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R.S. Kane Funeral Home

6150 Yonge St., North York, ON

OBITUARY

Thomas Richard Davies

December 24, 1931May 18, 2020

Thomas Richard Davies passed away peacefully at Christie Gardens on May 18, 2020 after a life well lived. He was born on Christmas Eve Dec.24,1931 in Ponoka, Alberta. The son of a United Church Minister, Richard grew up in the depths of the Great Depression that would forever define his character. An early passion for jazz music led him to become a accomplished saxophone player and earn his living as a professional musician in the years after the war. His father's sudden illness, however, forced him to leave music behind and take a job with The Bank of Toronto as a junior clerk - A fortuitous decision as Richard spent his entire career with The TD Bank, rising to the position of Senior Vice President. Richard often said that the luckiest day of his life was when he met Thelma Clayton at a church luncheon in 1951. They were married soon afterwards and spent a long and happy life together, having two sons, Clayton and Paul. In later years, Richard served on the boards of Nelvana, The Ontario Club, The CAA, St. John's Rehab hospital, Canadian Urban Properties, and The Arthritis Society. After his retirement from the TD Bank in 1994, he fully enjoyed his passion for golf, cigars, and the company of good friends. Richard's greatest pleasure in life, though, was being the patriarch of his family, and doting on his many grandchildren. Richard was a 50 year member and past master of Harry L Martyn Lodge and a 33rd degree member of the Scottish Rite and former treasurer of the Grand Lodge of Canada. Richard is pre-deceased by his wife, Thelma (2018). He will long be remembered as a loving father to Clayton(Jo), Paul(Ellen), grandfather to Eric, Sean(Eunji), Peter(Katie), Marion, and Tommy Davies, and great grandfather to Hannah(Peter & Katie). He leaves behind his brother Leigh(Joan). Because of Richard's lifelong commitment to public service and charity, his family would ask that you consider a donation to The United Way in his memory. The family wishes to especially thank Maria Benigno, and also Elsa Isidro, Anne De Jesus-Payumo and the staff at Christie Gardens for their devotion to Richard's care. Please leave any condolences or memories for the family on the website of R.S. Kane Funeral Home. A memorial service to celebrate Richard's long life will be announced at a future date

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Dick Thomson

June 3, 2020

Dick loved his job and his clients loved him.

Lew Hutchinson

June 2, 2020

My sincere condolences to the Davies family. Dick was a very special family man and figure head. I know he will be greatly missed by all of you.
During his career with TD Bank he was also recognized as a figure head, tremendous leader who always had the best interests of the Bank, his employees and customers as his clear focus which he drove with passion everyday.
Lew Hutchinson
Barrie, Ontario

Wendy Hancock

May 26, 2020

Dear Clayton, Paul and Families,
My deepest condolences at this difficult time. It is so hard to know what to say. I wish I had the magic words.
I have many fond memories of get togethers with both of you and your parents. So much fun!!
Your Dad really lit up the room with that sparkle in his eye, wonderful smile and terrific sense of humour. I can still picture him with a cigar in one hand and a drink in the other!
Both of your parents were fortunate to have each other and I hope it brings you comfort to know they are now back by each other’s side. With my sympathy - Wendy Hancock (nee Giesbrecht)

allan mckenzie

May 26, 2020

Rosie and I extend our condolences to you Clayton , Paul and your families.

Your dad and I met shortly after I joined TD Bank in 1967 and over the years he became my boss and latterly a colleague. A fond memory occurred while I was the Bank's SVP in Alberta and your dad attended the re-consecration of the memorial glass window in Edmonton's Highlands United Church. This window had been created by your grandfather when he was the pastor of that church..

Rosie and I had been married in this church and we enjoyed sharing this special moment with Dick.

Allan and Rosie McKenzie

Veronica Bric

May 25, 2020

Many positive thoughts to Paul and Clayton and your families. I so enjoyed many beautiful visits with Mr. and Mrs. Davies over the years. It was a pleasure to steward your family gift to United Way. Mr. Davies and I had wonderful conversations about his banking days and he always spoke so fondly of his boys and family. So appreciated his thought leadership, his interest in others and his kindness. I will miss our annual visits dearly.
Veronica Bric

Elda McDowell

May 25, 2020

My sincere condolences to Clayton, Paul and your families.
Ted and I spent many happy times with your parents over more than 60 years.
Dick and Ted always enjoyed sharing their endless banking stories, and both proud of their Prairie heritage.
Dick's was a life well lived.
Elda McDowell

Donna Cusciotta

May 25, 2020

My sincerest condolences for your loss during this already difficult time. Mr. Davies was my very first senior manager when I started my banking career at the TD King and Bay Branch in 1976. He was a kind and gentle person always supportive and appreciative of hard work. I had the opportunity to work with him again when he was head of Divisional Office some years later. I remember when we presented an award to one of the branches in the Division and we went in style.....his vintage Jaguar. What a treat!! We also shared our Christmas time birthdays, his on the 24th and mine on the 25th. My 35 year career with TD all started with Mr. Davies and I truly appreciated his guidance and support over the years.

Thinking of you all during this difficult time. May he rest in peace.

Donna Cusciotta

Leonard Mines

May 24, 2020

I would like to extend my sympathy to Dick's sons and their family.
Dick and I worked together at the bank.

Jonathan Flanders

May 24, 2020

We were saddened to hear about Dick’s passing. He was a wonderful and loyal neighbour who took great pride in his lovely front yard garden which we always enjoyed looking at from across the street. Our condolences to his sons and their families, of whom he always spoke with great pride.
Jon, Kathy, Andrea & Ally

Guido Marini

May 23, 2020

My deepest condolences on the passing of your dad. He was a good friend of 61 years and we enjoyed many great times together.

Guido Marini

FROM THE FAMILY

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