Don Dundee 1926-2013

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Don served the Victoria Centre in many capacities during the more than thirty years he was a member. Those who remember him will recall that he was a quiet, modest man who took pride in doing things well. Many will remember his keen support for the Hobby Show each year and many other activities that he was involved in.

These are the years he was a Councillor: 1970, 71, 72, 73, 74, 89, 90, 91, 1996-2006.
First Vice-President: 1975, 76, 89, 90, 91.
President: 1977, 78, 92, 93.
National Representative: 1981.

These many instances, when he served in the best interest of the Centre, are testimony to his dedication for astronomy and the amateur and professional members he enjoyed associating with for so many years.

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Bill Almond introduces Don Dundee

Don Dundee is presented with the Newton-Ball Service Award by VP Bruno Quenneville

Don says a few words

Don Dundee was the recipient of the Newton-Ball Service Award in 2004

The Newton Ball Service Award for 2004 is presented to Don Dundee for his long-time service to the Victoria Centre of the RASC. Don joined the RASC in 1968 and thereafter served almost continuously on the Centre's Council, holding various positions. In 1978 he served a two-year term as President of the Centre and a second term in 1993. Don is well-known for his continuous support of the Centre and its membership. For many years he enthusiastically arranged and promoted the Centre's participation in Victoria's Hobby Show.

Victoria Centre Annual General Meeting 2004


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DUNDEE, Don - Passed away peacefully in his 87th year. Survived by his wife of 56 years, Eileen, son Dan (Susan) daughter Marianne (Dave), grandchildren Katrina, Andrew, Trevor and Mark. Brother Dr. Douglas Dundee (Dr. Yvonne). Predeceased by his brother Dr. John Dundee. Don grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan. He spent several years with the Navy Reserve. Graduated in Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan. Worked for Saskatchewan Power, moved to Victoria in 1967 and worked for BC Hydro.

He was a member of the Royal Astronomical Society Victoria Centre, and the Greater Victoria Philatelic Society. Don was a long time member of St. David by the Sea, Anglican Church. What he enjoyed most was Saturday mornings, working in the Rock and Alpine Garden in Beacon Hill Park.

A special thanks to the staff at the Royal Jubilee Hospital, Renal Unit, for their professionalism and care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Vancouver Island Kidney Patients Association Box 5145 Station B, Victoria, V8R 6W4. A private service will be held at a later date.

Obituary published in Victoria Times-Colonist on February 8, 2013

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Condolences & Memories

He was such an involved member and we will miss his dedication.

Sandy Barta
I deeply valued my years of association with Don through the RASC and his support for public education and outreach at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory. A thoughtful, caring person, Don was passionate about astronomy and a real gentleman. I feel very fortunate to have known him, and am grateful for his many years of support and friendship.

Don was a tremendous resource for the RASC and a real gentleman. He will indeed be missed.

Jim Hesser

Don was a dedicated member of Victoria Centre.  He always enjoyed socializing at our annual general meetings, which is where I first met him.  As a new member in the early 2000's, I remember Don making me feel welcome, and taking the time to talk with me.

Joe Carr

Sorry to hear that. Sid and I were just talking about Don prior to the hobby show.

David Lee

Don and I shared interests in astronomy and stamp collecting, and I would often see Don at stamp shows as well as RASC meetings.

Chris Gainor

I never knew Don, but he sounds like he was a wonderful man. My condolences for his passing.

Sherry Buttnor

A real gentleman.

Lauri Roche

We hereby extend our condolences. May God give you the strength to bear this loss. Our relationship goes back to the mid 1950s when Don started working in the same Department at the SPC as Dirk. A friendship developed between Don and Dirk as well as the families. We will treasure the many things that the families did together. Don will remain in our thought and we will miss him.

Johanna & Dirk Hoogeveen

As a volunteer in the renal dialysis unit, I looked forward to seeing Don every week. His joyful presence is certainly missed.


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