In Memory of

David Sealy


Friday September 20, 2019 from 11:30am - 1pm.


Friday September 20, 2019 at 1pm.

In Memory of David Rae “Dave” Sealy.

At the age of 83 years, On September 15, 2019 we said goodbye to a man who loved skiing with friends, loved the rocks and trees of Georgian Bay, loved art, loved playing hockey, loved being involved in the community, and loved being connected to friends and family. Dave’s smile and gentle laughter will remain in the hearts of his children Beth (Craig), Michele (Martin), and Craig (Garth), his cherished grandchildren Natalie (Jessey), Neil and Ian, and his joyful great-grandchildren Jaxon and Emmett. He is deeply loved by Jean and Jim Small, Diana Sealy, his nieces and nephews, all his extended family. His smile and sense of fun will be missed by Jim and Darlene Sealy, and his many friends, both old and new. Dave is pre-deceased by his loving wife Joan Sealy (McQuay), and his brother Paul.

Dave was born in Toronto to Ron and Blanche Sealy. They moved to Montreal, where he spent his youth. After graduating from McDonald College, Dave moved back to Ontario, working at Canada Packers in Toronto, and then on to become Vice President of Borden Metal Products in Beeton. Dave retired in 1997, but always felt a deep connection to Borden Metal and his friends there.

Visitation will be held at Rod Abrams Funeral Home 1666 Tottenham Rd., Tottenham 905-936-3477 on Friday September 20, 2019 from 11:30am until time of Funeral Service in the chapel at 1pm. Interment will be held in Trinity Cemetery Beeton. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Alzheimer Society Canada, Prostate Cancer Canada, DA Jones Library Beeton, or a community charity of your choice.
The family will be forever grateful for the exceptional care Dave received while at Tiffin House.


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Memorial Tribute

“David Sealy”
  1. Ron and Donna Ingram wrote:

    Sorry to learn of Dave’s passing. Our condolences to the family. Although Dave had moved away from Beeton we thought of him often, he was a great friend and will be missed by many.

  2. John Melville wrote:

    My condolences to your family.
    My father had many cherished stories he would share of their times together. I also have many great memories skiing at Owl’s Head with our families. Dave’s smile and laugh was truly infectious.

  3. Wayne and Elizabeth Carleton wrote:

    Our deepest condolences to the family.
    Dave was such a great person and friend for many years.
    I shared many hockey stories with Dave over the years.
    He will be missed by his many friends.

  4. Cathy & Murray Addison – Tobermory wrote:

    I was so sad to learn of Dave’s passing. We were friends of Chris Jefferies and Dave was part of the “Toronto crew” as Chris referred to them. Dave was a great friend to Chris in her final months and his telephone calls since her passing was of great comfort. Lot of love and hugs to his family which he deeply loved.

  5. Richard Preiss wrote:

    So sad when I heard….the fond and great memories of Rotary Club, golfing and camaraderie. I never heard him say a bad thing about anyone. Just a wonderful man! I will miss him.

  6. Dave Melville wrote:

    So many fond memories of “Uncle” Dave from the Eastern Townships.

    Thinking of Beth, Michelle, Craig, and all of the extended family.

  7. Doug Melville and Gailina Liew and the 4Ks wrote:

    Very sad to hear of the passing of our wonderful “Uncle Dave”. Beth, Michelle, and Craig, for you and the extended family our condolences and warmest thoughts; and especially sending the most wonderful memories from Owl’s Head skiing in the winter and sailing in the summer. The epic family stories continue to echo across the generations of both our families. Our thoughts are with all of you.

  8. Susie Robinson wrote:

    We are very to hear of your dad’s passing.He was a very kind man,Your memories will help you through the time ahead.Our Sincere Condolences. You are in our thoughts.

  9. Corinne and Dawn wrote:

    Such a great photo, and so many awesome memories. We will always remember his kind gentle soul, easy to smile and always offered a chuckle. Great that he skied last winter and enjoyed life to the fullest right to the end. He can teach us all a great lesson. Live to love and love to live. Our thoughts are with you and the family.

  10. marydel&donrosie wrote:

    So sorry for your loss of
    such a wonderful man.Dave was always a pleasant and cheerful person.He will be sorely missed,

  11. Betty Decaire wrote:

    Very well said Susie Robinson & I also add my condolences to my sister’s response,
    sincere sympathy Betty (Robinson ) Decaire

  12. Joanne (Ann)Proper wrote:

    Beth, Michelle and Craig

    So sorry for the loss of your father. He was such a beautiful human being, Always a smile on his face for everyone. He sure will be missed by everyone who knew him. Thinking of you at this time of sorrow

    The Proper Family

  13. Keith & Donna Reynolds wrote:

    We are very sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  14. Bob & Carol Mitchell wrote:

    Dave and Joan initiated a Cousins reunion almost two decades ago where the many McQuay cousins met annually for golf, theatre, boat cruises and dinners. We always enjoyed Dave’s company and good sense of humor. He will be well remembered. Our sincere condolences to the family.

  15. Wendy Loevenmark wrote:

    My condolences to the family for your loss. I still remember Dave’s kind smile and personality in connection through the Beeton Rotary Club.

  16. Douglas Gray wrote:

    I had the pleasure of interacting with Dave when I held a research chair named in memory of his wife. It was an honour to have known him.

  17. Warren Holmes wrote:

    A Beeton Icon and a Main Street neighbor who will be missed. Prayers to the Sealy Family.

    The Holmes Family

  18. Ray Lisk wrote:

    Dave was a great sportsman, a kind and generous man.

