JULY 21, 1964 – JANUARY 16, 2022
It is with profound sadness we announce the peaceful passing of David Kelvin McGeorge. Dave breathed his last earthly breath at home on Sunday, January 16, 2022, at the age of 57, and was ushered into the presence of his Lord and Saviour whom he served faithfully his whole life.
Beloved husband of 31 years to Gail, and cherished and devoted father to Danae, Austin, and Grant. Son of Gordon (Maureen) McGeorge, and brother to Wade McGeorge and Krista (Chris) Drake-Milner. Treasured uncle to Brandon (Leanne) Drake, Catherine, and Lydia McGeorge. He is also mourned by Gail’s family, Eugene and Mathilda Thiessen, Val (Gerry) Rosenfeld, Brian (Joanne) Thiessen, and Irene (Dave) Janzen, and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his dear mother, Myrna McGeorge, and brother-in-law Grant Thiessen.
Dave was born July 21, 1964, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He spent his early childhood living across the street from his dearly loved grandmother. Early in life David’s musical talent became evident, and at age 5, he began singing in the church and in nursing homes. The family attended Faith Tabernacle Church in Halifax, and Dave had fond memories of Sunday School classes there. When Dave was in Grade 7, the family moved to Lower Sackville, just outside of Halifax, where Dave attended Sackville High School. He had many fond memories of time spent out on the lake behind the family home, canoeing in the summer, and skating in the winter. His prized possession of his youth was his dirt bike, which he spent many hours riding with his friends from the neighbourhood. The family vacationed every year in Schroon Lake, New York, enjoying the ministry of Word of Life there. After graduating from high school, Dave attended Word of Life Bible Institute for 2 years. He was part of a musical group from the school, The Collegians, and traveled throughout the United States and Canada performing The Passion Play, and God’s Portrait of Love. Music was a great passion for Dave in these years, as his vocal talents expanded, and he also enjoyed playing the drums and other percussion instruments. The year after graduation from Word of Life, Dave headed to Philadelphia College of Bible to purse a degree in Youth Ministry. The friendships made at both these schools were treasured by David the rest of his life, and he was grateful to stay connected/reconnect with them later in his life. Unfortunately, he was unable to complete his education and moved with the family to Ontario in 1985, first to Owen Sound and then to Belleville, before moving back to the Maritimes to settle in Moncton, New Brunswick. Dave had several different jobs while living in Moncton, but finally decided to move to Ontario to settle into a career.
He landed his first job in Food Service sales with Cavendish Farms in Toronto and later with PJB Marketing. It was here he began training in Tae Kwon Do, which he pursed for many years. He began attending Rexdale Alliance Church, where he met Gail. While in Toronto, David joined the musical group Right Spirit. They performed at People’s Church and were featured on the church’s television broadcast. Dave and Gail were married October 6, 1990 and moved together to London where Dave was working for Jaguar Food Sales. They joined Glen Cairn Baptist Church and immediately jumped into serving in worship ministry, as well as in youth ministry at the church and Youth For Christ. In 1995 they welcomed their first child, Danae into their family. Dave immediately fell in love with this little bundle of joy and found great joy in fatherhood. He was offered a position with the H.J. Heinz Company where he spent the next several years of his career. In 1997 Austin was born, who quickly became dad’s little bud. Two years later, Grant completed the family. Dave continued to advance in his career, and, in 1999, Dave and Gail decided to move to Cambridge so Dave could be closer to his national accounts in Toronto. The family quickly settled in and made Cambridge home. They joined Grandview Baptist Church where Dave participated in worship ministry, and then on to Forward Church. Dave continued his food service sales career with positions at Omstead Foods and Rich Products of Canada, where he finished his career in 2015.
In 1995 Dave began his long battle with an unknown neuromuscular disease that progressed from tired, achy muscles to leaving him bedridden the last 5 years of his life. He had gradually eliminated physical activity from his life and focused solely on working to provide for the family. But the disease continued to progress, and he suffered immense debilitating pain that robbed him from being actively involved in life. Over the years he pursued medical help but always came up short of diagnosing his disease or providing improvement in his condition or relief from his pain. Throughout his journey, David never lost his positive attitude, nor did his commitment to his family ever fail.
If you ever had a conversation with Dave, you would inevitably hear about two things – his love for his family, and his deep, abiding faith and trust in Christ as his Lord and Saviour. Dave’s love for God and commitment to his faith was vividly evident throughout his whole life. Whatever hardship or disappointment he faced, he enthusiastically trusted in God’s sovereign plan for his life. His faith wasn’t just a part of his life, it was a part of who he was. His faith was inspiring and defined how he lived his life, the choices he made, and the quality of his character. Even with the intense pain and suffering he endured, his faith remained unwavering, and his hope and confidence in the faithfulness and love of the Lord was secure.
While we are devastated to lose Dave and he will be sorely missed, we know that he is now free of pain and suffering and is rejoicing in heaven. This provides comfort to us in our time of grief.
Visitation will be held on Friday, January 21, 2022 at Forward Church, 55 Franklin Boulevard, Cambridge from 3:00-5:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Attendees must pre-register in advance by clicking this link https://signup.com/go/UjaKnxS
A Celebration of David's Life will be held on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at Forward Church, 55 Franklin Boulevard, Cambridge at 1:00 p.m. All attendees must pre-register in advance by clicking this link https://signup.com/go/CvgEZAG
The service will be live streamed for those who are unable to attend. To view the live stream, please click join live stream, 15 minutes prior to the service starting.
In memory of David, donations to Youth for Christ/Youth Unlimited would be greatly appreciated.