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David Jackson

Posted By RodAbrams On June 23, 2020 @ 10:12 am In Obituaries | 71 Comments

Jackson: David Milford (M.Sc ’71 McGill University)

On Father’s Day after a day surrounded by his family, peacefully at his home in Caledon, on Sunday June 21, 2020. David Jackson in his 74th year, beloved husband of Muriel Jackson (nee: Rogers). Loving father of Lisa Ritsema (Richard), Stephen (Lisa), and Mike (Monica). Dearly loved grandfather of Vanessa, Jennifer, Emma, Hannah, Carter, and Owen. Sadly missed brother of Peter ( Jeannie Merks, and the late Shirley), and Linda Winott (Darrell). Forever in the hearts of his extended family and friends.

Cremation will be held. Followed by a private Family Memorial Service at Rod Abrams Funeral Home Tottenham 905-936-3477, with interment at Morningside Cemetery Palgrave.

Due to Covid-19 limitations on gatherings, the Funeral Service will be placed online for public viewing. All are welcome to view the Funeral livestream by visiting the Funeral Home Facebook page on Friday June 26, 2020 at 1pm.

To show your support to Dave’s family, please leave written tributes and condolences below in the tribute section of this webpage.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Trillium Health Hospital Network GBM Brain Cancer Research or St. James Anglican Church Caledon East would be appreciated by the family.


Condolences for the family of “David Jackson”

Condolence from Kevin, Carolina Wilson on June 23rd, 2020 11:46 am

Dear Muriel, Mike, Mon, Carter, Owen (and family),
We were so sorry to hear the news. There are no words to ease the pain; but we are sure there are many wonderful memories to hold and to continue to share. We knew Dave as a very kind-hearted man and we will always remember his smile. We hope his memories bring you comfort in the coming days and weeks. We are all thinking of you and we wish so much we could be there with you –

With love,
Kevin, Carolina, Paisley and Landon

Condolence from Bill and Patti Cragg on June 23rd, 2020 11:55 am

I will always remember David for his cheerfulness and his welcoming demeanor when we arrived at Church of the Evangelists. Our deepest condolences to Muriel and family on the loss of such a wonderful gentleman.

Condolence from Janet & Doug Lousley on June 23rd, 2020 12:38 pm

We are so sorry for your loss Muriel and family. It was good to hear that the family was there on Sunday to surround him with your love. What a wonderful memory you will have.

Condolence from Donna Wilson on June 23rd, 2020 1:39 pm

So sorry to hear that David has passed away. I will be thinking of you. Our last visit with you two will remain very special in my heart.
Take Care
Donna Wilson

Condolence from Jennifer Keith (Temple) on June 23rd, 2020 2:09 pm

My condolences to the entire family. I was so sad to hear of the road leading up to this day but do find happiness in that our families have remained a part of each other’s for pretty close to my ENTIRE life. I will always remember “Mr. Jackson” for his room illuminating smile. He will be truly missed.

Condolence from Margaret Brady on June 23rd, 2020 2:46 pm

The world has lost a beautiful generous soul. Love prayers and hugs to Muriel and family

Condolence from Terry. And Judy Temple on June 23rd, 2020 2:48 pm

So many memories! Times by the pool. The famous Christmas get togethers. Kids, friends, laughs, tears, shared times. So very special! David will be sadly missed by all in our family!! Love to everyone.

Condolence from Marilyn McCauley on June 23rd, 2020 3:16 pm

My sincere sympathy for Muriel, a former teaching colleague, and all the family.

Condolence from Rev. John and Ethel Beers on June 23rd, 2020 3:27 pm

Dear Linda, Darrell and other family members Extending heartfelt sympathy and love and may God grant you His comfort for now and His peace for your tomorrows. Blessings, dear friends,
John and Ethel

Condolence from Glen and Shiran Caspersz on June 23rd, 2020 3:50 pm

Our deepest condolences. May his soul rest in peace. We were so glad to have known David. We always enjoy is dancing.

Condolence from Jane Greenman on June 23rd, 2020 3:58 pm

My heartfelt condolences to the family of David Jackson.

