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David McQuade

5 June, 194025 March, 2021
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Passed away at the Hamilton General Hospital after a brief illness, in his 81st year.

Beloved husband and best friend of Mary-Anna (nee Tsopelas). He will be greatly missed by his children: Andrew, Robert, Diane, David Jr., Brendan and Allison; and grandchildren: Ryan, Collin and Hannah. Lovingly remembered by his brothers Dan (Elizabeth, predeceased) and Mark, and his sisters Janice, Colleen (Bob, predeceased), Heather and Susan (Mike). Predeceased by his brother Matthew (Debbie, predeceased). Dave will also be sadly missed by his sister-in-law Sophia, brothers-in-law Ed and Peter (Kelly), and his many nieces and nephews.

David was upbeat, grounded, appreciative, and loved others above all else. He made fast friends with people and animals alike, rescuing a skunk, raccoon and cat, and caring for many pets, including his favourite dog Heidi. Throughout his varied career from printer to truck driver to audiometric technician, he always worked hard, on the job and for his family. David loved getting together with friends and family and was happiest when he could welcome you into his home.

Due to COVID-19, all events are restricted to a specified number of attendees. Please RSVP in advance for visitation by calling 905-547-1121. Visitors are asked to remain in their vehicles until their allotted time and required to wear a face covering and practice social distancing. Family and friends are invited to visitation at the Markey-Dermody Funeral Home, 1774 King Street East (at Kenilworth) on Saturday April 3, 2021 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. A livestream of the Funeral Service will be available at 2:30 p.m. by logging on to markeydermody.com and clicking on the “Join Livestream” section of David's memorial webpage. If desired, memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's Society or a charity of your choice would be welcomed by the family.

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Diane McQuade

4 April 2021

My dad was a very sweet man. He was friends with everyone, all the time. My friends all loved him. Dean Kelly would visit him with me, and they would talk for ages. About nothing. Dad did love food and never turned down a chance to take me- and usually a few others, with him. We would sit and talk and watch everyone. He loved being around people. Me being selfish, I liked to have him all to myself.
I took him to see Iggy Pop, and he was thrilled! He was in awe of his antics and energy. They never got to meet, which is too bad, because it would have been fun to watch.
I will miss him forevrr. My heart is deeply broken. Love to Mary-Anna and my whole family. Love to Diane Murphy.
I am so sorry I couldn't come. Due to covid. Thanks for these wonderful messages. Love you dad. Diane. 💔💕💔💕

Diane Murphy

4 April 2021

Ever since I've know Dave, since age 10, when Diane & I were inseparable, so many happy memories have been made. From going bowling, roller skating, eating burgers & shakes at Mike's on Queen St. or just hanging out, it was always a fun time. Most of my favourite childhood memories include Dave & Mary Anna, and plenty of my adult ones too. Dave will be missed. Sending lots of love & hugs to all, xoxo

Shelly Van Dyke

3 April 2021

When Dave was laid off from his trucking job he would spend part of his day having coffee with various people in the neighbourhood. At the time I was running my home daycare. I had five little boys !! I thought Dave would never recover after Parker ran into David's shins with Heather's metal Tonka truck, full force!!😫 He was such a good sport about it too. We gulped down our coffee and bruises and all, Dave limped off home to make dinner for Mary-Anna.
One of my fondest memories is of Me, Peter, David and Mary-Anna going off on one of our "forced marches"(walks) and when we were done, we would end out our day, sitting in a booth at Wimpy's Diner. Peter and Dave would often split the Flashback Combo Breakfast. Dave would slather his pancakes with so much syrup, then grin like a little kid as he gobbled it all down.
One sunny summer morning David called our house very early. He wanted Peter to be a party to his crimes. He asked Peter if he would pose as him' and call Allison in sick. "Saint Peter" would do anything for his David, and so, the deed was done. I'm sure the office secretary knew, but never said a word.

I had the privilege to "ride shotgun" with Dave travelling the neighbourhood. We visited two branches of his bank: cries of "Dave" greeted us. For a short time we attended a senior's exercise group. If Dave could not make it, a question always arose in the group: how's Dave?

Regardless of the duration of association, people reacted to Dave's unaffected manner. He valued people. He loved his family and cherished his friendships.

He also possessed a zest for food. Once in a restaurant he requested a steak sandwich. Sorry said the staff, "we don't serve that." "Well," says Dave, "I'll have a large piece of blueberry pie with ice cream." In later years his appetite deserted him but his sweet tooth remained. After each doughnut he proclaimed, "nutritious but delicious."
I will miss that.


Corien Becker

3 April 2021

My deepest condolences Mary-Anna. Wishing you and your family peace and love.

Corien

Dan,Velvet,Tamara,and Bill Roberts

2 April 2021

Mary-Anna, Brendan, and Allison, our thoughts are with you. There are so many memories over the last several years, playing baseball in the park, having dinners together, and sitting in the yard around the fire. Dave was a wonderful person and a great friend.

Rebecca Mcquade

2 April 2021

So sorry for your loss but I know he will be happy up there with my nanny grandpa his 2 brothers and well taken care of I just found out today when I was on a site to my uncle David rest in peace and to his family I'm so sorry for your loss of your husband and father

Mike Mulvale

1 April 2021

Dave was a interested, fun loving guy who loved to experience all sorts of new things. He deeply loved his family and friends and was happy to share time with them. As others have spoken, he was a wonderful host and always made sure that everyone was comfortable and included. Dave was a trucker to his bones and loved to be on the road. I am always going to remember the great times we shared.

GALE RITCHIE

1 April 2021

Mary-Anna, Brendan and Allison, and all the family of David. We will miss David so much. He was always so much fun to be around. We have many happy memories at the cottage, on vacation in the Caribbean or just dinner together and an overnight visit. He was such an endearing individual and so easy to be with. Our heartfelt condolences to all of you.
Love Gale and Ken.

Peter Tsopelas

31 March 2021

Some of our fondest memories are the outings we would have with Dave and Mary-Anna. One that we remember most is a trip we took to the Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara Falls.

True to Dave's kind & gentle nature, all of the butterflies were drawn to him. Every time he turned around he had a new one on his shoulder or back.

Katy Yelovich

31 March 2021

Mary-Anna, Brendan and Allison Stephanie and I hold the fondest memories of times spent with you and your family when you lived in our neighbourhood. Dave was always so much fun to be around. I loved visiting his many aquariums in the basement and your warm and inviting Christmas parties. Dave will be missed by his loved ones and the great memories we have of the wonderful man he was will always keep up us smiling.

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