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David Auger

David Auger

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

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Obituary for David Auger

Auger, David Robinson - On Tuesday, October 22, 2019 David died peacefully at Extendicare Kawartha Lakes, Lindsay with his wife of 46 years by his side. He was born in Toronto on July 29, 1943. Beloved husband of Anneke (née Hoekstra), dear father of Greg (Laura) and Tim (Jamie). Loving Grampa to Ceylon and Linus. David was predeceased by his parents Ruth (née Robinson) and Eliot Auger, and his sister Julie Auger. He is lovingly remembered by his sister Janet Auger (Randy Brown) and his nieces Zoe and Tian. He will also be missed by his two sisters-in-law and three brothers-in-law and ten other nieces and nephews.

Dave brought enthusiasm and commitment to whatever he undertook. Family was important to him, and time spent at the cottage meant teaching his sons to swim, sail, paddle a canoe, windsurf, and generally have fun in and on the water. Ceylon remembers Grampa being there every time to do the big countdown as she jumped off the dock into the chilly lake. Linus never did know Grampa at the cottage, but checking out the shiny wheelchair was always fun.

David was a man with a strong sense of community. Through the years he served on many committees at Cambridge Street United Church. He joined the church choir and was a leader with 1st Lindsay Scout troop. He was an active member of Amnesty International and the Optimist Club. After retirement in 2000, he also enjoyed volunteering at the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough.

Dave taught math for over 30 years; the last 25 of which were at I.E. Weldon High School. He touched the lives of many students, and passed on his enthusiasm for the subject, as well as his love of nature through the Outers Club.

Retirement gave Dave and Anneke time to travel. They reached all three oceans touching our Canadian shores. Trips to Europe led to searching out his Cornish and Irish roots, as well as meeting Anneke’s Dutch connections.

Music was always a big part of David’s life. He enjoyed almost all genres of music but especially Rock and Roll in his teens and later folk and Celtic music ( usually at maximum volume!). In high school he played the clarinet, as does his granddaughter today.

His main passion in life was spending time in the great outdoors. Whether it was swimming, skiing, backpacking, biking, canoeing, camping or kayaking, if it was an outdoor pursuit, he was all for it. Despite being so active, when it came to team sports Dave was quite comfortable being an armchair supporter. He cheered loudly for the Argos, almost gave up on the Leafs, and often followed the Jays games.

Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease ten years ago, Dave gradually had to leave all these activities behind. He accepted the changes in his life with grace and dignity. His was a life well lived. He will be deeply missed by his family and his many friends.

A special thank-you is extended to the staff at Extendicare Kawartha Lakes for their caring and support during Dave's three year stay with them. Cremation has taken place. Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Dave's Life on Wednesday, December 18th at 2:00 p.m. at Cambridge Street United Church, 61 Cambridge Street North, Lindsay. If desired, memorial donations to Parkinson Society Canada, Cambridge Street United Church, or the Canadian Canoe Museum would be appreciated by the family and may be made through the Mackey Funeral Home via cheque, or online at www.mackeys.ca.

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    Cambridge Street United Church
    61 Cambridge Street North
    Lindsay, Ontario
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    Reverend Craig Donnelly

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In memory of Dave Auger, an early and very longstanding environmentalist.
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Brenda Perras

My sincere condolences to Anneke, Greg, Tim - and families. Dave had a huge and positive influence on me when I joined the I.E.Weldon staff in 1985. He headed up the Outers Club, and we spent endless noon hours under his expert guidance carefully planning and preparing for our many camping and canoe trips. He also regularly biked to work - before it became trendy - so was fondly dubbed “Captain Knapsake” by the students. His inspiration and influence will always remain with me, especially while hiking, kayaking and canoeing.
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Deborah Pearson and Dan Plancke

Dave was a wonderful person to work with on Amnesty International events. He brought positivity and energy to the
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jan postma

Hallo Anneke heel veel sterkte de komende tijd.
Indrukkendwekkend verhaal over David veel liefs Jan en Griet uit
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Jim and Sharon Phelps

We will remember Dave as our good neighbor when we lived on Peel street and an inspiration to so many young people because of his love of the outdoors and his respect for our natural environment. Many blessings, Anneke , to you and all your family.
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Jim and Sharon Phelps planted a memorial tree for David Auger
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