Donald Richard Endicott

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Endicott;  Donald Richard ~ If you are reading this you know that Don has died. Donald Richard Endicott was born on the 9th of September 1942 in Lindsay, Ontario, to Grace Marion Watt and Gordon Clarke Endicott. He left us on 4 March, 2019.  Don spent all of his growing years in Lindsay, attending primary school, and Lindsay Collegiate Institute. When Don was born, his father was engaged in WWII and was 'somewhere in England', according to letters sent home to Grace. On graduation, he attended the Ontario Agricultural College of the University of Guelph, during which time he made plans to move with a classmate on graduation to what was Burma. However, during a stint at General Motors during the summer, he met Donna Stoughton, the mother of his son, David, and Burma became history.  Don and Donna married on 21 May, 1966 and David was born 18 May, 1969.  During his career, Don had varying successful and challenging opportunities. He worked in the Public Relations Department of General Motors after graduation from Guelph, then, in the Parts Department of General Motors, before moving to an editing position with Southam Business Publications and then he opened his own public relations company, PRO Public Relations.  During his time with PRO Public Relations he taught at Durham College in the PR and Advertising programme and ultimately became full time staff there. A teaching position led to Don's appointment as Dean of Applied Arts from which position he retired in 1995.  During his time at Durham, Don became involved with Police education and training, a sidebar he thoroughly enjoyed and was elected as president of Canadian Association of Police Educators.  Don was also active with the Jaycee organization for years, and in 1979 became a senator.  Don and his second wife, Patricia Macpherson Endicott, were married 15 June 1985, and have lived near Port Hope for the past thirty plus years. They enjoyed winter travel, especially Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, until Dons health began to fail and travel was not possible.  They spent summers at their cottage on Twin Lakes where Don enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was famous for his deck parties.  Between them they have two children. Don has one child, the above-mentioned David, married to Laura Rey; David and Laura have one child, Rachel Clare Endicott Rey.  Patricia has a daughter, Sandra Macpherson Bennett, (Don Sinclair). Sandra has two children, Francine Bennett and Stuart Bruce. Francine is married to Patrick Houston and they have one child, Georgia Houston, bestowing on Don the honoured distinction of great grandfather.  Besides Patricia and the children, Don leaves a sister, Margaret, and her husband Robert Nurse, their children, Margaret Ann (Peter Siddall), Brenda (Glenn Mills) Rob (Cheryl Taylor) and six grand nieces and nephews, Patricia's brother Mike and his wife Adele (Bartley) and her sister Mary Lou, two nephews and a niece, and a grand nephew and niece.  Don died a peaceful death at Northumberland Hills Hospital in Cobourg with his wife, his son David and wife Laura, and his sister, Margaret by his side.  The family extends thanks to the staff at NHH for their loving care and concern throughout Dons stay in hospital and to his doctors, Dr. Jeff Knackstedt and to Dr. Francesco Mule and staff of the Palliative Care Unit.

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A private family and close friends interment will be held at a later date. Mrs. Endicott thanks her neighbours, her friends, and her family for their support throughout Dons long illness. Don will be sadly missed by his family and his loving wife of 34 years. In memory of Don, donations may be made to Northumberland Hills Hospital - Cancer Care Unit or Northumberland Hills Hospital - Palliative Care Unit, or The Kingsbridge Community Centre and would be appreciated by the family.


We were there when Pat and Don became Mr. & Mrs., and over the years we have enjoyed their friendship. We know that Pat's many happy memories will help her face whatever the future brings.

Clarence & Gretel Cameron

Out condolonces to you and family, Pat.

Mike White

Prayers for you all.

Greg white

Sadden to hear of Don's passing. He was always a gentleman and wonderful person to deal with when he came to the garage to get his Jeep worked on.

Lynne Dinner

We were so sorry to hear of Don’s passing Pat and we are thinking of you and your family at this very sad and difficult time...Hassan and staff

Community Care Pharmacy

May God bless and comfort you and your family during this difficult period, please accept my sincere condolences

Shirley McCann

We are saddened to hear about Don's passing. At times like this it is hard to know what to say or do. But may it comfort all of you a little, to know that we care about the sorrow you feel and that we are thinking of you.

Jim and Patricia Martin

We were saddened to hear about Don. We have many fond memories of Don during our Jaycee years. Wishing you wonderful memories to somehow soften the sadness of your loss. Bill & Kathy Skribe

Bill & Kathy Skribe

I am a former student of Don's in the early 80's and his impact was profound. He combined the ability of an articulate educator with both compassion and humour. I still carry with me many of the life lessons I picked up from our conversations. I am proud to have known him and am deeply saddened and sorry for your loss.

Tony Walsh