Robert Donald (Don) Lyon
October 31, 1936 ~ October 9th 2013
It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the death of Donald Lyon after a short, hard-fought battle with cancer.
Don retired to Nelson with his wife Heather in 1997. He embraced life here and was an active member of the community. Don volunteered for many years with the Nelson Museum and was actively involved in moving it to its current location in the Old City Hall. He was keenly interested in the history of British Columbia and the Kootenays and was one of several people instrumental in starting up the Kootenay History Interest Group. Don also helped the Friends of the Library during their annual book sale and last year cleaned and painted the society’s book sorting room. In recent years, he worked very hard with the Friends of Pulpit Rock Society to improve the trail to the look out and beyond to the Flagpole. He was also exploring the possibility of developing one or more other local trails for people in the Nelson vicinity to enjoy.
Early in life, Don developed a passion for the outdoors and the mountains. He joined the Varsity Outdoor Club at UBC where he formed many close friendships which have lasted to this day. He made some of the early ascents of North America’s highest mountains, Mount Logan and Mount McKinley, and was a key member of the First Canadian Himalayan Expedition.
Don was a loving and devoted family man who was always ready to lend a hand. He will be missed by all who knew him.
A celebration of Don’s life will be held November 10th, 2013 beginning 2 pm at the Hume Hotel, 153 Baker Street, Nelson.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests donations to the Friends of Pulpit Rock Society, www.pulpitrocknelson.com.
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Funeral arrangements are under the direction of
Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.