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Donald Gordon Rinn

On Saturday, May 11, 2019, after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer, Don passed away at the Carman Memorial Hospital.

Left to mourn him are his son, Dennis, dear companion, Bev Harbour, sister Gladys Wymer, brothers Bob (Rae), Dennis (Lana), Lyle (Sue), brother-in-law Peter Swetlishnoff and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Gaylene, his parents Alden and Kathleen, sister Reta (Swetlishnoff), brother-in-law Albert Wymer, brothers Jimmy and Morley.

Don was born January 23, 1949.  He was raised on the family farm at Snowflake and attended school in Snowflake and Crystal City. He joined the RCMP in 1969 at the age of 21.  He was posted to the lower mainland in B.C. where he served in detachments in North Vancouver, Chilliwack, Vancouver and Surrey. After 35 years of distinguished service, Don retired as the Staff Sergeant of a Major Crimes Unit, stationed in Surrey.  During those years, he was the recipient of several citations and awards.  He was one of the few members of the RCMP selected to attend the FBI Academy in Washington for further training.

Don retired in 2004, and he and son Dennis returned to Manitoba and settled in Carman.  There he was able to spend countless hours in his garden and yard.  Neighbors were often grateful recipients of the bounty of his garden and his yard was admired by viewers.

Don possessed a great love of dogs and throughout most of his life, they were his faithful and constant companions.  Tia, his brother's dog's biggest treat was to get to spend time with Don.

Playing cribbage was simply part of his life.  He participated in the cribbage events at the Legion and never missed the many family tournaments.  He and brother Bob rarely missed a day without a few games of cribbage.

As a sports fan, he loved following the curling circuit and Blue Bomber football. Friendly wagers on the games with family members and post-game reviews were the norm.

When Don returned to Manitoba, he became reacquainted with Bev Harbour, a dear family friend from their early days in Vancouver. As a loving companion, Bev spent a great deal of time with Don and together they enjoyed many ship cruises and vacations.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Kruk and Dr. Woelk, the nursing staff at Carman Hospital and Cancer Care Manitoba for their exceptional care and service provided to Don.

Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Carman United Church with Karen Tjaden officiating. Interment will take place in the Kaleida cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Cancer Care Manitoba Foundation, Carman Palliative Care Program or a charity of your choice.

Don’t cry because it’s over; Smile because it happened.


#1 Bruce & Caryl Wylie 2019-05-13 20:25
Don and I started our RCMP careers together in North Vancouver and were work colleges and he and Gayle were close friends ever since. I was fortune to be with him hours before he passed and feel blessed to have had that brief time together. I know that the last couple of years were not pleasant for him and am relieved he is now at peace. Words are not enough to express the loss that Caryl and I feel at this time. Our prays go out to all those loved ones he has left behind. He was a dear friend and we will truly miss him. God bless.
#2 Phil Juby, 2019-05-14 16:45
Condolences to the entire family. So sad to hear of Don's passing. I worked for him while on Serious Crimes in Surrey, and a couple of his files when he went to Major crime Vancouver. Great guy, always had an answer, and a great laugh, and a real solid investigator.
Was a gem of a guy and great mentor. God Bless . Phil Juby Sgt. Ret'd RCMP
#3 Linda Bojarski 2019-05-14 19:17
Sincere condolences to the Rinn family. I know his brothers, Bob & Dennis will truly feel the loss of a very dear brother, friend, fierce cribbage opponent & endless trickster. His many nieces & nephews loved him dearly ... some of whom have inherited his sense of humour. Who could leave a better legacy? My sister married into the Rinn family - I never tired of hearing about the hilarity that was part of most Rinn family gatherings. Much love & many prayers during this difficult time.
#4 Vince & Wendy Parkes 2019-05-14 20:12
We met Don & Gayle when we moved onto Silver Avenue in Chilliwack in the early eighties. Our sons were only two at the time & they became good friends.
We had a couple of very memorable trips together to the beach at Ocean Shores Washington with the kids & dogs. We also had many neighbourhood events that were more fun because of their presence. We are thinking of Dennis ,,sending him condolences along with all Dons family
#5 Clay & Jo Ann Brown 2019-05-14 20:44
We would like to pass on our condolence to Don’s family.
During work and as an old neighbour in Surrey I had many opportunities to discuss controversial issues with Don and hear his opinions.

He will be missed.
#6 Jim Hunter 2019-05-14 21:46
I worked along side Don for many years at EDIV Serious Crime. He was an amazing person and leader. His sense of humour will always be remembered and his constant smile. He was a tireless worker and led by example. Condolences to his family and all those who have been touched by Don.
#7 Jim Chadwick 2019-05-15 05:33
Don was the first to step forward and help when I arrived in North Vancouver on Christmas Day 1971. Don exemplified the heart, soul and courage of the RCMP. I am proud to have called he and Gayle friends, and they will not be forgotten. Jim
#8 Karen Maxwell 2019-05-15 06:02
Don and I shared many cribbage games through the Legion.
Don was a great man.
I will miss him.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
#9 Cindy Froese 2019-05-15 08:09
Dennis..At this difficult time in your life, I pray that God will grant you the peace that you need to get through this. Sincere condolences.
#10 Don/Betty Wiebe 2019-05-15 08:55
Sincerest sympathies to you, Dennis and Bev....Will miss stopping by on my bike when you guys would be sitting enjoying a glass of wine in the evening after a hard day in the garden on weekends....
#11 Gary Bass 2019-05-15 09:14
I had the great honour of knowing and working together with Don in the RCMP in British Columbia from the early 90's until his retirement. He exemplified the qualities of a true leader, in both his professional and private life and was without doubt, one of the best investigators the Force has ever seen. My sincere condolences to all of his family and friends, he will be missed by all.
#12 Linda LeCain 2019-05-15 09:29
I worked with Don at Serious Crime. He was a great leader, well respected and one who expected your best because that is what he gave each day. A good guy - gone much too soon. Sincere sympathy to family and friends. Linda LeCain C/M (retired)
#13 Christine Wozney 2019-05-16 10:41
In 1977, as a 20 year old Recruit in North Vancouver, Don was my trainer during a GIS rotation. Our paths continued to cross through the years and eventually he was my "Boss" on Serious Crime. Don always made me smile. To him, I was "Officer Wozney". Don was gentle, funny and smart. He was one of the great ones.
Christine Wozney and Bob Cardey
#14 Rick and Pat Winslow 2019-05-16 14:54
Our thoughts, prayers, and heartfelt condolences to Bev, Dennis, and Don's family at this time. A great friend, an outstanding RCMP member, a true gentleman, a contagious sense of humor. Just some of Don's many qualities. We are truly better for having the great pleasure of his friendship. The great fun of our lengthy card games will always be cherished. '99 Donny. RIP my friend.
#15 Bob Heywood 2019-05-17 08:23
Don was one of the great young members I remember from my time in North Vancouver. Sad to hear of his passing. My condolences to his family and friends

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