Donald Yee Park

Born: Sat., Oct. 24, 1936
Died: Sun., May 26, 2019

Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Sat., Jul. 20, 2019
Location: Bears Den Restaurant, Deep River

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Donald Yee Park
Retired Doctor (also SuperHero, Scotch aficionado, and Founder of Park's Law)

Suddenly, on May 26, 2019, somewhere between Mont Tremblant and the hospital in Ste-Agathe QC, Don Park, age 82, shuffled off his mortal coil and went to the big Chinese Buffet in the sky, joining his brothers and sisters Jesse, Harry, Pearl, Jim, Chuck, Bob, and Ken.  We're pretty sure he left so hastily in a dramatic bid to escape the current Ontario government, much as he was quick to tell you a joke about it.  Or maybe the cream corn and garlic chicken wings are just better up there.  Either way, his frog impression is decidedly impressive and if Park’s Law holds, Important things are now Happening in the afterworld.

He is survived by his wife, Clare, and he lives on in their four children Michelle (Randy Walker), Monica, Melanie, and Donald (Peggy Kalogris), all of whom he generously supported and counselled, often proudly boasting that none had ever been incarcerated. Cherished Grampa to seven grandchildren, who (mostly) seem to have escaped ever being hung on a door. He will also be deeply missed by his sister Betty, and a busload of extended family of in-laws, nieces, and nephews.

Per his wishes, there will be no visitation. He will be cremated and his ashes will reside on some family member’s mantelpiece indefinitely, keeping him on the right side of the grass, somehow.    

Recounting his life and accomplishments would take far too long, and he touched so many lives in so many different ways.  How can this be encapsulated in only a few paragraphs?  And so, the family invites you to a celebration of his life -- A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 20 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Bears Den, Deep River,  details to be published in a future edition of the NRT -- please come and share your stories.  If you cannot attend, raise a glass of your favourite drink in his memory, and don't forget to toast, "Here's to me!"

Instead of flowers, Don would hope for a random act of kindness or a donation to a worthy charity like Doctors Without Borders or the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

Heartfelt thanks to all the lovely folks who have been there for him, especially over the last year.  Too many to name -- you know who you are.

Do not cry now that he is gone; feel joy that you have known him.  And laugh, because it’s what he would have wanted.  Doctor's orders.

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Deanna Formanek (nee Foote)
   Posted Tue May 28, 2019
So sorry for your loss; may your fond memories fill the void until you meet again.

Debbie and mike mccarthy
   Posted Tue May 28, 2019
Dr. Park was a well respected man of the deep river and area. May be Rest now in Peace. God bless him.

Michel Gravel and Melva Fischer
   Posted Tue May 28, 2019
We had great respect for Dr. Parks. I did work for him at his house and really enjoyed his company!! He will be missed by many people.

Heather Perry
   Posted Tue May 28, 2019
This is a man I am proud to have known. He was my Boss, co-worker and mostly my friend. I am sadden by the sudden loss, but happy since he was doing the things he loved most. Weekend in Mont Tremblant, living at home in his house where he was grateful "no bombs were being dropped." He loved his life, his family and cherished anytime he had with those he cared about. My condolences to Clare and his kids. He was proud of all of your accomplishments. He spoke of you all often and adored his grandchildren. Sending my love and thinking of you all during this time. God Bless xoxo

George Jost
   Posted Tue May 28, 2019
Dr Park was my family doctor and the one for my grandmother. He was a great person.

Karen Tremblay-Poullas
   Posted Tue May 28, 2019
Condolences to the Park Family . Many good memories of Don as a great family physician and friend.

David Geiger
   Posted Tue May 28, 2019
I’m very sorry to hear about your loss. Dr. Park meant a great deal to me with his words of wisdom a a quick joke to brighten your day. He will be sorely missed by countless people.

