March 12, 1917 – March 8, 2021
David MacArthur passed away peacefully three days prior to his 104th birthday on March 8th, 2021 at Spruce Lodge.
Born in Port Elgin to John MacArthur and Mary McLeod he was the ninth child of ten.
He grew up farming until he heard of work in Niagara Falls. Packing his work boots into his 1930 model A coupe where he was hired by Dominion Chain and worked for them for forty years until he retired in 1982.
He spent three years overseas during WWII serving in England, Italy and Germany as a driver with the land transport supplying ammunition to the front lines and at the end of the war, transporting defeated German soldiers back to Germany.
Upon returning home from overseas he met Edna Prasuyan (deceased May 1983) whom he married in 1946 and together they had three children Jeffery David (deceased April 2015), John Edward (deceased Feb 2020) and June Madeline.
He built his own house digging the foundation by hand and making his own cement blocks for the foundation along with the framing, plumbing, electrical and roofing he was a true home handyman and if a part could not be found he could macGyver one that would work.
The family moved to Stratford when Dominion Chain relocated in 1965. After his retirement he stayed active volunteering for Meals on Wheels for twenty-five years until age 90. He also was treasurer of the Golden Age Club until the club dissolved. He played slow pitch with the seniors and enjoyed watching his beloved Blue Jays. One of his joys was going for long daily walks no matter what the weather and he was a man of moderation which I’m sure played a part in reaching such a long life.
He liked to boast that he held his drivers’ licence for 86 years and only ever received two tickets.
In 1986 he married Ila Dagliesh (deceased August 1992) whom he knew as a youth in Port Elgin and became a stepfather to Carol Castle (Roy deceased) |Elizabeth Kuhl (Ted), |Lynn Hardy (Fred), and Dolores Adams (Bill deceased) They enjoyed traveling together and were very involved in the church community. The girls have continued a close relationship after their mother passed and visited Dave often at the nursing home.
In 1997 Dave rekindled a relationship with an old schoolmate Evelyn Sieffert and spent the following 15 years together until her death in 2012. They spent many weekends going to jamborees and card games. Dave decided to learn to play the piano in his 90’s when Evelyn decided to teach an old dog a new trick. Evelyn’s children Don Sieffert (Leona), Fred Sieffert (Barb), Rod Sieffert (deceased) stayed in touch attending his 100th, 101st, 102nd, 103rd birthdays.
Dave remained in his own home until he was one hundred and a half until numerous falls and a bout with cancer he made the decision he could no longer stay at home and went first to Mitchell Nursing Home and when a private room came up he transferred to the Ritz Villa until the room at Spruce Lodge opened up bringing back to Stratford.
Dave was a dependable man you could count on with a dry sense of humor and a quick wit.
He will be extremely missed by his daughter June (Bud) Dixon, his grandchildren Michelle McMahon (Nick) Sydney Aust, Pam Miller (Chris) Saskatchewan, Buddy Dixon, Corey Dixon Stratford
Great grandchildren Dylan, Rebecca and Raven Miller, Kelsey and Keira Dixon and Brodie Dixon
Daughter in law Julie McGill- MacArthur (John) Meagan MacArthur, Michael Cozens London, Matthew MacArthur and Justin Cozens Toronto, Sarah McGill Thorndale, Chris McGill (Ashley)Strathroy , Adam McGill London and Aaron McGill (Shannon) Newfoundland. Greatgrandchildren Apple and Grayson McGill, Savannah and Caleb McGill-Liao, Alaya, Sonja and Ethan McGill.
Special thankyou to the PSWs and nurses in Cottage A at Spruce Lodge for the great care they provided as well as those at Mitchell and Ritz Villa.
A family graveside service will be held at Avondale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Spruce Lodge Foundation or to Meals on Wheels – One Care through the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford. 519.271.7411 www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com
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