OBITUARY

David Renfrew

19 April, 193420 April, 2021
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It is with a broken heart that we announce the passing of David Renfrew, on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, at the age of 87.

David was the best friend, soul mate and husband to Dianne (Cave) for over 50 years. Much loved brother-in-law of Cheri & Art Hornsby. Predeceased by brothers Jack (Leslie) and Robert (Janet). He will be sadly missed by his much-loved nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. David will also be missed by his lifelong friends, Bruce Barlow for over 80 years and Bob Bean.

David was an employee of Dofasco for 16 years, before pursuing a career in teaching. He was a drafting teacher at Sir Winston Churchill for 25 years. David had a wonderful sense of humour and was always the life of the family party.

In accordance with the regulations of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, due to COVID 19, all visitations, funerals and interments are restricted to a specified number of attendees. A private family service will be held, at MARLATT FUNERAL HOME, Hamilton. You may view the service on Thursday at 11am, by visiting David’s page on www.marlattfhhamilton.com. Celebration of David’s Life will be held at a later date.

In memory of David, donations may be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation. Love you always and forever.

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Ed & Mary Smurthwaite

22 April 2021

DIANNE, we have just finished watching David’s service & just want you to know that it was lovely. We wish we had known him - he sounds like such a great guy. You sure beat the odds with your long relationship together. It’s been a long time since we have seen you & it would be great to have a visit sometime. We keep in contact with Stacey so have kept up with your news through her. Take care DIANNE - our thoughts are with you. This is a little poem that I found - Death is heartache no one can heal —Love leaves a memory no one can steal.
Love
Ed & Mary Smurthwaite

Bob Bean

22 April 2021

Dave was a great long time friend. I knew him since early 1964 during our days at Dofasco and we maintained that friendship over time. My deceased wife and our four sons also had and still have fond memories of Dave. In fact my sons have said many times that they wish they had had him as their teacher. Rest In Peace my good friend!

Lorna Thomas

21 April 2021

Dear Dianne
Joe and I are so very sorry for your loss and to be losing a wonderful neighbor and dear friend. We are going to miss his cheerful personality and all the heartfelt conversations we had through the fence in our yards over the years. It’s not going to be the same walking by the house and not seeing him sitting by the window and we always got a wave from him. Joe will miss his conversations with David about the Leafs. We will always remember times when the leafs played Detroit Red Wings and when the leafs scored, he would honk the horn on the car with his key fob. We will miss him dearly. Lots of love, Lorna & Joe xoxo

Tina Whittaker

21 April 2021

I never got to meet my cousin in law David, but reading the memories of his family and friends I am sure it would have been a privilege. It seems he was a wonderful man who lived a full and
happy life.

Kim Pitton

21 April 2021

I met both David and Diane at Gemini Ford. Customers that became friends, and then family, over the past twenty years! I had the profound privilege of providing guidance for theirs’, and Bobs’ , vehicle maintenance.

Whenever they travelled, they would send me postcards with little notes that would generally have everyone smiling with their witty contents! They became a cherished collection that covered the wall by my desk! Our service visits always included a hot chocolate with cream and two sweeteners, a chat and a hug.

Robert was also a huge part of our service visits, because, as you know, where you seen one, you seen the other. I’m happy that at least I know you two are together again!

My heart goes out to Diane and family. Hugs.

Bill and Sharon Bonnallie

21 April 2021

We are so very sorry for your loss Dianne. David just lit up a room with his presence and will be so missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Love,
Bill & Sharon

Fil Frisina

21 April 2021

Dear Diane, My heart is broken too. The very first time I met Dave I knew and I could feel that he was a great guy and a real joker.
Bruno will also miss Dave’s treats and hugs.
I will miss him sitting in his chair blowing me kisses and waving at Bruno & I and giving me the latest news on our friends from SWC.
He was a real sweetie and is going to be missed on Wexford Ave.

Rebecca Barlow

21 April 2021

Auntie Dianne:
I am very deeply sorry for your loss.
I always remember looking so forward to seeing you and Uncle David. He was such a treat, making everyone laugh with his jokes and observational humour. And you were always the perfect 'straight man' for his comedy ! The world is now a little more empty for his passing, and we will all miss him very much.

Gail Cave

21 April 2021

When I moved to Canada in 1968 as a naive 12 year old scared beyond belief, I remember the kindness of both Dianne and Dave to make me feel welcome. Fast forward to one of my birthday milestones, and they came to my house to celebrate and they added to my happiness. What I always found comforting was their love for each other that remained till we have now have lost Dave. Dianne - I am so sorry for your loss but I know that you have family (including me) to keep you strong in the long run. In addition, you have so many wonderful memories of Dave and his amazing love for you. Those memories will be there for you forever. And your family scattered in many nations are hugging you from afar! ❤️

James Hill

21 April 2021

I always found it funny the way Dave would fly the Toronto Maple Leafs flag in the yard and then lower it to half mast when they were eliminated from the playoffs. He will be missed.

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