Jim and Joanne Evraire
   Posted Tue May 28, 2019
So sad to hear of your dad’s passing. We were friends for many years and will always remember our great times together and Don’s great sense of humor.. He certainly delivered many of the Deep River children, and has left his mark. May he enjoy the next dimension.

Luc Levesque
   Posted Tue May 28, 2019
RIP Dr. Don Park

Andrea Bindner
   Posted Tue May 28, 2019
My deepest and sincerest condolences during this tragic time.

Randy & Mary Ann Tennant
   Posted Tue May 28, 2019
Our condolences to all Don’s family during this difficult time. He was our physician for many years and we always appreciated his great sense of humour. Sincere sympathy.

Linda Madore
   Posted Tue May 28, 2019
Dr. Park (speedy) was our family physician for many years. He surely enjoyed the moose meat Dad would give him yearly after the hunt. I'll bet he's cracking jokes where he resides now. Condolences to the family and friends.

Carmel Tallon
   Posted Tue May 28, 2019
What a great man. I am shocked to hear of his sudden death.
Don contributed so much of his life to the people of Deep River.
He will never be forgotten.
My deepest sympathy to the Park Family.
RIP Don.
The Tallon Family

norbert tapp
   Posted Tue May 28, 2019
Our sincere condolences to the Park Family.

Pauline & Bob Rantz
   Posted Tue May 28, 2019
Deepest Condolences to the Family. Dr park, such a great part of the medical community. Our Doctor and friend for over 50 years. Has sure been missed.
Rest In Peace.

Lawrence Gaffney
   Posted Tue May 28, 2019
Sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts are with your family.

Anny and Desneiges Legare
   Posted Tue May 28, 2019
Sorry for your loss you our deepest condolences your family is in our thoughts and prayers

Clive Wood
   Posted Tue May 28, 2019
Condolences to the Park family for their sad loss.
Don was a great guy with a keen sense of humor, a wonderful family physician, and a very talented diagnostician.
He will be sorely missed by all of us who benefited from his tireless efforts to keep us well.
Don cared!

Austin O’Brien
   Posted Tue May 28, 2019
Will miss him. Still kept in touch over the years. A very caring and giving doctor. A awesome friend. He will be missed but not forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to Claire and the kids.

Mark Earle
   Posted Tue May 28, 2019
Very sorry to hear of Dr. Park's passing. He was always fun to be around, and very generous with his time and condo at Mont Tremblant. We often quote Don, as he had many insightful sayings. Wishing peace to the Park family, and to all those who loved him.

Gwen Vader & Allan Everatt
   Posted Tue May 28, 2019
Our condolences to the Park family. Don was the Vader family physician for many years, and just as many years a good neighbour. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Wilma Brown
   Posted Tue May 28, 2019
R.I.P. Dr. Park

Denise Weichenthal Dechene
   Posted Tue May 28, 2019
Dr.orders,his last words,I can hear him say that.He was a huge part of the deep river community and has been there to help so many in time of need.It is his time to rest and I am sure he will continue to watching over many.Prayers to family and friends.

Jim Conversi
   Posted Tue May 28, 2019
Dr Park and I met over 52 years ago. All these years and still friends. Sparky and I hanged out often and always enjoyed our Wednesday luncheon at the Long Term Care. Boy, did we try to outjoke one another! Just a couple a weeks ago we went to the Legion for a superb concert! Elvis, Elton John ect.. we rocked that one. After, he insisted on going up to Chalk River to get a jumbo hot dog! He loved life and had a kind word for everyone. He truly cared about his patients, friends and of course his family. He was so proud of their accomplishments. As a patient, we always got to talking and I would then crack jokes with the people waiting to see him. I asked for compensation for that but he shot that down pretty quickly. Whenever we met I would say:” How you doing Sparky?” and he would always say:” I’m living the dream”. He told me “ Jim, there here a spot for you in heaven” and I told him:” See you there then buddy”. I am deeply sadden by his lost but I will try to honor his memory and keep on smiling. R.I.P my friend.