Condolence from Mike and Lynda Zulauf on June 23rd, 2020 4:14 pm

Our deepest condolences to Muriel and to David’s family. You have all been in our thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you in this time,

Love and prayers

Mike and Lynda

Condolence from Moira Milne-Brandt on June 23rd, 2020 4:17 pm

We are sorry for your loss, Muriel.
It seems like just yesterday, David was healthy and you were both enjoying traveling to destinations around the world together! I will never forget David you you helping me prepare for my wedding dance! You were fabulous partners, on and off the dance floor. Love you dearly.

Condolence from Richard and Sharon (Petts) Smith on June 23rd, 2020 4:42 pm

Muriel, we go back to the beginning when we first met David. We share many wonderful memories of those years. There is now a void where a lovely person has left us. Love to all the family.

Condolence from MAry laVigne on June 23rd, 2020 4:44 pm

Condolences Linda in the loss of your brother. Prayers for you and your family.
MAry and Wayne

Condolence from Randall and Bev Osczevski on June 23rd, 2020 4:44 pm

We are so fortunate to have known David. His love of family, travelling, dancing and his flowers. He was a gentleman and a gentle man. Much Love Beverley and Randall

Condolence from Lynn MacQueen Clarke on June 23rd, 2020 4:45 pm

So sorry to read about your brother Linda, thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time

Condolence from Donna & Brian Nunn on June 23rd, 2020 4:45 pm

Muriel, we were saddened to hear the news of David’s passing. We will cherish the memory of your visit last summer to CB and the church. May your memories and family bring you comfort at this time. – Brian and Donna(Carmichael) Nunn

Condolence from Beverley and Randall Osczevski on June 23rd, 2020 4:50 pm

We are sorry to hear of Davids passing. We were so fortunate to have known him. We will remember his love of family, travelling dancing and his flowers. He was a gentleman and a gentle man. Love Beverley and Randall

Condolence from Donna Roberts on June 23rd, 2020 4:53 pm

Muriel and Family,
I am so very sorry to hear that David has passed. I haven’t known you both long but you were very welcoming to Tom and I when we arrived at St. James Caledon East. I will fondly remember David’s welcoming smile and his stories and how he always squeezed my hand giving peace during service. But most of all I will remember his most awesome laugh.
God Bless to all of you.

Condolence from Diane Allengame on June 23rd, 2020 6:01 pm

Pancake Tuesday wasn’t the same this year without David’s precision and attention to detail — the same skills he brought to many areas of his life, including his precious zinnias. When we saw him shortly after his operation, he told us the cemetery plot was picked, the obit written, and then he went on to talk about recovery and asked how things were at St. James. A brave and selfless man who will be missed. You are in our prayers.

Condolence from Mary Jean McIntosh on June 23rd, 2020 6:11 pm

I am so sorry to hear of David’s passing. You and your family are all in my thoughts.

Condolence from Bryan and Deborah Gault on June 23rd, 2020 6:57 pm

We have been neighbours of David and Muriel for 16 years. With a trail around our property to walk our dog and bring their late horse Zippo carrots, we often ran into David working outdoors. We enjoyed our talks across the fence as he always had entertaining stories. When our dog passed away, David and Muriel left flowers from their garden and a lilac on our porch which meant so much. David will be sadly missed and always remembered.
Deborah and Bryan

Condolence from Rev John and Merri – Sue Hannem on June 23rd, 2020 7:34 pm

Muriel and the Jackson family – So sorry to hear of David’s passing. We extend heartfelt sympathy and love on behalf of ourselves and the congregation of Calvary Baptist Church, North Sydney,NS. Be assured of our thoughts and prayers during these difficult days

Condolence from Suzanne Wilson on June 23rd, 2020 7:55 pm

I am so sorry to hear about David. Please know that I am thinking of you and your family. Treasure all the wonderful memories. Sue

Condolence from Brad, Michelle, and Ella Wigner on June 23rd, 2020 8:37 pm

Jackson Family,
Our heartfelt condolences go out to your entire family. We will always remember David as a kind man with a contagious smile on his face. We are thinking of you, and love you.
Wigner Family.

