It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Donald Gordon Laird of London, Ontario. Don left us peacefully at University Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre, with his loving wife Arlete by his side, on September 17 2022.
Don was born in Fort Erie in 1937. He married Arlete Sotto-Mayor in 1991. Don is survived by three children: Wendy Laird, Doug Laird and Bonny Wadeson; six grandchildren: Jamie, Jimmy, Jessica, Sean and Taylor; and three great-grandchildren.
His children cherish their memories of fishing trips in the Georgian Bay area, his sense of humour and his strength in overcoming challenges. He was involved with AA for many years, supporting numerous members of the AA community. The past two decades he enjoyed his hobby of Ham radio communications and he built relationships with Ham operators across the continent. Don’s signature sign-off was: “We’re down, we’re gone - bye.” As such, he has signed off a final time.
At Don’s request, private arrangements have been made for cremation at Woodland Cemetery in London, ON. Condolences may be left at woodlandcemetery.ca. Donations to the London Men’s Mission or Salvation Army in Don’s memory would be accepted with appreciation.