N. & Hwy 567 on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 2:00 P.M.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Don’s memory may be made directly to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation, 100, 119 – 14 Street N.W., Calgary, Alberta T2N 1Z6, or www.heartandstroke.ab.ca .

  1. On 03/02/2014 at 8:06 pm Dave and Pat Buckler Said:

    Our lives have many stories.Countless memories remain to touch us once again remember when he was strong.Enjoying the sound of the water lapping against the boat as he cast that line for the big one.Could hardly wait for the water to freeze so the ice shack would get hauled out to the ghost with the smoke coming out of the chimney how we had a laugh as the RCMP stopped him.How him and my sister loved to dance the Heel and Toe. Old time waltz any dance that could keep your toes a tapping. The warmth of his smile and the gleam in his eyes when he know he was getting the look from Sheila.He was a man with a big heart and would do anything for you if it was help advice or just to sit and talk for awhile.So glad your were my friend and brother-in-law we will miss you.Loved Remembered and and always near.

  2. On 04/02/2014 at 9:47 am Lloyd Strain Said:

    My deepest sympathies on your loss. I have very fond memories of Don who always had time for everyone.
    Having lost my Mom in June last year I can relate to the gap Don left behind in your lives.

  3. On 05/02/2014 at 10:24 pm David Whitfield Said:

    Our condolences to all of the family.

    Your Dad (with great support from your Mom) was a priceless gift to our community. He could always be counted on to come as soon as he could and solve whatever water or heat problems you faced. As farmers with thirsty cattle, he helped us many times and often in miserable conditions. He was generous in so many ways. Their door was always open for advice or the loan of a tool. He was great to curl with and that smile never left his face. It has been too long since I last saw him, but I bet it was at the Cochrane Cafe, and what a pleasure it was always was to see them at their familiar table. He will remembered with much love and respect.

    We are unable to attend next week but our thoughts are with you.

  4. On 06/02/2014 at 8:56 am Mike & Patti Schlegel Said:

    Our thoughts are with you Deb and your family.

  5. On 06/02/2014 at 10:39 am sandybearspaw Said:

    I love you grandpa and you will be sadly miss my heart goes out to shelly

  6. On 06/02/2014 at 2:21 pm Leah Twoyoungmen Said:

    Miss you grandpa, even though we were not related by blood, as an adopted granddaughter, I couldn’t be more grateful and honoured to cross paths. Don was a great man. My heart and prayers to the Wigton family. Hugs and prayers for strength for Shelley (mom).

  7. On 06/02/2014 at 7:50 pm Linda Wigton Said:

    My deepest sympathy for your loss. Uncle Don was a gentle loving man. Every time I saw him he reminded me of my own Dad–so bitter sweet. He has left behind a legacy of the love he shared with Sheila–an amazing family.

  8. On 06/02/2014 at 8:01 pm Emile & Holly Cochand Said:

    Our Hearts and Love are with you Shelley, and all your children. He was an amazing man.Hugs

  9. On 08/02/2014 at 9:14 pm Gayle Dionne Said:

    Your Dad was a wonderful, caring man. He always had a great smile, and laugh. He look after so many Cochrane people. He was very good to me, fixing my furnace, water heater, checking to make sure our roof chimneys were free of snow. You called Mr. Wigton he was there to help. He will be missed by all. HE WAS A GOOD MAN!!! OXO Gayle

  10. On 10/02/2014 at 8:39 am Edith Wearmouth Said:

    Your Dad was a wonderful man. I recall spending many many nights at your mom and dad’s. His endless patience as we all ran around. Fondly remembering our trip to Meadow Lake Sask. 7 kids and your dad and mom.
    How many times he came out for our furnace and water issues – always with a smile on his face.

    The world is a better place for having him in it.
    Hugs

  11. On 10/02/2014 at 10:23 am Faye&Kenzie MacLeod Said:

    Our sincere sympathy to the Wigton family.
    We are so sorry to hear of Don’s passing, a real loss to the family and Cochrane community. We have know Don since we arrived in Cochrane and could not find a more willing ,generous man. Don would come at a moments notice in a heating or plumbing problem always with a smile and usually with Sheila by his side. He put his family first in all things but was the true spirit of what community in a small town is all about. We have missed his companionship for the past few years but know he is at peace now with Sheila ,his constant companion. We are sorry we are unable to attend his Celebration of Life on Wednesday, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely Faye & Kenzie

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