Dr. Donald (Don) Schiefler

July 25, 1934 - Millom, Cumberland, England

April 22, 2022 - Calgary, Alberta


Dr. Donald ‘Don’ Schiefler of Calgary, AB passed away peacefully on Friday, April 22, 2022 at the age of 87 years.


Don was born in Millom, Cumberland, United Kingdom on July 25, 1934, to Richard Donald and Alma Schiefler (nee Martin). He was the third child, following his brother Harry, and sister Elizabeth. He attended Millom County Secondary School. After graduation, Don commenced his post-secondary education, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Geology at the University of Manchester. While in Manchester, he became engaged to Doreen Power. Don and Doreen immigrated to Canada and were married in Edmonton, AB in 1956. In February 1958, they welcomed their first child, Susan. Susan was followed by Mark in April 1959; and Fiona in March, 1961. The family returned to the UK in 1961, where the growing family welcomed Stephen in September 1963; and Kirsten in December 1965.


In August 1979, the family returned to Canada, settling in Calgary. In 1984, Doreen was diagnosed with cancer. She passed away in December  that year. Don retired from geology after two years of working in Sydney, Australia. On his return to Calgary, he met Frankie. They were married in the summer of 1987.


Don is survived by his wife Frankie; sons, Mark and Stephen; daughters, Susan and Kirsten; grandchildren, Richard, Martin, David, Max, James, Joanna, Harrison, Victoria, Sophia and Eva; great-grandchildren, Aidan and Rupert. He is also survived by Frankie’s children, Donald, Kenneth and Michelle; and grandchildren, Aaron, Evan, Kyle, Kimberly and Andrea. He was predeceased by first wife Doreen, daughter Fiona, brother Harry and sister Elizabeth


Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Spirit Catholic Church (10827 – 24th Street S.W., Calgary, AB) on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. Reception to follow at the Church. Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared and viewed here.


In living memory of Donald Schiefler, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.