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David Jeffrey Walker

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David Jeffrey Walker

August 10, 1951 - July 4, 2024

Dave passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 4, 2024. He is survived by his wife Lynne, children Lisa (Ron) and Scott (Meaghan), and grandson Alex. He is also survived by his three younger siblings Dianne, Cathy and Peter and pre-deceased by his parents Sam and Joanne.

He will be remembered for his charismatic, larger than life personality. Dave lived life on his own terms, embracing every opportunity for fun and adventure. He “lived life to the fullest” each day and shared joy with everyone he met. His passions included travelling, golf, cooking, wine and gardening.

A gifted athlete, Dave was an accomplished competitive curler, fastball player and golfer. He earned the nickname “Commish” as the founder and organizer of Watson’s Springfest Golf Tournament which was an annual celebration of golf and friendship for more than 25 years. The tournament was attended by up to 145 golfers, each of whom Dave considered a friend.

Dave has been described as one of the friendliest people that one could meet and had a rare ability to make friends. He was special to so many people. If someone he knew needed help, Dave would jump in to do what he could without hesitation. One of the ways he took care of others was by cooking for them. He took pride in creating delicious meals for all to enjoy.

Dave has left behind many broken hearts.

A celebration of life will be held on July 27, 2024 at 2:00 at Pine Hills Funeral Centre, 625 Birchmount Rd, Scarborough, ON. The celebration will continue at a family residence in Scarborough immediately following the service.

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Jim Oattes - July 16, 2024 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Heart and Stroke Foundation

Gary Fenn - July 15, 2024

For the last several years Dave was part our Wednesday golf team. From our first meeting he made it feel like we had been friends for years. His fun loving personality was special.

dolores daechsel - July 14, 2024

I remember Dave as one of the mothers in the stands at the fastball games and as the occasional opposition in a curling bonspiel. In both games he taught fun and good sportsmanship by example.

Kevin Walker - July 13, 2024

Anne and I are shocked and saddened by the news.Much to soon cousin.

Ian McLean - July 12, 2024

My deepest sympathies to Scott and the entire family. The shock and sadness of Dave’s passing is profound. But so were the smiles and laughter we shared today in the golf course as we told the stories of our decades long relationship. Dave was a curling friend long before before our 25 years of making golfing memories at Walkerfest in Canandaigua. We loved rooming with Sam there and he loved our cooking as much as we loved cooking for him. But Rick and I were always thrilled when Dave would appear at our location to sample our culinary creations and vino because Sammy had raved about it. High praise when Dave gave us the seal of approval. Dave’s laugh and joie de vivre was contagious. Always bringing smiles and laughter wherever he was and to whom he was with. My hope is that with time his memory will bring more smiles than tears. Until then - my prayer for you all is that God will comfort you all in the palm of his gentle, healing hands. With sadness, gratitude and love. Ian McLean “The Lama”

Julie Dyck - July 12, 2024

I cannot imagine the heartbreak you must be feeling. My sincere condolences to you my friend Lynne, and to Lisa, Scott, Alex and the rest of Dave’s family.

Rick Kelertas - July 11, 2024

Dear Walker Family: Dave was larger than life and no where else did he impact his friends....but at the Watson's Springfest. I will always remember his zest for life, good friends ....and a great golf shot! Our sincerest condolences from the Kelertas Family.... R.I.P. Dave Rick & Julie Kelertas & Family Hudson, QC

Karen Tyndall - July 11, 2024 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Heart and Stroke Foundation

Brad Doherty - July 10, 2024

Was shocked to hear the news of Walk's passing. My heartfelt condolences to Lynne, Scott, Lisa and your families. Holland, Bristol, cottage and backyard many memories. Watching him in his catcher's equipment drenched in sweat leading us in 117 degree heat at the Vegas fastball tournament, being father hen to a batch of newbie curlers, looking for a rum along the canals of Amsterdam, barking about the incredible conditions of Kingsbarns from the opposite many great memories. If you weren't having a good time then you were once Dave showed up. I'm choked I can't make the Celebration of Life. My blessings to all of you.

Gail and Dan Gauvreau - July 10, 2024

Dear Lynne, Lisa and Scott, We send our heartfelt condolences to you and your extended family. Dave was truly one of a kind and we have so many Dave memories that it is hard to pick just one. We will always remember his big laugh, humorous stories and great meals. We will cherish the funny memories such as the time a newspaper clipping arrived in the mail from a "mysterious" sender when the Leafs knocked the Senators out of the playoffs. Or Dave patiently helping me with my golf swing. I still laugh when I remember his comment when we were golfing in North Carolina. I had hit the ball at a right angle, into a mud pit and as I despondently watched it slowly sink into oblivion he said "Cheer up, it had good distance and I liked your club choice." He will be missed by so many.

