In Memoriam Don Braddon

Don joined the Kiwanis Club of Chatham in March 1997, shortly after retiring as Superintendent of Education with the Kent County Board of Education. He was a very active member of that club until the merger of that Club and the Kiwanis Club of Chatham-Kent Golden K in March 2014. He served as an officer or director of the Board over most of those years and served as Club President in 2006-07. He was an active participant and volunteer for virtually every club project.

Don was a strong advocate of the Chatham Kiwanis Music Festival and coordinated management of Music Festival sites, a committee position he called Manpower, for 15 years beginning in 2000. He would truck signs, tables, chairs etc. to the various sites and be sure that everything detail was looked after for smooth operation of each day’s events. He always preferred to work quietly behind the scenes to be certain everything was running smoothly than to be in the forefront.

Don was recognized for his service when presented with a Kiwanis International President’s Legion of Honour three years.

Many who knew Don well knew about his skill working with wood, his love for curling and his joy of sailing his sailboat out of Erieau.

Don’s visitation also takes place this Saturday, March 16 from 11am-12pm with memorial service at 12pm at McKinlay Funeral Home. You may read his obituary, which states that “donations made in memory of Don to the Chatham Kiwanis Music Festival or Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation would be appreciated by the family”.

Thank you for over 26 years of Kiwanis service, Don. We will be forever grateful for all you’ve done for our community and club.