FOOTE, DONALD VERNON - At home, surrounded by his family, Donald Vernon Foote of Willow Grove, died on February 23, 2004, after a period of failing health. Born in Saint John, he was the son of the late Percy and Muriel (Llewellyn) Foote. He will be sadly missed by his wife of 55 years, Mary Gertrude (Rogers), his daughter, Donna Lavigne (James) of Willow Grove, and his two sons, Michael of Willow Grove and Joseph (Murratte Graves) of Hunter Lake. He is also survived by two sisters, Edwrina Hansen of Saint John and Kathleen Dobbyn (James) of Grand Prairie, four brothers, Charles (Martina) of Saint John, Merle of Miramichi, Sheldon (Ruth) of Quispamsis, and Nelson of Montreal, six grandchildren, Lori Lavigne, Jeffrey Lavigne (Kerry), Jason Lavigne, Ryan Lavigne, Christopher Lavigne, and Patrick Graves, three great grandchildren, Craig Lavergne, Jessie Lavergne, and Mikayla Lavigne, as well as many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by four brothers, Melvin, Ellis (Mike), Allison, and Douglas, and six sisters, France (Dolly), Esther, Janet, Virginia, Corina, and Winona. Don served as a seaman on many of Her Majesty's ships during WWII in the RCNVR. He was discharged from HMCS Brunswicker at the end of WWII hostilities. He was a lifetime member of the Naval Veteran's Association (Main Brace). For many years, he worked as a construction millwright and also served on the Executive of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. Having a strong commitment to his community, he was instrumental in the inception of Simond's Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Service, serving many years as a volunteer on both organizations, and held positions as Transport Officer for 743 Saint John Ambulance Division and Deputy Fire Chief of Simond's Fire Department. After his retirement as a millwright in 1990, Don devoted many thousands of hours of volunteer work to Meals on Wheels, Romero House, and the Saint John Volunteer Center. He was a Fourth Degree member of the Monsignor F.M. Lockary Assembly of the Knights of Columbus, and at the time of his death, he was Grand Knight of Council 11201 Knights of Columbus. He was a member of St. Joseph's Parish and was active in several ministries, including hospitality, bereavement, and minister of the Eucharist. Visitation will be held from Fundy Funeral Home, 230 Westmorland Road, Saint John (646-2424) on Wednesday February 25 and Thursday February 26 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph's Parish, 4347 Loch Lomond Rd, at 11 AM on Friday February 27. Interment will take place in Saint Joseph's Cemetery at a later date. Remembrances to the Canadian Cancer Society, St Joseph's Parish, or a volunteer organization of the donor's choice would be appreciated by the family. A Tribute to a Veteran service will be held on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.