Donald Herbert Reitlo

1937 - 2021


REITLO, Donald Herbert ‘Don’ passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with a lengthy illness at Penticton Regional Hospital on Wednesday, March 31st   at the age of 83 years. He will be remembered and sadly missed by his beloved wife of 63 years Laurel, daughter Marlisle Carlton (Bob) of Penticton, and grandson David Carlton (Natasha) of Toronto.

Don was the only child of Leif and Eleanor Reitlo and was born in Preeceville, SK before moving to Flin Flon, MB in grade seven where he not only grew up, but met the love of his life, Laurel Dawn Lewis. He went on to earn a BSc in mechanical engineering from University of Manitoba in 1960 and was hired right out of school by Johnson Controls in Winnipeg. 1960 also brought a new addition to the family as their daughter Marlisle was born that same August.

After a year working in Winnipeg, he took a hiatus from the company and taught at UBC Vancouver for a year. Again, he was courted by Johnson Controls and this time it took him and his young family to Calgary. After four years he was promoted to head office in Toronto where he rose through the ranks.

1989 saw Don become a grandfather when David was born. They would become peas in a pod. Dave was described as the light of his life and he in turn referred to his Grandpa as a second dad.

 In 1990, he attempted to retire in order to move to the Nanaimo area. Once again, Johnsons had different plans and placed him in a trouble shooter role in the Vancouver branch. He finally retired from Johnson Controls for the last time, after over thirty years, in 1993 and the whole family moved to Penticton. It was there that he took the Canadian Securities course which he graduated with honours, achieving record high marks in his final exams, and began his second career as an investment advisor with Scotia McLeod in 1995. He took care of his clients the old-fashioned way: travelling. This took him up and down the Okanagan and deep into the Kootenay region which he continued for close to fifteen years.

Don worked hard and was extremely successful in everything he laid his hand to, but was also passionate about golf, tennis, curling, and fishing especially with his grandson, David. He was active in the community, especially with the Penticton Rotary Club, but one thing in particular that anyone who knew him could tell you, and that was “family first!”

Special thanks to Dr. David Paisley and Dr. Leona Harries, for their professional and loving care as well as the staff on Floor 5 at PRH who made his last days comfortable.

The family has had a private gathering. Don was a humanist and a man of science. To make a donation in Don’s memory, please consider giving to LET’S TALK SCIENCE.


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April 6, 2021 11:44 AM

With loving thoughts in memory of a remarkable man... we were blessed to have Don & his family as next door neighbours for many years ..

Affectionately, Penny, Kelly & J.J. Long

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Ralpph & Sharlene Oslund

April 19, 2021 11:06 AM

We extend our condolences to you & your family on Don's passing.  May your treasured memories help to sustain you at this difficult time. 
Ralph & Sharlene Oslund

Dave Harrison

April 16, 2021 10:25 AM

I worked with Don for the 3 or 4 years that he was in Vancouver. We had a good team in the Vancouver installation department and questioned a bit why we would need a troubleshooter from Head Office Toronto. Don came with some ideas and made changes which we initially wondered about too.  As we soon discovered, Don’s knowledge and experience and ideas made us stronger and better.  Don fit in as an excellent leader that we were happy to have and to follow. I have talked to many of our team and all respected and appreciated Don as a great leader and a good friend with a great sense of humour.

After retiring from JC Vancouver, I was happy to have Don as my financial advisor for all his Scotia McLeod years.  A chance to continue his mentoring and our friendship. 

Don is sadly missed by all his JC Vancouver friends.  

Julianne Beauchamp

April 12, 2021 12:16 PM

Thinking of all of you at this very difficult time.
May the memories live on.
Sincere best wishes,
Julianne and Ian Beauchamp and family

Anita Rice

April 8, 2021 4:16 PM

Rod and I had the pleasure of golfing with Don in Kelowna while visiting my Mom.... after golf Don took us back to Penticton on a sightseeing tour along the coast ... so relaxed a driver he was and his Lincoln was as smooth as his golf swing . He took the time to show us the local sights and his stories were quick witted. Thank you Don....
The song “ it’s a slow ride, take it easy” should have been playing in the background🙏❤️

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