David Stewart Menzies Gourlay

19 April, 192316 May, 2018

David Stewart Menzies Gourlay April 19, 1923 - May 16, 2018

Passed away peacefully with family at his side. Predeceased by his wife, Frances Collins "Frankie" of 64 years . Born in Johnstone, Scotland he was the youngest of 8. He was a proud member of the RAF during WWII before coming to Canada. Dad lived to be 95 years young and left a mark on the golf profession on many levels. A believer in education and hard work were his two main mottos that he lived by.

Dad's dedication to the golf industry was recognized by many prestigious awards including the "Distinguished Service Award" both with CGSA and the GCSAA.

He worked as a golf course superintendent at the Chedoke GC, Kapuskasing GC, Pine Valley GC, Summit GC, Summerlea GC and Thornhill GC for 30 years.

Dad will be deeply missed by his 6 children Beth, Ian (Tracey), David (Barb), Jean (Steve), Sheila (Jeff) and Jim (Martha).

"Papa" to Shannon (Vaughan), Sarah (Adrian), Jonathan, Amanda, Lindsay (Dave), Matt (Jenna), David, Cameron, Robert, William and James. "Great Papa" to Willow, Mya, Stajan, Mila, AJ, Dante, Keene, Carter and Payne.

Dave will be fondly remembered by extended Gourlay and Collins family members.

Please join us for a Celebration of Dad's Life on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 from 4 - 8 p.m. at the Thornhill Country Club, 7994 Yonge Street, Thornhill, ON

In lieu of flowers, contributions in David's memory may be made to Canadian Cancer Society, or Autism Ontario.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Gourlay family.


  • Canadian Cancer Society
  • Autism Ontario


  • Celebration of Life

    Tuesday, 22 May , 2018


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27 May 2018

MR DAVID S GOURLAY SR ( 1923 - 2018 ) !

Mr Gourlay was a true gentleman, and a gallant, undaunted, and legendary stalwart of the golf maintenance industry who was always sought out for his wisdom, his intelligence, and his wit. He positively influenced the professional lives of vast numbers of people affiliated with the industry. Thank you, Mr Gourlay.

For more information dedicated to Mr Gourlay, please explore the following links ...

√ -- Mr David S Gourlay Sr -- The True Gentleman & Great Founder Of The Modern Golf Industry -- LINK

√ -- The Media Library About More Heroes Of The Green Space Industry -- LINK



23 May 2018

I was privileged to have known David for many years. He was a true gentleman who advanced the golf superintendents profession in many ways. He will be missed. My heartfelt condolences go out to the family. Larry Brown

Ken Nelson

20 May 2018

Ken & Julie Nelson send condolences with Thoughts and Prayers to the Gourlay Family.
Dave will be missed as a friend and colleague . I enjoyed his companionship at several Golf Course Superintendents Association Conventions and meetings over the years.

Dottie and Stan Pierce

18 May 2018

Dear David and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss.
Dottie and Stan Pierce

Linda Fontana

18 May 2018

Dear David,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. A contribution in the memory of your father has been made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

The Members of the Boca Woods Board of Directors
Boca Woods Country Club
Boca Raton, Florida

Bob Burrows

18 May 2018

David is a father - figure to so many men and women young and old inside and out of the golf fraternity !
We are all saddened by the news of his passing and wish Dads family peace.
I remain privileged to have known David! A true gentleman

Bob Burrows

Tom Forsythe

18 May 2018

My condolences to Dave and family. I was privileged to know your Dad and appreciate all that he did for future generations of Golf Superintendents.

Tom Forsythe

Dr and Mrs. Arnold Rosenstock

18 May 2018

For David and Family:

Deepest sympathies and condolences in this time of sorrow.