GENEEN, David Michael
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For the last few years David showed tremendous bravery, strength and dignity as he tried all options to beat MDS (myelodysplastic syndrome). On Friday August 15, David passed away peacefully, after this long and determined struggle, surrounded by his loving family. David was born in Glasgow to the late Pearl and Dr. Ben Geneen on Valentine's Day, 1948. Ten years later he and his family moved to Toronto. At the age of 16, David started selling cars out of people's driveways. This passion for cars ultimately grew into a storied career in the luxury car business, culminating in Grand Touring Automobiles. When he wasn't at the wheel of an elegant car, he could be found washing and driving a fast boat on Lake Ontario at the IYC, in Miami, or on Lake Muskoka. His sense of style permeated his life. Beauty surrounded him wherever he went, from his wardrobe to his homes and wife Linda. He was a generous mentor and made a big difference in the lives of so many. He leaves his loving and devoted wife Linda Stromme, his supportive sister Lucy Waverman (Bruce MacDougall) and his much loved sons Daniel and Julian as well as their mother Florence Minz. Unkie will be dearly missed by his nieces Emma Waverman (Micah Kornberg) and Katie Dolgin, his nephew Alex MacDougall (Natalie Kauffman) and his great-nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by his many friends and relatives with whom he's had a lasting impact. We will all miss his unconditional love, unfiltered thoughts and acerbic wit. His faithful canine companion Bennie will miss his affection. Our lives will be less colourful without him. At David's request, there will be no funeral. A Celebration of David's Life will be held at the Windsor Arms Hotel Thursday, August 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Family and friends are invited to attend. Donations may be made to "the David Geneen Fund for Stem Cell Transplant Research" c/o Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation (thepmcf.ca).
Published in National Post from Aug. 19 to Aug. 20, 2014