2745 CLEVELAND, Donald Ross
Don died in Dartmouth General Hospital after a brief illness. Born in Montreal, he was a son of Dr. Henry Ross Cleveland (DDS) and Mabel Jane Cleveland (Phelan). Don is survived by his loving and supportive wife, Janet Marie Kaiser; predeceased by his brother, John; and first wife, Frances; and survived by his daughters, Frances Jane Seager (Gary) and Barbara Jo-Anne Dennis (Ron); his grandchildren, Todd Seager, Jennifer Seager and James Dennis; his great-grandchildren, Lila Bickford-Seager, Jake Swann, Julia Swann and T.G. Seager; his stepchildren, Jacqueline Neil (Gordon), Allison Nobes (Brendan) and Colin Kaiser (Leia); and his step grandchildren, James Nobes and Eliza Nobes.
Don attended Westmount High School, joined the Royal Canadian Engineers as a boy in 1938, graduated from the Royal Military College in 1942 where he was noted particularly for his dapper appearance and devotion to academics.
On leaving RMC, he served six months in England with the Royal Navy and then the remainder of the Second World War with the Canadian Army in Italy and Northwest Europe. On returning to Canada in 1945, he transferred to the part-time militia, retiring in 1954 as a major.
In 1996, RMC awarded Don an honourary degree in Military Science.
After obtaining an MBA from Harvard University in 1947, Don launched his business and entrepreneurial careers; working initially as executive assistant to the Presidents of Domtar 1947-50 and Ford Canada 1950-52. He was then president or managing director of Fleet Aircraft 1952-55, Greenbelt Development 1955-57, Atlantic Veneers 1958-60, Richardson Construction 1954-60, Marine Service & Contracting 1954-60, Newfoundland Transportation & Transit 1954-58, Great West Saddlery 1960-70 and Bouygues Offshore Cana da 1986-88.
He was president of his own consulting firms Professional Directors Inc 1968-2007 and Don Cleveland Associates 2007-2016. Using his vast business experience, Don worked for investors as a Turnaround Consultant (1988-2012) to rescue companies in trouble.
On a number of occasions, he provided his services for free and sometimes invested his own money in his efforts to save a company. Keenly supportive of education, Don lectured on business administration at universities and colleges in Ontario and Nova Scotia. He was a governor at the University College of Cape Breton 2001-2006. His latest, and unfinished project, was a venture with the Province of Nova Scotia to set up a volunteer mentorship program to help new businesses succeed.
Don was a long-time member of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, and he particularly enjoyed his membership in the Halifax Club. At Don’s request he has been cremated and there will be no funeral service. Don’s ashes will be buried at sea. Donations can be made in Don’s memory to Autism Canada. Online condolences may be viewed or sent to: www.mattatallfuneralhome.com