Donald John Lockman - 87
We, the family, regret to announce the passing of our much beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother, Donald Lockman of Fourth Street, New Aberdeen, Tuesday April 17, 2007, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.
Born in Glace Bay, Aug. 26, 1920, he was the son of the late Richard and Annie (Dick-son) Lockman of Bridgeport.
Although he had been in failing health recently, his death was sudden and unexpected following a fall in his home Tuesday.
Donald was a proud veteran of the Second World War having served with the Cape Highlanders
He was active in duty in Italy, France, Belgium and Germany, and was honorably discharged at the end of the war. Upon returning home he met and married his wife of 59 years Vivian (Nee Mugford).
He supported his family by working in the 1B and No. 26 coal mines and could always be seen walking to and from his shifts.
`Sleepy' was honored by his co-workers on April 12, 1985 for being the last man to officially retire from No. 26 colliery.
Although he was known to enjoy a good game of horse-shoes, his only hobby was his family. "What God is to the world, a father is to his Children"
Left to mourn his loss are his eight chil dren, Florence Clarke, Toronto, Bill, Kitchener, Donna (Donnie) MacKenzie, Marion Bridge, Brenda (Glen Mitchelitis), Reserve. Bruce, Toronto, Debbie (Arnold) MacKinnon. David (Linda Currie) and Carol (Greg) Corner of Glace Bay; 11 grandchildren. Mark McCormick, Alyson McDonald, Brendan Lockman, David and Colin Dean, Amanda. Kimberly, Blair and Nicole MacKinnon. Melissa and Megan Corner; eight great-grandchildren, Morgan and Hannah Comer, Joshua and Jersey Dean, Carson and Mitchell Dean, Daniel and Alexis MacDonald.
Words cannot describe the void he will leave in their lives.
He is also survived by sisters, Viola Car-sons. Castlegar, B.C., Adeline (Walter) Bohonos. Edmonton, Florence MacDonald, Winnipeg and sister in-law, Beverly Lock-man. Glace Bay: as well as numerous nieces and nephews across Canada.
Besides his parents he was predeceased by two children, John Richard and Mary Patricia in infancy, two grandchildren, Kent and Alicia Dean, brothers, Sam, Francis (Ike), Doug, Dave, William, sisters, Meleda (Lee) Mac-Dougall, Mary Catherine and Maria M. in infancy.