What stood out most about Don was his generosity: with his time, stories, advice and drinks!
As a member of the Ryerson Journalism Alumni Association, he was constantly giving back. Not only did he serve as the president, but he also took on the “past president” advisory role for three years – a position that only called for a one-year term. Going above and beyond to help others is what Don did best. On the association, he took interest in the career paths of each individual executive member and provided guidance for the group as a whole and to each member individually. You couldn’t help but love Don.
Don was my sounding board and a talented, passionate and fun-loving guy. I will miss him dearly.
(RJAA President 2013-2016)
Don, back left, with other members of the RJAA.
Below are some thoughts about Don posted to Twitter:
— Rob Granatstein (@robedits) March 14, 2018
— Amanda Cupido (@acupido) March 14, 2018
So sad to hear of the passing of Don McCurdy. Don taught journalism at Conestoga College & was an incredible mentor. I will never forget his patience, kindness and how he helped me get my first print article ever published in Grand Magazine. RIP Don. You will be greatly missed https://t.co/g8mgBRSxz2
— Adrienne South (@AdrienneKS) March 14, 2018
Remembering Don McCurdy today, for all he did to make the @ONAwards a great night for Ontario journalists. We'll raise a toast to you, Don, on April 28. The party won't be the same without you, but we'll try to do you proud. pic.twitter.com/CCDKomVNkC
— ONAwards (@ONAwards) March 14, 2018
Ontario has lost a great newsman with the death of Don McCurdy. I have lost someone I was proud to call my friend for 40 years.
— John L. Gibson (@JohnLGibson1) March 14, 2018
— Jim Poling (@JimatTheSpec) March 14, 2018