Passing of Don Scholfield


Donald Scholfield passed away at The Carpenter Hospice, Burlington after a battle with cancer on Friday, October 11, 2013 in his 94th year.  He leaves behind his loving wife of 63 years, Betty (nee Dafoe), his daughters Patti (Bruce) McFadyen, Toni Scholefield (Eric), Kim Scholefield (Rick), and Lori (Gary) Mountford, grandchildren Jim (Mia), Courtney (Frank), April, Lewis, and Lydia, great grandchildren Eiva, and Elliot, brother in law Bill MacLaren, and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Percy and Minnie, and siblings Jack (Ann), Bob (Dorothy), Bettie, Audrey (Bob), and sister in law Peggy (Jack). Don was born in Leicester, England and came to Canada at the age of six. His family settled in Montreal. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy at the age of twenty and proudly served as an aircraft gunner aboard the HMCS Giffard through the Battle of the Atlantic. After his five years in the Navy, with peace restored, he and his brothers Jack and Bob started Laurentide Aviation in 1946, a successful flying school that taught many people to fly over the years. In the 1970's it became the largest flying school in Canada. In 2004 the three Scholefield brothers were inducted into the Quebec Air and Space Hall of Fame. In 1985 Don and Betty moved to Ontario and settled in Burlington. Don is currently a member of the BurlOak Naval Association, the RCNA, Halton Naval Association, and Royal Canadian Legion Branch 60 where he recently received his 40 year pin. Over the years Betty and Don were great travelers and saw a lot of the world. Don had a great sense of humour and could keep us entertained with many stories! Thank you to Dr. William Evans, Joseph Brant Hospital, and to the wonderful staff at Sunrise where Don spent the summer, who all make their tough jobs seem easy. Also, thank you to the Carpenter Hospice where Don was treated with care and respect. Visitation at SMITH'S FUNERAL HOME, 1167 Guelph Line (one stoplight north of QEW), BURLINGTON (905-632-3333), on Wednesday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m., where a Funeral Service will be held on Thursday October 17, 2013 at 1 p.m. Interment, Burlington Memorial Gardens. If desired, as an expression of sympathy donations to The Carpenter Hospice, or BurlOak Naval Veterans would be sincerely appreciated by the family. We love you, and we will miss you!