John Cushing - July 10, 2024

Dave was a role model for living life to the fullest. He did it in such a way that was infectious for all those around him. He loved family and friends and knew how to make them happy. Couldn’t help but love him.

Greg Irwin - July 10, 2024

So very shocked and saddened to hear this news. Dave had a laugh and a smile that lit up the room...a gem of a guy that will be missed greatly. Condolences to his family and close friends

Ferguson Family - July 9, 2024

Lynn, Lisa, Scott and Alex. Our heartfelt condolences for your loss. Barb, Paige, Laura and I have so many great memories from time spent with your family from trips to BC to vacations in Portugal. These memories mean everything to us. Dave is very much missed, but remembered with so much love.

Dave Del Papa - July 9, 2024

We all had so many fun times post golf at Trafalgar, they were always more fun, and special when Dave Walker was part of them. You will be missed my friend.

John Warren - July 9, 2024

I enjoyed the Guy.

Steve McDonald - July 9, 2024

Grantland Rice said, "For when the One Great Scorer comes to mark against your name, He writes - not that you won or lost - But HOW you played the Game." This personifies Dave, and not just how he approached sports, but life as a whole, and, he made us all better by being a part of it.

Dave Wilkinson - July 9, 2024 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Heart and Stroke Foundation

Bill Mitchell - July 9, 2024

To Lynne, Scott, Pete and the entire Walker clan. I would like to extend my sincere condolences for your loss. From the time I was first introduced to “Walk” at my inaugural Springfest in 1999, I knew immediately that Dave was a special breed. His kindness, sincerity and larger than life personality resulted in hundreds of Sringfestors making new friendships and experiencing a life’s worth of laughter and memories. This includes myself. I’ll always remember the time Dave travelled to Montreal by train to watch his beloved Leafs wallop my Habs 6-0. After we left the arena Dave climbed atop the statue of Rocket Richard, in a raging snowstorm, and gleefully proclaimed to anyone who would listen that the Leafs were headed for a Cup parade down Yonge Street. A classic Walk moment. I hope your cherished memories and knowledge that Dave was very much loved and respected will help to comfort you moving ahead. I will miss him. God bless.

William Johnson - July 9, 2024

Deepest sympathies to Lynne and family . I first met Dave in 1990 at one of the early Springfest events. I’ve never met a finer leader sportsman .He was beloved by all who knew him and had an infectious zest for life . I am a better person for having known him.

Jim Clelland - July 9, 2024

My deepest condolences to Lynne and family...a huge loss to so many fun seekers...he gave me a small drinking glass that said "Shut up,'re fine", making me burst out laughing....our kind of humour....I will miss him the rest of my days. RIP, Commish - you were a treasure....we will soldier on, but it won't be the same....

Al Smith - July 9, 2024

Lynne, Lisa, Scott & Alex, Words can never convey the role Dave played in the lives of so many. He lived life to the fullest and loved him family so very much. We shared a million laughs and he was truly the driving force behind Watson's Springfest, the most fun anyone can have on the golf course and in the club house! Bristol Harbour adventures will always be remembered by many. I was one of the fortunate ones who got to spend lots of time with Dave and we shared many emotions together. When I was quite ill with cancer, Dave was by my side and with me emotionally every step of my recovery journey! He will forever be in my heart. Sending warmest condolences to all the Walker clan. Hugs, Karen Larkins and Al Smith

Reid Ferguson - July 9, 2024

Those are perfect words to aptly describe my "Chunky Brother". We are all better people for having known Dave.

Irene Rey - July 9, 2024

When life writes ended, the angels write begin, Rest in peace Mr Walker. Sending my deepest sympathies to the family and friends. Lots of love from across the ocean. X


A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Heart and Stroke Foundation

GAIL JESSHOPE - July 9, 2024

My thoughts and love are with you Lynne and family, Dave was such a joy to be our neighbor for over 30 years until we moved to a seniors condo, Dave and I enjoyed many glasses of wine out in the yard as we were cutting the lawn and then I would end up over on his patio to enjoy a few glasses of wine and Lynne would join us, such a good neighbor had a few good BBQ.s over there also Love Gail

Lisa Goodman - July 9, 2024

Dear Lisa, Alex and Family, Jamie and I are so very sorry for your loss. We send you lots of strength to get through this challenging time and hope to share fond memories that will last forever.

Susan Dixon - July 9, 2024 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Heart and Stroke Foundation

Sue Cushing - July 9, 2024

Dear Lynne and all of Dave’s family and friends, Tom and I are 2 of the many broken hearted! Dave was a wonderful friend and we will be lost without his friendship. He was the most caring man we have ever known. Dave inspired others to be positive, joyous and giving. He made my poor golf shots fun! Bless you Lynne and your wonderful family as you grieve.