Donald Hutt, a resident of Iroquois for the past 12 years, passed away suddenly at the Ottawa General Hospital on Wed., Oct. 26, 2016. He was 85.
He was born in Winchester on May 8, 1931 to his parents, William and Ola Hutt (nee Francis).
He moved with his family to Osgoode when he was eight. They lived there until he was 15. He attended Ottawa Tech, a trade school, at the age of 14 for two years. Donnie and his family moved back to Winchester around 1947, where he attended high school. He loved to dance, and met Nettie (Gamble) while at one of the Saturday night dances in Morrisburg. They married on May 5, 1950.
Shortly thereafter, Donnie and his best friend, Dick Justus, enlisted in the Canadian Army, and left for the Korean War. Returning in early 1952 to Nettie and Debbie, Donnie joined Ontario Hydro, where he spent more than 40 years. Bobby and Brian were born in Winchester, and then in 1954, they moved to Arnprior where Barry and Angela were born. They settled in Winchester in 1969, for the next 17 years.
Donnie was the manager of the Winchester Hawks Junior B hockey team in the late 70’s and early 80’s, when Junior B hockey was the center of town activities. Around the rink and in the dressing room he was well known for the use of his favourite word, “Friggin.” He was known to volunteer to help when others wouldn’t.
In 1985, they moved to the Iroquois area. After he retired from Ontario Hydro, Donnie and Nettie spent time watching their granddaughters, then more recently great-grandchildren, play hockey. They were avid lawn bowlers in the summer, and spent winters in Florida with good friends Dick and Mabel Justus until Nettie passed away in 2002.
Right to the end, Donnie was independent, living in Iroquois. He travelled weekly with good friend Gladys Parks to play bingo, shuffleboard, and crib. They enjoyed attending the Sunday night music in Prescott. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his daughters, Debbie Mabo (Don) of Morrisburg, Robert of Long Sault, Brian (Dawn) of Ottawa, Barry of Kingston, and Angela Holmes (Mike) of Morewood; his sister, Doreen Alexander of Kemptville; his grandchildren, Tanya, Amanda (Bill), Amber, Tobi (Irena), Colin, and Hunter; his great-grandchildren, Cassie, Julenea, Miah, Maddison, T.J., Bly, Phoenix, and Rain; and his dear friend, Gladys Parks of Iroquois. He was predeceased by his wife, Nettie Gamble, and his brothers, Norby and Francis Hutt. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Donnie’s life was held at the Royal Canadian Legion Iroquois Branch 370 on Sun., Oct. 30 from 1 to 3 pm. A Legion Service was held at 2 pm, followed by a time to share memories. Interment will be at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville.
Donations to Dundas County Hospice would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.marsdenmclaughlin.com