Pierre Rivard
   Posted Tue May 28, 2019
Rest in Peace. It's been a long time but never forgotten how you treated people even noticeable by a kid like me.

Judy Laughren
   Posted Tue May 28, 2019
Dr Park was my doctor and friend for over 47 years...he listened to me and got me through so much..he was always there for me..he wouldn’t retire until he knew his patients were taken care of but no one could take care of us like he could..
He used to say..remember..nothing will start until I get there so don’t stress about it..
I still have your Parks Law card you gave me many years ago..our last chat at Canadian tire was so much fun..
Rest In Peace doc..

John Lister
   Posted Tue May 28, 2019
My heart felt condolences. When I was a child, Dr. Park took care of me and my family on several occasions. May he rest in peace.
God bless

Dave Smith
   Posted Tue May 28, 2019
I was very sorry to hear about the sudden passing of Doctor Park. He cared for so many people during his time at the Deep River Hospital. And he was a fun guy to be around, especially regaling everyone at the table with stories and jokes in the Golden Dragon Restaurant. He will be missed. I offer my condolences and sympathy to his family and friends.

Susan Sutton
   Posted Tue May 28, 2019
My condolences to the family of Dr. Park. I had the privilege of working for him many years ago as his office nurse. He was a kind, caring person to all without exception and could always squeeze in another appointment. I will remember his energy, hearty laugh, stories of fun in the outdoors and his friendship over these many years.

Vikki Wilson
   Posted Tue May 28, 2019
I was delivered by Dr. Park almost 50yrs ago (weh!), and, I continued to be his patient, until I was 23 and moved away. He always remembered when I was last to see him, and why. He was truly, an amazing Dr., and human being. So genuine, caring and yes, always good for a laugh. May he rest in peace and I send my condolences to his family <3

Bonnie Sitter
   Posted Tue May 28, 2019
I have great memories of a fine doctor.
Celebrate a great life of service to the residents of Deep River and beyond.
Bonnie Sitter Exeter Ontario

Bhaskar and Wendy Sur
   Posted Tue May 28, 2019
Dr. Park was our family doctor for many years and took such great care of us. We miss him and remember him with affection and gratitude.

Graham and Simone Swett
   Posted Tue May 28, 2019
Our condolences and sympathies for the loss.
I will always remember Don and his sense of humour.

bill insell
   Posted Wed May 29, 2019
R I P Don

Shawn Wylie
   Posted Wed May 29, 2019
My deepest sympathies and condolences, Don was a great friend and Doctor and, will be greatly missed.

Mike Lepinski
   Posted Wed May 29, 2019
Condolences to the Park family

Diane McLaurin
   Posted Wed May 29, 2019
Please accept my sincere condolences in the passing of Dr Park. He was my childhood doctor many years ago.

Betty Anderchek
   Posted Wed May 29, 2019
Our wonderful Dr. for 50 years and a great friend. Miss him at the wed. dinners with his friendly conversation and always a joke thrown in. Excellent care for our family and a very true friend. Sincere condolences to the family.

chuck and Judy valyear
   Posted Wed May 29, 2019
Our heartfelt sympathy to the Park family.Dr Park was our family Dr for many yrs and such a wonderful caring man.R.I.P

Joe and Rose Buttigieg
   Posted Wed May 29, 2019
Our deepest sympathy, Melanie and family. What a wonderful obituary. Sounds like a great person. May he rest in peace.

Jean-Luc Gareau
   Posted Wed May 29, 2019
My heart felt condolences to the Park family . I have never had the opportunity to meet the man, doctor, father but as per the testimonies here I believe it has given me an insight into who he was & what he represented to his family & friends . My father passed away 10 years ago now & I still see his face fleetingly in a crowd so Melanie, do that double-take every once in awhile & smile as you remember the man he was . xox

Laura Klodt (Shier)
   Posted Wed May 29, 2019
Sincere condolences to the family. He was our family doctor when he moved to Deep River after previously being my dad's doctor in the military.

