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Don Porter Passes

Published: March 6, 2018 9:56 am ET

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Atlantic Canada lost one of its most successful longtime breeders with the passing of Donald Eugene Porter of Fort Belcher, NS, at his home on Monday, February 26. He was 83.

Shortly after purchasing a farm with his brother, Arthur, Don married his high school sweetheart, Helen Elliott Atkinson. They remained on the farm for the 55 years of their married life and raised five children together. Donald gave many years of service to the dairy industry beyond his own farm, as he actively served on several industry boards. Raising horses was one of his greatest pleasures, and he raised numerous stakes champions.

Among his notable farm offspring were Escorts Abe (1.55.2 $162, 330), Deep Finesse (1.49.3 $254,184), Force Ore Finesse ($1.53.1 $265,958) and Atlantic Breeders Crown champion Dube Finesse.

Donald is survived by his five children, Beth (Terry) MacMichael, Patti (Kevin) Budd, Susan (Bob Derosier), George (Barbara) and Alan (Jennifer), 22 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service is being planned for a later date. Memorial donations can be made to the Colchester Hospice Society, the West Colchester United Arena, or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, Truro where online condolences may be made at:

Please join Standardbred Canada in offering condolences to the family and friends of Don Porter.

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