Subject: long-time North Bay Wayfarer, Dr. Don Paine, has passed away
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Sent: Monday, January 31, 2011 10:53 AM
Subject: Don Paine
Hi Al
I thought I would pass this on to you. Don Paine passed away January 28th. The funeral takes place today.
It was great to see him participate in the Trout Lake Poker Event a couple of years ago with his son Richard and grandson, Max.  

Dr. Paine Obituary:


Dr. Donald Thomas Hardy Paine, M.B., B.S., F.R.C.S.(E), F.R.C.S.(C), F.A.C.S., L.M.S.S.A., L.M.C.C., M.C.M.A.


Died January 28, 2011.  Born July 20, 1921 in London, England.  Don achieved academic and athletic excellence early in life.  Wartime necessity pushed him from veterinarian school into medical school, and, after surviving, and helping many others survive the London bombings of WWII, he graduated from Guy’s School of Medicine in London.  Well established as a proficient surgeon and urologist, Don’s plan was to escape the effects of post-war socialized medicine and economic hardship in England by sailing to Canada in 1956, to start a new life with greater opportunity.  

Don arrived in Montreal with wife Barbara and their firstborn son on January 1st, 1956.  Don and Barbara went on to form an inseparable, devoted, and happy partnership for 57 years.  With the family settled in North Bay, he provided innovative medical service to Northern Ontarians as a urologist and general surgeon for the next 22 years.  Against all odds, Don led the establishment of the Northern Ontario Kidney Dialysis Unit at Civic Hospital, without any initial financial support from the Ministry of Health.  The North Bay Dialysis Unit thrives today and, for more than 40 years, has extended the lives of many patients. 

In 1979, Don and his wife Barbara “escaped” impending socialized medicine for a second time, moving to South Carolina near Myrtle Beach, where he, and especially Barbara, spent the next 20 years thoroughly enjoying the sun and warmer climate. 

He was renowned for his boundless but controlled energy, quick wit, questioning the status quo, non-political-correctness, and strong vocal opinions on many subjects. He especially loved to expound on his “big C” conservative viewpoints.  A passionate sailboat racer, he co-founded with Don Rumble the Trout Lake Wayfarer Sailing Fleet that held weekend amateur races for 25 years. Don went on to compete in the Wayfarer world championships in 1974 in England.   In all these races, friends and family were never promoted to captaincy!

Known for his feelings about motorboats (“stink pots!”), motorbikes, and the “racket” of rock and roll music, he preferred playing by ear on his grand pianos for the enjoyment of others.  An avid tennis player until the young age of 87 years, Don was always active, taking up recreational curling and skiing as an adult while living in North Bay.  Don thoroughly enjoyed socializing, a good party, and a “tall” glass of single malt. 

For many years Don made a sport of challenging the Ontario Ministry of Health as an active sitting member of the Ontario Medical Association Board, and subsequently, as an honorary lifetime member.  He was a proud Rotarian for 40 years, including serving as president of the North Bay Rotary Club.  Don exhibited his strong work ethic in treating his patients seven days a week throughout his medical career across three countries.  Earlier in his life, Don enjoyed investing in property and new business ventures. More recently, his lifelong stock and options trading pastime “went online” and became a primary source of entertainment for him.  His favourite advice to all was “Die broke!  Never let the government get their hands on another penny of your money.”

Don was a highly committed family patriarch who relished Christmas gatherings and summer family reunions at the cottage.  There was always a spark in his eyes and smile on his face as he pontificated to the captive family audience.  He will be sorely missed by his surviving wife Barbara, who now resides at Cassellholme in North Bay, and his children Richard, Vicky, Nicholas, and Penny, and his six grandchildren Max, Alex, Morgan, Hunter, Logan, and Jagger.  Donations designated for  the Dialysis Unit of the North Bay Regional Healthcare Centre would be appreciated.

Visitation at Martyn Funeral Home;  Sunday, 2 PM- 5PM, and Monday, 1.30 PM – 2.30 PM.  A tribute to his life will be held in the funeral home chapel at 2.30PM.  A celebratory wake at his daughter Vicky’s home will follow (directions to be provided). On-line condolences may be offered at

From: Al Schonborn []
Sent: Monday, January 31, 2011 4:23 PM
To: Richardson, David

Hi Dave,
Very sorry to hear of Don Paine's death. Thank you for the obituary and good photos. (The fifth photo did not appear, but the others are good anyway.) Don certainly led a full and interesting life. I didn't know him well at all, but he seemed like a lovely man.
Al is away getting ready to sail the Midwinters in Florida. (I think that means a little tune-up sailing in the Gulf of Mexico with Tony and Mary Krauss.) When he's back, he'll be sure to put this notice in the Whiffle.
Hope you and Kim are having a good winter. Say hi to her from me.

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From: Richardson, David
Sent: Monday, January 31, 2011 4:29 PM

Hi Julia
Thanks for the reply. I will pass on your hello to Kim. Her sister is up visiting and we are hosting a dinner for her sister and Dad  this evening.
I just returned from the funeral and Don’s Wayfarer experiences came out in the speeches several times. Don, I think, rivaled your Al in competitive spirit!
All the best. Wish Al luck from us.
Dave R