Donald "Don" Peter Sochaski was born on November 25, 1956 in Invermay, SK to Peter and Pauline Sochaski. He was the third of five boys. Don and his brothers Lawrence, John, Dale and Darren grew up on a farm just west of Ridgedale where they spent their time hunting, trapping, fishing, playing sports and causing general havoc around the farm. The stories of these five are infamous and the boys loved getting together to reminisce about the trouble they got in together, the fish they caught or the deer that got away.
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Don attended Ridgedale School where he met his high school sweetheart, Bev Atkings. After high school, Don completed his apprenticeship with the Beeland Coop Service Station in Tisdale, attending Kelsey Institute in Saskatoon where he obtained his journeyman motor vehicle mechanic certificate. Don and Bev did everything together. You could always count on seeing them together at the ball diamond, hockey rink or poker rally as Don was part of the Ridgedale Regals ball team, Ridgedale Rainbows hockey team and Valley Riders snowmobile club. In 1978, Don and Bev were married and bought their first home in Tisdale.
.In 1981, Don and Bev welcomed their daughter, Lindsey and a year later moved back to Ridgedale. Their son, Mitch was born in 1984 and as the kids grew up, Don happily made the transition from player to coach. He was a constant teacher of all things outdoors and loved the opportunity to take someone out on his boat to help them catch that big fish or guide them to a good hunting spot.
In 2011, after 35 years, Don retired from the Beeland Coop and shortly after took a position at Bow Mar Sales in Tisdale where he continued his love of helping and visiting with customers. In 2012, Don took on his favorite job of all as Gido with the birth of his and Bev's first grandchild, Oliver followed by Amelia in 2014 and Owen in 2015. To Don, nothing was more important than family and he spent as much time as possible with his grandkids who were his biggest fans.
Don loved living in Ridgedale. He and Bev established a beautiful yard and large garden. You would often find him on his garden tractor tidying up areas around town or helping out a neighbour with a project. His other favorite pastimes were cheering for his teams, the Riders, Jays and Oilers, and socializing at the Ridgedale curling rink lounge.
On April 5, 2019, Don passed away with his family by his side at the Tisdale Hospital. Don was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Pauline and father-in-law Jack Atkings.
Don is lovingly remembered by his wife Bev; children: Lindsey (Travis) Bunnell, Mitch (Danielle Walker) Sochaski; grandchildren: Oliver and Amelia Bunnell and Owen Sochaski; brothers: Lawrence (Laurie), John (Debbie), Dale (Monica) and Darren; mother-in-law Carol Atkings, brother-in-law Darryl (Debbie) Atkings; sister-in-law Debbie (Trevis) Sturby and many nieces and nephews.
In Don's memory and as a tribute to his life, the family requests that you spend time reconnecting with family and friends as life is too short not to.
A Celebration of Life & Social will be held in the Ridgedale Centennial Hall on Friday, April 12, 2019 starting at 2:00 pm.
Thank you for your attendance. Please join us for refreshments and socializing immediately following the program.