Guest Book for Donald Hughson

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Posted by: David Kenney
Fri March 21, 2014
I am very sorry to hear of Don's passing. He was my hero from the first year (1966)I worked as a Conservation Officer in Sudbury and then Espanola (1975-1982). I vividly recall the first "case" I worked in Chelmsford when Don showed me that sometimes compassion and understanding is better than laying a charge. We had a lot of fun checking fishermen on Lake Penage with the old Snowbug and sleigh. He supported and offered sage advice to me when the going was tough in the early years of my career and I always had great respect for his dedication , integrity and professionalism in protecting the fish and wildlife of Ontario. He will always an example of what  a Conservation Officer should be and during my career I tried my best to emulate his example. I will always value his assistance and friendship. My sincerest condolences to Arlene and family at what must surely be a very sad time in your lives. God Bless .
Dave and Matsy Kenney

Posted by: Robert CarlHughson
Sat March 29, 2014
My deepest condolences to family.  Don or "Uncle Don" to me was always some one I looked up to and who was always supportive of my career in the sciences. I have not talked with him in years, since my migration to Calgary Alberta 30 years back.

My father, Don's younger brother passed away on December 25th, 2013. Now together they can discuss what job is next on a long list of jobs. There never was a shortage of jobs from What I remember of the farm and being a young teenager without work. I will never forget Don taking me to a wolf kill on a neighbouring farm and how he calmed the farmer down on the loss of a pregnant ewe. When it came to my father Don always couched me on how to "stick handle dad".

I would have sent this earlier, but there was no notification sent on his passing and it wasn't until my brother "Donald" found "Uncle Don" obituary quite by accident. Both Don and his brother Bruce have always been very modest.

My own success I will attribute to my father and his brother Don, always, as there was no one who supported me more than Don and my father in my academic endeavours.

With kindest regards,


Posted by: Merle Solomon & family
Tue April 01, 2014
Our sincerest sympathies go out to Arlene and family during this difficult time. Don had grown up in Pickering and Toronto. He was a natural outdoorsman and keen hunter. Eventually, he got a job as a Fire Ranger on the Shackwa Lakes, 100 miles north of Espanola. In early August, 1956, Don arrived in Killarney as the new Game Warden - 26 years old, 5'11" tall and 154 pounds.  On Friday, November 16, 1956, during a raging Georgian Bay storm, Don played a vital role in saving the life of Killarney Light Keeper Ferdinand Solomon, my husband. My family and I are grateful to Don for his crucial part in that rescue. Don will continue to be remembered for his heroic efforts and his priceless gift to our family. Merle Solomon & Family