Oct 29, 1924 – Nov. 7, 2023
It is with great sadness that the Bauer family announces the
passing of our much-loved patriarch Donald Hugh Bauer at the age of 99 in Edmonton.
‘Don’ was an only child who was pre-deceased by his parents Hugh Bauer & Winifred Bauer (nee Toogood) of Toronto, and his loving wife of 53 years, Hilda Bauer (nee Gillette) from Round Harbour Newfoundland who passed away in Edmonton in 2003.
He is survived by his loving sons Doug (Paula) & Chris (Donna); grandchildren Innessa, Lee (Anabel), Amanda, & Allison (Justin); and great-grandchildren Raiden and Orion, & Tiffany.
Don was born and raised in the ‘Beaches’ area of Toronto on Lake Ontario. After finishing high school he did what many of his peers did at that time, which was to enlist in the WW2 effort to defeat the looming threat of Nazi Germany. Don’s parents Hugh & Winifred had both been WW1 Veterans in the Canadian & British Medical Corps
respectively, during the ‘Great War’ 1914 – 1918. His parents having witnessed the frontline bloodshed and horrors of WW1 were reluctant to encourage their only child to enlist, but Don was determined to contribute to the cessation of Nazi Germany’s world threat.
At first Don joined the Canadian Armed Forces Infantry but immediately felt this was not his calling, so he pursued a transfer to the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was initially
refused a transfer but with further perseverance and letters of determination he was
finally granted a transfer to the RCAF and began his training for Sergeant Air Gunner in Joliette Quebec, where he received his ‘AG’ wings of certification, and reported for active duty to be assigned to the Australian front to fight the Japanese in the South Pacific.
After the war, Don pursued a career in teaching and graduated from Victoria College at the University of Toronto in 1948. His teaching career spanned over 30 years in various schools with the City of Toronto Board of Education; which included a sabbatical
teaching stint in England in 1965 & 1966. He met and married Hilda Gillette in Toronto in 1950; she had recently immigrated to Canada from Newfoundland in 1947.
In the early 1950’s Don & Hilda finally settled in Don Mills, ‘Canada’s First Planned Community’ in central Toronto, where over the years they owned 4 family homes to raise their 2 boys Doug & Chris. Don also built a family cottage in 1960 on an island at Stoney Lake in the Kawarthas to enhance his family’s life. In 1981 Don & Hilda decided they would like to retire in a smaller Canadian city, and Edmonton was their choice.
Don was baptized an Anglican but was not a religious man. He had a great respect and
affiliation with a number of Anglican churches over the years, mainly due to his love of community and singing in church choirs. He extended his passion of singing beyond church choirs, to being a member of the Edmonton St. David’s Welshman’s Choir for many years, often doing concerts at the Edmonton Winspear Centre. However, his true love of music was the Big Band Music Era of the ‘40’s & ‘50’s and was able to sing the lyrics of dozens of songs by heart. During his life Don was a very generous man who
donated to countless charitable organizations, as well as contributing much of his free time to volunteer work.
In retirement Don’s passions and loves included spending time at the family cottage he built at Stoney Lake Ontario, boating, swimming, and traveling the world. He also always had a special loving relationship with dogs he owned or met during the course of his life.
Don will be very much missed by all family & friends. Don chose not to have a
conventional funeral or Celebration of Life event, but rather to simply be interred and
reunited with his wife Hilda at the Glenwood Cemetery in Sherwood Park, Alberta.
If anyone would like to make a donation to honour Don’s life; Canterbury Foundation of Edmonton would be the most appropriate. Don spent his final 16 years of life living at this exceptional Edmonton Seniors Residence, and he always had nothing but praise for the all the staff & management on every level. He felt incredibly blessed living there.