Firth, Donald George

Firth, Donald George "Mort"

June 27th, 2019

Donald George ‘Mort’ Firth

July 7, 1929 – June 27, 2019

Surrounded by love, Don passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospice, London, 10 days shy of his 90th birthday. Beloved husband of Jean Firth. In Don’s own words, “the happiest day of my life was November 20, 1948 when I married the Queen of Port Burwell – the most wonderful woman in the world, my buddy Jeano”. Much loved father of Janeen (John) Mann, of Thunder Bay, and Stephen (Susan Sheppard), of Oakville. Adored Grampa of 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Born and raised here, Don was an extremely proud Londoner (despite his many complaints about city council). A gifted athlete, he excelled at all sports especially baseball (exceptional left-handed first baseman for the London Majors), basketball (Tech Grads), golf and curling.

Known for his storytelling, unique sense of humour and ability to connect with people, Don will be greatly missed by his many friends and colleagues in the electrical field. He enjoyed a 41 and a half year career with Ontario Hydro as a Lineman, Station Maintenance and Electrical Inspector. He was honoured to serve as the President of the International Inspectors Association. A few years ago, Don received his 60 year member pin from Nilestown Masonic Lodge #345. 

At Don’s request, there will be no visitation or funeral. A casual gathering will be held at ST. GEORGE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH HALL, 227 Wharncliffe Road North, London on Saturday, July 13, 2019 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. to celebrate a life well-lived. Please come prepared to share your Don “Mort” stories – we all have one!

Sincere thanks to Ted and Sheila Hunter and Bonnie Tucker for their caring support over the past few years.

Thanks to the wonderful staff and volunteers of St. Joseph’s Hospice, London, for their loving, respectful and professional care. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Don’s memory to St. Joseph’s Hospice at or 519-438-2102.

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Cath (Connolly) KindreeMy adopted Uncle Don was the most kind and fun guy to be around when we were kids .We had the best times at Ipperwash cottages and he was always up for trouble with Uncle Joe. He was part of a very happy time in my life ! Sorry to all of the family.
Dennis JonesRIP Uncle Don, thanks for the memories!
Maureen CrookSteve and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Love from Maureen and family.
anne mckillopThanks for those great memories that my father and mother would tell. Jim and Mar Mckillop loved his stories ,his great sense of humour and the practical jokes at the hydro retirement parties! Our condolences.
Sunny and Linda BoltonUncle Don was so full of life and fun to be around. Lots of good memories! Our thought was with the Family.
Sheila and John NoyesYou are all in our thoughts and our hearts. Don was such a lot of fun, we always enjoyed our visits with your parents, Janeen. You are surrounded by love as you work your way through this time of life.
Janet + David ChiarelliStephen + Susan: We are deeply sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. With Deepest Sympathy! Janet + David
Dorothy GilliesDear Jean. I was so sorry to learn of the loss of Don. He was quite a jolly fellow. I remember him from events at London Life when he would be with you. I hope you will be comforted by the love and support of your family and many friends at this time. Sincerely Dorothy
Glenn & Denise Woolfrey/GibsonStephen & Susan, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. He sounds like he was an amazing man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family, Sincerely, Glenn & Denise
Jean and Janelle RichardsonWe are so sad to hear of Dons passing. I have fond memories of Don and Jeans visits to the Barker Farm. Don always brought the gift of laughter where ever he went.Please know that you are in our thoughts at this sad time.
ROSEMARY LA MARRADon was my very favourite customer at Costco! His sense of humour always brightened my day! My thoughts are with you, Jean and family.
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