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Donald Heys
June 19, 1934 - September 6, 2016
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<div itemprop="description">HEYS, Donald <br>June 19, 1934 – September 6, 2016 <br> <br>Donald Heys passed away on September 6, 2016, surrounded by Marilyn, his wife of 60 years, and children Geoff Heys (Valerie Peters), Cathie Heys (Tim Day) and Howard Heys (Leslee). Don is also survived by his sister Diane Keating (Chris) and his grandchildren, Erin Heys (Tim Bennett), Bill Heys (Jill Hood) and Paul Heys. <br> <br>A celebration of Don's life will be held Sunday, September 25 at 1 pm at the Brampton Curling Club. If you have a story about Don, we would love to hear it. Please feel free to share your condolences and memories on this website. <br> <br>Don was born to Muriel and Ernest Heys in the village of Shoal Lake in Manitoba on June 19th, 1934. His sister, Diane, came along six years later. <br> <br>Don met Marilyn Jean Speers, the love of his life, in 1953; and, they married May 19th, 1956, just days before he graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering. In the same month, they moved from Winnipeg to Hamilton, so Don could begin his career as an engineer with Westinghouse Canada. <br> <br>Children came next, with son Geoffrey (Geoff) born in January 1958, daughter Catherine (Cathie) in 1961 and son Howard in 1963. It was during this time that Don spent his evenings taking courses and studying, eventually becoming the first graduate of McMaster University’s MBA Program. <br> <br>While at Westinghouse, Don developed an interest in computers and soon became a pioneer in the then nascent field. His career included positions with the Manitoba Hospital Computer Centre, the Southern Ontario Hospital Computer Centre, Nortel and The Permanent. In 1984, he was finally able to work full-time for his company, Fox-Heys Associates, which had been established in 1979. <br> <br>Don was an avid curler. He started curling as a youngster in Winnipeg and continued to curl in fun leagues. The flexibility of running his own business allowed him to curl more often, and he became very involved in curling, playing several times a week. He excelled and made it to both senior and master men’s provincial playoffs. His team tied for first in the masters provincials, but narrowly lost the tie-breaking game. He was President of the Chinguacousy Curling Club in 1984/85 and also organized and helped to organize several curling leagues over the years. <br> <br>More recently, Don was involved in the Brampton Flower City Senior Centre, where he played carpet bowling and cribbage. He participated in Brampton and provincial seniors games. <br> <br>He made many good friends through the senior centre and his curling activities. <br> <br>In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Don’s memory to the charity of one’s choosing. <br></div>