David Kirkwood, a lifetime resident of the area, passed away on Wed., Sept. 4, 2013, 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). Shirley died at a young age of 29 with cancer, leaving Richard and four children behind. Richard and the children remained living at his parents, Frank and Blanche Kirkwood, farm. The farm was located in Oak Valley, just across the road from the one room school house. Dave attended that school for awhile, then was off to Inkerman Public School and North Dundas District High School.
He was a hard-working man. Right up until cancer got a hold of him for the second time last fall, he worked hard at Iroquois Enterprises where he had been employed for 27 years. He liked to work hard and play hard. Weekends would find him at his best friends playing cards and having some beer, then it was back to work come Monday morning. He loved his hockey games. “Go Habs Go.” David loved to fish, and 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 would get 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 he is in a much better place now. The pain is gone, until we meet again dear Dave.
He is survived by his children, Dawn of Morrisburg, Crystal of Prescott, and David of Morrisburg, and 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 was predeceased by his parents. He leaves behind several nieces, nephews, and very special friends who loved him dearly.
A celebration of David’s life will take place at the Royal Canadian Legion Iroquois Branch #370 on Sat., Sept. 21, from 11 am until the time of the memorial service at 1 pm.
Donations to the Royal Canadian Legion Iroquois Branch #370 would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
The arrangements are entrusted to the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg.
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