Donald Bolster passed away unexpectedly from complications of myotonic dystrophy at the Sunnyside Adventist Care Centre in Saskatoon, SK, on April 5, 2021 at the age of 58.
Don was born August 13, 1962 in Rockglen, Saskatchewan to Edwin and Nora Bolster.
He was predeceased by his parents Edwin Lucius Bolster and Nora Bolster, and his sister Marilyn Bolster. Don is survived by and remembered fondly by his brother Larry (Cheryl) Bolster, his nephews Edwin (Lauren) Bolster, Denis Bolster, and John (Meera Singh) Bolster and their children, his great nephew and niece, Emrys and Amara Bolster. He is also survived by numerous cousins.
Don spent his childhood years in Rockglen and later in Moose Jaw with his family. Through his school years, he would spend countless hours with his best friend Ron Brown working on cars together. At age 18 he moved to Kelowna, BC for 2 years. It was there that he became a lifelong BC Lions football fan, much to the chagrin of his older brother Larry.
Don became a certified autobody mechanic and enjoyed working on cars as long as he was able.
Don was diagnosed with myotonic dystrophy at the age of 18. Despite the numerous challenges that came along with this diagnosis, Don was always fiercely independent, determined and resilient. After moving back to Moose Jaw in 1982, he started working at Wakamow Valley Park, initially as part of the crew that built it and then as grounds keeper for almost 20 years. He took great pride in his job and in keeping the park clean for all to enjoy. He ultimately moved to Saskatoon to be closer to family.
Despite his many health challenges Don was always positive, grateful, and had a passion for life. He defied the limitations expected for patients with myotonic dystrophy, always living life to the full, and surpassed his predicted life expectancy by almost 20 years.
The family would like to thank the numerous individuals and organizations that assisted and cared for Don including Lorraine Duxbury, Deb Higgins, Allan Wolsey, Kinsmen, Moose Jaw home care, Saskatoon Housing, Sask Abilities, Saskatoon home care, the staff at King Edward and the staff at Sunnyside Adventist Care Centre.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Mourning Glory Funeral Services in Saskatoon, with a funeral service on April 10, 2021 for immediate family only due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Rest in Peace Don. You are loved and remembered.