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Donald ‘Don’ Frederick Knaus

February 1, 2024

Passed peacefully at University Hospital, with family at his side, after fighting a short illness.  A loving father of two girls.  Don is survived by his two daughters, Abby and Alese Knaus and his brother, James Knaus.  Predeceased by his father, Walter Knaus and mother, Helene Knaus.

Don was a dedicated person who served and protected Canada for 19 years before retiring in 2003.  He would continue his passion and work at GDLS for over 20 plus years before his passing.  Don was a person who always had a solution to problems, no matter how hard it was.

Cremation has taken place.  A memorial visitation will be held at Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Friday, February 9, 2024, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9.00 pm.  Interment will take place at Woodland Cemetery on Saturday, February 10, 2024 at 10:00 a.m.

Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Don are asked to consider donating to either the Canadian Liver Foundation or Families for Addiction Recovery (FAR).

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Don was my best friend of over 20 years. He was a kind, loving, compassionate man. He was deeply proud to have served his country. Don did his best at everything he did. I will miss him for the rest of my days. I send my condolences to his daughters who he loved so very much. Don has found peace now, may all who loved him find a way to move through this world without him. I miss my BGF. Until we meet again Don.

~ Julie Slater

I have had the privilege of serving in the military with Don and also working with him at General Motors Defense and General Dynamics. His loss has come as a shock to me. I was talking to him just before the Christmas break regarding his new position and move to Ottawa. He had a mind for detail that was unrivalled and could easily make me laugh with his humour. My condolences to Lisa and his beautiful daughters, Abby and Alese. He will be missed.

~ Peter Dorau

I am so sorry to hear about Don's passing. I have worked with him over the years at GM/GD and always enjoyed talking with him not only about work but about family. He was funny, very kind, and always made you smile after you saw him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

~ Kelly St Marie

My deepest condolences to his daughters and family. I worked with Don at GM/GD since his hiring. He was a very intelligent man, dedicated to his career and a pleasure to work with. He is at peace now and will be missed. RIP Don

~ Dawn Smith

Abby and Alese, I’m so sorry for the tremendous loss of your dad. I worked closely with him over the last 5 years. He was so helpful and had the best attitude. He talked to me often about both of you! I will be keeping you both in my prayers!! 🙏

~ Amy DiLella

Don and I served together for about 20 years. We deployed together, to Bosnia, at a time when very few Canadians had deployed on such an active mission as that one. As the years went on and the world evolved, that mission's medal got crowded out with others. There are not that many of us left, who know what Don went through to earn that medal. So I will be forever impressed with how he represented our Regiment, and respect and appreciate his service. His loss had hit this old soldier, and his Regiment hard. He is far too-soon gone. I pray his family takes comfort in his memory, and the knowledge that he positively impacted far more people than can ever be counted. We will remember him.

~ Harry Chadwick

I worked with Don in Sustainment @ GD, my deepest condolences to his family.

~ Dave Leblanc

RIP Don. It is always a shock to hear of a friend fellow worker and former soldiers passing. I never met Don in the military but worked close with him in GDLS. To all Don's family please accept our condolences and prayers.

~ Dennis O'Leary

It was heartbreaking to hear the news of Don’s passing. Don was a wonderful guy to work with – always having the customer’s needs at the heart of every decision he made. He supported his teammates, had a great sense of humour and was kind. Above all, his girls meant the world to him and he spoke of them often. Godspeed, Don. With sincerest sympathies, Narissa Ferguson

~ Narissa Ferguson

Very sorry to hear that Don has passed away. It was truly an honor working with Don at GDLS for many years as his dedication to the Soldiers he supported was always his focus and his work ethic was second to none! He will be greatly missed by his GDLS teammates - our thoughts and prayers to his family and may he Rest in Peace.

~ Jim Tewilliager

Don was one of the first NCOs that I encountered when I joined the First Hussars in 1987. He taught me on my AVGP D&M and we worked together at the Battle School in the Ipperwash days. We stayed friends after we both released. We all feel a profound loss at his passing. Goodbye Don. Maybe we'll encounter each other down the road somewhere in the future.

~ Ian Hutt

Don Knaus was a first class soldier and a great guy. I knew him from our time together in the First Hussars. He was always cheerful with a wonderful laugh. He served in Bosnia with the Recce Squadron and has a great reputation for getting things done when things were tough. I am very proud to have known him. Our deepest condolences to the family - Andrew and Barbara

~ Andrew van Veen, Major retired

So sorry for your loss…my heart goes out to Abby and Alese…

~ Danny and Sharon Murray

Gone too soon Don! See you at Tim Hordons brother!

~ Garry Lake

Services for Donald ‘Don’ Frederick Knaus

Memorial Service will be held at:
Westview Funeral Chapel
709 Wonderland Road North,
London, Ontario

February 9, 2024 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Memorial Service will be held at:
Westview Funeral Chapel
709 Wonderland Road North,
London, Ontario

February 9, 2024 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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