December 12, 1932 – June 2, 2020
Don Gehring was born in Innisfail, Alberta on December 12th, 1932. Dad was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, his cherished partner in life, Bernice, our mother. Dad was able to share the last months and days of his life at home with family. He leaves behind daughters, Donni Saunders (Steve) and Diane Welters (Andrew), son Ron Gehring (Robyn), five grandsons, Les, Shane, Dustin, Shaun and Ryland, 13 great-grandchildren , his sister Chris Taylor, his Alberta cousins and numerous nieces and nephews.
Known in Maple Ridge as a gentle soft spoken man, a Publican, an environmentalist, and the man who saved a historic bank building and made it into a pub. Dad was a poet who channelled his life through his poems. He went by two alias names, Daddy G in his singer/song writer career, and for the other name, let’s just say that up until a few years ago he held a very important role in the Maple Ridge Santa Claus Parade.
Throughout his life he was generous with his time, advice and compassion for others and his community. He will be missed by the many people whose lives he touched at the Billy Miner, in his worldly travels, and through his love of thoroughbreds, poetry, music and boxing.
There will be no service, Dad felt as though the greatest part of his life had been celebrated during our Mother’s celebration of life in December. In lieu of flowers, he asked that donations be made to the BC Cancer Society.
Forever in our hearts
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