Donald "Don" Warren, 83, long time resident of Maple Ridge BC, passed away peacefully on August 11, 2022 due to complications from Alzheimer's disease.
Don was born on December 27, 1938 to parents Doug and Olive Warren in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. They moved their young family to Edmonton when Don and older brother Vic were quite young. It was in Edmonton that Don met and then married the love of his life, Lilah, on October 4, 1958. Their first son, Larry, was born in November 1959 and second son, Dean, in December 1960. After putting himself through Caltech trade school, Don worked in the auto body trade in and around Edmonton. He finally moved his family to the Lower Mainland in 1963 where Don continued in the auto body trade. In September 1967 daughter Debbie was born and not long after Don became more involved in his passion for restoring vintage vehicles as well as his sport of choice: archery. He started his business Rumbleseat Restorations as a one-man operation in 1969 about the same time he started to excel at archery. Rumbleseat Restorations carries on Don's legacy in his honor to this day, restoring and upgrading vintage and classic autos. His name is also in the record books after becoming indoor and outdoor Canadian Archery Champion several times in the mid 70s and early 80s, as well as competing at World Championships in Australia, France, and Yugoslavia.
Always willing to lend a hand and get involved, Don was a founding member and past president of Golden Ears Chapter of the Vintage Car Club of Canada, the Maple Ridge Archery Club, and started and then ran the Old Car Sunday in the Park car show in Mission for 25 years.
He dedicated his life to the Lord in 1993 and became involved in many church activities including teaching marriage courses and volunteering in various different positions in the church.
Family and his relationship with the love of his life, Lilah, were always the most important things in his life and his greatest achievement. He will be sadly missed but never forgotten by wife Lilah (Jasper), sons Larry (Heide), Dean (Lisa), daughter Debbie (James), five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, as well as his sisters Carole (Bert) and Nola (Roger).
Don was predeceased by his parents Doug and Olive and brothers Vic and Richard.
The Warren Family would like to extend our gratitude for your prayers, flowers, phone calls, and messages of encouragement as we navigate this difficult time. We would like to give a special thanks to the hospital staff and home care nurses who provided Don comfort in his final days.
A funeral in his honour will take place at 10:30am on Thursday, September 1st at Maple Ridge Alliance Church, 20399 Dewdney Trunk Road in Maple Ridge BC.
My dear Lilah, I am helping you cry. I know we will see Don again one day, but our arms still ache to hug him once more. I'm sending you hugs from James and me.
The archery community and the Wills family mourn the loss of an archery icon!
Sorry for Don Warren's passing. We pray for all of you every day.
This is such a loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the whole family.
Dear Lilah and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Don was an outstanding family man and friend to many. He will be dearly missed. Know that he is at peace and looking down on you with love from up above. My heartfelt condolences. Leslie
My condolences to the Warren family at the passing of Don Warren