Donald Ross Giffin

A photo of Donald Ross Giffin


Glad Tidings Community Church
Friday October 27, 2017
10:30 a.m.


Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Thursday October 26, 2017
2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Glad Tidings Community Church
Friday October 27, 2017
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

The Giffin family are sad to announce the passing of Donald Ross Giffin, who passed away peacefully at home on the family farm in Blenheim, Ontario, on October 23, 2017.

He was born on May 28, 1950, in Chatham, Ontario, to the late Gerald and Marion (Jackson) Giffin. Beloved husband of Jean (Holland) Giffin for 44 years, loving father of Sheila Giffin and Jason Yee of Blenheim, Janice Giffin of London, Dr. Jennifer Giffin of Halifax, and Diane and Adrian Rivard of St. Adolphe d’Howard, Quebec. Predeceased by his infant daughter Michelle. Proud grandfather of Chesney and Jolyon Giffin Yee, and Nicolas Rivard. Brother to Ruth Anne and Burton McClelland of Peterborough, and uncle to their children David and Beth.

Don graduated from Ridgetown College in the class of 1970 with a diploma in Agricultural Technology. He farmed all his life in Harwich Township and was actively involved in the local community with agriculture, church, and heritage concerns. Don was a member of Blenheim United Church where he sang in the choir for many years. Don has won numerous awards and recognitions for his maple syrup products. He was a World Champion Maple Syrup Producer and judge at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. He loved collecting antique cars and tractors, fishing in Port Loring, and travelling around rural Ontario.

Visitation will be at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Thursday, October 26 from 2-4 and 7-9pm. Visitation will also be on Friday, October 27 from 9:30-10:30 at Glad Tidings Community Church. Funeral service to follow. Donations can be made to Chatham-Kent Hospice, the Canadian Diabetes Association, or Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation.


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we are thinking of all of you at this sad time. Don was a good friend to all,

Dear Jean and Family, Wayne and I are so very sorry to hear about the passing of Don. We know it is a very difficult time for everyone and we just wanted to give our condolences. We couldn't come to the visitation or funeral but I am sure you understand. Our prayers are with you at this time. Don will truly be missed by everyone. Take care of yourself. Wayne and Lynn Clark

I met Don as RCAT grad when on alumni committee and I lived in the Morpeth area until last year and had lunch with him a few times at the restaurant in New Scotland. Sorry to hear of his passing . I was not aware he was ill. My sympathy.

Our sympathy to you Jean and your family in the passing of Don. We always enjoyed our visits with both of you at the maple functions over the years. These are memories that we will always treasure.

I got to know Don as a member of the Stewardship Kent Council and it was there I came to respect and admire Don's enthusiasm and interest in our community. He possessed those traits that make citizens like him stand out and be lauded for their public efforts and involvement. Don's family has much to proud of; not only of his accomplishments, but for being someone, we could all talk and listen to. Thanks Don.

We are very saddened to hear of Don's passing. Our deepest sympathies to all of the Giffin family.

Jean and Family We are very sorry and sad to hear of Don's sudden passing. He was always great for a visit whenever we met, our hearts go out to you and the family at this time and as time goes on. Don will forever be near in your hearts and mind. Love lives on forever .

We were saddened to hear this news. Don was an inspiration to all of us in the 'Maple' world and will be missed. Today and always, may your loving memories bring you peace, comfort and strength. Thinking of you. Terry And Diane Hoover

Beth We are all very sorry to hear about your Uncle Donald passing. Your soccer family Peterborough & District Soccer Referees

Nancy and I would like to express our sincere condolences to Jean and family on Don's passing. We remember good times with both of you while connected through the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association. Don's expertise and dedication to the industry will be long remembered.

Our sincere sympathy.

Very sorry to learn of this sad event. Don will be remembered by us as a cheerful fellow who was very proud of his family and as a steward of the land. His community and school involvements were exemplary.

Very Sorry

I wish to extend my deepest condolences to Jean and the Giffin Family. Don was a dear friend and a dedicated supporter and contributor to the maple industry .He will be missed and remembered as a friend and for his dedication and his many contributions over the years.

Dear Jean and family; We are so saddened to hear of Don's passing. What a wonderful man, and such a great neighbor and friend. We will all miss him terribly. We are thinking of you all, and keeping you in our prayers. God Bless. Heather and Tom and Veronica and all the Whittington family.

Jean and family, we are very sorry to hear about the sudden passing of Don. You will have many wonderful memories to help you through this difficult time. Unfortunately we are away and unable to pay our respects personally. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Tony & Gail

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Jean and family. We all will miss this wonderful fellow. Blessings, Don, Anne and Marcie Gammage.

Jean and family, you have lost a wonderful man who was so well respected in the community. Donna and I are so very sad to learn of Don's unexpected passing. Please accept our sympathy and know we are thinking about you at this most difficult time.

Our sincere sympathies to you Jean and your family ! Mark and Donna Hare

I didn't know Don well or see him all that much, but that never seemed to matter. He'd always strike up a conversation. He was the one that inspired me to try my hand at making maple syrup. Every time I'd see him he'd take a moment to talk maple syrup, or old cars, he was always so friendly. My heartfelt condolences.

Jean and family, please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Donald, a real good guy. Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you May he Rest in Peace

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this trying time. God bless, Joyce and Bill

Jean and family, Such a shock and a loss to the community. May you find comfort in your many precious memories. Thinking of you all. Ted and Brenda.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time... Although we have lost a wonderful man, Heaven has gained another great Tenor from our choir...

Dear Jean and family, I'm so saddened and shocked to hear of Gerald's passing. Will keep you in my prayers. Linda

My sincere condolences Jean and family on your loss ... may you find comfort in your memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most trying time.

The Alberta component of his family are so saddened we did not make that trip to come and spend time with Don and all the family. We have only had the highest regard for all of the Giffin family. We cherish the memories of the times that we have been able to spend together and fondly remember the laughter that ensued around the dinner table. Our hearts go out to all of you. Gwen, Pat, Sharon, & Mary

Jean and family - Shocked and saddened to hear of Don's passing. Our condolences to all of you.

I'm so sorry to hear of Don's passing, I knew him very well through the maple industry. He was a very strong advocate for agriculture and maple and will be missed a great deal by all of us.

So sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you, Jean and family.