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Thorpe Brothers Funeral Home & Chapel

96 West Street, Brantford, ON

OBITUARY

David Rumble

October 16, 1946June 24, 2020
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Peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family, and in his daughter’s arms, at the Brantford General Hospital on Thursday, June 24th, 2020, at the age of 73. Beloved husband and best friend for 49 years to Mary (nee Gilroy), loving and devoted father of Sarah and her husband Alan Gardiner, and Marysa and her husband Philippe Lauriault. Treasured Papa of Aidyn, Noah, Carter, Zoé, and Dyllon. Dear Brother-in-law of Christina “Kitty” Gilroy and John Ness, and Bob and his wife Cathy Gilroy. Also survived by nieces and nephews Ben and Stacey, Cam and Joslyn, Becca and Parry, and Steph and Jesse. Dave is pre-deceased by his parents Ron and Grace Rumble, brother Verne, mother-in-law “Mumsie” Christina Gilroy, and infant children Edward, Alexander and Amanda Rumble. He was born and raised in Princeton ON., as the son of the local funeral director, Dave chose to follow in his father’s footsteps, and became a member of the last graduating class of the Canadian School of Embalming in Toronto in 1968. Dave and his wife Mary then took ownership of the funeral home in Burford where they raised their own family and proudly served the local and surrounding community for 42 years. Dave participated in many different volunteer organizations throughout his lifetime, including the Burford Volunteer Fire Department where he was fourth in command, and helping with various events at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Burford. His proudest moments as a volunteer came through his membership with Lions Clubs International, where he was inducted as a member of the Burford Lions Club in April of 1973. Dave was known as a quiet yet compassionate man. He touched the hearts of hundreds of families through his many years in the funeral service industry, always with the utmost professionalism. We attribute our families love of Disney all to him. Family meant everything to Dave, especially the little ones. Many gatherings with friends and groups, camping, pig roasts, international conventions with Lions, and several vacations around the world, he wanted a taste of it all. Dave was happiest when he was surrounded by people, most of whom became lifelong friends. He truly lived life to the fullest. Friends are welcome to share memories of Dave with his family during visitation at "THORPE BROTHERS' FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL", 96 West Street, Brantford, on Sunday, June 28th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Visitors to the funeral home are required to wear masks and maintain social distancing practices as mandated). Due to the situation with Covid-19, Dave’s funeral service is limited to a certain amount of people but please celebrate with us via Facebook Live, Monday, June 29 at 11am. Interment at Pioneer Cemetery, in Burford. We will hold a celebration of his life at a later time, when restrictions are lifted and we can spend time giving Dave the farewell he deserves, and the way he would have wanted, full of hugs and laughter. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Lions Club of Burford “Lions Way”, or the Lions Foundation of Canada, both of which are near and dear to Dave and Mary’s hearts.

“Why worry? If you’ve done the best you can, worrying won’t make it any better.” - Walt Disney

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 28, 2020

  • Funeral Service via Facebook Live

    Monday, June 29, 2020

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Memories

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Sherry and Charlie Young

July 6, 2020

Dear Mary, Sarah, Marysa and families,
We were so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. May the wonderful times you shared together help you through the coming days.
Sherry and Charlie Young

Heather Kelly

July 6, 2020

Mary I’m so sorry to hear about Dave’s passing. My brother, Jim’s wife, Kathy, told me. It’s such a dreadful loss, a huge gap in your life. I recently lost my own husband to lymphoma and truly I know how difficult your loss is to process. I can only offer my sympathy and hope you can find solace in your wonderful life memories and in the family you both created.

Susan Moore

July 3, 2020

Dear Mary, Sarah, and Marysa I was sorry to read about the death of Dave. I have fond memories of times spend with Mary and Marysa!!! I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult journey. Take care of yourselves and remember the good times and happy times spent as a family. My sincere sympathies. Sue

Sheila Campbell

July 2, 2020

Dear Mary and family..we were so saddened to hear of Dave's passing..Ivan and I will always cherish happy times involving Lionism...especially the first time we met...and had to "run" how many steps (Mary) to connect with our flight from L.A. to Australia? Just the beginning of a year we will always remember..AND so happy that you and Dave were there to share it with us..with love and friendship..Ivan and Sheila.

Mike MacIntyre Sr

July 2, 2020

Rumble Family
My sincere sympathy in David's death. Wonderful and great memories of the Class of 68, Canadian School of Embalming.
Mike MacIntyre, Sr

Denise and Roy Haggart

July 1, 2020

Deepest sympathy to Mary and all the family in the loss of Dave
Cherish the beautiful memories he has left you all with

Rebecca Barrett

July 1, 2020

RIP buddy 💜. Sending big long hugs to you Mary, kids & grandbabys. Love Becca xo

Neil "Skip" & Jean Young

July 1, 2020

Mary & Family,
With sincere condolences and fond memories of Dave and appreciation for the times he has helped our family during our times of grief.
Neil "Skip" & Jean Young

Fern & Wally Pugh

June 30, 2020

Dear Mary and family.....we were saddened to hear of Dave’s passing and we wish to send our love & condolences.
Fond memories of times we shared when we were involved with Bill Moody’s campaign. Time has passed with many changes but the memories live on. Thinking of you.
Fern & Wally

Christine and Gary Ashton

June 29, 2020

Dear Mary Sarah Marisa and families. We are so very sad to hear of Dave’s passing. He was a gentleman and we were honoured to have known him and shared times with him. He was alway a wonderful host at the pig roasts and we looked forward to that every year. We send you all love and support at this very difficult time. You have many wonderful memories to treasure. We will help celebrate Dave’s life when time permits. Love and prayers. Christine and Gary Ashton and family.

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