Dave and Shirley Alleway
   Posted Wed May 29, 2019
Our sincere condolences to you Clare and all the family..
We will miss you Don and your great sense of humour.
Rest In Peace our Doctor and friend....Dave and Shirley

Stephanie Grant
   Posted Wed May 29, 2019
I will always cherish the memories of my mother’s uncle coming to visit us throughout the years; the house was filled with nothing short of immense laughter & many smiles when he was here. Love you great uncle Don. Take care on the other side, I’m sure you’re bringing joy & laughter to those up there.

Terry Trottier
   Posted Wed May 29, 2019
My family has many wonderful memories of the doctor. One is when my son fell down a long ways. The new hospital was just cutting the ribbon for the new opening. He left it to take care of him.

Debbie Wong
   Posted Wed May 29, 2019
So sorry for your loss, Michelle, Monica, and Melody. I remember your dad coming to pick you all up from our classes at the Deep River Gym Club. I can't imagine what sorrow you're experiencing right now but I think he left behind a wonderful legacy in his family. Much love.

Gary McAnulty
   Posted Wed May 29, 2019
I first met Dr Park in March of 1969, Didn't like the "ole" man much because the first thing he did was smack my ass and make me cry. We saw each other occasionally off and on for the next 45 years or so until he retired. I liked him much more...... Had the pleasure of his company on a recent local flight that he seemed to enjoy. So did I. I had grown rather fond of the Doc.
He kept reciting different laws he had made and his thoughts on life are something I began to listen to and admire. I will surly miss his take on life and his half wit jokes......."Gary, nothing happens till you get there" " The harder you push me, the slower I go" " He has a B.A. a P.H.D. and a C.A. , But what he needs is a J.O.B." God Speed Dr Park and thank you for all you have given to me.

Lorna Arnold
   Posted Thu May 30, 2019
Our deepest condolences to all the Park family - Clare, Michelle (Randy), Monica, Melanie, Donald(Peggy). I am thinking of you all at this very sad time.
I had the great pleasure of spending much time with this wonderful family during my high school years when I was a mother’s helper and babysitter for them. I am left with many treasured memories!
Dr. Park was a most kind and sincere gentleman with the best sense of humour. He will be missed by all who knew him,
Lorna (and John) Arnold

David Foote
   Posted Thu May 30, 2019
Sorry to hear of Dr. Park's sudden passing. A kind doctor to me and many others; may he rest in peace.

Phil and Mary-Ann Simpson
   Posted Thu May 30, 2019
We met Don in 1969 when we first moved to Deep River. As a physician we were always impressed with his excellent diagnostic skills and ability to get us to the right specialist. We will always remember Don running out of his office with his white coat tail flying; and when he would take off that white coat to keep our little one from being traumatized. Even after he retired we depended on him for his wise counsel. Our condolences go out to his family who were so fortunate to have such a great man as their father, husband and grandpa.

Geoff&Barb Hooper
   Posted Thu May 30, 2019
Sad news we had a visit with him at the legion a few weeks ago,he was always happy & glad to see us.Geoff played tennis with him & I worked with him .He will be missed but remembered with fond memories

Jim & Carol Ann O'Brien
   Posted Fri May 31, 2019
Whenever we had an appointment with Don, he always would have a story or joke to lift up our spirits. Now his spirit has been lifted up! We will always remember PARK'S LAW- nothing will happen until you get there. God speed, Don. Rest in peace, caring doctor!!! As neighbours we will miss his hearty laugh. In his retirement years, he would reply to the question, how are you Don? with-" I need a new hip, new knees , new brain but other than that, I am just wonderful!"

Dave Alburger
   Posted Fri May 31, 2019
My deepest sympathies to the family.

Kimberley O'Shaughnessy
   Posted Fri May 31, 2019
I'm so sorry to hear of Dr. Park's passing. He was our family doctor for many, many years. As a young girl, when I need to go and see him, he always called me Sweetie Pie. RIP Dr. Park.

