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Donald Charles Stone

March 1, 1935 ~ August 3, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old


Donald Charles Stone

March 1, 1935 – August 3, 2023

Early Days:          Don was born in Tokyo, Japan to Jean Gillespie Stone and Alfred Russell Stone, who were both missionaries for the United Church of Canada. Brother Bob came along two years later. Although both parents were from Ontario, Canada, they met while in Japan. A.R. Stone’s mission was largely based in agriculture, and he helped many farmers in the rural areas of the country. The family returned to Canada during World War II, but went back to Japan after the war, where the boys continued their schooling and music lessons. Both brothers studied piano under Mrs. Shapiro, a Russian émigré, with close guidance from their mother. Don’s interest in music grew and he played the organ in a Tokyo department store, among other venues, as a teenager.  He also developed an interest in drama and appeared in several plays during his teens and adulthood, both in Japan and Canada.

The Career Years:             Partly inspired by his love of music, Don became interested in a career in broadcasting and enrolled in a three-year program offered by Ryerson Polytechnic Institute (now Toronto Metropolitan University). His first job after graduating, in 1955, was as a disc jockey in Trail, B.C. From there he went on to a multi-year career with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), working as a producer and station manager in Newfoundland (where he married his first wife, Marilyn), Toronto, and the Yukon, where he inaugurated the CBC’s Northern Services, traveling the Alaska Highway from Whitehorse to Dawson City in all kinds of weather. Sons Andrew and Norman were born in 1962 and 1964. He later worked as a public relations and fund development executive for Laurentian University and Canadore College, then produced multi-media presentations for the Ontario provincial government. He also went back to his alma mater, Ryerson in Toronto, to manage the radio station CJRT. In the 1980s he returned to British Columbia, working at CFRO, Vancouver Cooperative Radio, and producing the Pacific Wave Festival, a youth music festival as part of the Vancouver Centennial celebrations. At that point he met his second wife, Joyce, and her son Peter.

Calling on his experience driving in northern Canada, he became a travel writer, fulfilling a long-time dream, and ultimately publishing nine travel books under the pen name Fraser Bridges. His first series, the “Adventures” series, was comprised of road guides covering parts of North America. He later published the “Natural Places” series, which was a combination of road guide and nature guide, reflecting Don’s profound love of nature. With the advent of the Internet, he established an extensive travel website,, and eventually converted several of his books to electronic formats.

A Well-Used Life:             As Don neared the end of his life, those are the words he used to describe his eighty-eight years. He had an unending curiosity and interest in so many aspects of life: music of all kinds, books, movies, plays, television and radio, current affairs, gardening, cooking, wine tasting, hiking, cross-country skiing, traveling, and anything pertaining to the natural world: forests, mountains, beaches, deserts, and all the flora and fauna within. He leaves a huge void in the lives of his loving family: wife Joyce, sons Andrew and Norman (Bazl), granddaughter Ali, stepson Peter, daughters-in-law Lorraine and Margret, brother Bob and sister-in-law Judy. The family would like to thank the staff at Sechelt Hospital and Christensen Village for their devoted care. Anyone wishing to honor Don’s memory may make a donation to the Sunshine Coast Hospice Society, the Alzheimer’s Society, or the SPCA.

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