It is with great sorrow we announce the death of David, the beloved sweetheart and spouse for 60 years of Cathy (Nee Keele); dearly loved father of Andrew (Claudia) and Julia (Rob). He was over the moon about his two grandsons, Howie and Davey Wilkes, each of whom carries his name.
He loved his job, his friends and most of all he loved us. He was President and COO of Moss, Lawson and Co Ltd; Vice Chair and Director of Research Capital Corporation; a director of the Investment Dealers Association and the Canadian Depository for Securities. He was the IDA Distinction winner for Ontario in 1993. He served as Chair of the Board, Foundation Director and Trustee of his church, Humber Valley United. He was a Board member of the Trillium Hospital Foundation, A Director of Big Sisters of Metro Toronto and a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. He was a quiet philanthropist for many causes.
In the early 1970’s David volunteered to teach a course he called “Intelligent Investing” for the Etobicoke Board of Education’s night school program. He felt that he could democratize and demystify investing and encourage participants to think about value investing. Often there was a waiting list to attend his course which ran for almost 25 years. He also taught his family about the pillars of a good life: save, spend, invest and share.
David loved two sports. One was swimming; the other golf. He swam at lunch time during his Bay St. career and in the early mornings when he delivered his children to their swim team practices. He started golf as a junior, at his father’s course, St. George’s GC, and golfed there until he was diagnosed with fronto-temporal dementia. He also loved his winter course and his golﬁng buddies at Mission Inn Golf Club in Florida.
David and Cathy traveled enthusiastically and he was proud to say that he had been to all the continents including a trip to the Antarctic in 1996.
But David was happiest at home when there were friends and family gathered for dinners, brunches and good times. He loved to plan events. One of them included a birthday party for Cathy on the Mariposa Belle in Toronto Harbour. His laughter was spontaneous and could ﬁll a room. He loved to dance. A lot.
It has been a long goodbye and the family has been helped by so many during the years. We would like to thank the Baycrest team led by David’s neurologist, Dr. Bill Reichman. The 4th ﬂoor PSWs, nurses, recreation staﬀ, Dr. Sara Wainberg and his 6E team including Donna, Isaac, Ankita, Celia, Teresa, Selvi and Drs Malek and Ott gave us their very best care. Two very special people were his private caregivers, Iona Davis and Cherie Rosario. They treated David like family and we will never forget their kindness and love.
Visitation will be at Turner and Porter, Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. W., Toronto (between Kipling and Islington Aves.) on Monday, July 24th from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The Funeral/Celebration of Life will be held at Humber Valley United Church, 76 Anglesey Blvd, Toronto, on Tuesday, July 25th 2023 at 3pm.
If desired, the family would appreciate donations to the Humber Valley Foundation, 76 Anglesey Blvd, Toronto, Ont. M9A 3C1 or to Baycrest’s concert program ℅ Baycrest Foundation (416-785-2875) or www.baycrestfoundation.org