Donald Y. Lang, 1932–2020

Donald Younie Lang passed away July 18, 2020 at the age of 88 years (22 nd birthday).

Don was born February 29, 1932 at home on the Tullochgorum farm. His parents were the late James D Lang and Bertha S Younie. His claim to fame was his leap year birthday. Beloved husband of almost 65 years, Esther Fisher and devoted dad of Kathy (MSG Dean Benson (ret)) Teresa and Judy. His daughters inherited his enthusiasm, common sense and “fix-it” skills.

He is survived by his brothers Gordon (Thelma) and Burton and sister in law Lois Duncan (late Gerald). Predeceased by sister in law and brother in law, Dorothy and Gordon Hill. He will be remembered by nephews, nieces, family, and many friends. And certainly missed by anyone who got to know him.

In 1962, he started a Massey-Ferguson dealership at Allan’s Corners. His hobby was collecting antiques, gas engines and tractors, mostly Massey Harris. After he retired, he enjoyed listening to old-times stories in his shop. He loved the sugar bush and his shanty, also curling, camping, gardening and wood working. He crafted many gifts from local oak and maple trees.

His motto was “do unto others”. He had a passion for family history and had been the caretaker of the Riverfield Cemetery for 25 Years.

Cremation has taken place. A private graveside service will take place at a later date.

Thank you to the kind and caring staff of CLSC; to Dr. Blonde and the staff at Ormstown Medical Center and the Barrie Memorial Hospital.

Special thanks to our neighbours and friends for your frequent phone calls and visits. You knew there was a story to be told, something new that you’d learn, even if it happened 100 years ago. You have always been and will continue to be family.

Memorial donations may be made to the Riverfield Cemetery
Box 357, Howick QC J0S 1G0



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6 messages.


    Our sincere sympathies to all the Lang family I remember as a young kid going to the shop to get a coke with my cousin and visiting with Don a few months ago at the Barrie and seeing Esther at Source Bleue. He always had a smile and loved to chat. Our thoughts are with all of you at this time.


    My sympathy to Don’s family, I have many good memories, skidooing and spending time at the shop


    My sincere sympathies to the Lang family. I remember well going to Don’s MF garage with my father. There was always lots of laughs and stories.


    Our sincere sympathy to the Lang family. Don (and Esther) have been such good friends to my parents over the years, he will be greatly missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.


    My deepest sympathy to you, Judy, and all your family. I know you were close to him. May you cherish the special memories of him. May he rest in peace!


    The gift of life, however dear, must eventually, pass away..
    Yet love and memories remain eternal gifts that stay.
    And fond memories of great stories,
    jokes, helpful hints, and always , thoughtfulness.
    With sincere sympathy