Dave passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his wife of 42 years, Colleen, and his loving children Jonathan Robicheau and Catherine Robicheau. He was 68 years old.
Dear father-in-law to Leah Robicheau and Michael Reid and extraordinary grandfather to his grandchildren Sophie, Destina, A.J., and Nico. Predeceased by his parents Melbourne and Agnes Robicheau. Loving brother to Eleanor (James) of Middle Sackville Nova Scotia, Nancy (Jim) of St. Mary’s Ontario, and Margaret (Brian) of New Glasgow Nova Scotia. Predeceased by his brother Andy (Leslie of London, Ontario. Dave was a great brother-in-law to all of Colleen’s brothers and sisters. Dave was very much loved by all his nieces and nephews.
Family was one of the important things in Dave’s life. Dave enjoyed spending time with his family and loved to indulge his grandchildren. Dave encouraged his family and friends to always work hard and never give up on their dreams and instilled the value of a good education, which is something we will remember forever.
Dave also loved to spend time outdoors, being in nature, and always willing to lend a hand.
Dave was born and raised in Yarmouth Nova Scotia to Melbourne and Agnes Robicheau (both predeceased). When Dave graduated from high school he came to Ontario and went to Humber College and got a degree. After working in the glass industry he was transferred to Sudbury, Ontario where he met his wife Colleen. It was not long and they were planning a wedding. In the meantime, Dave got transferred to Moncton, New Brunswick. After he was married Colleen and Dave enjoyed a few years of married life before starting their family. Then Dave and Colleen, Moved back to Ontario where Dave worked for the Toronto Sun, then the National Post, operating a flower delivery business, and then to the TTC (Toronto Transit Committee) until he retired on April 1, 2020.
Dave loved and was learning to speak Spanish so when they were both retired they could travel (especially in the winter) to Mexico. They were going to downsize their house so they could really enjoy life.
In March Colleen and Dave were to be in Mexico for 5 weeks to celebrate his retirement from the TTC and making plans for their future, but Covid had other ideas. They had to return home after a short stay and quarantine. Dave was asked if he wanted to change his mind and stay working. He thought about it and said no I will retire. Dave was only retired for 2 weeks when we found out that cancer had returned to his body through this bloodstream. In June Colleen took a leave of absence from her job at Home Instead as a caregiver and was now a caregiver to her husband.
A heartfelt thank you goes out to Dr. Anna Spreafico and all the other doctors Dave had over the years at Princess Margaret, and also Dr. Cheromi Sittambalam of Credit Valley Palliative Care.
The family would like to thank the care team from Acclaim Health and the LHIN, Richard Price from Medicine Shoppe Oakville (who would personally deliver all of Dave’s medications). A big thank you to all our family and friends for your incredible outpouring of help and support.
Due to current restrictions and Dave’s wishes, he has been cremated. When we can we will have a memorial mass at St, Christopher’s Church in Mississauga and then hold a Celebration of Dave’s life.
For those who wish donations can be made in Dave’s name at Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.