In Celebration of

Donald E. Hushion

September 20, 1937 -  July 7, 2023

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our beloved Don who passed away at Valleyfield hospital on Friday, July 7 at the age of 85.

He is survived by his loving wife Nadia Turbide, his children David (Jane Heath) and Jennifer (Jay Baruch) and his grandson Daniel Baruch. He will be deeply missed by his brother Tony (Margo) and sisters Penny (Rae Anderson) and Debby (Phil Niel), as well as nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. Don retired following a stroke in 2005. Prior to that he had been a lawyer, a senior public servant at the international, federal and provincial levels of government. He also worked as a consultant to governments, management, and unions specializing in the resolution of inter-and intra organizational conflicts.

Don was born in Montreal, Quebec on September 20, 1937. He graduated from Loyola College in 1960. He then studied law graduating from McGill University Law School in 1964. He was later admitted to the Quebec Bar after working with the UN (International Labour Organization) in Geneva on the development and enforcement of international labour conventions with lawyers from all over the world.

Don was gregarious and outgoing. He enjoyed horses and riding, skiing and all racquet sports. His favorite activity, however, was sailing with Nadia on their beautiful sloop, Renaissance II, around Lake Ontario and Georgian Bay. That’s when they shared their happiest and most adventurous moments together.

His family wishes to express their appreciation for the care Don received at the Hawkesbury and Valleyfield hospitals, in Hudson by his excellent family physician Dr. Marie Leclair, with nurses from Hudson Nova, and the CLSC, as well as his caregivers, notably Jacquie, Isabelle, Marie-Claude, Dilys, Susan and Sharman.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to Nova Hudson would be appreciated.

Celebration of Life will be on Saturday, July 15 at the Belvedere Funeral Complex, 22025 Trans Canada Hwy, Senneville, Quebec H9X 0B2. Visitation at 1pm, Service at 2pm.

The celebration of life will be broadcast on the FuneraWeb platform. It will be possible to watch it live or in replay via this link:


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Whitney Hushion (Niece)

Entered July 10, 2023 from Innisfil, ON

It’s been many, many years since I’ve seen my uncle Don but I will always remember our family visits with him and Nadia. I will always remember him as being incredibly fun and outgoing. Rest in peace uncle Don.

Carole Ann O'Connell (Friend)

Entered July 11, 2023 from Mallorytown, Ontario

Dear Nadia,

I was sorry to learn of Don’s passing. I enjoyed working with him during his consulting years. He was always so out going, so honest, and so knowledgeable. I loved talking horses with him and remember, with fond memories, many of our conversations.

I cannot attend the celebration of life on July 15, however I will be with you in thought.

With my fondest wishes
Carole Ann

Ruth Sirman (colleague and friend)

Entered July 11, 2023 from Ottawa

I was so sorry to hear of Don's passing Nadia. He was such an amazing man to work with - we had so many conflict management and training adventures together. Some of my favourite memories working in this field were cases and courses I did with Don. I remember when we were teaching a course together and he wasn't feeling well. I, and others, suggested he go to the hospital to see what was going on but he stubbornly refused as he didn't want to leave the course.. Until I told him I was going to call you - and ask you what you wanted him to do. He told me that I was playing dirty! But he went... and we were all relieved to know he was ok. I learned so much from him - his quiet competence and unflappable presence no matter what the situation. Love to you and the rest of the family.

Susan Levant (friend)

Entered July 11, 2023 from Toronto

Dear Nadia

My deepest sympathy to you and your family at this sad time.
In our 46 year friendship he never complained when things were difficult even when faced with all the health issues he had in he last few years. He still
managed to be cheerful and interested in whatever someone else had to say.
Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the
answer....that was Don.
Don was elegant, charming, funny and idealistic. What a wonderful combination.
He was lucky to have been surrounded by people who loved and supported him.
I will miss him and am so grateful that he was my friend.
Unfortunately I cannot attend the service but will be watching.
Susan Levant

Deborah Freeman (sister)

Entered July 12, 2023 from Nanoose Bay

To my dear brother, my arms are around you and soft kisses on your cheeks. You always made me laugh and brought me much joy. Memories of you are always filled with love. Thank you!


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