Donald St. Clair Graves
Obituary for Donald St. Clair Graves
Donald St. Clair Graves, 71, of Halifax, NS, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family on November 12, 2019 in Halifax.
He is survived by his daughters Tricia Graves (Daryl Stinson) of Edmonton AB, Donna Graves, grandsons Denver and Liam Graves of Lower Sackville NS, mother Eva Graves, brother Bruce Graves (Alice), sister Lucille Delorey (Pat), first wife Bernice Graves, wife Linda Cary, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Don was predeceased by his father, Wilfred Graves.
Don was born May 1, 1948 in Halifax, NS, and grew up in Halifax and went to St. Patrick’s High. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1965 at age 17 and served on the Provider as a Marksman for five years. He travelled to Africa, Egypt, Mediterranean, Caribbean and most of Europe but his most favorite country was Ireland.
After leaving the Navy, Don went on to work as a paramedic in Hamilton, Ontario from 1970 – 1972.
Don then went on to become a Journeyman Welder and spent 6 years in the Arctic Beaufort Sea as a Marine Engineer on the icebreakers the Terry Fox and the Iqaluit. He worked as a Millwright and welder all over Canada. He was a welding instructor in Burlington, Ontario for two years.
Don began work at Halifax Transit in 2004 and worked as a bus operator until his retirement nine years later.
His great passion was classic cars, his most favorite being the 1955 Crown Victoria. You could always count on Don to share a great story to make you laugh.
Don’s wishes were to be cremated and his ashes to be spread at sea. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Liver Foundation. The family would like to thank Dr. Scovil and all the VON's who took such excellent care of him over the past year.
Please join us in celebrating Don’s life on November 16, 2019 from 11:00am to 1:00pm, 5594 Northridge Road, Halifax, NS.
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