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Donald McKnight

Donald Robert McKnight

Saturday, November 28th, 1936 - Friday, December 27th, 2019
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Obituary

McKnight, Donald Robert.
Past President and Life member of Baseball Ontario and York Simcoe Baseball Association. Past President of Newmarket Minor Baseball Association. Chef de mission of the Ontario youth team winning gold at the Canada Cup 2012. Baseball Ontario rep at the Ontario Summer Games in Toronto. Inducted into the Newmarket Sports hall of fame.
Owner of Personal Tax Service, King City, serving his clients for over 50 years.
Passed away peacefully at Hospice Simcoe in Barrie on Friday, December 27th, 2019 at the age of 83. Beloved husband of the late Elaine (nee Blain). Loving father of Brenda Dicks and her husband Carl of Barrie, Gary McKnight and his wife Debbie Smrcka of Barrie, Glen McKnight of Newmarket and the late Robert. Cherished grandfather of Krista Chadwick and her husband Scott of Ottawa, Adam Dicks of Barrie, Taylor McKnight of Ottawa, Zachary McKnight of Barrie and Brina McKnight of Newmarket. Great grandfather of Addison Dicks of Barrie. Dear brother of Merle Croutch and her husband Bob of Newmarket, John McKnight and his wife Marlene of Newmarket, Gail Nurnberg and her husband Kent of Newmarket, and the late Alvin McKnight and Joan Miller.
Don will be sadly missed by his nieces and nephews and many friends.
Don was able to operate his business and live independently until the sudden onset of illness. This was understandably a very difficult time for him.
The family would like to acknowledge all the support given to Don during the past seven months by family, relatives, friends like family, and the care givers from many areas in both private and institutional settings.
Please join us for a visitation at the Roadhouse and Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main St. S. Newmarket on Friday, January 10th, 2020 from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 pm. Service in the chapel on Saturday, January 11th, 2020 at 11:00am. Reception to follow.
Donations in memory of Don to Jays Care Foundation, Canadian Tire Jump Start or Hospice Simcoe would be greatly appreciated. Don was a true supporter of baseball and we are comforted in knowing that his contribution will be remembered at the Don McKnight Field in Newmarket. Links to donations are below:

Canadian Tire Jumpstart

Hospice Simcoe

Jays Care Foundation
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, January 10th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Friday, January 10th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home - Visitation Room #2
    Address
    157 Main St. S.
    Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 3Y9
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday, January 10th, 2020 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Friday, January 10th, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home - Visitation Room #2
    Address
    157 Main St. S.
    Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 3Y9
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home - Playter Chapel
    Address
    157 Main Street South
    Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 3Y9
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  • Reception

    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 | 11:30am - 2:00pm
    When
    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 11:30am - 2:00pm
    Location
    Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home - Reception Room (Upstairs)
    Address
    157 Main St. S.
    Newmarket, ON L3Y 3Y9
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David Moore

Posted at 09:54pm
I was saddened to learn of Don’s passing. Having worked closely with Don while coaching the Newmarket Juniors ball team some years ago, I always admired his selfless dedication to the Newmarket baseball community. He was a good man and I am so much better off for having known him. Quietly inspirational, Don literally made a difference in the lives of thousands of young people through his efforts over the years in support of baseball in Newmarket and across the province. Thank you Don. My heartfelt condolences to the McKnight family.

David Moore
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Linda Lewis

Posted at 10:26am
My heartfelt condolences to Don's family. Working with Don in Baseball was always a pleasure. His devotion to the players and the game of baseball was always evident in all he did. He will be missed.

Linda Lewis,
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Newmarket Baseball Association

Posted at 09:09pm
With condolences to the family.
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Bernie Soulliere

Posted at 01:52pm
My sincere condolence to the Mc Knight Family on the passing of your father Don.
It was always a pleasure to meet up with him and talk baseball.
Bernie Soulliere
Windsor
 
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Brenda Dicks Posted at 11:08pm

Thank you Bernie. I have heard our dad mention your name many times. Brenda Dicks
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Robert Sargent

Posted at 11:28am
Brenda Gary and Glen our sincere condolences for the loss of your father I have a lot of fond memories from baseball to hockey as he was my coach in both and of course Ontario (backstreet)

Rob and Sharon Sargent
 
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Brenda Dicks Posted at 11:10pm

Rob Thanks for your kind words. I can’t imagine the thousands of kids our Dad coached in both hockey and baseball. Brenda
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