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Hwy. 3&13 10-4th Avenue SE P.O. Box 491 Carman MB.  R0G 0J0   Canada



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.


#16 Dennis Johnson 2019-05-18 13:38
I had the honour of knowing and working with Don in Chilliwack. He was without a doubt the most enjoyable and competent Investigator I ever worked with. I will miss our occasional chats about the good old days. Our sincere condolences to Dennis, Bev and the Rinn Family.
Dennis and Sandy Johnson
#17 Ken HOLMBERG 2019-05-21 10:33
Sincere Condolences! Nice man who left us much too soon. Ken & Deb Holmberg White Rock, B.C.
#18 Ian Grant 2019-05-22 12:17
Don and I were partners in the GI Section at North Vancouver detachment in the 70s. We did some great work together and were good friends. His calm and sober personality countered my rashness and I will always remember him with much fondness. I last met up with Don when he was in Chilliwack where he was doing his usual outstanding work. My condolences to the Rinn family.
#19 Elaine Schlivinsky nee Brown 2019-05-23 16:51
My sincere condolences to Don's family and friends. I recall Don's smile and laugh & sense of humor growing up in Snowflake. May fond memories be a comfort, he will genuinely be missed.
#20 Tony Cichelly 2019-05-25 12:36
My condolences to Don's Family. We first worked in North Vancouver Det. We managed to keep in contact, when I was transferred to Ottawa and when I was visiting Family in Winnipeg. We would bet on football games and even exchanged recipes on occasion. Don was truly a gifted member of the RCMP.
R.I.P Don, My Friend

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