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William David Secord

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William David Secord

January 1, 1949 - September 9, 2021

On September 9,2021, Dave, beloved husband of Kaye Jackson, passed away at Ed’s House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre in Cobourg Ontario after a challenging and courageous battle with cancer. Dave was predeceased by his parents Bill Secord and Isabel McCagg and will be missed by his siblings Frances Enns, Mary Lou Secord (Lynn Marie) and Hugh Secord (Lesly). He is the brother-in-law of Roger Jackson (Linda) Bob Jackson (Lynette) and Martha Kress.

Due to Covid 19 concerns for everyone, there will be no visitation. A private Memorial Service for family will be held. Anyone wishing to watch a live stream of the service may do so on Wednesday, September 15th at 11:00 am (link for live stream will not be available until just prior to service).

Dave’s death is such a loss not only for his wife Kaye, but also for his family and many friends. For those who knew Dave, they knew someone who was without artifice - a genuine human being who was not only generous, kind and compassionate but also a true gentleman. Dave made the world a better place by simple kindnesses and also by an ever-present and very special sense of humour. He always saw the good in others and would say - “I tried to learn from everyone I knew and become better”.

Dave was a long-time member of the Rotary Club of Cobourg. This group provided Dave with many cherished friendships and he came to consider them as his extended family. He loved being in the club and truly couldn’t believe that people could be so very wonderful.

Our thanks go to the amazing clinical team at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Dave’s family physician Dr. Kirk Haunts, to the Northumberland Palliative Care Team and the staff at Ed’s House Hospice Care Centre. Special thanks also go to Mary Lou (Dave’s sister) who did all the driving for every Toronto appointment. Our sincere thanks also to the many people whose extraordinary acts of kindness and caring sustained Kaye and Dave throughout his illness.

A celebration of Dave’s life will be held at a later date when it is safe to gather.

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MESSAGES OF CONDOLENCE / DONATIONS

Carol Beauchamp - September 20, 2021

Dear Kaye, I am very sorry to learn of your husbands passing. I know this must be a very difficult time for you - it is always difficult to say goodbye to a loved one - we are never truly prepared. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Carol Beauchamp

Diane Lorenz - September 20, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Community Care Northumberland

Phyllis Downer - September 19, 2021

So sorry for your loss Kaye. I always enjoyed my short visits with Dave when I came to work. He always took the time for a chat and a couple of laughs. Dave was a terrific man indeed. Sending my love❤️

Jane Earle - September 18, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Wallace Loughead - September 18, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Jennifer Darrell - September 18, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Katherine Smith - September 18, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

The Rotary Foundation

Barry Vail & Beth Selby - September 16, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Marie Prins & Ed Hagedorn - September 15, 2021

Dear Kaye and Family - We mourn the loss of your wonderful David and keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Donna Flotron/Don McNeill - September 15, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Rotary Club of Cobourg

Terry and Elaine McDermott - September 15, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Susan & Garry Fitchett - September 15, 2021

So sorry for the loss of your precious brother Mary Lou & Kaye your beloved husband. Everytime we had the privilege to hang out with Dave & his family, he always had a fabulous way about him and always made us see the bright side of things. RIP Dave you are now an angel and always where. Love Susan & Garry xoxo

Wendy & Bill Bannon - September 15, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Community Care Northumberland

Sandra MacCoubrey - September 15, 2021

Dave was my best sportmans night buddy, no task was to great or too annoying for Dave. All tasks done with grace and humor! Will miss our laughs

Roger Tessier - September 15, 2021

David you will be so missed. Your quick wit and smile will always be remembered. Those of us who you touched by your presence will be forever enriched

betty bowie and peter casson - September 15, 2021

We have lost a treasure. Dave made a big difference in our lives. Our thoughts are with Kaye and family during this time. The JRR family will be there for you Kaye. We are glad you brought Dave into our lives and we treasure all the memories.

Dan Smith & Vicki Johnston Avery - September 15, 2021

We send you and your family our love during this difficult time

Mark and Deborah Burgess - September 15, 2021

Absolutely loved Dave. A gent among gents, a giant among giants. There is a hole in the world today. We are thinking of you, Kaye.

Geoff and Judy Garden - September 15, 2021

Dear Kaye and Mary Lou, Our thoughts are with you both during this very sad time. May you find comfort through your memories. Sending you love, Geoff and Judy

Ann and Wayne MacLeish - September 14, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Ann and Wayne MacLeish - September 14, 2021

Dear Kaye and family, Wayne and I are so saddened to hear about Dave. He was always such a kind and generous man. This has been such a tumultuous time for all of you. The wonderful memories you have will help, I’m sure.

John Farrell - September 14, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

John Farrell - September 14, 2021

Dear Kaye. It was with great sadness and sorrow that I learned of David's death. He was a wonderful human being and a great Rotarian. He will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him and especially at Rotary. Please accept my sincere condolences and sympathy. A donation will be made in his memory to Ed's House.

