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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved brother, David, He is survived by his sisters Kate Savage and Dawn Savage and their four children. He is predeceased by his father, Kenneth Savage.
Even though David faced many personal life challenges his smile was infectious. David was born in Yorkshire England and moved to Ontario in 1963. From an early age he enjoyed train spotting (recording train numbers, etc,) Railway stations became David's passion. He had a wealth of knowledge and would eagerly share the history of any Railway Station in Ontario. For a time he managed a small publication called the Canadian Railway Station News. This passion ultimately led David to publish two books; the 'Directory of Railway Stations of Ontario, Volume's I and II.
A special thank-you to the Dialysis unit of Cobourg and Peterborough Hospitals as well as the staff of the Golden Plough Nursing Home, Cobourg.
If desired, donations may be made to the Diabetes Canada, Canadian Railroad Historical Association, or a charity of choice.
I am so sorry to hear of David's passing. I met him years ago (I found out he was a mystery shopper!) I figured this out somehow and then any time after when we would bump into each other we always had a short conversation. He was such a nice man.
So sad to hear of Dave’s passing. We met him at Streamway while my Mother was a resident there, and we’ll always appreciate how kind he was to both my parents. Rest In Peace.
We were so saddened to hear of Dave's passing. We got to know Dave when our Mother/Mother-in-Law/Grandmother, Sheila was a resident of Streamway. Dave always had a smile for Sheila's husband, Jack and us whenever we visited and did his very best to keep Sheila smiling and entertained. Dave loved to tease our son, Brian at every opportunity and always wanted updates on what he was doing. Unfortunately, after Jack and Sheila's passing and the lockdowns we did not get in to visit Dave like we planned. Rest in Peace Dave and enjoy the trains rumbling by. Bill, Colleen and Brian.
I am so sorry to hear about Dave's passing. I will miss his smile and laugh.
We first met Dave around 1970 - in the middle of a 6218 steam excursion at a runpast. He abandoned riding the excursion...and came with us to chase it - down Hamilton's old street running Ferguson Ave. I was just a kid at the time, however from that point on - Dave tagged along on many father/son railfanning outings to various Southern Ontario and Western New York destinations. He was a regular at our annual New Years day slide show...and I think he had his proudest moments showing us all his Chicago slides. My mother and he were both "brits" and they hit it off; many times Dave would bring gifts with a UK theme as a thank you. We lost contact in the mid 80's....and only last year when the first lockdown hit....I searched him out - and found him...and eventually made contact. Rest in peace Dave...too bad we weren't able to meet up in person.
I will remember my visits with Dave fondly. Always a story to tell and a smile for his friends. Rest Easy Dave.
We last saw Dave on October 6, our first in-person visit since this horrible pandemic and his hospitalization in Peterborough. He was in good spirits and good health, so we were genuinely shocked to hear that he died just ten days later. We met Dave in February 2016 when Anne's Mum Jean moved into Streamway. Dave and Jean soon became fast friends. Both were feisty, English, and "with it." The four of us enjoyed many entertaining visits, both inside and out, always counting on Dave to come up with an interesting story or two when the conversation lagged. After Jean died in May 2019, we kept driving down to Cobourg to visit Dave, until the lockdowns started. After that we kept in touch by Canada Post, sharing letters, magazines, and newspaper clippings. He was an inspiration: always up-beat and working on his next book, no matter what challenges were put in his way. We miss him. We have kept all of his cards and letters and will treasure them always. Godspeed Dave, on railroads still unseen.
I am so sorry to hear about Dave’s passing. Dave was a character, always had a story too tell with his line of, what happened was, being the main theme. He was a good friend and always a complete gentleman when he was here at the house on train night. I will miss him as a part of our train group. God Bless.
I will miss Dave more than I can say. We met many years ago when he called me about my efforts to save the Fredericton Station and became good friends from that day on. I will deeply miss our conversations about railways, history and everything else. I was not able to see David in person nearly as much as I would have liked, but I was fortunate to have visited in 2018 and again in 2021 just prior to his passing. The photo on this page was taken when Dave and I went out for an adventure when I was there in 2018. I will miss you very much Dave. As will those who knew you. Thank you for entering my life for far too short a time.
I helped Dave to complete his Railway Station Directories in my role as a volunteer with The Cobourg Public Library. The description used that stated his smile was infectious is spot-on! I always enjoyed coming to see him and being so warmly received. I am sorry that Dave had so many health problems in his later years but, just the same, I am happy to have gotten to spend the time with him that I did. He was a pleasure to work with and to know. God Bless you, Dave. You have earned your rest.
Our condolences on the passing of David. When our mother/mother-in-law was in Streamway Villa, we got to know David. He always got a chuckle when my our mom referred to him as “the Pastor”. We had also been able to take him on a few outings. He seldom missed our monthly Sunday morning Hymn Sings. We shall miss him!
I met David while my brother was at Streamway Villa. David always had a smile and we often sat and had chats as best we could. His love of trains and the history of stations was intriguing. I would often give him a back rub and his smile would light up the hall. You and my brother can once again share the laughter in heaven.
So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. I worked with Dave on his books. He was a wealth on information on historical train info. He will be missed. He always had an infectious smile and antidote to share.