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Fields, Donald Carmen Lawrence
May 23, 1946 - December 31, 2016
FIELDS, Donald Carmen passed away peacefully on December 31, 2016, age 70, at Hospice of Windsor with his family by his side. Born May 23, 1946 in Riverside, to parents Orval (d. 1963) and Cecile (nee Robert, d. November 20, 2016, age 103), Donnie leaves his wife and best friend of 45 years, Susan (Sloan) along with their two children, Stephanie Mingay (Jeff) and Ryan Fields, both of Toronto. His granddaughter, Abigail Mingay, will forever cherish her memories and time spent with “Pup”. Also his sisters Carol Siddall and Marilyn Hamelin (Bob d. 1999), and their families; brother-in-laws Bob Sloan (d. October 27, 2016) and Steve Sloan of London, his wife Terri, and their families. Don had a successful 26-year career at CN Rail, in Windsor. Following his retirement in 1996, Donnie re-committed himself to baseball as a player, a winning coach, championship manager, determined administrator and meticulous groundskeeper with the Tecumseh Baseball Club. Since age seven, when he started playing the game as a youngster in Riverside — under the guidance of coach and mentor, Sid Cooke — Donnie held dear a life-long passion for baseball. His commitment and influence on the Tecumseh Baseball Club over more than three decades is immeasurable. While baseball was his first love, Don also played hockey and spent years with the Belle River Goodtimers and more recently played golf with his twice weekly ‘golf buddies’. Don was a 3rd degree member of the Fr. Nicholas Point Council #4375. Don and his family will be eternally grateful for the exceptional care provided by Dr. Kanjeekal and nurse Lynn; Chris and all of Donnie’s “Cancer Clinic girls” who he loved to tease and shared laughs with. Also to the late Darrell Ellwood who provided Don with guidance and support upon his diagnosis with Multiple Myeloma 6.5 years ago and inspired not only Don's tireless fight but encouraged him to provide the same support to others battling the disease. Donnie lived a successful, enjoyed and inspirational life, determined, disciplined and tough to the end. Family and Friends are invited to come celebrate his life at WINDSOR CHAPEL (Banwell Chapel) 11677 Tecumseh Rd E. 519-254-7234 on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 from 2- 5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. K of C Prayers at 4:30. Visitation will continue on Thursday January 5, 2017 at St. Anne Church in Tecumseh (12333 Tecumseh Rd. E.) from 10:00 am until Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Cremation to follow. If you so desire, donations to the Hospice of Windsor Residence or the Tecumseh Baseball Club would be appreciated. Online condolences and cherished memories may be left at www.windsorchapel.com.
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