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David Joel Redman

February 22, 1920December 29, 2020

Passed away peacefully on December 29, 2020 at Haliburton Place in Windsor, Nova Scotia at the age of 100. David was born in Louth, Lincolnshire, England. He spent his early years in Scotland, where his family had settled in Glasgow. He pursued his education as a civil engineer and his working life was spent with the international firm known as Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd. At the start of his career he was involved in the construction of airfields in East Anglia and later involved in the engineering of the floating docks of Mulberry Harbour, which were critical in the D Day Landings. He was no stranger to the chaos of wartime London. David always claimed that the most lucky day of his life was his meeting with his beloved wife Phyllis. It was no secret that he was immediately charmed by her auburn beauty and her regal manner. The two were married in Louth, England in September 1942. That very happy union produced two wonderful children and thrived for 61 loving years.

Immigrating to Canada in 1953, the family resided in Toronto, Ontario, Saint John, New Brunswick and eventually settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1975. The family enjoyed numerous trips back and forth to England over the years. David, along with his wife, became loyal members of numerous organizations in Halifax including the Royal Commonwealth Society and the Royal St. George's Society. The couple were deeply involved for over 40 years with St. Paul's Anglican Church. He remained a member of these organizations and served in other charitable groups well into his late 90s. He cultivated a wide and diverse circle of friends and will always be fondly remembered by them for lending his energy, skills, enthusiasm and strong singing voice to whatever work or fun came his way. David's engineering legacy lives on in the work he did with his firm to erect both Brunswick Square in Saint John, NB and Scotia Square in Halifax, NS.

He is survived by and will be profoundly missed by his dear daughter Jill and son-in-law, Glenn. He is also survived by and will be deeply mourned by his youngest sister Mabel and his many nieces and nephews.

Also left to mourn are his honorary grandchildren Ranelle, Rayna and Samme, their parents Larry & Dixie, and his great grandchildren Tavish and Scarlett who all adored him as much as he adored them. He was an exemplary "Grandpa" for 34 happy years.

David was predeceased by his wife, Phyllis, son, Marcus, older brother, Jack and younger sister, Ann. Many thanks to the staff and residents of Melville Heights who were friends and companions for 4 years. Thanks to the staff of Haliburton Place who provided comforting care. Thanks to all the friends and family who came together to celebrate David's 100th Birthday last February just before Covid-19 struck. What a party to remember! Cremation has taken place. Memorial to be held at a later date due to covid restrictions.

To leave an on-line condolence, please visit: www.jasnowfuneralhom.oom Donations may be made in David's name to St. Paul's Anglican Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia or a charity of choice.

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Chandra and Lystra Gosine

January 14, 2021

Our condolences to David's family. May he rest in peace .
Chandra and Lystra Gosine, Royal Commonwealth Society

Lynn and Martin Laide

January 10, 2021

I met David Redman when I joined the office staff of McAlpines in 1976. He impressed me with his good humour and patience with me as a newcomer. Martin and I enjoyed getting together with David and Phyllis on many occasions. They visited us in Moncton and in Ottawa when we moved here and we returned the favour when we visited Halifax and introduced them to our children. David enjoyed going to the park with them and having fun.
We will always remember him as a kind and gentle man.
Our condolences are extended to his family.
- Lynn and Martin Laide

Cheryl Tissington

January 9, 2021

I’ve known David Redman for 54 years. He was based at McAlpine in Toronto. We always enjoyed his visits to the Halifax Office and happy when he was transferred here.

We all knew we could count on him and we paid attention to what he said. The only thing David got wrong was his opinion on the value of a Maud Lewis painting of “Two Oxen” that was enthusiastically brought to the office by Joan Harwood which she had just bought for $10. He asked which one was Maud and which one was Lewis! I enjoyed updating him over the years of its ever-increasing worth.

He and Phyllis were a special team, unlike any I have ever known. Jill, you will always have that memory and the knowledge of how many friends they had who thought the world of them.

Thank you for the 99th and 100th birthday celebrations which will remain as wonderful
memories for us.

Faisal and I extend our sincere sympathy to you - Jill & Glenn, and to Mabel and all those who
called him Grandpa.

Love - Cheryl & Faisal

Elizabeth Rhymer

January 9, 2021

So sorry to hear of David's passing though I know he led a good and quite extraordinary life. I worked with him at Robert McAlpine in Halifax and always found him to be a lovely man. He was funny, clever, and kind, totally committed to his dear Phylis and the children but always interested in everyone around him. A true gentleman. I know his legacy is the wonderful memories to all who knew him. My heart goes out to you, Jill, and his sister, Mazel, and all the family.

Elizabeth Rhymer

Jean & Terry7 Davies

January 9, 2021

Sincere sympathy to Jill & family. We have many happy memories of David and Phyllis, especially dancing "the gay gordons" . RIP David

Mike & Donna McNeil

January 9, 2021

So sorry to hear of Davids passing, please accept our condolences.