Don Acres

Donald Everett Acres

Nov 23, 1931 - Jan 28, 2019

Passed away suddenly and peacefully with his wife Fran while delivering lambs in the barn in the early hours on Monday. Don was the devoted husband of Fran for 58 wonderful years, the loving father of his 4K’s - Kim, Kerri, Kyle and Kendall and caring grandfather to his 9 grandchildren. Born in Osgoode to Jean and Cecil Acres, he was a special brother to Dwayne and his sisters Vyvienne and Beverley. A farmer from birth, Don loved all animals but particularly his sheep. From the show ring at local fairs or as the president of the Canadian Sheep Breeders Association, Don and his sheep were known across the country. On top of being a fulltime farmer, Don was a teacher and principal in the Ottawa Board of Education for 36 years. As an educator Don made decisions that were always student focused and wouldn’t hesitate to make tough decisions if he knew it would be for the better of the school. Don loved his sports particularly his Toronto Maple Leafs but his greatest enjoyment came as a coach and spectator at his children’s and grandchildren’s hockey, baseball, basketball and volleyball games. Despite having such a busy schedule, Don managed to stay active with friends through curling, softball and especially hockey with the Arnprior Goodtimers until well into his 70’s. Don was an exceptional person, whose spirit, kindness and wisdom touched many people throughout his life. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Arrangements by the Boyce Funeral Home Ltd., 138 Daniel Street North, Arnprior. Visitations will be held Friday February 1st, 2019 between the hours of 5:00-8:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Saturday, February 2nd at 10:00 a.m. A celebration of Don’s life with a time of sharing memories and stories will commence at 11:00 am, followed by reception. Spring interment St. George’s Cemetery, Fitzroy Harbour. In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to the Arnprior Regional Health Foundation or the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Arnprior.