Peterborough community mourns the sudden passing of Donna Geary

Professor and businesswoman will be especially remembered for her work with the Rotary Club of Peterborough Kawartha

Professor, businesswoman, and Rotarian Donna Geary has passed away at the age of 59. She was a friend of kawarthaNOW publisher Jeannine Taylor, who took this photo of Geary at the official opening of the Rotary outdoor adult gym at Beavermead Park in Peterborough on June 13, 2018. (Photo: Jeannine Taylor / kawarthaNOW.com)
Professor, businesswoman, and Rotarian Donna Geary has passed away at the age of 59. She was a friend of kawarthaNOW publisher Jeannine Taylor, who took this photo of Geary at the official opening of the Rotary outdoor adult gym at Beavermead Park in Peterborough on June 13, 2018. (Photo: Jeannine Taylor / kawarthaNOW.com)

The Peterborough community is in shock and mourning following the sudden and unexpected death this past weekend of Donna Geary.

A professor, Rotarian, businesswoman, and former president of the Women’s Business Network of Peterborough (WBN), Donna passed away in her home on Saturday, June 29th at the age of 59.

She is survived by her son Nate and her brothers Dave, Al, and Doug.

Donna Geary was a business professor who taught at Seneca, Durham College, and Fleming College. (Photo: Donna Geary / Facebook)
Donna Geary was a business professor who taught at Seneca, Durham College, and Fleming College. (Photo: Donna Geary / Facebook)

A business professor with an MBA with expertise in business development and strategic markeing, Donna taught at post-secondary institutions including Seneca, Durham College, and Fleming College. She also founded and operated her own business, Impact Visual Merchandising.

Donna was also a proud and passionate member of the Rotary Club of Peterborough Kawartha. She was involved in many of the club’s projects, in particular the Rotary Club “buddy bench” initiative.

Donna and her son Nate began the initiative in 2017, donating a bench to St. Catherine Catholic Elementary School in Peterborough and, in 2018, another bench to Roger Neilson Public School in Peterborough. A buddy bench, also known as a friendship bench, is intended to to reduce loneliness and foster friendships on the playground.

Donna Geary (right) with  Rotary Club of Peterborough Kawartha president Brian Prentice and principal Denise Humphries after the donation of a buddy bench to the school. Donna and her son Nate began the initiative in 2017. (Photo: Rotary Club of Peterborough Kawartha)
Donna Geary (right) with Rotary Club of Peterborough Kawartha president Brian Prentice and principal Denise Humphries after the donation of a buddy bench to the school. Donna and her son Nate began the initiative in 2017. (Photo: Rotary Club of Peterborough Kawartha)
Peterborough Police Constable Bob Cowie and police dog Isaac get some exercise on Water Street, followed by members of the Rotary Club of Peterborough Kawartha including Donna Geary (far right). The Rotary Club's 2018 Christmas Auction  funded the department’s acquisition and training of its newest canine member. (Photo: Paul Rellinger / kawarthaNOW.com)
Peterborough Police Constable Bob Cowie and police dog Isaac get some exercise on Water Street, followed by members of the Rotary Club of Peterborough Kawartha including Donna Geary (far right). The Rotary Club’s 2018 Christmas Auction funded the department’s acquisition and training of its newest canine member. (Photo: Paul Rellinger / kawarthaNOW.com)
Donna Geary supporting the  Rotary Club of Peterborough Kawartha at Ribfest. (Photo: Donna Geary / Facebook)
Donna Geary supporting the Rotary Club of Peterborough Kawartha at Ribfest. (Photo: Donna Geary / Facebook)
Rotarian Donna Geary (third from left) at the 2018 Rotary Convention in Toronto.  (Photo: Donna Geary)
Rotarian Donna Geary (third from left) at the 2018 Rotary Convention in Toronto. (Photo: Donna Geary)

Donna was the Women’s Business Network of Peterborough’s member of the year in 2002-2003 and, the following year, served as president of the networking organization.

She was friends with many WBN members, including her best friend Kathy McConnell of Mortgage Plus and kawarthaNOW publisher Jeannine Taylor, to name a couple.

A memorial service for Donna will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 12th at Highland Park Funeral Centre (2510 Bensfort Rd., Peterborough). A reception will follow.

You can share your memories and condelences online at www.highlandparkfuneralcentre.com/notices/Donna-Geary.

Donna Geary with her son Nate.  (Photo: Donna Geary / Facebook)
Donna Geary with her son Nate. (Photo: Donna Geary / Facebook)

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