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David Webster

David Christopher Webster

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020
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Obituary

David Christopher Webster

September 28, 1953 – September 2, 2020

Died peacefully after a brief illness at North Shore Hospice in North Vancouver.

Pre-deceased by his father George Boyd Webster and mother Eleanor Webster (Gentles) of Toronto. David will be dearly missed by his sister Carol Webster Simmerling and her husband Karl, his brother George and wife Catherine and his wonderfully supportive nephews, Christian, Boyd, Julian and niece Georgia. David leaves behind as well, his two dear cousins, Diane Osiowy and Tom Gentles.

David came into this world with significant challenges which he met with determination, dignity, courage, even humour, while creating a remarkably unique identity for himself. David loved chess, all things Scottish, and most of all, his roses. He was a devout Catholic and served as an usher first at St. Bonaventure in Don Mills, Ontario and latterly at St. Anthony’s Parish in West Vancouver. David made friends everywhere, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, at the Park Royal Chess Club, and on the West Vancouver bus where he was a frequent traveler. David will be remembered by all as a loving, kind and gentle soul.

A celebration Mass for David will be held at St. Anthony’s Parish Church on Friday, September 25th at 11:00 am.
The Webster and Simmerling families would like to thank David’s long term caregiver Liza, Dr. Sarah Lamarche at BCCA and the caring staff at North Shore Hospice for their kindness to David and his family.

In lieu of flowers, donations to North Shore Hospice, North Vancouver, would be most appreciated.

“Nae man can tether time or tide” Robert Burns “Tam o Shanter”

Online condolences may be made at www.mckenziefuneralservices.com
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Service Details

  • Service

    Friday, September 25th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, September 25th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    St. Anthony's Catholic Church
    Address
    2337 Inglewood Avenue
    WEST VANCOUVER, BC V7V 1J7
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    Officiant
    Father Gary Franken

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Joan Foy

Posted at 01:27pm
Dear Carol and all of your family.

I read your lovely words today about David. I am very saddened about his recent death.

You and all of your family cared for him in a myriad of ways that allowed David to be his own person, and that gave David the freedom and confidence to enjoy his life with all of you and with his many friends. Oh, what it means to be loved and to be loving!
This is what informed David's entire life, and he constantly returned it to all of you in his own unique manner.
"I believe, as I did as a child, that life has meaning, a direction, a value, that no suffering is lost, every tear counts, each drop of blood., that the secret of the world is to be found in St. John's, "Deus caritas est" God is love. And David certainly knew this!!!
He was especially close to God.

With my deepest sympathy, And affection.

Joan
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Tim Callahan

Posted at 12:55pm
Hello George and Cathy,

I remember well, working on your house north of Toronto.
It was a great opportunity to get to know David. I very much
enjoyed his good company and sense of humor. I also recall
he threatened to quit if he had to listen to Ann Murray's "Snowbird"
one more time on the radio. I definitely would have missed being
around him while working on the project .... he was a good soul.
Warm regards ... Tim Callahan
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Frank van Beurden

Posted at 06:31pm
Dear George and Carol,

Cynthia and I were shocked and saddened at the news of David's passing.
His knowledge knowledge and interest in history was unique. David and I spent 4 days driving and visiting all the World war 1 and 2 battle sites in Belgium and France in 1972. He was a great font of knowledge and tour guide.

David, you and your mother were a huge part of my life in high school and university and David was our son Chris' (37 years old) godfather.

Our condolences to you, Cathy and Karl.

Love,

Frank and Cynthia van Beurden
JK

Jerry Kaehne

Posted at 08:40pm
David,

Sorry to hear you have moved on.

In the years I have known you as a neighbour, I was so blessed to be able to bond with you. I admired the new blooms in your little garden, we shared a common love of good single malt Scotch whiskey (although your knowledge was far greater than mine) and I admonished you for going down Duchess Ave in your underpants to water a lonely little flowering shrub that noone loved but you.

What I could not share was your prowess in chess and your commitment to the church. Nevertheless, I admred you for your endeavors and accomplishments in both fields.

I recognised your beautiful mind, your unique qualities and the loneliness that you must have felt by being "different".

I want you to know that you will leave a modest vacuum in the space you used to occupy, and the lives you touched will remember you with love, respect and admiration.

Your friend, Jerry.

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