David J. Beesley

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It is with great sadness that David's family announces his passing after a courageous battle with lung cancer. He will be deeply missed by his loving wife and partner of 35 years, Mary Opper, his three children and their spouses: Simon (Monica), Matthew (Lesia) and Dan (Lynda), his three grandchildren, Emily, Madeline and Isabella, his two brothers and their spouses, Michael (Margaret) and Mark (Margaret), his brother-in-law and sister-in-laws, Tom (Jennifer), Carol and Jane, as well as his many nieces and nephews.

David was born in London England and immigrated to Canada 41 years ago to build a better life for his family. After working many years in advertising, sales and marketing he hit his stride at The St. Clair Group where he embraced the sport of curling, eventually taking over the sponsorship sales and marketing. In 1996 David and his partner John Dunlop formed the Canadian Sponsorship Group, fulfilling a 25 year association with Curling Canada and the World Curling Federation. David was widely respected and loved by the many colleagues and friends he made along the way.

David remained remarkably optimistic throughout his illness, maintaining his usual positive attitude, good humor and generous spirit. He had great enthusiasm for life, including his cars, fine wines and leisurely meals, his time at the family cottage on Lake Muskoka, playing golf with his friends and years as a member of the Metro Toronto Dart League. David loved his life and spending time with family and his many friends. Those who know him well will raise a glass of Macallan in his honour.

There will be a private family service: a celebration of life for friends and colleagues will be announced later in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation where David was very grateful to the nurses, doctors and staff that took care of him as well as UHN.

Published in National Post from Jan. 12 to Jan. 13, 2018
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