A lifetime resident of the area, David Kirkwood died Wednesday, September 4th at Winchester District Memorial Hospital, following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 58.
David was the only son of Richard and Shirley Kirkwood (nee Beckstead). When David’s mother, Shirley died at a young age of 29, with cancer, his father, Richard was left with the care of his four children.
The family remained living with Richard’s parents, Frank and Blanche Kirkwood, at the home farm in Oak Valley. The farm was located just across the road from the one room school house where Dave first attended school before heading off to Inkerman Public and later N.D.D.H.S.
David was a hard working man. Until cancer got hold of him for the second time last fall, he worked hard at Iroquois Enterprises where he had been employed for 27 years. Dave liked to work hard and play hard. Weekends found him at his best friend’s playing cards and having some beer, then it was back to work come Monday morning.
Dave loved his hockey games, “Go Habs Go”… and fishing. He had some great fishing trips during which he caught some really nice salmon in Lake Ontario. He also caught a lot of mud pout over the years from the Nation River.
Dave was very shy and quiet, until he got to know a person. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren, and loved to display their pictures around his apartment in Iroquois.
His family said goodbye to Dave that day, with broken hearts and much sadness. They knew they had to let him go because Dave is in a much better place now. The pain is gone, until we meet again dear Dave…
David is survived by his children Dawn of Morrisburg, Crystal of Prescott, David of Morrisburg and by his grandchildren Amber, Jacob, Emma, Courtney, Breanna, Bryce, Joseph and Olivia.
He will be fondly remembered by his sisters Judy Gibeault (Raymond) of Chesterville, Mary Burke (Bob Jones) of Crow Lake and Margaret Kirkwood (George Gravelle) of Winchester.
He leaves behind several nieces, nephews and very special friends who loved him dearly.
David was predeceased by his parents Richard Kirkwood and the former Shirley Beckstead.
A celebration of David’s life will take place at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #370 Iroquois, on Saturday, September 21, 2013, from 11 a.m, until time of the memorial service at 1 p.m.
Donations to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #370 would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Marsden McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg.
Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com