Condolence from Wayne and Brenda Greer on June 23rd, 2020 10:06 pm

Our deepest condolences to You Muriel and Your Family. David was a wonderful caring gentleman. We had some good memories of You and Him at the dances He loved to dance,

Condolence from Bill & Joyce McCarroll on June 23rd, 2020 10:47 pm

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and all the family. We know that you both lived and enjoyed your lives to the fullest and may the many memories you and the family have of your time with David offer you comfort.
Love to all
Bill & Joyce McCarroll

Condolence from Jan and Peter Lokun on June 23rd, 2020 11:38 pm

Peter and I are so sorry for your loss and send our deepest condolences. We will miss seeing his smiling face at the dances.

Condolence from Louise and Bob Tipple on June 24th, 2020 7:18 am

Dear Muriel and all the Jackson Family,
Our heartfelt condolences to all of you on the passing of your beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother. We so enjoyed catching up with you and David on your visit to St. John’s last summer. May your many happy memories give you some comfort over the days ahead. Thinking of you all and sending our love. Louise, Bob and Family

Condolence from Phil & Pauline Apperly on June 24th, 2020 9:00 am

Hi Muriel,
sad to hear of David’s passing. I enjoyed working with him at Christchurch/ Church of the Evangelists and valued his inputs. Many will miss him. We wish you peace and comfort.

Condolence from Natalie Copp on June 24th, 2020 10:02 am

Muriel and your family-I am so sad to hear of the passing of David what a sweet gentleman he was always with a smile and very friendly. My condolences to all of you at this sad time and my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Love Natalie.

Condolence from Shirley and David Rothney on June 24th, 2020 10:39 am

We are so sorry to hear of David’s passing. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to you, Muriel and all the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

Condolence from Bunny & Doug Chalk on June 24th, 2020 12:10 pm

Dear Muriel and family,
We are so saddened by this news. David was a lovely kind man. Always enjoyed when he joined us on our walks. You are all in our loving healing thoughts. We are as close as the phone.

Condolence from Tina Daalderop on June 24th, 2020 2:47 pm

Dear Muriel,
I just received the sad news of David’s passing in a notification sent out by John from Probus. In my few occasions that I have been able to walk with the group, I was able to meet David and sorry that I did not have the opportunity to know him better. My thoughts are with you and your family and send my sincere condolences.

Condolence from Dorothy Ross and Family on June 24th, 2020 2:58 pm

Dear Muriel and Family,
Please accept our deepest sympathies on David’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Dorothy, David, Donald, Douglas, and Brian Ross and Families.

Condolence from Millard and Jackie Eccles on June 24th, 2020 3:04 pm

Our condolences to Muriel and family for your loss. David was a lovely man and we know you will miss him terribly. May he rest in peace.

Condolence from Dave Theakston on June 24th, 2020 3:14 pm

Dear Muriel and family. I was very saddened to hear of David’s passing. I have fond memo of Dave having gone through four years of classes with him at NSAC and Mac. I am sure the many fond memories you have of Dave will help you get through this sad time. RIP my friend.

Condolence from Keith & Vivian Bruce on June 24th, 2020 3:36 pm

We all go back such a long way, Muriel and this is sad news indeed. Please accept our deepest condolences and know that David is safe. God be with you and your family. Much love.

Condolence from David Finch on June 24th, 2020 5:59 pm


Please accept my condolences about David’s passing. He was a stalwart member of our church and will be sadly missed.

Condolence from Geoff and Betty Clark on June 24th, 2020 7:15 pm

Dear Muriel, We are shocked by the news, we thought David was on the mend. He was a great and interesting man. Big prayers are sent up to you. We are here for you.
Geoff and Betty

Condolence from Brian & Noel Watts on June 24th, 2020 11:43 pm

Dear Muriel – Our deepest sympathies. We treasure the pottery wind chime you & David gave us during your visit to California – whenever it chimes we will think of David as he lives on in all of us.
Love Brian & Noel Watts

Condolence from Helena Finch on June 25th, 2020 9:15 am

Stephen, Lisa and family I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.

