Donna Knights

A photo of Donna Knights


Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Saturday March 17, 2018
11:00 a.m.


Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Friday March 16, 2017
2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Donna Marguerite Alice (Rigby) Knights passed away at Blenheim Community Village in the early hours of Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at the age of 79 after a courageous battle with cancer. Donna was predeceased by her loving husband of more than 50 years, William (Stub) Knights, in November 2013, and her beloved only son, Stewart (Stubby) in March 2015. Donna is survived by her daughter, Jane, and husband John Pratt, of Aurora, ON. Donna was cherished “Gramma Stub” to Billy Jo (Knights) and Chris Cunningham, Jessica (Knights) and Matt Hall, Claire Knights, Tyler and Whitney Pratt and Michele Pratt and Quentin Lindfield-Roberts. She was Great-Gramma to Jolee and Miller Cunningham, Cameron and Emily Hall, and Finley Pratt. Donna is also survived by her sisters and brothers in-law, John and Sally Knights, and Ann and Jack Morrison. She also leaves many treasured nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Donna was also fortunate to have many wonderful, close friends who will dearly miss her.

Donna was born on, October 31, 1938, much loved only child to Don and Marg Rigby, both predeceased. Mom loved to say that she “came in on a broom” because of her Halloween birthday. She was a life long resident of Blenheim, except for a few years in her early 20’s when she worked at various banks in London and Toronto. After having children, in 1964, Donna started working as a legal secretary for Tom Warwick’s Law Office in Blenheim, and remained in that position for over 40 years, until retiring.

Donna was a 50-year member of the Blenheim I.O.D.E., and a long time member of the Golden Acres Curling Club, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 185, and Blenheim United Church. Donna enjoyed many summers with her husband and family at their boat in Erieau, relaxing by the shanty, making memories with good friends, and cruising the waters of Lake Erie and Rondeau Bay.

Donna’s family would like to give a special thanks to the staff of the Blenheim Community Village, particularly Dawn Campbell, Carol Coll, and Annette Lucio, for the wonderful care she received there, over the past few years, but especially in her final few days.

The family will receive visitors at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Friday, March16 from 2 to 4pm and 7 to 9pm, and the funeral will be held there on Saturday, March 17 at 11am officiated by Pastor Tim Joyce of the Word of Life Church.

Donations to Royal Canadian Legion Branch 185, or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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Hi Jane and Family.. So sad to hear of Donna's passing. She was one of the delightful people we are fortunate to know in our lifetime. Her famous smile and amazing memory and love of Family were just a few of her qualities. Murdock Family

Thoughts and prayers with the Knights' families. Donna and Stub were great neighbours and have touched many peoples' lives.

Our sincere sympathy to all the family. Donna always greeted you with a smile. She will be missed.

Out thoughts and prayers are with the Knight’s family..Mike /Linda Lanz

To the whole Knight's family the Kloostra's send their deepest condolences. Donna will be missed by so many in the community. It was always a pleasure to run into Donna when in town and be able to chat with her and enjoy her sense of humor.

God speed Donna I'm sure you will be happy to be back with Stub, Stub Jr and your beloved "little salt " Thinking of Knights family wishing you comfort in the great memories

Remarkable women that will be missed!

To Donna's Family We are very sorry for your loss. Jerry and I enjoyed several years of curling with Donna and Stub. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Jerry and Jean

To the Family of Donna....she was always a very pleasant woman . When ever we saw her she had a smile and spoke softly. Our Deepest Condolences. Charlie and Barb Cowell from Gowganda Ontario

Our thoughts are with the Knights family. Donna was an amazing person with a heart of gold. She and Stub were an important presence in our world. So many fond (and funny) stories. She will be missed dearly. Noeline, James, Cora and Leah

Sorry to hear of Donna's passing She certainly enjoyed life and made people around her feel that she was genuinely interested in them She will be greatly missed

We are saddened to hear this news. Our condolences to the entire Knights family. Bill & Teddy a Rosser & Family

I wish to extend my sincere sympathy to Jane and Knights family.

