Monday, October 8, 2012

OBITUARY - DON JOHN DEACON


02 June 1913 – 01 August 1943

 by: Ron C. Johnston

I was very surprised to find this gentleman  buried in the Regina Cemetery. This is the reason for the delay in reporting it.


Professional Hockey Player. Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, he began his hockey career as a winger for the Regina Pats in the junior league, playing but one play-off in 1929. Deacon next season played with the rival Regina Olympics before rejoining the Pats in 1930. Backstopped by Ken Campbell (Shutout King) the Pats won the 1930 Memorial Cup in Deacon's absence. Deacon played 15 games for the Pats and scored 6 goals. His success in Saskatchewan's senior league (Prince Albert Mintos (1931-1935) earned him three stints with the Detroit Red Wings.

In 1934, he signed as a free agent with Detroit Olympics playing until 1935. For the next fours seasons, he played as a defenseman for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League from (1936-40). In 1941, he joined the Canadian military and played for the (Calgary Currie Army team 1942-43).

 
He died after falling from a balcony at a friend's Christmas party in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, while on military leave.

Buried in the Regina (Veteran) Cemetery - 4th Ave and Broad St., Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.