Eleanor Hotchkiss
   Posted Fri May 31, 2019
Thinking of you Clare and all your family. Please take comfort knowing no one but Don had so much enjoyment out of his family and his life. It was a pleasure for Jack and I to have spent time with all of you. Most sincerely, Eleanor Hotchkiss.

Nancy and Steve Sullivan
   Posted Sat June 01, 2019
Dr. Park took care of me many years ago...I was just 13 years old then....I am now 65. He delivered all three of my babies and was the best doctor I ever had. I will never forget him. My sincere condolences on your loss...he was an incredible man. God bless you....

Rick Dal Bello and Marie Courtemanche
   Posted Mon June 03, 2019
Our sincere condolences to the Park family, particularly Donald (and Peggy), for your loss.
I first met Don over 20 years ago when he rented me a condo at Tremblant.
I since had the pleasure to know Don and meet many of his long-time friends (‘The Old Farts’ as he called them). No weekend at Tremblant was complete without visiting Don at his 2156 ‘man cave’ to talk politics (he was a non-discriminatory critic), and enjoy a few laughs and drinks.
Marie and I will fondly remember Don’s big heart, joie de vie, and infectious laugh. Thank you Don for your friendship and generosity; we will miss you.
Rick and Marie

Mike and Colleen Bushey
   Posted Mon June 03, 2019
So very sorry to hear of the loss of Uncle Don. His infectious laugh and the special way he told his jokes will be fondly remembered by all.
Sending our deepest sympathy.
Uncle Don touched so many lives and will be dearly missed.

Anne and Bill Seddon
   Posted Tue June 04, 2019
Saddened to hear of Don's passing. We will never forget his endless supply and delivery of jokes, particularly George Washington and the "chelly" tree. Bill will never forget their trip to the UK in the mid 80's along with long time friend Jim Evraire. What a delight that was with Don the life and soul of the party wherever we went. Even when doing some kitchen repairs for an elderly B & B landlady in Scotland.
His joy of life will certainly be missed.
Anne and Bill Seddon.

Wendy Park
   Posted Wed June 05, 2019
My Uncle Don was always the warm, approachable, welcoming and fun-loving visitor. Despite the distances that separated us, he always made the effort to visit and connect with family. I remember my first airplane trip alone from Regina to Ottawa to visit Expo 67, all arranged by Uncle Don. It was exciting stuff for a 12 year old girl. His visits out west were always occasions for good times, good food and much laughter. Discussions ranged from serious to the frivolous. Those wonderful, warm memories will be with me, my family and others forever. Our sincere condolences to all of Uncle Don's family and to those he touched.

Wendy Park and family

Julian Dunn
   Posted Thu June 13, 2019
Dr. Park was my doctor when I grew up in Deep River until I left to go to college. I remember that he was always compassionate, competent and witty, which was a great combination in a physician. My condolences go out to his family.

Heidi Lynne Denhartog
   Posted Sun June 23, 2019
My condolences on the passing of Dr. Park. His words of wisdom, his smile and his kindness will remain with me always.

Wayne Serbu
   Posted Fri July 05, 2019
Don's humour always ended with a good punch line. We first met in Deep River where I was introduced to Sparky by Austin O'Brien at the K/O Lodge. Being the chef there I could tell by the questions he was definitely into food. Later at a back yard BBQ, Sparky's expressions had turned to that of a 10 year old that just heard his first real swear word. He had this key chain that rapidly blurted out expletive exclamations. The group of friends that all knew him saw the big kid he really was with this new toy. For the last 30 plus years I have kept in touch by this awesome fellow on his receiving line of the many Emails that he felt worthy of sharing. I remember him once telling me with a look of assurance that Insanity is hereditary- you get it from your kids. Dr. Gasman snorted his beverage through his nose and the whole table erupted in laughter. Great memories from a good man. My Condolences to the Family.

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