  19. Susan Melville wrote:

    So sorry to hear of uncle Dave’s passing. I have wonderful memories of our two families skiing at the cottage. Thinking of all who loved him.

  20. Doc & Nancy Gillies wrote:

    So sorry we are unable to attend the service but we extend to all the family our deepest sympathies.
    Dave was a wonderful friend & we have many happy memories of times together.

  21. The Gould Family wrote:

    In many ways Dave was “Beeton”.
    He was involved in sports, business (Borden Metals) and the community structure (library). Our entire family interacted with him at various stages of our life and we are grateful for knowing him.
    Our sympathy and prayers are sent to his family.

    Doris, Ted, John, Larry

  22. The Armour Family wrote:

    We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Craig and with your family.

  23. Gord & Carol Ball & Family wrote:

    Our sincere condolences. Dave was always a gentleman in every sense of the word. His community spirit was second to none. He will be greatly missed by all.

  24. Lorna Simpson wrote:

    My condolences to the Sealy Family.
    I knew David many ions ago when he used to visit , he will be missed

  25. David & Jill Sadleir wrote:

    Our sincere condolences to the Sealy Family. We are very sorry for your loss.

  26. Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation wrote:

    The Board of Directors of the Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation (SFBLF) offer their sincere condolences to the Sealy Family. David was one of the earliest supporters of our efforts to rescue and restore the historic Banting homestead in Alliston. His very generous support in Sept 2010 was instrumental in allowing us to make an early start with the restoration of the historic Farmhouse. His faith in our ability to get the job done and his continuing encouragement were vital motivations for all of us. We remain grateful for all of his support. Our communities have lost an outstanding, generous and caring man. He will be sorely missed.


    What a Great loss for your family and anyone who knew Dave. He touched many lives. RIP Dave. Rita and Richard Chisholm.

  28. Paul & Bonnie Fortune wrote:

    Dave was a wonderful man, kind and generous. He helped make our Library what it is now. Dave dedicated a room in his wife Joan’s name. He always had a smile for everyone he met.

  29. Edith and Jack Bell wrote:

    We would like to extend our condolences to the Sealy family at this very sad time. We have been privileged to meet Dave very recently and found him to be a very humble, kind and gentle man. Beth, Craig and Michelle will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  30. Sheila Bell wrote:

    Sorry for your Loss. Sending sincere condolences.

    Richard and Sheila Bell
    Lorne, Doreen and Dave Lipsett

  31. Bob & Pat Jackson wrote:

    Our sincere condolences to Dave’s Family. We always enjoyed a chat with him when we were still in the IGA business. A true gentleman.

  32. Anne Lindsay & Gerry Forestell wrote:

    What a lovely, kind man. Our hearts and thoughts are with your entire family.

    Anne & Gerry

  33. Bruce & Dianne Christie wrote:

    Fond memories of Dave & Joan, way back to the Canada Packers/Shur-Gain days. So nice to have reconnected with Dave recently in Penetang. Such a classy, courteous gentleman.

  34. Bill Davis wrote:

    Uncle David will be missed by the Davis Family. Friends for over 50 years Lots of beautiful memories sailing on Georgian Bay Lake Simcoe, cottages in Windermere and Tobin’s Island and vacations St. Lucia, Costa Rico and many trips with Jim Donna on the Hayseed.
    Uncle David you will be missed Linda, Bill Kathy Susan and Jamie Rest in Peace my friend

  35. John Stelmachowicz wrote:

    Michele and family so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad

  36. Linda & Doc Carleton wrote:

    As a rinkrat, I vividly recall, in the early sixties, first seeing a new guy from Quebec on the arena ice playing with the Beeton Intermediates.
    Dave soon earned respect with his geniality, kind smile and generous nature. We enjoyed old-timer hockey trips with him and his humorous storytelling. Sadly miss him but not the memories.
    Condolences to the family.
    Doc and Linda Carleton

  37. Alan & Wendy Masters and family wrote:

    We were so sorry to learn of Dave’s passing. He was such a fun,kind,wonderful gentleman. All of you are in our thoughts,hearts and prayers.

  38. Neila Poscente wrote:

    Dave Sealy was a very special person with an incredible commitment to the community and to Joan. I am honoured to have known him and will treasure my memories of working with him. Please accept my condolences.

  39. Mark Gagnon wrote:

    On behalf of the New Tecumseth Public Library Board I would like to offer our condolences to the Family of Dave Sealy. His past generosity to the Library has not been forgotten. Our sincere condolences.

    Mark C. Gagnon, CEO
    New Tecumseth Public Library

  40. Nancy Milligan wrote:

    Just hearing of Dave’s passing. My sincerest sympathy to his whole family. He was a soft spoken, gentle man with a big heart and a huge sense of community. He will be missed.

  41. Brian Davis wrote:

    My sincere condolences to the Sealy family. I have many fond memories of Dave from Rotary and his support in the very early days of South Simcoe Railway. He was the epitome of community involvement and support in so many ways. We will all miss him.

  42. Margaret Keenan (Mccarthy) wrote:

    My sincere condolences to the Sealy family. A man who will be greatly missed.

  43. Carol Rutherford wrote:

    Just heard of cousins Dave’s passing and would like to send my condolences to Beth, Michele and Craig. I wish I had been able to attend the funeral. With love cousin Carol

  44. Ed and Sylvia Duncan wrote:

    Shocked today to learn that Dave passed away. We roomed together in Mimico when he first met Joan. We had many laughs and fun times over years.
    Dave was a very generous person on all levels and was a very important supporter cancer research in Ottawa.
    To his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and to all those who loved Dave, please accept our deepest condolences.

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