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DAFFIN – David John

October 9, 1939 – June 6, 2010

It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of David John Daffin after a brief but valiant battle with a very serious illness on Sunday, June 6, 2010 at the age of 70 years.

David was born in 1939 in Burton-on-Trent, England and moved to Canada in 1947. He attended the University of Toronto where he graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He later attended night school to attain his MBA. He started his career with Imperial Oil in Sarnia and Coquitlam. He moved his family to Calgary in 1975 to join Petro-Canada and later retired and pursued some independent contracting opportunities in the oil and gas industry.

For the last eight years, he has led a very active life including ballroom dancing, golf, and travelling, in addition to the summers spent surrounded by his family and friends at the cottage in Parry Sound, Ontario.

David is survived by his friend Karen; his three children, Kathy, Mike and Jayne; two son-in-laws, Bob and Geoff; daughter-in-law Jean; as well as sister Sheila and brother Henry. David was predeceased by his dear wife Diane in 2002. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of the donor’s choice.

In living memory of David Daffin, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Our hearts go out to our daughter-in-law, Jayne and her siblings, Kathy & Mike who are grieving the loss of yet another loving parent. What a terrible shock. We will miss Dave’s always warm welcome and wide talents. We are thinking of you, Sheila and the love and companionship you shared with your brother. Sarah and Kaitlin will cherish memories of Grandpa Daffin’s love and projects and we feel sad that Peter and Jill’s experiences with him have been cut short.
    Love, Carol & Sandy

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  2. Norm & Muriel Stiles :

    We were saddened to hear of Dave’s untimely passing. We always enjoyed our visits with him and the family at the “Bunny Trail Hotel”. Our sincere sympathy to all of you.

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  3. Nanci McLennan :

    It was a shock to hear of Dave’s passing. He was a great support to me at the Ballroom Dance Club the past 3 years. He will be sadly missed. My deepest sympathy to Karen and his family. I hope this poem will bring you each some peace.

    Tomorrow Without Me

    When tomorrow starts without me,
    and I’m not there to see;
    If the sun should rise and find your eyes
    all filled with tears for me;

    I wish so much you wouldn’t cry
    the way you did today, while
    thinking of the many things,
    we didn’t get to say.

    I know how much you love me,
    as much as I love you,
    And each time that you think of me,
    I know you’ll miss me too;

    But when tomorrow starts without me,
    please try to understand;
    that an angel came and called my name,
    and took me by the hand.

    But as I turned to walk away,
    a tear fell from my eye,
    For all my life, I’d always thought
    I didn’t want to die.

    I had so much to live for,
    so much yet to do,
    It seemed almost impossible
    that I was leaving you.

    I thought of all the yesterdays,
    the good ones and the bad,
    I thought of all the love we shared,
    and all the fun we had.

    If I could relive yesterday,
    just even for a while,
    I’d say goodbye and kiss you
    and maybe see you smile.

    But then I fully realized
    that this could never be,
    For emptiness and memories,
    would take the place of me.

    And when I thought of worldly things
    I might miss come tomorrow,
    I thought of you, and when I did,
    my heart was filled with sorrow.

    But when I walked through heaven’s gates,
    I felt so much at home.
    God looked down and smiled at me
    from His great golden throne.

    He said, “This is eternity
    and all I’ve promised you.”
    Today life on earth is past
    but here it starts anew.

    So when tomorrow starts without me,
    Don’t think we’re far apart,
    for every time you think of me,
    I’m right here, in your heart.

    Nanci McLennan, Calgary

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  4. David and Judi Weaver :

    It was with great shock and sadness that we learned of Dave’s sudden passing. We became great friends while undergraduates in mechanical engineering at U of T in the early 60’s. Ever since, we never missed an opportunity to get together, whether sailing in Sarnia, skiing in Banff or fishing at the cottage on the Bunny Trail. Family was always an important part of those experiences and it was clear that Dave had an extended family whose love and closeness was truly extraordinary. There were always lots of people, lots of confusion, and lots of fun (not to mention lots of good food). He was a gentle, apparently unflappable, giant of a man with an infectious smile which could melt any heart. We were always made to feel part this wonderful family. He was much loved and will be sorely missed.

    Judi and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and all those who were blessed to have had Dave as a friend.

    Dave and Judi Weaver

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  5. Clayton Smith :

    To Mike & Family,

    On behalf of Sonia, myself and the rest of the ICTC Team, our deepest condolences on the loss of your Father. May you and your family find strength and solice in each others love at this time of grief. Based upon what I have read, your Dad was a great man that left his legacy in his loving children and his grand-children: I am saddened by the fact that I never had the opportunity to meet him.

    On Behalf Of Team ICTC.

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  6. Edward & Helga Enns :

    We met Dave and Diane in 1972, when both our families had just moved to Coquitlam, BC. Missing our extended families we became each others extended family, celebrating Christmases and birthdays and picnicking together until they moved to Calgary in 1975. Subsequent visits always felt as if we had never been apart. We will always remember their warmth and kindness and treasure their friendship. We were sad to loose Diane in 2002 and now sad and in shock at Dave’s sudden death. It came too soon for someone so full of life.

    Our sons Richard and David join us in sending condolences to Dave’s friends and family and in particular to Sheila, Kathy, Mike and Jayne.

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