Donald Keith DOWDLE
DOWDLE, Donald Keith
1949 – 2023
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Don on Saturday, July 22, 2023, at the age of 74 years. Don passed away peacefully with his wife, Merle and daughter, Roberta by his side after a courageous battle with cancer.
Don loved gardening and took great joy in planting flowers each spring. He spent many hours in his quiet backyard enjoying the sounds of birds chirping and feeding peanuts to his squirrel friends. He had an amazing joyful laugh that will live on in our hearts.
Don retired after 45 years of service with Caterpillar dealers, R. Angus & Finning Canada where he was started as a 23-year-old apprentice and transitioned to a field service technician within 2 years. Don transitioned to a technical communicator role with Finning late in his career where his years of expertise solving complex problems were utilized to the benefit of customers and Finning technicians. He was recognized as a deep expert by Caterpillar and his knowledge was called upon to consult on manufacturing processes at Caterpillar operations in Grenoble, France, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, and locations in the USA.
He will be forever loved and remembered by his wife, Merle; children, Roberta (Craig) and Keith (Nancy); and 1 grandchild. Don had 5 children from his first marriage, Kelly, Kevin, Ken, Dean & Donovan who mourn his passing. Also, to grieve his loss are extended family, and many friends.
Don was survived by his mother, Evelyn and predeceased by his father, Thomas, and brother, Fred.
The family extends a heartfelt thank you to the amazing doctors, nurses, and staff at Mel Miller Hospice (Edmonton General Hospital) for the care and compassion extended to Don and our family. We are especially thankful for Dr. Marc Clark for his candor, nurse Lisa for her ability to connect with patients and family and nursing assistant Hanh who always had a bright smile that seemed to lift our spirits.
A private family celebration will take place at a later date.