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Donald F. (Dunk) Akers


Petty Officer 1st Class Engineer, RCN


Born: 26 Mar 1935, Medicine Hat, Alberta


Died: Sep 1999, Medicine Hat, Alberta


AKERS, Donald F. (Dunk) - It is with great sadness, the family of Donald F. Akers announce the passing of our dear husband, father, and grandfather at the of 64 years on 01 September 1999 in Medicine Hat, Alberta.


Besides his loving wife Eileen, he leaves daughters Dallas, Stacey (Edward), Brooke (Don); five grandchildren, Hannah, Hunter, Marina, Marissa, Madison; one sister Fern (Dave) of Melbourne, Australia and one brother Gordon (Leona) of Victoria. Donald was predeceased by his parents Fred and Daisy and one son-in-law Ken Batch.


At the age of 17, Don joined the Canadian Navy and spent most of his career in submarines which took him all over the world. Don met and married Eileen in Portsmouth, England. They enjoyed 43 years together being best friends. Don always affectionately called Eileen "the bride". Moving to Medicine Hat Don joined the police force, and served with them for two years. Their first daughter Dallas was born in Medicine Hat. The family decided to move to Victoria in 1958 so Don could rejoin the Navy a life he found fulfilling. They had two more daughters Stacey and Brooke, and moved to Sooke to enjoy living on their small hobby farm.


After retiring from the Navy Don went Commercial Salmon Fishing for a few years until moving to Singapore and working as an Engineer in the Oil Fields. Don enjoyed working in South East Asia and made many friends. The family stayed in England for six years before moving back to Don's hometown of Medicine Hat in 1990.


From a very young boy, Don had passion for hunting, which continued throughout his life. Throughout Dad's lifetime he formed many lasting friendships and was always eager to retell many old stories.


Please join us in a Celebration of Don's life at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel on Monday September 6, 1999 at 1P.M. with a tea following in the Lancaster Room at The Royal Canadian Legion. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Canadian Diabetes Association, 102-73, 7th Street S.E., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 1J2.


Arrangements in care of Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901-13th Street, Medicine Hat, Alberta. 527-6455.


According to the Funeral Home after his cremation his ashes were spread by his family.


Ships served in:



HMCS GRILSE - Commissioning crew




Donald (Dunc) Akers on HMCS RAINBOW

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre



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