Donald (Donnie) Armit, 82, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Riverside Health Care Facilites in Fort Frances Ont.
Don was born Aug. 26, 1932 in Fort Frances to the late Charles and Cecilia Armit and was their eldest son.
Donnie was educated in Fort Frances, where he attended Robert Moore School and Fort Frances High School, where he was elected Prefect while attending.
Because of family hardships, Donnie was not able to further his education after high school, however, those who knew him were aware of his brilliance and his ability to learn on his own.
He was a sponge keeping abreast of world events and politics. He had a phenomenal memory regarding family history.
Donnie chose to live a simple life with not too many wants. Through the years, he had pet dogs that gave him company and tremendous walking distances each day.
In his early years, Donnie enjoyed a good time with the Woods and George boys and many others.
Donnie’s greatest interest was his family. He loved his nieces and nephews unconditionally. He recently revealed in hospital why he never missed buying his weekly lottery tickets. It was because if he won, all the winnings were going to his nieces and nephews.
He always was on our case if we were getting close to the deadline and hadn’t yet acquired the tickets for him.
In his early years, Donnie worked for the paper mill at Sand Island Falls area. Then the Toronto Dominion Bank in Winnipeg at Broadway and Donald, Boise Woodlands Central Garage, and conducted his own bookkeeping service.
Donnie had a reputation for working with numbers and for many years prepared people’s income tax returns. With his caring nature, he did returns for some of his clients at no charge knowing they could use the money for their own needs.
He still had many loyal clients right to the end.
Donnie was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 for many years.
He is survived by his sister, Dede Egan; brother, Robert (Erma); brother-in-law Dick Johnson; and special sister-in-law, Bernice Armit, who always made sure he was OK.
Donnie was predeceased by his parents; sister, Louisa (Tippy); brother, David; brother-in-law, Ken Egan; and nephew, Patrick Egan.
Donnie also had a friendship with Pricilla Wright, who was always there in time of need. He commented that Pricilla had saved his life early on in his illness.
A celebration of Donnie’s life will be held Thursday, July 30 2015 from 1-3 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances.
In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations may be to the charity of your choice c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
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