September 8, 1940 - April 19, 2016
Service Date: April 26, 2016
Funeral Home Kars
Cheyne, CWO Donald Keith (Retired)
September 8, 1940 – April 19, 2016
Peacefully after a stubborn fight with cancer. Beloved husband of Jane Clark Cheyne. Cherished father of Susan (Graham) and Stephen (Loreto). Grandfather of Amanda (Andrew) and Ryan. Great grandfather of Alyssa and Avery. Loving son of the late John Donald and Mildred Irene Cheyne. Brother of Dawn Thomson (Iain), William (deceased), Frank (Iris), Penny Litke (deceased), Lois Farren (Dale) and Carol Bowers. Son-in-law of the late Harold and Helen Clark. Born in Toronto, he grew up in Kettleby, Ontario. He joined the RCAF in 1957 as a Telephone Technician, then remustered to Radar Technician. He rose to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer retiring in 1995. In the RCAF and later the CAF, he served in Moisie, Senneterre, Metz France, (where he played drums in the base band and was a projectionist in the base theatre), Clinton, Trenton, Goose Bay Labrador and Ottawa. Keith like his father and grandfather was an avid woodworker, having built many beautiful pieces of furniture. In Goose Bay he ran the wood hobby shop and tested Cubs for their woodworking badge. After Keith retired he assisted seniors with household repairs, through Rural Ottawa South Support Services. Thanks to Dr. Glenwood Goss, staff of 5 East, emergency and the cancer centre at the General; CCAC and Bayshore Nursing for the wonderful care given to Keith. He spent his final days in the Central West Hospice and the family extends their gratitude for helping make him comfortable the final stages of his fight. Friends may attend a visitation at the Kars Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 1610 Roger Stevens Dr., Kars on Monday, April 25th from 2-4 and 7-9. Memorial service will take place at North Gower United Church on Tuesday, April 26th at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, Hospice Care Ottawa or North Gower United Church would be appreciated by the family.