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David Maxwell Broughton
Graveside Service

Cobourg Union Cemetery
Elgin Street West, Cobourg
Friday, August 19th, 2022 11:00 am

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David Maxwell Broughton

June 2, 1950 - August 13, 2022

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of David Maxwell Broughton on August 13, 2022. David was born in Toronto to Maxwell Broughton and Ruth (Higgins) Broughton. He was an inquisitive child whose quest for knowledge continued throughout his life. He was a lover of nature, an avid bird watcher and bird bander at the Bird Observatory on Toronto Island. He loved competing, watching and playing chess. He was a traveller, a lover of music and an appreciator of fine wine. David was a member of the Scarborough Chess Club, the Toronto Ornithological Club, Past President of the Historical Lighting Society of Canada, Member of the Rushlight Club and the Ephemera Society of America. He was also the owner of Sirlampsalot Publications. He was instrumental in establishing the chess league, the bird observatory, the analytical software group, the Port Hope ratepayers and our condo board. David was employed for 30 years at Ontario Hydro then Hydro One before retiring as a Senior Advisor in Corporate Human Resources in 2000. He is survived by Mary Jane his wife of 47 years, his siblings, Barbara Martin and Joanne Ennamorato of Newmarket and Brian and Paul of Toronto. He is also Uncle Dave to his many nieces and nephews. Lucy and Penny were his faithful companions throughout retirement and Penny will miss her long daily walks.
Guided by his vision, his much anticipated garden will be completed to be enjoyed by his family and friends in the years to come. The service for family and friends will take place at Cobourg Union Cemetery on Friday August 19th at 11:00 am. Should you wish, a donation may be made in David’s name to the Northumberland Humane Society, The Friends of Wesleyville Village, Northumberland Land Trust or a charity of your choice.

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Carl Fletcher - September 23, 2022

My sincere condolences to all the family. I met David as part of the condominium board and he was instrumental in his role as a director and such a great role model with a great desire for his community. My sympathy for the family.

Ian Shaw - August 21, 2022

So sad to hear of David’s passing. We lost touch many years ago. I last saw him at his Hydro retirement party. I remember times playing chess, scuba diving near Tobermory and bird watching with David. He made a mechanical restoration of a nineteenth century clock for me. Of those activities, I am still bird watching, and will think of David often while doing so.

Miriam Mutton - August 19, 2022

David cared deeply about those around him, this was clear to me even though I met him not long ago. We spoke on the topics of gardens, trees and birds. My sympathy to his family and friends.

Edward and Debra Walker - August 19, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Friends of Wesleyville Village

David Shuck - August 19, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Humane Society

Maria Gabriela Sousa - August 19, 2022

My sincere condolences to Mrs Mary Jane Broughton and the whole Broughton family. David from the wonderful stories I've heard sounded like a free thinker a humanist and will truly be missed. I wished we would have met during his time on this earth. Sending love to the whole family may you find peace and love during this period of great loss.

Jim Graham - August 18, 2022

Dear Mary Jane I wish to extend my condolences to you and your family. With love. Jim.

Hélène and Don McQuigge - August 18, 2022

Mary -Jane, It was a privilege to have known David and for Don to have served with him on the Condo Board. He was a kind and knowledgeable man who will be missed. You are in our thoughts.

Tina Hubicki - August 18, 2022

Mary Jane and Penny, so very sorry to hear of David’s passing. David was such a wonderful, kind, knowledgeable and considered man. He will be greatly missed. Hugs to you and your whole family. Tina

Therese & Barry May - August 17, 2022

Mary Jane & wee Penny. Our deepest sympathy on the passing of David. We are newer in the condo group but we will miss seeing him on his walks with Penny. You both made us feel so welcome.

Vaughan Lacey - August 17, 2022

Mary Jane, I extend sincere condolences to you on losing a great gentleman, I enjoyed working with you and Dave, enjoyed our chats and learned very informative facts about lanterns. Regards, Vaughan Lacey

Bill and Shirley Moebus - August 17, 2022

Shirley and I will certainly miss David in our condo community. Will enjoy the gardens all the more as we know how important they were to David! His work for our initial Condo board has helped us get off to great start.

