Tobin, Donald David “Donnie” “Papa” – The man. The myth. The legend. In his own unique way, he had a gift for lighting up any room. His kind spirit and sense of humour were larger than life and for this reason he was loved by so many, and by no one more than his wife, Janice.
Donnie, age 65, Truro, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at his home, with loving members of his family by his side.
Born in North Sydney, Donnie was a man whose generosity, relentless humour and passion for living each day to the fullest touched many hearts and created lasting memories for those so fortunate to have known him. He began his career following graduation from Dalhousie University with a degree in commerce. He worked as an accountant for HB Nickerson & Sons “the fish plant” in North Sydney and eventually became the president of Chappell’s Building Supplies in Sydney. In later years, he went on to work for DEVCO (Controller), Oceanside Assistance (Executive Director) and the Business Development Bank of Canada (District Manager). Most recently, Donnie, along with Janice, opened and operated Eagle’s Landing Bed & Breakfast, an occupation which allowed him to thrive at his true calling on a daily basis by putting smiles on the faces of those around him, family and travelling strangers alike. He would often ask, “Why didn’t I do this sooner?”
Donnie was tremendously proud of his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Janice (Levangie); sons, Craig (Stephanie), Keith (Jennifer); daughter, Cindy (Matt); sister, Karen (Marvin); and his beloved grandchildren, Shaela, Kaiis, Madoc, Vander and Breagha. He is also survived by many extended family members and friends who have remained an important presence throughout his life. He was predeceased by his parents, Stanley and Mildred (Hickey) Tobin.
Donnie always loved camping and cookouts with Janice and his family, whether around the Cabot Trail or beyond. Besides many adventures with Janice, he made memories with his kids and later his grandkids, whom he had a special way of bonding with since he was always a big kid at heart. He enjoyed a good party and was often the life of it, providing hours of entertainment (or at least trying his very hardest). He also loved telling a good story, lie or joke...often times all at once.
As per his wishes, there will be no visitation. All are welcome to attend a funeral service on Friday, March 9th at 2 p.m., in Immaculate Conception Parish, 669 Prince St., Truro. A reception will follow in the church basement where everyone is invited to share Donnie’s legendary stories, remember his contagious laughter and celebrate his extraordinary life.
Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit.
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