Condolence from Sylvia Baker on June 25th, 2020 9:18 am

Dear Muriel,

My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this difficult time.
Sincerely,Sylvia(Ward) Baker
(Class of 1968)

Condolence from Gerrit Lekkerkerker on June 25th, 2020 9:39 am

Dear Muriel,

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
I remember David as a helpful and kind class mate. Always smiling
Gerry Lekkerkerker

Condolence from Bill and Petra McElrea on June 25th, 2020 9:51 am

Dear Muriel, Lisa, Stephen, Mike and family. Sincere condolences with David’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Condolence from Kirsten (Moss) Chlebovec on June 25th, 2020 9:55 am

Dear Muriel,
What a shock to read of David’s passing. It seems like yesterday that we were all talking and sharing a few laughs at Mac’s 50 year reunion.
My deepest sympathy to you and the family along with kind thoughts and prayers.
Kirsten (Moss) Chlebovec

Condolence from Carol and Robert Mancini on June 25th, 2020 10:46 am

Hi Muriel,
Our deepest condolences on David’s passing. We will remember him as an accomplished traveler and photographer. We will truly miss him as a neighbor, friend,travel organizer and travel companion
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Condolence from Blair and Anita Cameron on June 25th, 2020 7:02 pm

Dear Muriel and all the Jackson family.
Our sincere condolences to you on David’s passing. It was so wonderful to meet you both last summer during your visit to St. John’s. It was a lovely evening of getting to know each other, reminiscing about our families, and of course lots of travel talk. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Blair and Anita

Condolence from Trevor Henry on June 25th, 2020 7:24 pm

Muriel and Family
So sorry to hear of the passing of David. He was a very kind man. Please accept our deepest sympathies. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Trevor Henry (Orange Lodge Palgrave) and Evelyn Henderson

Condolence from John Matson on June 25th, 2020 9:08 pm

sorry to hear of Davids passing always admired his flowers and talking with him at the lodge on behalf of Roy and Laura Watson

Condolence from Freda wrench on June 25th, 2020 9:31 pm

My sincere condolence to you on David’s passing. Such a kind and gentle man who grew the most beautiful flower garden. He will be missed.

Condolence from Jim and Donna on June 25th, 2020 10:10 pm

Our sincere condolences Muriel to you and your family, Jim and I will miss watching the two of you dancing at club 55. RIP David

Condolence from Margo Young on June 25th, 2020 10:38 pm

ssorry to hear about David’s passing. Our prayers and thoughts with you. Blessings Margo And Jeff Young

Condolence from Cameron hopkins on June 26th, 2020 1:30 am

To Muriel and family

I feel great sadness at David’s passing and extend my sincere condolences to you and your children and grandchildren, let us add Peter and Linda as well. Our family enjoyed the hospitality of David’s parents, Dorothy and Milford many times making the Journey from Ontario to Newfoundland and back, heard all the family stories and exchanged notes on our kids. The last time I saw Milford in Margaree he had put on a colossal feed of boiled lobster for me. The generosity of spirit continued to the next generation as my family visited when David’s parents were there in Caledon in the early 1990s. And were greeted warmly other occasions,

Last summer it was a particular joy for Mr son Alan and granddaughter Kelsea who were in St John’s at the same time as David and Muriel and we spent a day with them Around the Bay, to the ancestral home in Carbonear, the cemetery where 3 generations of Camerons are Resting for eternity, and historical sites in the area. We shared a marvellous sea food dinner in Brigus and generally had a day that will not forgotten by anybody who was there.

David of course was my first cousin and we really had a strong bond though we didn’t meet often, but when when my mother was alive I got all the family news on a weekly basis about his career at Seneca, his marriage to Muriel, his children’s exploits and his community work.

We have lost an exceptionally fine human being and for sure I will miss him. I’m sure he las left all of the family with boatloads of happy memories which you will share with future generations, after all as the song goes—

We rise again in the faces of our children, we rise again in the voices of their song, We rise again like the waves out on the ocean, and then, we rise again.

My family joins me in extending love and sincere sympathy to all of you. I’m sure the kindness and joy he brought to the world will be a source of comfort.