My condolences to Stub & Donna's family. My parents were very good friends with Donna & Stub and I remember all the good times they shared together at the races, boat and at my family home. Donna was such a fun loving person, a kind and generous soul, she will be missed.

To Jane and family and also to the extended Knights clan. Our thoughts are with you and we wish you only good thought. We had a lot of great times together while travelling and spending much time together. All the best from Cathy , Cam , Alex and I

My most sincere sympathy to Donna's family. I have fond memories of visiting with my Mother Pearl, my brother Jim, with Marg above the shop, and Grandmother Rigby down the way. Donna was a very sweet woman. My last memory of chatting with Donna was probably the summer of 2016, as she recognized me after many years, as we were walking down "main street, on one of my rare, and happy, visits to my home town. I was so pleased to have that time with Donna. I know she will be greatly missed by her family and many friends. May she rest in Peace, and may you be Blessed with your wonderful memories. Joyce

My sincere condolences to the family . Donna was always happily focused on her family and was very proud of them. As a PSW, it was a pleasure getting to know her while she lived at the Lodge. I will remember Donna as an easy-going, kind, cheerful and polite woman who would always make us feel appreciated. Sincerely, Sylvia

We wish to send our condolences to the entire family ... know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Faubert/Gagner Family

Our heartfelt condolences to all of the family with the passing of Donna. We fondly remember Donna and Stubby during our many times curling at the Blenheim 2 day when they hosted brunch at their home for a full draw of curlers. Stubby's homemade sausage with all the breakfast fixings and Donna's attention to every detail. Many, many great memories. Sincerely, Diane and Ken Winser

My deepest sympathies to you all in the loss of Donna. Donna was always such a friendly person, she invited me to sit with her one day at lunch time and we were friends from that time on. Rose Kozlof-Clayton

Jane and family. We are so sad to hear of Donna’s passing. She was a great lady and will be missed b6 everyone. We will have great memories of our many years together laughing whether at the boat, the curling club, legion or just a long chat on the street. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Dave and Eli

So very sorry for all of Donna's family and friends and your loss. Donna knew how to live life on a grand scale! I know you will all have great memories of the wonderful person she was. May she rest in peace.

Our deepest sympathy to the Knights family , so sorry for your loss. Rest in sweet peace Donna.

I'm sorry for your loss. My condolences to the family and friends of Donna.

To the Knights family: Our sincerest sympathy to you in the passing of a beloved mother, great grandmother, and aunt. keeping all of you in our prayers during this sad and difficult time.

So very sorry for your loss. Donna was a great lady!!! She will be missed by all. Thinking of all of you during this time.

So very sorry for your loss. Donna was a great lady!!! She will be missed by all. Thinking of all of you during this time.

Our heartfelt sympathies go to the family.We are in Florida but our thoughts are with you.

Jane and John and family. My sincere condolences on the passing of your Mom. May the Lord comfort you all at this sad time. I met your grandmother Marg Rigby when I was selling Avon in the late 50's - 60's - wonderful lady. Your Mom must of been in her last years of High School and I gave her rides to school several times. I knew your Dad from the Curling club and the abattoir. Rest In Peace Donna

So sorry for your loss, we will miss Donna coming out to the Eau to enjoy the company of the boaters at the shack. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Shared our friendship in high school. She is finally at peace. God bless her, Joyce and Bill

Thinking of you all. Remembering such a fun loving lady, who enjoyed life. Stub and she will be having and enjoying a beer together. Cherish your memories. Ted and Brenda.

Dearest Knights family: It is with a heavy heart that Al and I send our condolences to you all. We enjoyed Donnas company at our family get togethers. Her spirit will live on in her much loved grandchildren and great grandchildren Al and Helen

Jane and family Sad to hear of Mom's passing. No more pain. We certainly remember her with love and laughter! Her endless energy, fantastic memory (don't change your licence plate without letting her know, because she remembered everyones!!) and general love of family and life. Hope Stubby had the beer on ice! RIP Donna.

Jane: Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of you Mom, we are currently in Florida and will not be able to attend, the visitation or service. She was a wonderful lady, friend of our family for many years. May She Rest in Peace