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Donald Michael Burdeny

Donald Michael Burdeny


Obituary for Donald Michael Burdeny

April 5, 1946 – March 12, 2022

We are profoundly saddened to announce that after a courageous battle with health issues, Donald (Don) passed away with his beloved wife, Mary (Chin Pang), at his side. Don was born in Gilbert Plains, Manitoba. He was predeceased by his parents, Mike John Burdeny and Dora (nee Chwartkowski), brother Victor and sister-in-law, Margaret. He is survived by his son Dr. Jamieson Chan Clark formerly known as Jamieson-Hawke Donald Michael John Burdeny, his sisters Delores Burton and Beverley Burdeyney, his cousins Jean Belinsky (Victor), Nadia Trafananko (Harold), Sylvester Medwid (Kathleen) and Mary, his in-laws Rose (George), Ken (Jenny), Ann Chin (Lawrence), Francis (Pui) and Anthony, his nephews and nieces Jerry Belinsky (Iryna), Sherry (Father Brent), Kurtis (Joyce), Danielle (Chris), Kimberly (Michael), Nicholas (Robin), Michael and James, his great nieces and great nephews Sophia, Brianna, Alex and Jayden and other relatives too numerous to mention.

Don attended school in Garland and then in Dauphin. After taking a course on how to sell, he fell in love with sales and worked for Fuller Brush. Then he was employed as a timekeeper for CNR, followed by stints in sales for CKDM Radio, CKX Radio, Olivetti Underwood and CFUN. In 1969, he became an entrepreneur and originated the do-it-yourself divorce kit (designed to save legal fees), launching Divorcervice in 1970. Subsequently, he developed the do-it-yourself real estate kit (to save real estate commissions) with Independent Listing Service (ILS), a concept that was before its time. The next stage of his career was operating franchise and business exposition shows from coast to coast.

Don had a passion for life. He loved the outdoors, camping, boating, fishing and crabbing. His personality was larger than life and once seized of an idea, he became a force of nature. In 1986, thinking that the boating community needed a charity of its own, he created the Christmas Cruise for Kids to raise donations and food for the Christmas Bureau and to give disadvantaged children the opportunity to have a cruise and be introduced to the industry. In less than a month, the cruise took place from the Kitsilano Coast Guard base. It was a resounding success in no small measure due to the engagement, commitment and hard work of many large and small boaters, corporations and volunteers. Hundreds of children enjoyed a cruise, got barbecued burgers, hot dogs, hot chocolate and candy and sang Christmas carols. Donations were collected and Santa Claus and Captain Vancouver attended.

Don loved music and was a talented cook who could barbecue like no other. Twice without notice, he took over running a restaurant to help out a friend. During camping trips, the delicious aroma of his salmon smoking on a tripod prompted others to offer him their extra fish for his campfire. He was also an animal lover who often walked with treats for the neighbourhood cats and dogs.

He had a strong sense of justice and stood up for the underdog. He always stopped to help anyone in distress, motorists and boaters alike. He assisted motorists on multiple occasions, including extinguishing their engine fires. Many a time he towed boaters and their families to safety, at no small risk to himself.

Cremation will take place at Vancouver Crematorium, 5505 Fraser Street, Vancouver on Friday, March 25, 2022, with visitation from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. His ashes will be scattered off Lighthouse Park. He will be deeply missed.

Special thanks to Dr. Elisa Chan, Dr. Janessa Laskin, Maureen, Bonnie and staff of the BC Cancer Agency, Dr. Stockenstrom and Stephanie, nurse Cassandra from Pacific Spirit Community Health Centre, and pharmacists Darvin and Trent for their kindness and compassion.

A memorial page will be established for online condolences. There will be no service by request. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Don's memory to the BC Cancer Foundation at

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In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Don's memory to the BC Cancer Foundation at

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