It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Donald Ray Corkum on September 8th 2019. Dad was born on August 25th, 1937 in Bridgewater, NS. He was predeceased by his parents, Lester and Olive (Ramey) Corkum. Our dad was a devoted husband to our mom, Eva Kathryn for 57 years. He is also survived by seven children –Jon (Lynn), Derrick (Caryn), Stephen (Pam), Kim (April), Peter (Barb), Shelly, and Lori (Jimmy). Dad was also grandfather to 12 and great-grandfather to 7.
Dad entered the military when he was 16 years old in 1953. He visited many countries in Europe throughout his 6 years in the service. He met the love of his life in 1959 and after a 3 year courtship, mom and dad married in 1962. After leaving the service, dad was a mechanic at Mahone Auto for 10 years before joining Michelin in the early 1970s where he remained until his retirement in 1994.
Dad was always a towering figure in our lives. He instilled in us all the very best values that made him the man that we admired and loved (loyalty, dependability, a solid work ethic, devotion to family, integrity, honesty, generosity, and love of laughter with friends and family). Dad was a mechanic, a carpenter, a plumber, an electrician, a baker, a cook, a brewer, a roofer, a painter, and a fixer of all things. Dad was also a proud lifetime Legion member, a talented dart player, a devoted Midtown taverner, and, unfortunately, a lifetime Toronto Maple Leafs fan. Dad was always a huge fan of music (mostly country, bluegrass, and blues) and movies (all the greats from the 1960s and 70s – Pacino, Bronson, Eastwood, Hackman, McQueen, Duvall and Marvin).
The family would like to thank Dr. Riding, the VON nurses, and the palliative care team at the South Shore Regional Hospital for their kindness and care throughout dad’s illness. We would also like to thank neighbours Paul and Barb and dad’s favourite dog, Sam for being like family and always being there for our parents.
Dad often enjoyed many drinks of rum and delicious dark craft beers with friends and family. Wherever you are, dad, I hope that you are sitting on a comfortable deck chair in the sunshine with your see-through dress shirt opened to the waist, shorts, sneakers and black dress socks, listening to Johnny Cash blasting Folsom Prison Blues, with an ice cold Propeller Russian Imperial Stout in your hand. We love you and miss you.
In keeping with dad’s wishes, there will be no funeral or graveside service. Cremation and arrangements entrusted to the care of R. A. Corkum Funeral Home Ltd. in Wileville. On-line condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.corkumfuneralhome.ca