David William Hallett

October 11, 1935December 16, 2011

HALLETT, David William

“. . . you should not grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope.“ (1 Thess. 4:13).

David William Hallett was called to his eternal home on Friday, December 16, 2011. He was 76. His final weeks were lived at Hospice Niagara where he was tenderly cared for. He lived a good and eventful life. David was born in St. Catharines, ON to William G. and Gladys Ralph Hallett on October 11, 1935. His parents and oldest brother, Edward, are deceased. Surviving are brothers Fred (Dianne), Bruce (late wife Nancy), Dennis (Sandra) and William and his sister Joyce (Andy Bernais).

David attended Memorial and Central Public Schools. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy at 19 and trained as a cook. On shore leave, he spent much time with the Church of Christ in Halifax. After the Navy he trained as a nursing orderly. When an opportunity came to accompany a team of teachers and preachers into the restricted tribal areas of northeastern India, David said, “Yes.“ During the next 30 years, 1963- 1993, because he was needed, he “wore many hats“: missionary, teacher, minister, counselor, protector, nurse, cook, all-around “uncle“. Highly respected in the community, he came to be called, “The Teacher“. David became director of Alpha Bible College in remote Shillong. This hostel provided safety and opportunity for young tribal men to finish high school, university level courses and to study the Bible. David remained in India through difficult times: dangers, turmoil, food shortages, political upheaval, tribal warfare, curfews and military alerts. After 30 years, due to severe health problems, he returned to Canada to stay. Many of his former students (government officials, police officers, bankers, and high ranking military officers) came to tell him goodbye.

Visitation will take place at HULSE & ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME, 75 Church St. in St. Catharines from 4-8pm on Monday, December 19, 2011. The funeral will take place at 11:00am on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at the Ontario Street Church of Christ, 439 Ontario Street, St. Catharines. The internment will be at The Brampton Cemetery, Brampton at 11:00am on Wednesday, December 21, 2011.


  • Visitation

    Monday, December 19, 2011

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, December 20, 2011


David William Hallett

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January 1, 2012

I knew David as a devout brother in Christ, but only briefly when he was in Halifax during one of his return visits from India, and I was preaching in Truro.
I appreciated him, and rejoice at his glorious home going, offering my sincere condolences to the family.

Jane Herring

December 29, 2011

Remembering a great man of God.
Sincere condolences to the family.

Cyndy Allcock

December 20, 2011

Dear Family & Friends,

We are so sorry that we are not communicating our condolscences personally. Unfortunately, a number of medical appointments took over.
We just wanted you to know how sorry we are for your loss of dear David. He has been an outstanding man of faith representing the Ontario Street Church of Christ all his life, whether that be in Texas, Nova Scotia, Ontario or India. We are so proud of David, his life work in India, and his contributions to the world in general! David's book was a wonderful "eye opener" to many of us and we are so happy that he took the time to write, and also to spend his last days in St. Catharines. David continued to be very active in our congregation until he could not physically. We enjoyed so much David's last birthday party in the church basement. Although frail, he made the extra effort to come and celebrate. God Bless David and your family!

Ina Smith & Cyndy Allcock OXO


December 20, 2011

Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.