Mr. Donald Frederick Cross, beloved husband and best friend to Kitty and loving dad to Daniel and Nicole (Adam Elsdon), passed away at St. Joseph’s Home - Carmel Hospice on Thursday, June 3, 2021, at the age of 61 years after a long battle with COPD. Also left to cherish his memory is his sister, Bonnie (John), sister-in-law, Barb and Kitty’s siblings, Bill (Paulette) Rennie, Peggy Lovig, Tom (Shelley) Rennie, and Mike (Doni) Rennie and numerous nieces and nephews. Don was predeceased by his parents, Bill and Gladys; brothers, Jim and Ken and nephew, Tommy Kundert as well as Kitty’s parents, Bill and Kay Rennie; brother-in-law, Clair Lovig and sister-in-law, Maureen DeGagne. Don was born in Melita, Manitoba on September 29,1959, and raised in Calgary from the age of six. In the 1980’s, he moved to Medicine Hat to work with Johnson Controls doing various projects such as the MHRH expansion in the mid 1980’s. Later on Don worked for various companies as a pipe fitter and his last place of employment was Pronghorn Controls in which he was contracted to Bromley Mechanical. It was here in the Hat that Don met those who would become his lifelong friends. He met Kitty in 1987, and they were married on October 7, 1989. Children followed with Daniel in 1992 and Nicole in 1995. Don was a humble man who liked the simpler things in life: a cold beer on a hot day, spending quality time with the family, attending the kid’s activities when they were younger and visiting friends. He was a die-hard Calgary Flames and Stampeders fan. Don’s sheer grit, deep love for his wife and children and just plain Cross stubbornness enabled him to face his illness with grace and humour. As he would say, “Don’t worry about me - Be happy.” The family would like to thank the caring and compassionate staff of 4W MHRH and St. Joseph’s Home - Carmel Hospice, as well as Dr. Dang and Dr. Jeraj for the excellent care given to Don through the years. Due to current health restrictions, the Service will be by invitation only. The Celebration of Don’s life will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel on Thursday, June 10, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. with Life Celebrant Gerry Getz officiating. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery. Donations may be made to Alberta Lung Association, 208 - 18420 Stony Plain Road, Edmonton, Alberta, T5S 7K6 or to AJ’s Loan Cupboard, Bay 4, 602A Clay Avenue S.E. Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 3V2 or a charity of one’s choice.
Following are the links to the recordings of the Chapel Celebration and Graveside Service held in Don's honour. These links will only remain active until July 5, 2021. Anyone wishing to have a permanent copy of these services must ensure they download the recordings to their harddrive before July 5, 2021.
So very sorry to hear about your loss Kitty. He was very blessed to have your love and care for so long. God bless
So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Garry remembers him as a helpful, happy guy at work. Hoping that your happy memories bring you comfort. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Wishing you God’s blessings and peace.
Louise and Garry
We were shocked and are deeply saddened to learn of Don’s passing. Our hearts ache for you and your family. Treasure the beautiful memories you have created over the years. May God bless you and give you strength as you grieve your loss. We extend our thoughts and prayers to you ....
Dear Kitty .... on behalf of all the members of MHADRTA—Medicine Hat And District Retired Teachers Association—we extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family on the passing of your husband, Don. May the love of family and friends give you strength and support as you grieve your loss.
So sorry to hear of Don's passing. We will miss the little visits he used to pay us and all the hilarious stories he used to share with us. He was an awesome guy who spoke with such admiration and love for you Kitty and with extreme pride for both Daniel and Nicole. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Kitty, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers💕
Dear Kitty and Family
We are so sorry to hear of Don's passing. May your loving memories of him live forever in your hearts and give you strength through the days ahead. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Our deepest sympathy Kitty and family on the loss of Don, loving husband and father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Emily & Murray Haubrich
I was so disheartened to hear the news of Don's passing. I remember him fondly as I knew him through my neighbour (his brother-in-law) Mike. He loved to laugh and to throw that Frisbee around. He had a wry wit and I really enjoyed it when he came around.
Rest easy my friend.
Kitty, I am so sad to hear that Don passed away. He was such a joy to work with. He was always smiling and happy. I miss his visits. I will remember him coming in with a banana in one hand and a Pepsi in the other. I pray for you and your family and hope your cherished memories help you through this sad time. May Don rest in peace. Bev Blaquiere
So sorry for your loss.
Thinking of your entire family.
So sorry for your loss, Kitty and family. Sending love, strength and comfort to guide you through the coming days.
We were so very sorry to hear of your loss, Kitty and family. May the love of your family and friends help you through this difficult time and into the future. He will be sorely missed.
Kitty, Danial and Nicole, we are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our deepest condolences.
I offer my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. He was a wonderful man. May God be with you all during this time of loss.