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Donald William Mostat

February 22, 1938 - September 27, 2017


Don was born Feb. 22, 1938 in the back of a sleigh, stuck in a snowbank, in Northern Manitoba.  A 7 month baby, at just 2 lbs., he was kept in a bootbox beside the woodstove and fed with an eyedropper until he was able to be nursed.

He is predeceased by his parents Bill and Marie and his stepfather Sid Chadwick as well as his first wife Darlene and his brother Dennis.  Surviving him are his wife Joyce, his daughter Kim (Fred Beggs), daughter Wendy (Rick Degroot), son Elliot (Jen) and his pride and joys, his grandchildren Cody, Curtis, Mathew, Andrew, Cole, Carter, Taylor, Brooklyn and step grandson Kyle.  He is also survived by his brother George, his sister Sharon and step sister Val (Dave Morton), as well as many nieces and nephews and extended family.

Growing up on a farm in Birch River, in Northern Manitoba, he developed a lifelong love for horses, cows and gardening. In his teen years he rode as a jockey for a rodeo touring company. He went to work for the CNR as a telegraph operator and relief station agent, a job he did for over 10 years. During this time he met and married Darlene Carragher and they had 2 daughters, Kim and Wendy. Then in 1966 they made a visit to Powell River, fell in love with the place and moved here in Dec. of that year where Don immediately got a job with MacMillan Bloedel as an apprentice millwright. He worked in the mill for 26 years both as a millwright and as a Mechanical supervisor and truly enjoyed his job. After leaving the mill, he worked around the province as a contract supervisor and did a couple of overseas stints as a mechanical consultant. In 1968 he met Joyce and they married in 1969. A year later they had a baby boy and Elliot joined the family. One of his greatest joys were the years they farmed in Wildwood. Don was very civic minded and served in many capacities in the Wildwood Ratepayers, the Moose Lodge, the Farmers Institute, Full Gospel Businessmens Fellowship, The Gideons and his local church. He also had a great love of curling and in particular enjoyed the Tuesday seniors group. One of the biggest life changers for Don was when, in his late 30’s, he met his Saviour Jesus Christ and became a Christian. From then forward his greatest desire was to serve the Lord well and to this end he went on a couple of mission trips to St. Lucia and Honduras to build a church in St. Lucia and girls’ residential school in Honduras. He loved singing and praising the Lord in worship services and especially loved meeting with the mens’ prayer group. Don was an inspiration to his family and those who knew him and will be deeply missed. His sense of humor managed to make every situation better and he always had a joke at the ready.

Till we meet again, see you in the funny papers grandpa.

In lieu of flowers donations to the Evangel Pentecostal Mortgage fund, The Gideons or the Cancer Society would be appreciated.



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Stubberfield Funeral Home Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Larry Cole
Relation: workmate

A great man and wonderful human being. He will be missed by all. So sorry for your loss.

From: peg & gordy
Relation: good friends

so sorry to here of don`s passing, our prayers and sympathy go to you and all the family

From: peg and gordy
Relation: good friends

so sorry to here of dons passing, he will be greatly missed

From: Lola Amundsen
Relation: Friend

Thank you for your friendship for so many years, your townsite neighhood misses you, till we meet again. Big hugs.

From: Carolyn McKay
Relation: Cousin

No one who ever knew Don will ever forget what a delight he was whether it was telling his jokes, tales or just holding a normal conversation. I’ll miss his humorous emails and the few visits that he made to Calgary. Safe journey Don and one day in the future we will all be together again.

From: John Weston
Relation: Friend

I mourn the passing of Don Mostat, the late husband of Joyce Mostat, of Powell River.

From the very beginning of my service in our riding, I learned that one person could break the ice with his humour, rally people of all backgrounds to a cause, put his back behind an important effort, and cast the balm of intelligent counsel across a stormy sea. Don was a man of profound faith in God. His eternal perspective coloured his thoughts and deeds.

For those who knew Don, I know you’ll share my grief and that of his family.

For those who did not know him, it’s a reminder of the importance of our rallying around one another and recall the values that drive us to serve our families and communities.

John Weston
Former Member of Parliament

Service Schedule

  Memorial Service

Date & Time:
October 7, 2017
Beginning at 1:00pm

Evangel Pentecostal Church
5139 Manson Avenue
Powell River, BC Canada V8A 2C2

5139 Manson Avenue
Powell River, BC Canada V8A 2C2

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