Donald Gavel

Donald Campbell Gavel

Thursday, June 18th, 1925 - Sunday, November 22nd, 2020
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GAVEL Donald Campbell – age 95 of Yarmouth N.S. Passed away peacefully with a son by his side on November 22, 2020, in Veterans Place in Yarmouth. Born in Pleasant Valley, Yarmouth County on June 18, 1925 he was a son of the late Randall and Myrtle(Hurburt) Gavel. Donald served in England and Mainland Europe during WWII. He also volunteered to go to Burma, but the war ended before his arrival. After returning home from the war, Donald began a career as a carpenter and contractor. He was well known for the quality of his work and fair practices. In his spare time, Donald was an avid hunter and fisherman. Donald built his retirement home for himself and his wife Marion, and on many occasions, he could be found working in his workshop building small furniture, which became in high demand. His house was always open, and people often joked they had company seven days and seven nights a week. He is survived by his daughters, Darla Boudreau, Yarmouth; Rosemary (Gerry) White, Deerfield; sons, Paul (Evelyn) Gavel, Frankford ON; Gordie (Cathy) Gavel, Hebron; siblings; Jenny and Darrell; 8 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Besides his parents, Donald was predeceased by his wife, Marion; sons, Donald Jr.; brothers, Kenneth, Abijah, Herman; sisters, Eudora, Lenny, Audrey; son-in-law, Rick Boudreau; and great-granddaughter Courtney.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Sweeny's Funeral Home and Crematorium, Yarmouth. Visitation will be held Wednesday, November 25, 2020, from 7–9 p.m. with A Royal Canadian Legion Branch 155 Wedgeport service at 7:30 p.m. A funeral service will be held Thursday, November 26, 2020, at 2 p.m. from Sweeny's Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. A.D. "Bill" Newell officiating. Interment will follow in Deerfield Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Veterans Place. On-line condolences may be sent to: or you may sign the guestbook on-line at:
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Sweeny's Funeral Home Chapel
    567 Main Street
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    Royal Canadian Legion Branch 155 Wedgeport service at 7:30 p.m.
  • Service

    Thursday, November 26th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Thursday, November 26th, 2020 2:00pm
    Sweeny's Funeral Home Chapel
    567 Main Street
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    Rev. A.D. "Bill" Newell
  • Interment

    Deerfield Cemetery
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Debbie Churchill

Posted at 07:46pm
Thinking of the family at this time. You may not remember as it has been years, but I remember both your mom and Dad and going to visit there often when I was young with my parents, Reg and Lil Dalton. Good memories. I am sorry for you loss, but I believe we never really lose those we love - they live on in our hearts forever . Debbie Churchill (nee Dalton)

Lloyd Doan

Posted at 10:20am
Our Condolences to the family. Good memories when our parents were your neighbors.
Lloyd and Joan Doane

Lois Doucette-Richard

Posted at 03:01pm
My condolences Darla, to you and your family. I am sure you will miss him. Take care and share your memories!

Yvonne Saulnier

Posted at 02:25pm
thinkig of all of you at this time they were so happy to see useverytime we went to visit they were both so niceits been a hard year and have not been able to visit like we wanted but rest assured that i am thinking of you all love yvonne

Marydale Taylor-O'Brien

Posted at 01:05pm
Dear Darla, Rosemary, Gordie, and Paul: Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your dear Dad. My memories of him go way back to childhood, when your family first moved to Pleasant Lake. I have always thought of your Dad with such fondness - we always had good conversations, and of course he enjoyed teasing a bit! I remember how tidy he always kept his workshop, and I loved to see the beautiful things he created from wood. I remember our visits when my children were young, and we lived right across the road from each other. He was never too busy to stop for a chat, and to speak with the kids. He was a good, sweet, lovable person, and he lived a remarkable life. He will be missed.

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