It is with very heavy hearts we announce the passing of Dave Canfield on January 16, 2018.
Dave was born to Lockwood & Heleana Canfield on February 15, 1929 in Kenora Ontario. Dave leaves behind his loving wife Helen of 68 years to cherish the many years they had shared together.
He also leaves behind the pride and joys of his life his kids Ron (Edie), Bonnie (Ross) McArthur, Gordon and Wayne (Lynn) who we knew he loved with all his heart. Dad taught us a lot over the years but most of all he taught us what family is about and showed us that in order to succeed in life you have to work hard for what you have. We are so very grateful for all the life lessons and the love he has showed to us over the years.
“Gramps” as he was known by his grandchildren will always know how much he loved them as he showed that every day of his life. We will always cherish the many visits sitting around the dinner table for a drink or a plate full of food to fill our bellies listening to the many stories he had to tell. He leaves behind his grandchildren Chris (Stephanie), Jason, Shawn (Andrea) Day, Ryan (Kathleen) Day, Kylie (Dan) Hicks, his Great grandchildren Kaitlin & Emma, Emma & Ethan, Riley, and Ava.
Dad leaves behind two brothers Arnold (Doris) Canfield and Willard (Shirley) Canfield as well as brother in-law Gary Hawkins and sister in-law Theresa Canfield who will miss him so very much.
Dave was pre-deceased by his parents Loch and Heleana Canfield, Step mothers Marion and Elsie Canfield, Mother and Father in-law Wellington and Ruby Hawkins, Brothers Norman and Charlie Canfield, Sister in-law Dorothy Canfield, Brother in laws Allan, Keith and Russ Hawkins and sister in-law Gwen Hendrickson. When Dad was 44 he decided he would like to learn to fly and soon after obtained his pilot’s license and bought his first plane. He loved to fly and this began a new way of life for him and mom. Together they spent many years travelling to new fishing spots to find their favourites. Dad was lucky enough to fly until he was 80 years old. Together with mom they enjoyed many hunting and fishing trips alongside some great friends and family to which they enjoyed many laughs and fond memories of times spent together. Dad always looked forward to the fishing hut going out on the lake as he always enjoyed fishing with his nephew David so much. Dad worked most of his life for himself alongside his brothers. The stories he would tell of the shenanigans the brothers would get into or out of over the years. Right up until his death the brothers always remained close along with their wives who enjoyed many “happy hours” together at the Canfield property. Playing his banjo or harmonica with the “family band” was always a given when ever they got together. Over the past few years dad’s eye sight and hearing started to fail but if you asked him how he was feeling he always responded with”110 percent”. He never complained and was always very grateful for all the support he was given over the years. Dad was very lucky he was able to remain at home with the love and support of his favourite lady (mom) to care for him at home.
On January 16, 2018 on his way home Dad took his last flight with Angels.
Forever missed and so greatly loved!
Love you Dad, Gramps.
A celebration of life will be held this summer