SAINTER, Donald Charles

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Born on November 19, 1932. Passed away on October 21, 2020.

Devoted husband of Pat. Loving father and father-in-law of David and Jill, Deborah and Gary, Jeanette and Patrick. Loved and funny Pa of 8 grandchildren and Great Pa of 9 great grandchildren.

Funeral Notice

Private service

Due to Government restrictions, a private service will be held.

21 tributes Leave your tribute

  1. Deepest sympathy to you all on the loss of Don. He was a lovely man.

    Belinda Murnane October 24 2020 9:24 pm
  2. My condolences to Pat and family. A very caring gentleman. Wilma

    Wilma Purdie October 24 2020 11:00 pm
  3. Deepest sympathy to Pat and family on the loss of Don. He was a lovely man who will be sadly missed.
    Thinking of you all

    Vicki Percy October 25 2020 12:15 pm
  4. Don was an incredible coach and like a grandfather to us all. My heart goes out to Pat and Deb and the rest of his family. He has a heart of gold and a great sense of humour, he will be dearly missed.

    Allison Towers October 25 2020 9:38 pm
  5. Deepest sympathy to Pat and family on the passing of Don. He will be greatly missed by all the swims that he coached during his 50 years involvement with the Colac Swimming Club and the Western District. Thank you Don, for for your many hours of guidance and friendship over all our yours of involvement in swimming. Rest in Peace.
    Tom, Faye, Denis, Sarah & Kathryn Roscoe & Their Families.

    Tom & Faye Roscoe October 25 2020 10:44 pm
  6. Deepest Sympathy to Pat and family on the loss of Don. A gentle caring family man, now at rest.

    Dianne Edwards October 26 2020 12:09 pm
  7. To Pat and family. So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. I will miss our weekly chats. An absolute gentleman with a great sense of humour. Very sad, my deepest sympathy to you all.

    Lyn Foster

    Lyn Foster October 26 2020 1:50 pm
  8. Our condolences on the loss of Don, to Jeanette and Patrick, Daniel, Kristy, Edward, George, Partners and their families.
    Also Sincere sympathy to Pat, David, Deborah, Partners and families.
    Don was an inspirational coach to the Swimming Fraternity of Colac. His dedication, support and jovial nature will long be appreciated and remembered. R.I.P.
    Jennie and Dyson and families
    October 26 2020 16.35pm

    Jennie Scott October 26 2020 4:39 pm
  9. Deepest sympathy to Jeanette, Patrick and family for your loss. Please accept our condolences on the passing of your father Don. He will always be remembered as a dedicated and hard working member of the swimming community over many years. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
    Vince, Adele, Paul Taylor and family.

    Vince Taylor October 27 2020 5:23 pm
  10. Dear Pat and family, we send our condolences on the passing of Don. He was an inspiration to so many and will be missed and has left a great legacy. Angela, Chris and James Hurren

    Angela Hurren October 28 2020 7:53 am
  11. Deepest Sympathy Pat, David, Deborah, Jeannette and family on the passing of Don. I will always remember my times with Don and your family during my swimming club years and catching up with him at retra vision and the supermarket.
    Thinking of you all Nola McDougall ( Vesey)

    Nola McDougall October 28 2020 11:57 am
  12. Sending my deepest condolences to Pat, David, Debbie, and Jeanette and families on the very sad passing of Don. He was truly one special person. So full of life. Always so willing to help out when needed. He will be missed by many. Many hugs to you all. Leanne And David Swain (née Griffiths) and family.

    Leanne Swain October 28 2020 5:03 pm
  13. Our deepest sympathy to Pat and family. We will remember his quiet and friendly manner whenever we had dealings with him at Budget and also note his wonderful contribution to teaching and coaching many involved at the Colac Swimming Club.
    Christine and Peter King and family

    Christine King October 28 2020 10:55 pm
  14. Sorry to hear about the passing of Donald. He was a nice man and will be sadly missed

    Anne jackson October 29 2020 4:13 pm
  15. Deepest sympathy to Pat and family on the passing of Don. I remember Don as a child growing up in Colac.
    Love to his family and friends
    🌹🌹🌹🌹

    Pam Bamford October 29 2020 4:43 pm
  16. Deepest sympathy to Pat and family on the passing of Don.
    You have been a wonderful next door neighbour to my kids and I for the last 14 years. We will miss the chats we used to have out on the driveway. Our thoughts are with you all. Love from Sharon, Harley and Phoenix 💜💜

    Sharon Black October 29 2020 5:30 pm
  17. Our deepest sympathy to Pat and family. Fond memories of swimming meets and country championships – great times and special memories. Thinking of you all. RIP Don.
    Joan, Lionel, Brendan, Simon, Matthew & Catherine Scott

    Joan Scott October 29 2020 6:06 pm
  18. It was with a great shock to me and with much sadness felt, as I learned of the passing of Don whilst away in WA.
    We go back a long time, with many long years of great friendship in your home Pat, when in my teens, growing up with David, Deb and later Jeanette. We all shared in many happy chats and laughs together.

    I wish to convey my deepest heartfelt condolences to Pat, David, Deb and Jeanette and to all of Don’s extended families. He was such a great family mentor, great father to David, Deb and Jeanette and loving husband to Pat. I always loved you all so very much and know the whole community is much the richer for all you so willingly and passionately devoted to all involved in the Colac Swimming Club as a great coach and true friend to all, dear Don.

    Thanks so much for sharing your very infectious sense of humour with us all.
    I cannot believe that I was only chatting about your family with my husband today Don, and sharing stories of our happy childhood memories… little did I know you had already passed).
    Sending much love and hugs to you all. 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹

    Carol Smit (nee Parker)
    Elliminyt Vic.

    Carol Smit October 30 2020 1:33 am
  19. To Pat, Debra and Garry, David and Jill, Jeanette and Patrick and families, I have just watched the funeral and what a lovely tribute to such a loving, happy, caring man. We will miss his smiling face. I know you will all miss him heaps, but cherish all the lovely memories you have. Deepest sympathy to you all,
    Donna Dennis (Griffiths) and family

    Donna Dennis November 3 2020 10:09 pm
  20. Pat and family it was a complete shock to accidentally come across Don funeral live stream. our deepest condolences to you all. Don was always more than happy to offer help with swimming techniques and gave so much of his time to the club and the district swimming fraternity. He will be deeply missed
    Regards Karen Currell (Lawlor) Rebecca and Joanne

    Karen Currell November 10 2020 8:03 pm
  21. Dear Pat,
    It was very easy to spot what a devoted husband Don was to you and what a beautiful couple you were.

    I have been thinking of you tenderly and you are in thoughts & prayers. Take very good care as you navigate through this time Pat.
    Fond warmth & respect,
    Linda ( from School)

    Linda Briffa November 15 2020 2:30 pm

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