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Donald Mills

Donald Isaac Vernon Mills

Saturday, June 1st, 1929 - Tuesday, April 28th, 2020
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Donald Isaac Vernon Mills
June 1st, 1929 – April 28th 2020

With great sadness we announce the passing of Donald Mills. Don leaves his wife Joan of 68 years his 4 children Janice Walsh (James Walsh), Brad Mills (Stephanie Orr), Greg Mills (Lorna Mills) and Blair Mills (Jessica Mills). 6 grandchildren, Brett Walsh, Angie Walsh, Adam Mills, Mackenzie Mills, Samantha Mills and Arya Mills and great Grandchild Emily Walsh. Along with the legacy of Mills Printing and Stationery which he founded.

Don was a Vancouverite born and raised in Kitsilano. In his early years he found his love of golf and joined the Point Grey Golf and Country Club at the age of 14. Don attended John Oliver Highschool until the age of 16, he then withdrew from his studies to pursue the life of an entrepreneur. Along the way he met his wife Joan Lockey. In 1949 he founded Mills Printing and Stationery. He started his days riding the Vancouver streetcars to visit customers this soon transformed him into Vancouver’s leading office supplier. With his wife Joan standing by his side Don became a true business mogul in every word of the definition.

During their marriage Don and Joan shared many passions while raising their 4 children in West Vancouver. They could be found spending their weekend's skiing in Whistler, traveling the world, or at Capilano Golf and Country Club which he joined in 1966. He was proud of the fact that in his 80th year he skied and golfed over 100 times each.

Don was known as a great conversationalist and comedian. If you met him riding the Whistler chairlift as a single, on the West Vancouver Seawall or at the Mallard bar you would quickly become his best friend. His smile and bright red hair was loved and will be missed by many. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
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Anita Karp

Posted at 07:49pm
My sympathies to you Brad and family on your fathers passing. It seems a lifetime ago that I worked for Mills Stationery. I was the only saleswoman at that time as well as a single parent of two young children. It was a very good place to work and I will always appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity. My husband and I often chatted with Don on the West Vancouver Seawall. He always talked about your business accomplishments Brad. He was very proud of you.
Anita (Hershberg) Karp
Anita (Hershberg) Karp
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Lonnie (Allegretto) Hartl

Posted at 01:04pm
Was so sorry to hear of Don's passing. Memories go back to 1969, with landing my first full time job with Mills Printing & Stationery at their head office on Broadway, and then in to the new building with celebrations at 1111 Clark Drive. Don was a proud man, as well as being a leader, a mentor, a listener and a guider and always spoke lovingly of his wife Joan and sharing stories of his children and their accomplishments. My thoughts are with Don's family at this time. To this day, if I happen to see a Mill's delivery vehicle, so many fun, great memories come to mind. Thanks for the advice and guidance Don, it's remembered dearly!!
Sincerely,
Lonnie (Allegretto) Hartl
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Fran Froehlich

Posted at 12:45pm
Dear Joan, Greg and family, I am sad to hear that your husband / dad has passed away. I only met him once at your house, but he made a great impression on me. He had such a great sense of humour! Prayers for you and your family.
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Brian Koch

Posted at 12:37pm
So sorry to learn of Don’s passing last week. I’ll always have such wonderful memories of being introduced to Whistler/skiing in the early ‘70’s with Don and my great friend Blair! I ran into Don awhile back at the Bakehouse in Dundarave and he looked and sounded great. His warm and jovial persona will never be forgotten.
Can’t be in Whistler without thinking of Don and all the Mill’s and their generosity. I’m sure he’ll surely be missed.

Our condolences to the entire Mills family.

Brian Koch
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Holly Strvens

Posted at 06:35pm
Don was a patient of mine at my dental office. I always enjoyed his company when he came in for his appointments. He was such and interesting man and had such a great outlook on life. He found joy in all he did. He was quite charming. He was always so kind and thoughtful. I will miss him. He always gave me a different way to see life. May he be at peace. He was a big energy. My thoughts to his family during this difficult time. Holly
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