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It is with heavy hearts that the family of Robert “Donald” Bolen announce his sudden passing on Friday, May 20, 2011 in Stratton, Ont. at the age of 92.

Donald was born in Shenston, in the Municipality of Chapple, on March 5, 1919 to Robert and Beatrice Bolen (nee Andrews). He was the second-eldest of 12 children.

Donald attended school at Shenston #1. At age 16, he began logging and farming until called to serve in the Canadian Army in 1942.

While on furlough from the war, Donald was united in marriage to Stella Alice Watts on June 14, 1943. Following the war, they purchased a homestead in Shenston, where they farmed and raised their family.

Donald and Stella retired in the spring of 1980 and moved to a home in Stratton, where he still resided.

In the early years of his retirement, Donald enjoyed travelling, attending dances at the Brinks, carpentry, and woodworking. More recently, he took pleasure in driving to the local Country Corner Café for coffee and his “usual” at lunchtime, as well as watching sports and spending time with his family.

With fondest memories, Donald is survived by his two sons, Donald Jr. (Cynthia) of Stratton, Ont. and John “Jack” (Teresa) of Fort Frances, Ont.; five grandchildren, Heidi (Ken), Kim, Ryan, Lisa (Matt), and Alice; and five great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Lucas, Cole, Alexzander, and Blake.

Don also will be remembered by his sister, Annie (Melvin) Armstrong of Stratton, Ont.; sister, Kay Cameron of Thunder Bay, Ont.; and brother, Carl (Valerie) of Atikokan, Ont.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Donald was predeceased by his wife, Stella, in 1988; parents, Beatrice and Robert in 1954 and 1966, respectively; twin sisters, Maybelle and Isabelle; and brothers, Norman, Clarence, William, Raymond, Allan, and Frank.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the Stratton United Church, with Minister Peggy Mason officiating.

Interment followed at the Stratton Cemetery.

The pallbearers were Gary Jolicouer, Reuben Korb, Ken Kreger, Stan Olson, Glenn Stafford, and Ed Tetu.

If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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Tears are for the sad.

I left to be with Jesus,

and this should make you glad.

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No need to feel distress.

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and had to get some rest.

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or try to reason why.

Life here for me was ended;

it came my time to die.

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feed it with your care.

Grow it with devotion

and spread it everywhere.

Don’t fret because my leaving,

came in such a way.

We’ll have another meeting,

in God’s Eternal Day!