HUTTON, David Adam
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1967 - 2013
It is with profound sadness that the family of David Hutton announces his untimely death on January 20, 2013. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Robert (Claire) Hutton and Robert (Ina) Adams and his older brother, Robert Mark, who died after 17 hours of life. He leaves to mourn his mother and father, Judith and Claude; his sister Janis, her daughters Gabrielle and Camille; his brother Luke (Samantha) and their children Max and Siena. Most importantly, he leaves his beloved daughter Aaina, whom he loved with all his heart.
David was a gentle soul whose intelligence and creative capabilities will now never be fully realized. David was a talented violinist with perfect pitch and an almost photographic memory, where every musical note had a colour. He played with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra throughout most of his high school and undergraduate years. David graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with an honours degree in Art and Art History and was accepted to Cambridge University in England where he took another undergraduate degree in architecture. As one of the top two students in his class at Cambridge, he exchanged with students from Harvard University for his first graduate year. He then completed his Master's degree in Architecture at the University of British Columbia. During his European years, he worked briefly in England and France and in Berlin. On returning to Saskatoon, he spent most of his working years with Stantec where he was involved in the design of many structures. Over the years, he also assisted home owners with their projects, gaining numerous Heritage Awards along the way. At the end of his life, David worked with Innovative Residential where he was inspired by the challenge of designing affordable homes. In many ways it was his favourite gig because, as he said, "I'm helping people who really need it and that makes me happy". David's influence on the architecture of Saskatoon is significant and he will be missed.
David's love of music was eclectic. In his maturity, he had moved beyond classical music and preferred jazz, bluegrass, folk and rock. He played with his friends and colleagues at Stantec, recorded and played with the Ray Elliott band, but also loved to jam at Buds, Vangeli's and Lydia's. At most family celebrations, he teamed up with his Aunt Tanis on the piano for musical duets and family ceilidhs. Some of his life's best experiences were visiting and performing at Ness Creek. He will be missed by the musical community.
David's other great love was his gardens. He designed and built a verdant oasis in his backyard using nothing but mountains of compost and stone. Not content, he took over the city boulevard. He was the family 'digger and pruner' with the right tool for every job. He designed and helped to build the City Park Community Garden and timber- framed shed with his community garden buddies. Every spring, his tulips were a sight for sore eyes. There were masses of them, planted every year by David, a true gardener and artist.
David's love and desire for a family of his own found fruition in the birth of his daughter Aaina this past summer. He very much wanted to be a devoted father. David wrote a beautiful ballad to his baby girl. He had a tune in his head but never got to set it to music. Perhaps David and the angels in heaven are singing it now.
A Celebration of David's Life will take place at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 63, at 606 Spadina Crescent West on Sunday, January 27 beginning at 4:00PM. His musical friends have asked to play in his memory. There will be an 'open mic' with an opportunity for anyone who wishes to speak about their memories of David. All who know David and his family are invited. David loved a good kitchen party; let's give him one.
David, you were special to your family and to many, many others. You will be deeply missed, eternally loved and your memory cherished more than you will ever know.
From the second letter of Paul to Timothy Chapter 4 verse 7
I have fought a good fight,
I have finished my course,
I have kept the faith.
Bon voyage to our 'Blessed Man'.
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on Jan. 25, 2013