A "Celebration of Life" will be held on June 15, 2013 for Don Watson who passed away earlier this year. Don served as Chairman on ATAC's Board of Directors in 1963-1964 and again in 1969-1970. He was appointed an ATAC Honorary Life Member in 1976. Don was inducted into Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame in 1974, one of the first to be so recognised shortly after its foundation in 1973.
Don joined Canadian Airways in 1938 where he remained for two years. He later assisted the government in 1940 with the technical, administrative, and flying functions of the BCATP. Watson served the United States Air Force Transport Command in 1945 and after the war, returned to Canada where he joined Canadian Pacific Airlines. He later flew in the world-respected Saskatchewan Government Air Ambulance Service and while there, transported more than 6,000 patients in all degrees of flying weather, saving hundreds of lives. In 1958 Watson joined Pacific Western Airlines (PWA) and served as the company's President and CEO from 1970 - 1976.
Join the family in his "Celebration of Life" at 13:00, with a fly by at 13:30, at Harbour Air Seaplane Hangar, 4760 Inglis Drive in Richmond, BC. They are situated at YVR South Side Airport.