Funeral Friday for Dr. Donald Stephens

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Donald Stephens, 65, died last week while out on a run in the Bonshaw Hills.

A funeral service is planned for Friday for the man whose body was found in the Bonshaw Hills after a ground search and rescue effort last week.

Dr. Donald Stephens, 65, was an ultra marathon runner who used trails in the Churchill, Strathgartney and Riverdale areas.

He left home sometime after 8 a.m. March 2 for a run, and was reported missing when he didn’t return home that evening.

An RCMP dog and his handler worked overnight searching the area and a full search and rescue operation, including two helicopters, started early March 3.

The searchers found Stephens’ body around 1 p.m. March 4 in the Bonshaw Hills area. P.E.I.’s coroner’s office is conducting an autopsy to determine a cause of death.

RELATED: Body found in Riverdale search

A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, March 11 at the Central Christian Church. The family suggests memorial donations may be made to P.E.I. Ground Search and Rescue, P.E.I. Chapter of Canadian Mental Health and the Central Christian Church refugee fund.

"Don practised family medicine for 25 years and more recently worked in the OR at the QEH," states the funeral announcement. "Don spent many happy hours trail running. His greatest joy in life was his family. Above all else, Don was a man of profound faith."

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