April 5, 1952 – August 5, 2020
It is with sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Donald Howard Sweet (aka “Donnie”). Don was born on April 25, 1952 in Ponoka, Alberta and passed away on August 5, 2020 in Regina, Saskatchewan from natural causes at the age of 68 years.
Don was the youngest son of Amos and Franky Sweet. He grew up at Menaik, just north of Ponoka. In his teenage years Don helped his parents in the family business, pumping fuel, fixing cars and serving customers at Sweet’s Store. Throughout his youth, Don was active in gymnastics, played football, fastball, hockey, and always enjoyed a good round of golf. Following his graduation from Ponoka Composite High School in 1970, Don obtained a number of certificates in the assessment and appraisal of land. He began working for the County of Wetaskiwin in 1972 as a Mobile Home Inspector, Development Control Officer and later as the Supervisor of Assessment.
In 1984, he accepted a position with the Government of Yukon as a Property Tax Assessor. In 1987 he secured a position with the Government of Canada – Agriculture Canada – Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration. Don retired as the manager of the Real Property Section – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in 2012.
Don’s family was the most important part of his life. Just the mention of his children or grandchildren would bring a smile and a look of total pride to his face. After his retirement he began doing “rounds” taking him to numerous businesses around Regina. He had friends just about everywhere and enjoyed visiting with them, exchanging recipes and often delivering home- baked goodies and other treats.
Don was loving and caring man who will be remembered for his kindness and his willingness to help anyone who needed a hand. He’d fix your car or your roof, run errands or look after kids and pets – you just had to ask.
Don leaves two children, Jennifer (Brandon) Humbke of Wetaskiwin and their children Brody and Tanner and Jeffery (Allison) Sweet of Regina and their children Sarah, Annastasia and Charlotte.
Due to Covid-1 restrictions, the family held a private memorial in Regina and will be holding a memorial in Ponoka at a later date. Interment will take place following the Ponoka memorial at the Forest Lawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Don’s name are gratefully accepted to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada or the charity of the donor’s choice.Obituary
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