It is with heavy hearts that we are bidding "farewell" to a wonderful husband, loving father, grandfather and friend. He was the loving husband of "Princess" Mary Jane and father to Darryl (Emma), Bruce (Corrina), Scott, Mike (Linda), Brad (Catherine), Lisa (Will) & Paula (Paul). He will sadly missed by his much loved grandchildren: Sarah (Brannyn), Rachael, Will, Connor, Brady and Isabella. Dave also leaves behind his siblings who have been a very loving & supportive family: Joan (Barrie); Marj (Gilles); Doris (Gunter); Diane (Brian); George (Margaret) and Don. He was predeceased by his late wife Elma and Mom & Dad - Art & Florence.
Dave was a graduate of Queen’s University (Science ’59) and worked as a Civil Engineer for Ontario Hydro on various postings around Ontario and outside the country in Turkey and Hong Kong. He was a member of Omond United Church and sang in the choir (which he truly enjoyed). He was also very involved at the North Bay Golf & Country Club giving of his time by volunteering with the flower beds and the building of new bridges and flower beds etc…Dave spent most of his young life at the club – where his Dad was the Club pro and Club Manager and Mom was the cook for a few years and took up the game he loved at the age of 12. He was also involved with Boy Scouts of Canada and volunteered at the Gathering Place. He gave tirelessly to helping improve the Victory shop with building shelves and making gifts for raffles for the various bridge luncheons and helping out with IODE (Dr Herbert A Bruce Chapter) Garage sales.
Please "No Flowers" – if you want to remember Dave – a donation to the 'Family Enrichment Program' would be greatly appreciated. It was one of his last passions in helping out with this very worthwhile charity that helps so many people who are struggling and the money stays right here in our community. Last, but not least, a Great Big "Thank You" to all the staff on the Palliative Care Unit. You looked after Dave with care and dignity and for that, our families will be forever grateful. It certainly made the transition a lot easier knowing he was in good hands. Also, "Thanks" Dr Leckie for your support during this difficult time. PS: I will miss you for the rest of my life – as you know Dave – "I’m better at "Hello" and struggle with the thoughts of this final 'farewell". I miss you like crazy – till we meet again. MJ xo
PPS: Please mark your calendars for June 6th, 2015 for a Celebration of Dave’s life at the North Bay Golf & Country Club. If you have a moment to drop in and pay your respects – we’d love to see you - NO ties or suits allowed – Golf attire only. We are hoping, weather permitting, to have a 4 person scramble for those who would like to play a round of golf and have some fun in honour of Dave!!
Thoughts from Jim Eickmeier:
We met our classmates at Queens in many different ways, alphabetically in the drafting classes, at the residences or rooming houses, through sports or intramural events, in laboratory classes, in our smaller speciality groups, on the train trips heading to our geographically dispersed hometowns at Xmas, through friends, at social events, perhaps even while studying at the library or the Union building - and they are life long memories. Most of our classmates we remember as we all were at that time, young, physically fit, enthusiastic, naive and yet all part of a bond we formed during our years at Queen's and subsequently through our working careers and class reunions.
We all have different yet somewhat parallel memories. To cherish those memories may be all we can ask for or expect but it is as important as anything and everything else we do. The line is breaking but the bond remains strong as it will until the last few of us gather for a final toast to all of us who have departed. It seems it may be goodbye to one more classmate and friend as the leaves are falling but with the sun shining brightly on a wondrous autumn day.
I especially want to pass my condolences on to Don and Cliff and Bob who as part of the North Bay contingent along with Bruce Lamourie, now departed, were so close to Dave. My sympathies also to Mary Jane and to all of Dave's family members.
Richard (Dick) Mason died suddenly on December 31, 2012,at the age of 76, in Helmsley, North Yorkshire, England where he and his wife Eileen had moved in April, 2011. After graduating with us in 1959 in chemical engineering, he shared an apartment in Ottawa with Alex Aitken, Frank Szabo and George Aitken where their friendships flourished.
Dick then became an Athlone Fellow, and earned a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Imperial College, University of London in 1962. After employment with IBM, he moved to the University of Guelph, where he became the Director of the Institute of Computer Science.
Dick was an accomplished photographer, which he enjoyed while hiking in the Yorkshire moors and in his world travels.
Condolences can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, and donations can be sent to Queen's University or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
After several years of ill-health, Gordon mercifully passed away on September 5th, 2012, having endured a horrible struggle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).
Gordon graduated with a B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering, and immediately became active in municipal engineering, working for the North York Planning Department, for the cities of Guelph, Preston, London, and finally as the Town Engineer for Georgetown, Ontario.
He concluded the last 12 years of his career with Cadillac-Fairview, responsible for land development, land purchasing, and planning.
Gordon's love of jazz music was well-known, and his knowledge of the genre was well respected. He and his wife, Anne, spent many joyous evenings at the Chicken Deli (Mount Pleasant Ave., Toronto), listening to such greats as tenor saxophonist, Bud Freeman (Gordon's favourite), and vibraphonist, Peter Appleyard. Gordon shared his love of jazz with others by organizing several large concerts in the Scarborough area.
Gordon is survived by his wife, four children, and his brother, Gary Fancy, Queen's Science '62 (Mechanical)
Bruce had been unwell for some time, and in mid-July, we learned that he was terminally ill and was being cared for at the Durham Cancer Center in Oshawa. He died on July 30th.
Bruce was originally from North Bay, and in his first year at Queen's he roomed with fellow North Bay boys Dave Norman and Don Haws.
After graduating in 1959 as a mechanical engineer, Bruce joined Consumers Gas Company (now Enbridge), planned and installed much of Toronto's newer natural gas infrastructure, and traveled extensively for the company to mid-east countries with his expertise. After retiring at age 55, he used his entrepreneurial skills to start several businesses, as a small engine repairman, as a restaurateur, and a fine woodworker.
Also, his daughter told us that he never, never, never missed a yard sale, because of his love of "old". His beautiful home in Pickering, Ontario is an historically designated 1860 Georgian cottage.
At Bruce's "Celebration of Life" on August 25th, a large group of his family and friends attended, including Science '59'ers Bill Brunt, Marv Kriluck, Dave and Mary Norman, Don and Pat Haws, Alan Hallworth, John and Mary Anne Marling, Alevia Healey, Bob and Maureen Pow.
We recently learned from his wife, Judy, that Glenn passed away in October in Mesa . Glenn was one of our '59 Miners, and worked for several years as Mine Manager at Globe, Az after holding similar positions at various BC properties following graduation. Please take a moment to read Glenn's obituary. We wanted to let you know of Glenn's passing, as our list of survivors continues to diminish.