April 30, 1940 – December 31, 2020
With great sadness, his family announces that David passed away peacefully at home, with family by his side, on Thursday, December 31, 2020 at the age of 80.
Beloved husband and best friend of Ann for 63 years. Loving father of Greg (Lori) Cox and Laura (John) Watling. Proud grandfather of Amanda, Leah, Elizabeth, and Brooklynne. He will also be lovingly remembered by brother in-law Ed (Fran), brother Bob (Sylvia), and many good friends. He was predeceased by his sister Brenda and his brother Roger.
David was born in Stockport, England and came to Canada in 1969 with his young family. He was a life-long Manchester United supporter and enjoyed watching them play at Old Trafford with his dad Fred when he was young. David was an extremely talented and qualified watchmaker and enjoyed his much loved hobbies of golf, wine making and travelling. David won many awards for his winemaking skills including a Canadian Amateur Gold Medal for his sweet sherry. Travelling was one of his great joys and made sure that his children and grandchildren were able to join him on trips to England and France. When he wasn't travelling to wine regions in various parts of the world he enjoyed his rounds of golf with Ann and their good friends. He instilled in his family a love and respect for fine wine, cheese and the beauty of the analog watch.
In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place and a celebration of his life will take place when it is safe to gather and have a toast to David.
As expressions of sympathy, donations in his memory to the Parkinson Society of Canada would be appreciated by his family.
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January 26, 2021
I had the privilege of providing care to David at his home and meeting his beautiful wife Ann . David had definitely by no doubt won a place in my heart, his smile and his laugh will be something I will never forget. Many times I left their home laughing from the things David would say when he “ thought” Ann couldn’t hear in the other room , quite the sense of humour. Rest In Peace David my friend and thank you for allowing me to be a part of you and Anne’s life. ❤️
January 8, 2021
Dave had a great sense of humour, he fixed quite a few watches for us over the years. He was fun and knowledgeable at our wine meetings, made good wine and always willing to try solve a wine problem. There’s no bad wine, Dave, just some better than others. RIP.
Stu and Denise
January 7, 2021
We have been fortunate to have enjoyed great hospitality on two separate occasions with David & Ann at their home in Cambridge. Fantastic wine, Brilliant BBQ's and humorous banter.
He will be sadly missed.
In our thoughts and prayers.
Al & Jill Jones, Stockport, UK
January 6, 2021
My first memory occurred while waiting to tee of at a Uk tournament. I mentioned that my watch had steam under the glass. Dave told me he worked at watches and he could fix the problem then and there. Using his sausage - like fingers he cracked open the watch and fiddled around for a minute , put back together with the problem fixed, Then at 3 am that night I was wakened by the alarm in my watch going off and me not knowing how to turn it off. Eva wasn't amused. Rest in peace Dave you were a good friend.
January 6, 2021
David was always a fun loving friend. As a member of the Cambridge Club, our group of wine makers, he was especially helpful to me as the only woman in the group. Supportive and knowledgeable, David was always willing to share his talents. He took delight in helping others succeed. He was an important part of the club and was missed when he decided to retire from winemaking. Our sincere condolences to Ann and to the family.
January 4, 2021
Happy memories of cousin Ann and David’s Wedding Day on March 9th 1963 when, together with cousin Carol, we were their bridesmaids. We were rather in awe of the handsome groom I must say 💞
Thrilled to catch up over the years since: UK visits were an especial time despite the odd one being for sad occasions.
Full of admiration that Ann determinedly cared for David at home in his final days. He was truly blessed to have such a devoted and loving family.
My father, Ann’s Uncle Stan, used to say “you are ‘mirrored’ in your children”. That being the case, David has been a true inspiration to the generations which follow him. All love
Richard & Barbara xx
Brian and Marlene Phillips
January 3, 2021
Cant find words to say how much we will miss you Dave ,the games of golf we played with you and Ann ,the miles we walked , the trips we shared , and the ODD bottle of wine ,you taught us to appreciate . RIP my friend Love Mar & Bri xx
January 2, 2021
We are so sorry to hear about David. Such a nice, intelligent and fun guy. We got to know Ann and David through Laura, John, Leah and Brooklynne and their and our involvement in Aquajet swimming. At the pool, at swim meets and later at family gatherings, David was always so nice, animated and great fun. And the best clockmaker in town! Always willing to bring my old clocks back to life, his heroic efforts are, to this day, so appreciated. He will be missed.
Rick, Nancy, Perri, Erin and Georgia Deacon