Marg and Family, so sorry to hear of Uncle Dave's passing, our thoughts and prayers are with you all, wish we were there. God Bless you all.
A true north star and respected leader who was loved and admired by an entire industry, rest in peace old friend
My condolences to the family. He is an icon in the floor covering industry.
Familly and Friends
of M.David McDonald.
I offer my sincere wishes of sympathy and my deepest condolences to everyone who ever had the good fortune to : meet , get to know, work with , drink with , like and love David .
I consider myself to be one of the lucky people with the opportunity to have experienced all of the above both in a professional and a personal capacity with David .
For over a decade we had many and frequent business and social interactions that became a friendship.
This occurred many ,many , years ago and I still have, to this day ,very fond memories of our time together.
I first met David in the fall of 1977, in a business context .I was a brand new sales representative ( still green behind the ears) for Armstrong Flooring .
I remember well, that initially he really made me work hard as his supplier , he challenged me to be well prepared and persistent in my sales strategies. He encouraged my creativity and my enthusiastic presentations .
It took time and effort to earn his confidence but eventually a mutual trust and loyalty developed and we became good friends doing good business together.
David was very smart intellectually but also very street-smart ; some even called him the Silver Fox , because he was quite cunning.
I respected him greatly because of his great ability to communicate his message and negotiate win/win deals with the energy of his gregarious personally and keen sense of humour.
Because he was such a great salesman himself he preached by example and motivated his managers and sales staff to excel .
He was a successful executive in the flooring business because he was a master in the “People Business .”
After changing job in 1990 to a different industry and moving back to Montreal our paths only crossed a few times after that.
Occasionally we would meet , for a brief few minutes ,in some airport ,but always for a pleasant echange and many laughs .
Even in the rush of getting to his gate he would make the time to share the joke of the day , enquire about me and remember an event or anecdote from our good old days .
Still today I still use a fun greeting he thought me .
When someone would ask David :
” How are you today ?”
He would reply :
“Fantastic ..but it’s getting better !!!!!