LAC Edmond David (Ret’d)
We regret to advise of the death of Leading Aircraftsman Edmond David (Ret’d), a long-time resident of Thunder Bay, ON at Hogarth Riverview Manor on Tuesday, 18 June 2019. Edmond served with the RCAF as a Firefighter 1956-58.
Edmond was born in Carruthers, SK in 1932, the third youngest child in a family of eight children. The David family made the daunting move from drought-ridden Saskatchewan to Lac du Bonnet, MB in 1936 to settle on new farmland and Ed grew up a true child of the Depression. Completing school after Grade VIII, Ed joined the workforce to help support his family. He had a variety of labourer jobs as a young man until immersing himself in the mining industry as a diamond driller.
Edmond joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1955 and became a Crash and Rescue Frefighter at the RCAF Station Trenton, ON. He retired from the RCAF in 1958 and moved Fort William, ON where he joined the Fort William Hydro Commission as a lineman. After a 31-year career with the Hydro Commission, Edmond retired in 1989 as the manager of the Meter Reader Department. Edmond spent many years as an active member of the Knights of Columbus- first with Fort William Council 1447 and then as a founding member of Thunder Bay Council 7332.
Ed's best days were spent enjoying hiking in the bush or sitting alongside a lake or river quietly smoking his pipe. His love of nature was one of the greatest gifts he shared with his family. Following retirement, Ed filled his days with his second favourite pastime - woodworking. Rarely did a day go by without the sounds of wood being shaped, cut, drilled or joined coming from the basement. If he wasn't working on a project, he could be found sitting in his shop smoking his pipe and enjoying the company of his grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place and a private family interment will follow at a later date. Funeral services for Edmond David will be held on Saturday, 22 June 2019 at 11:00 AM at St. Patrick's Cathedral. If friends so desire memorial donations to the St. Joseph's Foundation of Thunder Bay would be appreciated. Edmond will be remembered in the Blake Funeral Chapel Memorial Grove annual dedication service on Sunday, 14 June 2020. On-line Condolences may be sent to the Funeral Home.