Cameron Hopkins
Gananoque Ontario
David’s First Cousin

Condolence from James Chen on June 26th, 2020 9:09 am

Dear Muriel, we have lost an exemplary person. My condolences to you and family. David was not close to me at MacDonald College but he was affable, friendly and had this permanent Happy look all the time. He will be missed. Ciao, James

Condolence from Robert and Marilyn Cameron on June 26th, 2020 9:23 am

Dear Muriel and Family,
So sorry to hear of David’s passing. We send our deepest condolences on your loss. We feel so fortunate that you and David visited St. John’s last July and that we were able to spend some time together and catch up on the family news after so many years. We will forever cherish the memory of that day. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers with love, Robert, Marilyn and family.

Condolence from Horas Family on June 26th, 2020 11:15 am

Muriel and Family
Our sincere condolences to you and your family on David’s passing. We will always remember looking at your beautiful gardens as we drove down the road to Dad and Moms.

Helmut and Linda, Brian and Wendy and family

Condolence from Cam Lindsey on June 26th, 2020 1:09 pm

So sorry to hear of David’s passing. He was a true soft spoken gentleman. We had many nice visits over the years. He will be missed by many. Condolences to all of the family.

Condolence from Joanne & Brad on June 26th, 2020 10:33 pm

We are so sad to hear about David. We know he is with the Lord, but he will be greatly missed. He was such a positive and encouraging man.
Our prayers are with you, Muriel.
Love Joanne & Brad

Condolence from Jen and Al Edwards on June 27th, 2020 7:32 pm

I have found this quite difficult to write! Al and I have enjoyed our many get togethers over the years! Just recently Dave and Muriel made it possible for me to both attend our 50th college reunion as well as enabling me to visit my elderly aunt as well as close friends from where we used to live in Lennoxville Quebec! Wonderful to meet Dave and Muriel’s family as well! Our family has great memories of when we all got together! God be with you! Sincerely Jen and Al Edwards

Condolence from Rafia (Hosein) Hussain on June 28th, 2020 10:28 am

Sad to hear about the tragic and untimely passing away of David.
Our prayers are with you, Muriel in this moment of grief.
Sincerely Rafia Hussain

Condolence from Marcia Kaye and Alan Martin on June 28th, 2020 7:59 pm

We were so sorry to hear about David. Such a friendly, affable, kind, interesting and all-around lovely man. We’ll always remember how classy David and Muriel looked on the dance floor — stylish and elegant. And we enjoyed hearing stories of your various travels. The Newmarket dances just won’t be the same! Sincerest sympathies to Muriel and the whole family.

Condolence from Sheila Greenspoon on June 30th, 2020 6:20 pm

Muriel, our sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved Dave. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad and difficult time. Arthur and Sheila Saxe Greenspoon.

Condolence from Sheila Greenspoon on June 30th, 2020 6:26 pm

Muriel, Our sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved Dave. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad and difficult time. Arthur and Sheila Saxe Geeenspoon

Condolence from Pam McGugan on July 2nd, 2020 12:23 am

Dear Muriel, Lisa, Stephen and Michael,
My condolences on the loss of David. I wish your beautiful family peace and healing. I see you have six grandchildren. You will have many fond memories to sustain you. Much love, Pam

Condolence from Celia & Doug Topping on July 3rd, 2020 1:59 pm

We were so sad to read of Dave’s passing and know he will leave a huge void in your family’s lives. Dave was always kind and gentle with his huge smile; I know you’ll miss your favorite dancing partner! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Condolence from Mary Lynn Nosad on July 8th, 2020 9:31 pm

Muriel & Family, my deepest condolences on the passing of David, he was a kind gentleman, many wonderful memories of the old hockey days. Mary Lynn Nosad

Condolence from Kathryn Bachhofer on July 23rd, 2020 5:37 pm

I am so sorry to learn of David’s passing. As a member of the Newmarket Seneca gang I can say that it was a pleasure to work at the same campus as David. He inspired me to do and be better. He will be very much missed when our gang are able to meet again.

Condolence from Carol Fraser on July 23rd, 2020 8:52 pm

Muriel, Lisa and Mike, so sorry to hear that Dave has passed away. I didn’t read it until today July 23rd or I would have been in touch. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Carol Fraser on July 23rd, 2020 8:53 pm

Muriel, Lisa and Mike, and Stephen so sorry to hear that Dave has passed away. I didn’t read it until today July 23rd or I would have been in touch. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

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