Madeleine Thibault-Smith - September 14, 2021

Dear Kaye: you are slowly adjusting to this big loss and though I have known you and Dave a short time, I too have witnessed and appreciated Dave's gentle spirit, genuine interest in people, and caring ways. To you and all the family, my sincere condolences. May the thought of a spirit set free after a big cancer struggle lighten your heart and bring peace within.

Meg Herod - September 14, 2021

To Kaye and family, I grew up knowing Dave as "Seek" my dad's best friend. To me, Dave was like family. He was always there for the big moments in my life and Matt's. Dave always remembered what was going on with me in my world and would have a funny remark or a great story to share about a hilarious time in my dad and Dave's youth. Dave's always been such an important person in my family and the incredible strength of friendship that he modelled is something I'm always striving for in my life. Thinking about you and sending love. Meg Herod

Randy and Sarah Oliver - September 14, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Katherine Smith - September 14, 2021

Kaye, To have known Dave was to have been included in a wonderful, warm circle. His quiet leadership and mentoring in Rotary was a gift. He was definitely the meaning of "People of Action". I am thankful to have had the pleasure of meeting him. Katherine

Linda Janzen - September 14, 2021

Dear Kaye and family. As a former Rotarian I always admired Dave's calm and positive attitude. Please accept my condolences for your loss. May your memories sustain you 🙏

David & Gladys Leech - September 14, 2021

To Kaye and Dave's entire circle of family and friends: Please accept our sincere condolences on Dave's passing. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him, including his extended Rotary family. Dave was an authentic, kind and true gentlemen whose optimism, big heart, witty good humour, infectious laugh and unselfish courage will never be forgotten. Dave epitomized the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self" and he leaves an indelible legacy for us all to try to emulate. May you all forever find comfort in your many loving memories together. RIP, Dave. Sincerely, David & Gladys

Ron Kerr - September 14, 2021

Hi Kaye When I think of David a familiar quote by Thoreau comes to mind. It reads: “ Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and die with their song still inside them”. David with his amazing personality and his commitment to the community and to The Rotary Club of Cobourg “sang his song”. He will be missed. When the “worker bees” next meet at Kelly’s we will all be raising our glasses to him. Condolences, Ron

Gordon Ley - September 14, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Mark Holmes - September 14, 2021

Dave was a true Rotarian. Welcomed many new people such as myself into the Rotary fellowship. He was always there when you needed him. Rest in peace David.

Susan - September 14, 2021

Good morning Kaye. I am truly sorry to hear of your loss. I never had the honour of meeting Dave but I could tell from the way you spoke of him that he was a wonderful man. I hope that in time all the wonderful memories that the two of you shared will bring you happiness, make you laugh or smile or even shed a few tears of joy. Thinking of you and wishing you peace. Susan

Beryl Grieve - September 14, 2021

Ian and I are so sorry for the loss of Dave. He will be sadly missed by his Rotary family. Sending virtual hugs & support to Kaye & his family during this difficult time.

Mitch Dixon - September 13, 2021

Hi Dave, Tell Guido hi for me. I'll see you soon but not yet. Kaye, I'm sorry for your loss. May God bless you and Dave.

Suzanne Grew Ellis - September 13, 2021

A dear and gentle man, in every sense of the word, Dave will certainly be missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him. I am grateful to have been among them. My sincere condolences, Suzanne.

Rachel Burrows - September 13, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Rachel Burrows - September 13, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

BarbMcNally - September 13, 2021

Kaye, Frances, MaryLou and Hugh My deepest condolences for this sad loss. Dave was a wonderful person, who brought light to all. He will be missed by many. May your memories of wonderful times together bring comfort to you now. Big hugs, Barb

Siobhan Kenny - September 13, 2021

Mary Lou & Lynn Marie and your family. I'm so sorry for loss.

Catherine Cade - September 13, 2021

I am so very sorry for the family’s loss. I went through high school with Dave, and my memories of him are fully described in this obit. A stand-up, honourable and lovely boy, as he then was. May your fondest memories help to sustain you at this time. ❤️ Cathie (Fulton) Cade

Scott Macpherson - September 13, 2021

Kaye, my thoughts and heart are with you. Your courage, strength and love for Dave have been affirming for me. I have valued your willingness to share yours and Dave's end-of-life journey with me and respect the wisdom and care you brought to all of it. You have been been a friend to me in both this and our work together. Scott

Sue Mackintosh - September 13, 2021

Hugh - So very hard to lose a brother and a friend. Its an elogquent obituary honouring Dave. Thinking of you and Lesly at this threshold. Sue

Marilyn Daniels - September 12, 2021

Dear Kaye I am so sorry for your loss. You and the family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Stephen Wilson - September 12, 2021

Sorry for your Loss Mary Lou and all the Family.

