David Austin

Died: Thu., Jun. 8, 2017


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David Lewis Austin passed  away on  8 June, 2017, at Manitoulin Health Centre in Little Current, Ontario after surviving cancer for 21 years.  Dave was the sixth child of nine born to Charles and Ethel Austin on December 17, 1931 in Springhill, Nova Scotia.  As a young man he joined the R.C.M.P. Marine Division, based in Halifax with duties taking him to the far north.  In1955 he married Joan Davis of Springhill.  Shortly afterwards they moved to Ontario where Dave spent 33 years with the CN Railway Police, ending his career as Inspector of South Western Ontario.  David was a member of the Doric Lodge.
Dave loved life, especially life outdoors: sailing with daughter Ann in his boat on the Bay of Quinte, and out in the Atlantic in his fishing boat with his best buddy and chosen son, David Allen.   Dave entered twenty-five of the twenty-six fishing Derbies in Pugwah, N. S. 2016 being his last - how happy he was in the boat with David and Andy all that day!
He enjoyed woodworking and making furniture, wood carving, building the cottage in 1974, making improvements to the various  homes, all over Ontario, due to numerous job transfers.
Joan and Dave were a joy to watch on the dance floor.  They loved old time music: jives, polkas and waltzes.  They travelled all over the country together for dog obedience competitions with Max , Dave's boxer and buddy for twelve years, and Joan with Sabre, her Poodle.  He also enjoyed revolver shooting  competitions, and brought home many silver platters to the delight of his children.  Dave loved to hunt deer and rabbits, really just an excuse to roam through the autumn woods with Joan.
Dave obtained his pilot's licence in Belleville ON, in his forties, and had the opportunity of co-piloting a Luscombe with his friend Angus MacLeod in the "Almost Great Canadian Vintage Air Craft Race" with a group of flyers from across Canada.  They travelled from Belleville to P.E.I., then to B.C. and home again without instruments!  A once in a lifetime experience.
During retirement Dave and Joan, usually with two dogs, would head for N.S. to enjoy three months of sun, sea and sand.  They took pride in making improvements to their acre of land, enjoying walks on the beach, watching sunsets, playing with the dogs, and talking to familiar friends and neighbours.  It was comforting for Dave to observe the second and third generation enjoying his favourite place.
Also during this time they took every opportunity to travel.  They spent two months in Mexico - Lake Chapala, Cancun and Acapulco.  They also travelled across Canada and the U.S. in a tent trailer for three months!  In New Zealand they joined the international Caravan Club for six weeks, then toured Australia for 3 weeks, and spent 10 days in Fiji!  Another trip took them on a tour through Holland, Luxemburg, Belgium and France.  They enjoyed a European Cruise to Egypt, Turkey, and Rome, in addition to spending time in Costa Del Sol, Spain, a Danube river cruise, time in the Dominican Republic, Florida, and Jamaica. Many, many items were struck from the bucket list!
David was a gentle man, unassuming, straightforward and honest.  He was a loving husband to Joan, cherished his two loving daughters, Jan and Ann, and looked upon their husbands, Stuart and Andy, as his own sons.  He was immensely proud of his four grandsons, Jack, Ted, Alex, and Robert - whose daughter Dani brought her Grampie endless joy.
The cottage door will be forever open to all with fond memories of Husband, Dad, Grampie, Great Grampie and dear Friend who inspired us to work hard, to finish what we start, to love with all our hearts, to be true to ourselves, and to respect and care for each other.  Keep on fishing, dancing, telling stories and laughing.
We will love him always.  He will be in our hearts forever.
Our sincere thanks to Dr. S. Cooper, Dr. P. Cano, Dr. R. Singh, Dr. J. Want , to the helpful nurses Janice and Suzanne at Science North Oncology in Sudbury, and to the CCAC and Bayshore who were so understanding and made our lives so much easier.  A special thank you to Sandra McMurray, to Steve and all the girls at Guardian, and Bill and Dianne.  Thank you to the compassionate nurses and staff at Manitoulin Health Centre for their especially kind and sensitive care in David's last days.  Thank you to our friends for visits, and support in so many ways.
We will be honouring Dave's wishes by having a celebration of his life in Pugwash, Nova Scotia, at a date to be announced.  Internment of his ashes will take place at Springhill Hillside Cemetery, N.S.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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Rick and Gail Gjos
   Posted Fri June 09, 2017
Please accept our condolences Joan and family. We know it has been a long struggle but also that you have many wonderful memories. He is now at peace!

Joe & Joyce Holmes
   Posted Sat June 10, 2017
Our Condolences to you Joan and your family. I so enjoyed my visits with Dave and Joan! Each time I would be doing Foot Care we would go to a different part of the world talking about traveling around the world. Dave loved to chat about farming and cattle as well. Dave will be sadly missed, will live on in the memories of all of his family and friends ! Rest in peace Dave !

Dennis Halliday
   Posted Sat June 10, 2017
Sincere condolences to Joan, Ann and Jan from Dennis, Diana, Rebecca and Andrew. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Take care.

Joe lugarich
   Posted Sat June 10, 2017
Please accept my condolences. I retired 20 years ago from same job as Dave.

Alex Lyons (Dan)
   Posted Sat June 10, 2017
I also worked at CN Police. Please accept my condolence, he had a good life.

christine marie austin
   Posted Sat June 10, 2017
Uncle Dave i will miss u i remember when we would go on trips to ninaga falls to see all of u plus justu being my uncle
to the girls ann aunt joanjan my heart go out to u both
love chrissy

Ethelyn Halliday Weatherbee
   Posted Sun June 11, 2017
Joan and family ,my sympathy to all .

Gord & Norma
   Posted Sun June 11, 2017
Joan It goes without saying we are so sorry for your loss, We too will always remember our days together and the frenidship with Dave & your family,
Love Gord & Norma

Merrill Klingbeil
   Posted Sun June 11, 2017
Joan, I am so sorry to hear that Dave has passed away. We used to have so many good talks on the phone and am sorry that I haven't called lately. Dave was always so cheerful and I used enjoy some of his stories abut the CN Police. Thanks for the obituary on line, there were a lot of things that I didn't know a about Dave's experiences. I know that he will be sadly missed by yourself and family.

Merrill, klingbeil, barrie,ont.





Jean MacLean
   Posted Sun June 11, 2017
My thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. Always cherish all those
wonderful memories and family times together.You will laugh, cry and think of him
so often. With sincere sympathy to all.J.M.

Helen and Austin EAde
   Posted Mon June 12, 2017
Dear Joan, we were so very sorry to hear that Dave had passed away. He was such a lovely, gentle man and what a wealth of happy memories you will have. Our deepest sympathy to you and all the family.

BILL & Ellie Orr
   Posted Mon June 12, 2017
Dear Joan & family your have our condolences we will miss the good old chats i had with Dave in the last few years

Allan,Carol,Vera,Bob,Linda,Jean,Helen,Shirley
   Posted Wed June 14, 2017
Dear Joan & Family; Our special thoughts to you on the passing of our cousin Dave. We remember being entertained at your cottage at Spruce Haven planning the Austin reunion. Always enjoyed sharing Austin family stories with you and Dave.

Fred & Ruth Bothwell
   Posted Fri June 16, 2017
Ruth & Fred Bothwell: We extend our sincere sympathy to you and your family at the passing of David. Your will miss him greatly, however, his sickness was very challenging and a difficult journey.
Wishing you and your family good health and we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Love, Fred & Ruth


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