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Obituary of Donald Jack Marsden

Marsden: Donald Jack

Passed away peacefully at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital on Monday, September 2nd, 2019 in his 88th year.


Donald Marsden of Big Cedar Estates, Oro Medonte, much loved husband of Lillian Margaret Marsden (nee Purcell) of 65 years.  Loving father of Colleen Marsden (Rene Tigerina), Nancy LEE Marsden and predeceased infant daughter Katherine.  Cherished grandfather of Justin Philip MacWha (Beijing, China) and Brandon John MacWha (Edmonton, AB).


Don was very popular. A favourite person to ask advice as to how vegetables should be grown and be successful.  While he never trained to become a good gardener,  without taking courses or reading garden books, Don decided to ask permission of the Board of Big Cedar Estates to create a large Community Garden on Big Cedar Estates property in 2012.  Thanks to Don residents now grow their own vegetables during the summer months. Newcomers wishing to become residents were told of the success and advantage of garden plots...a bonus for choosing to live in a beautiful park.  Since 2012, other Big Cedar residents have taken over the responsibility to maintain the gardens for the benefit of all, an achievement of which Don was always proud.


Cremation has taken place.  A private celebration of Donald’s life will take place on a later date.  As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to The Lighthouse, Orillia, ON through the Simcoe Funeral Home, 38 James Street E., Orillia.  Messages of condolence are welcomed at

A Celebration of Donald Life

will be held on a later date

Memorial Donations

Lighthouse Orillia