STERRY, Donald


Donald Sterry passed away peacefully at the Health Sciences Centre. Don Sterry was born on January 23, 1936. Don lived with his father, William A. Sterry and three sisters, Dorothy, Grace and Ruth while growing up at 607 Simcoe Street. His mother had passed away at the young age of 29. He attended Wellington School and General Wolf School before graduating from Daniel MacIntyre School. Don never married.

In 1967 he moved to River Heights and at some time lived at 1077 McMillan Avenue. In about 2009 he purchased 598 Prichard Avenue in the North End where he lived until his passing.

At the age of 18, he joined the air force reserves where he continued his involvement for the next 33 years, working mostly on weekends. For the first 10 years he worked in the medical unit and then spent the next 23 years as an instructor in the boot camp.

For his week day job, he was employed as a clerk, working for the provincial government for 25 years from about 1952 to 1977. He monitored construction projects undertaken by the government.

Don had earned his swimming bronze medallion. For 10 years he used this training to act as a lifeguard at Lipsic Hall.
After retirement Don, became an avid volunteer. He helped to build houses for Habitat for Humanity. Eventually he purchased 598 Prichard Avenue, his last home, a former habitat home, which he had helped to build years earlier.
Don also often volunteered at a local food kitchen. In addition, Don volunteered with the bear clan group, dedicated to keeping the North End safe.

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