Date of death:
Friday January 5, 2018

The Vancouver Sun and or The Province, BC

Don Blythe passed away peacefully on Friday, January 5, 2018 in Surrey Memorial Hospital. He was born in 1938 in Lethbridge, AB to Don and Mabel Blythe and was raised in Vancouver and Saskatoon. He started working for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. In Saskatoon in 1957 and worked in the tire industry all his life in various capacities. He joined O. K. Tire Stores Canada Ltd. In 1972 and was instrumental in forming an O. K. Tire Franchised Dealer Committee to explore the possibility of the Canadian dealers (49) purchasing O. K. Tire Stores Canada Ltd. from Ashland Oil in Ashland, Kentucky. On October 1, 1973, a 100% franchised dealer-owned marketing group entitled O. K. Tire Stores Inc. was formed. Elected president of O. K. Tire Stores Inc. In 1983 and elected director of Western Canada Tire Dealers Association and president 1995-1997. Starting in 1989, he helped develop provincially-run Scrap Tire Programs throughout Western Canada. Don retired in 2003 and became Executive Director of WCTDA. He chaired a committee made of representatives from the Rubber Association of Canada, Retail Council of Canada, and New Car Dealers Association of British Columbia to explore an industry takeover of the Scrap Tire Program in British Columbia. Tire Stewardship BC, a not-for-profit society, was formed in 2007 and on January 1 began operating the BC Scrap Tire Program. Don was Chairman of TBC when he passed away. In 2008, inducted into the WCTDA Hall of Fame. In 2010, inducted into TIA Hall of Fame. Don was very active in ACT enjoyed volunteering at the Bell Centre in Surrey. He is survived by Laura, his wife of 54 years, and many friends and relatives. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, January 13 at 2:00 p.m. at Lakebridge Amenity Centre, 5811 - 122nd St., Surrey. In memory of Don, donations can be made to Surrey Memorial Foundation. Funeral Home Valley View - Surrey 14644 72 Ave Surrey, BC V3S 2E7 (604) 596-8866 Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Jan. 11, 2018

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