Donald John Hnatuk
Passed on September 14, 2019
Suddenly on September 14, 2019, Don Hnatuk of Stonewall passed away at home at the age of 74. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Pat, daughter Donna (James) and granddaughter Alexandrea of Stonewall, daughter Stacey (Brad) and grandsons, Bryston and Kolsen, of Stonewall. Also left to mourn are his siblings Vicki (Len), Eugene, Mary Anne, and Terry (Kim). Uncle Mike Hnatiuk and Aunt Stella Shewchuk, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Don was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Margaret Hnatuk, in laws, Willie and Mabel Shindruk and other extended family. Born in Minnedosa, MB on September 3, 1945, Don was the second oldest sibling. He grew up in Sandy Lake, MB. In the late 60’s he began career in the transport industry, taking him across Canada and the US. During his career he worked in Estherhazy, SK, and drove for Mekechuk, Kominko, Bennett, Mark Transport, Direct, Merit, and finally Arnold Reimer, until health issues forced him into retirement. In 1980, he received the Mack Million Miles award. His long career and love of Mack trucks earned him the nickname “Mac Don”. During this time he met Pat Shindruk of Elphinstone, MB and they were married on October 16, 1971, residing in Winnipeg until 1976, when they moved to Stonewall. Don enjoyed watching sports, especially curling and football. He spent a lot of his leisure time visiting the friends he made throughout his driving career. As per Don’s request, cremation has taken place and no formal service will be held. “You’ve come to the end of the road Mac Don”
Pat and family. Just heard of Don's passing, and would like to share my condolences. When I was young Don was my mentor as I loved the trucks he drove and the stories that he would share. I remember you and him at ball games in a b model Mack. I did run with during the 70's when we were both with Arnold Bros. Many good times.
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