David Gailey

David Gailey

Friday, July 27th, 1934 - Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020
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Passed away at Joseph Brant Hospital, Burlington on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at the age of 85 surrounded by his family.

David was much loved by family, friends and colleagues, known for his great spirit, humour and Scottish brogue. At various times in his life he was a teacher, skier, chemist, cyclist, Scottish country dancer, gardener, traveler, and always a loving and committed husband and father. His memory will be cherished by those who knew him.

David was husband of Mary (nee Lamont). Father of Paul (Lisa Patrick) and Chris (Anita Buehrle). Grandfather of Taylor and Lauren. Brother of Margaret (Charlie) Gaff and predeceased by siblings Bill (Sheena), Nan (Bill) Oakman, Jim (Evelyn) and Doreen. Cremation has taken place. Interment Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Maitland at a later date. For those who wish, donations in memory of David to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be sincerely appreciated by the family.
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Private Condolence

Mary Jane Millard

Posted at 06:26pm
Dear Mae, Paul and Chris and families,
It was with great shock and sadness that I saw "Mr. Gailey's" obituary in the Brockville paper. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this difficult time. We lost our Mom, Betty Armstrong, on January 1, 2020 and so I feel keenly some of the emotions that I imagine you are feeling.
I remember our family meeting your family for the very first time at your home in Maynard. Mae had prepared a delicious meal and I think I said a total of three words the whole evening...but I was fascinated with your accents! We have so many memories of Sutton and skiing. We have taken our married boys and their wives to Sutton and we still look at the "Gailey's chalet" and reminisce about the good times we had. Mr. Gailey was always anxious to get Mom and I up to chair 4. He always reassured us that there was a trail we could take and get down safely. We did not want to go down any "black diamonds". We would go once but only once each visit. Yes...we were chickens.
When we moved back from out west Pete and I would see Mae and Dave usually at the Superstore and had great chats. We learned that your Dad loved following La Tour de France as did Pete so that was always good for some lengthy conversations!
I owe your husband/Dad a debt of gratitude for taking me on in my last practicum at Queen's. I taught in his Industrial Chemistry course. I do not think I was that good...I would like to think I improved with each passing year...but he was very patient and kind to me. I loved your Dad's sense of humour. He was always a pleasure to talk to.
If ever you should happen down this way you would be most welcome at our doorstep...15 Meikle Drive, Maitland. We have empty bedrooms and would love to visit wth you. Both Pete and I have retired from teaching so having company is no bother!
Once again please accept our sincere sympathy in the passing of your husband/Dad. He was a wonderful friend to my parents and a great mentor to me. Although we did not see him often, he will be missed.
Jane (Armstrong) and Pete Millard

Anna Hudson

Posted at 12:16pm
Dear Mary & Family,

We were so sorry to learn of David's passing. You were both regular participants at the Brockville YMCA, including taking in a Wednesday lunch occasionally! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. David will be truly missed.

Anna Hudson
YMCA of Eastern Ontario, Brockville YMCA

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