Shannon Kelly - August 17, 2022

Mary Jane and Penny, I am so sorry for your huge loss. I will miss my conversations with Dave, his intelligence, opinions and sense of humour. You are in my thoughts. Shannon Kelly

Mike Campbell - August 17, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Humane Society

Mary Szymczak - August 16, 2022

My deepest condolences to you Mary Jane and the whole family. I worked with Dave for quite a few years in training at Ontario Hydro. I have many fond memories of him. He was a soft spoken and kind person. It was a pleasure working with him.

Tom & Andrée Saar - August 16, 2022

Please accept our deepest condolences. David will be missed in our little community. We appreciate all the work he did on our behalf. Take care. Tom & Andrée

Patricia Sinnnott - August 16, 2022

Mary Jane, I am so sorry to learn about David's passing; please accept my sincere condolences. He was a great guy, very involved in his community!

lee Caswell - August 16, 2022

Dear Mary Jane. We are so sorry to hear of David’s passing. He was such a kind and considerate man, extremely passionate and knowledgeable about anything he spoke about. He will be sadly missed. Please accept our condolences. Lee and Blaise.

Jim & Mary Jane McLaren - August 16, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Friends of Wesleyville Village

Les Andrews - August 16, 2022

I am so sorry to hear of David's passing. I enjoyed the many political conversations we had, he always had interesting insights. Although we lived two blocks apart I always considered David and Mary Jane our neighbours. I will miss seeing him on his daily walks.

Bill Van Veghel - August 16, 2022

I worked with Dave in HR at both Ontario Hydro & Hydro One. I loved dealing with him - he knew his "stuff", worked hard and had a great sense of humour. I was sorry to hear of his passing.

Bryan & Mary Millsip - August 16, 2022

Mary Jane; David was such a special person, he will be missed by many. Our deepest sympathy to you.

Dale Pettey - August 15, 2022

My sincere sympathy Mary Jane. He will be missed by many but none more important to him than you. Love like that lives on. You will always have him in your heart and your memories.

DAVID REESOR - August 15, 2022

We have lost one of the best in every way. We never got the chance to say "thanks" for all that you have done to enhance our lighting lives. Mary Jane; please know that you are not alone on missing a truly great person with so much to offer - his passing will creates a large void in all of our lives.

Bill and Louisa Arthur - August 15, 2022

Mary Jane We were so sorry to learn about David. You must be absolutely devastated. We hope you are given the strength to get through this awful time. Bill and Louisa

Esther Goldberg - August 15, 2022

My sincerest and heart felt condolences to you and your family.

Madalane Turpin (nee Gabrek) - August 15, 2022

Mary Jane, I am so sorry to hear about Dave. I can still hear his very distinctive and happy voice. He was such a sweet man. Madalane Turpin

Jane Cummings - August 15, 2022

I worked with Dave for quite a few years (probably 1982-1987) at Ontario Hydro. He was a joy to work with and always had a funny story to share and laugh about. He was so kind hearted and had a great sense of humor. I have great memories of a great guy. I am so very sorry for your loss Mary Jane and family.

Bruce and Thea Dunk - August 15, 2022

Our heartfelt condolences on the loss of David. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. We were always amazed by his knowledge of kerosene lighting and ephemara.

Ed Tonna - August 15, 2022

Dave will be greatly missed. May he Rest In Peace. Sincere condolences to Mary Jane and the family.

Gavin Robertson - August 15, 2022

We met and became friends with David through the Historical Lighting Society. Words are never enough at this time of loss. Our sincere condolences to David's wife and family. Our thoughts are with you. Gavin and Pauline Robertson

Joe Barton - August 15, 2022

David will be missed by all his friends from the Antique Lighting community. He was a very Special person to all of us. Joe & Judy Barton HLSC