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McEvoy-Shields Funeral Home & Chapel

1411 Hunt Club Road, Ottawa, ON

OBITUARY

Dave McOnie

April 21, 1954January 29, 2019
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McOnie, Dave

Dave passed away after his long fight with cancer, at the age of 64. On Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 he passed surrounded by his loving family. He will be dearly missed by his son Gavin and daughter-in-law Ashley, his brothers and sister Graham, Malcolm and Isla, and his many friends around the world. Friends and family may pay their respects at McEvoy-Shields Funeral Home—1411 Hunt Club Road at Albion Road on Saturday February 2nd from 3 to 5 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held Monday February 4th at Rideau Park United Church—2203 Alta Vista Drive at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family would like donations to be made in memoriam to either the Iqaluit Humane Society or The Hospice at May Court.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, February 2, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, February 4, 2019

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Deb Morrison

February 16, 2019

Gavin, the last few times we sat down and had meals with your Dad, all he could talk about was how proud he was of you and how much he was looking forward to seeing you and Ashley get married. Unfortunately we only got to visit by telephone this last year and a half but his love for the two of you shone through the phone. Thoughts of all the happy times we had with both your parents - they were such fun , and such special people. Haven't seen you since you were a toddler but we send our love and deepest condolences.

James Morrison

February 16, 2019

I met David in 1980, on the Kootenay, during the Far East deployment. Over the next 9 months we spent a lot of time together in Singapore, Hong Kong and Halifax.
A friendship developed that lasted 38 years. When we would meet up, be it Toronto, Victoria, or most recently , Puerto Vallarta, it was as if we only saw each other last week rather than years ago.
Gavin and Ashley, our condolences go out to you. Your father was taken from this earth far too soon, and will be lovingly remembered forever.

stan Lasenbaa

February 4, 2019

Such a Loss. Met Dave at a Scouting event and had the pleasure to train with him. The most memorable event was when Dave and I co-ordinated the Build the 6 Hour Canoe In Smiths falls. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him RIP my friend
Stan

Eric de Kemp

February 4, 2019

Our deepest condolences to Gavin and Ashley and the McOnie family for the loss of our dearest neighbor Dave. We moved into Cork street just months after the McOnie’s and were delighted to discover them as our next door neighbours (Dave, Gaye and little Gavy at the time). For nearly 25 years we got to experience the supreme joy and consolation of Dave McOnie, the neighbourhood salvage expert, rescuing every useful thing from barbeques to snowblowers, performing the role as neighbourhood watchmen on the lookout for drug dealers or an elderly person who needed a ride. Ready with chainsaw and axe during an ice storm or capitalizing on wind blown limbs to fuel our cozy winter stove. Dave was the most engaged neighbor on the face of this earth, ready for a chat, able to enjoy his wider living room which he understood to be the neighbourhood, his extended deck onto the streets and gardens of our local universe. We will need to celebrate this great neighbour, Dave, in the months and years to come, perhaps just by being better neighbours ourselves, making the needs of others more of our own, helping out and just enjoying the neighbourhood we find ourselves in. We love you Dave, you will be forever missed, our best neighbor ever!

Lots of love Eric, Nancy and Noel de Kemp

Maureen Fatin

February 4, 2019

I was fortunate to meet Dave way back in 1977 in Victoria, B.C. when he first arrived looking to make his fortune and find a teaching job. At that time he said he had met a lovely lady prior to his departure from New Zealand - her name was Gaye. I said she sounds wonderful and suggested he rush back and snap her up before someone else did. In 1980 I visited Gaye & Dave, staying with her family for a week on their farm in N.Z. which was wonderful. We have remained friends and birthday buddies.
Dave decided to join the Canadian Navy and the rest is history. When they moved to Ottawa we had limited contact, but were fortunate enough to stay in contact and they visited us in Youbou. We had a few get togethers with Dave in Mexico and then were blessed to have Dave, his brother Graham and Kathleen stay with us when Ashley & Gavin tied the knot. A beautiful day.
Dave you & Gaye certainly left your footprints on this earth. We feel blessed to have known you. You will always be with us in our hearts and minds. God bless.
Gavin, Ashley , Graham, Jeune, Graeme, Julie, close friend Kathleen and the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you to-day as you say your farewell to dear Dave. He loved you Gavin and Ashley and was so proud of you. Remember he is just a breathe away reunited with Gaye. Love Maureen & Neil

John Bell

February 4, 2019

Dave and I first met when I joined the crew of HMCS YUKON. We became good shipmates and together a very successful team. Even though we went our separate ways we maintained that bond. He was a loyal friend and I shall miss him. I hope that in these days of sadness there are still smiles for Dave's family and friends as they remember his stories and the great times that they had together.

Christopher Lyon

January 30, 2019

My condolences to all. To me David was the inflatable Scout leader. Resourceful and always ready with encouragement for the youth to accomplish the near-impossible. His many years of effort on behalf of 104th Ottawa are legend... and so very many lives were changed for the better. Blessings on the trail ahead David. Clearly heaven will be prepared for anything now.

Tamara Plitong

January 30, 2019

The first time I met Dave was when he cooked an amazing lamb dinner for myself and my sister, when we were visiting Ashley and Gavin from Vancouver. It was delicious! I am very thankful I got to meet him and I know how greatly he will be missed.

Spencer Wheeler

January 30, 2019

Sorry to hear of Dave's passing. Met Dave several years ago through Kathleen and have fond memories of hearing about his stories of Newfoundland and his travels beyond. Condolences to all Dave's family ! Spencer and Rod

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McOnie, Dave

Dave passed away after his long fight with cancer, at the age of 64. On Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 he passed surrounded by his loving family. He will be dearly missed by his son Gavin and daughter-in-law Ashley, his brothers and sister Graham, Malcolm and Isla, and his many friends around the world. Friends and family may pay their respects at McEvoy-Shields Funeral Home—1411 Hunt Club Road at Albion Road on Saturday February 2nd from 3 to 5 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held Monday February 4th at Rideau Park United Church—2203 Alta Vista Drive at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family would like donations to be made in memoriam to either the Iqaluit Humane Society or The Hospice at May Court.