Tony and Bev Lee - September 12, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Kaye at this difficult time.

Mary O’Shea - September 12, 2021

My dear Kaye, our heartfelt condolences go out to you & to MaryLou on the loss of Dave. His brave fight to stay with you & family was a tribute to his love of you & life…. I know you are thankful that his pain has ended but he will always be with you…. I believe this.

Len mcNeill - September 12, 2021

I've not been in Dave's life since high school, but reconnecting with him by email/phone has brought back many great memories. Dave was always there for anyone with a need. He was the finest example of friendship that anyone could hope to know.

Linda MacDonald - September 12, 2021

Kaye & Mary Lou, my heartfelt condolences go out to you. I'll always remember Dave as a kind and generous man with a great sense of humour. I remember too how both Kaye and Dave were such wonderfully welcoming neighbours when I moved to Cobourg.

Ian and Catherine White - September 12, 2021

Kaye, Ian and I send our deepest condolences on the passing of your beloved husband. Our thoughts are with you.

Eva Hall - September 12, 2021

Martin and I send our condolences. So sorry for your loss.

Jim Ouimet - September 11, 2021

So sorry to hear of Daves passing. Dave played centre on BCI's championship football team in 1967 and " Seek" answered to many names during his brief stay at B.C.I. Condolences to his family.R.I.P.

Lynn McColl - September 11, 2021

Hello Kaye I was still at PCH when you met your love Dave. You were so full of love, joy and peace at having met such a lovely man who became your husband. Having a partner who "has your back" is the greatest gift. I feel such sadness and loss for you. There is nothing more difficult than losing Dave. Please know that I am thinking of you, and all the fun we had working together. Living in Victoria, on the West Coast since 1993, is delightful. The ocean is healing, as is time. When you are ready, please get in touch. Much love, Lynn. 250-882-6512

Darlene Brown - September 11, 2021

To you Mary Lou and to Lynn Marie, my deepest condolences. You were a loving couple and so supportive to Dave.

Mike Davies - September 11, 2021

Mary Lou please accept my deepest regret on the passing of your brother. Hoping you are doing well.

Shirley Johnson - September 11, 2021

Kaye, I am so sorry for your great loss. Thanks to Dave for many years of personal friendship and kindness and for his years of dedicated work with Rotary. We will remember him. Shirley

Margaret loughead - September 11, 2021

The best man at my wedding, a wonderful friend, a true gentleman. Wally and I will be forever appreciative for all the great times we have shared. There a no words to express the sorrow we feel in his passing. His bright star will continue to shine on us.

Anita and Bill Fellows - September 11, 2021

We have been friends for over 20 years since we first moved onto Hayes Line in Omemee. Dave and Kaye were the first friends we met there and they made us so welcome. We became part of the Hayes Line Group and shared many great times together. Dave was a gracious gentleman with always a warm smile. He will be greatly missed.

Joan and Don Diminie and family - September 11, 2021

Mary Lou, Lynn, Kaye and Family: We were very sorry to learn of Dave passing on. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Beth Selby & Barry Vail - September 11, 2021

Dear Kaye and family, We are very saddened to learn of Dave’s passing. We will greatly miss a dear friend and fellow Rotarian. Dave truly practiced the Rotary motto of ‘Service Above Self’. We will miss his wonderful sense of humour and infectious laugh. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Barry and Beth

Michael, Donna, Tyler O'Brien, Lauren, John and Austin Malcolm - September 11, 2021

A friendship of over 60 years certainly leaves a void. Seek was one of the good guys and his kindness, honesty, sense of fairness and loyalty will never be replaced. We will never forget his laughter. Our sincerest condolences to Kaye, the family and closest of friends.

Kim and Tom Rudd - September 10, 2021

Kaye and MaryLou, there really are no words to describe the indelible mark Dave left on so many of us. His wicked sense of humour and his truly, truly kind heart has left us all the better for knowing him. The word selfless comes to mind when I think of Dave and we will think of him often. Sending big hugs. Kim and Tom

Tony abc Carol Farren - September 10, 2021

Dear Kaye We are grateful to have been the recipients of the joy David brought to everyone just being with him. David was a true Rotarian always service above self. He has left behind a legacy of true courage and humour that will be remembered. Our deepest sympathy Tony and Carol

Joan Kidd - September 10, 2021

I met David briefly while volunteering for VCARS. He was a very kind and gentle soul. I’m sorry to see he has passed, and sorry for your loss.

LeeAnn Jones - September 10, 2021

I am so very sorry to hear of Dave's passing. It was always a true pleasure to see him at the barbershop. I always enjoyed our visits. May you find peace and comfort in your memories.

Laura & Rene Roberge - September 10, 2021

Kaye & Mary Lou, you are in our thoughts & prayers. It was such a privilege to have known David. I spoke to him last Saturday & we joked & laughed. Heaven has a brighter star now.