"Donny," by Jim Nedelak
8 x 11 1/4 - charcoal drawing
I was fortunate
enough to meet Don a number of years ago through
firefighter sports. He is an unbelievably funny man. His
raspy voice and never ending supply of jokes and
one-liners has had friends laughing into the wee hours
of the night.
Don was born in 1940. He apprenticed in an iron foundry
until 1965 when he joined the Victoria Fire Department.
He retired in 1997 as a Battalion Chief.
I always wanted to draw Don and finally got around to it
after getting the right reference photos. As is typical
of his sense of humour, he asked that I make him
“prettier” than his old pal (and another subject of
mine), Rotten Ralph.
In 2010 Don had a mild stroke which left him partially
paralyzed on his right side, and to make things worse he
had a bad fall requiring a hip replacement. As of this
writing in 2012, he is recovering from the surgery, with a