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David Frederick MILLS
1969 - 2021
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DAVID FREDERICK MILLS Died unexpectedly from a heart attack on March 24, 2021, in Toronto. Born August 20, 1969, Dave was a beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend to many. He grew up with his mom and two brothers in North Toronto. He was a graduate of Queen's University and the Canadian Film Centre's Media Lab. He worked in advertising and digital media and was a co-founder of the Fall Classick. He had a voracious appetite for learning. He was fascinated by astronomy, cartography and Ancient Rome. He cared deeply about politics and the arts, especially music. For Dave, music was a balm, a connector and a refuge, and he shared this passion with his daughter Clare. He loved sports, especially skiing and cycling and ultimate frisbee. He worked hard to keep up with his son Charlie on the basketball court. He was happiest in a boat with a map, a fishing rod and his family navigating the shoals of Georgian Bay. He had a beautiful smile and he shared it readily. He was a compassionate and insightful listener. Most of all, he loved his family deeply. He was devoted to Jo, Clare and Charlie, the loves of his life. They will remember him for his kindness, his compassion, his goodness, his quirky sense of humour, his playfulness, his curiosity, his wisdom and his ongoing commitment to his recovery. He will be forever missed by his wife and best friend, Jo, his beloved children, Clare and Charlie, his mother Dawn Kellock (Burt), his father Peter (Nicole), his brothers Duncan (Kim) and Sandy (Caroline), his step-brother Max (Sylvie), his parents-in-law Pat and John Saul, his brother-in-law Nick (Andi), his nephews and niece, his buddy Leo, and his treasured collection of friends. A celebration of Dave's life will be held this summer. Please share your memories and stories at Donations in his honour may be made to CAMH (

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Apr. 2 to Apr. 6, 2021.
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April 13, 2021
It was impossible not to like Dave. His kindness, his intelligence and humor. He was hard-working, but his priority was his family, who loved and talked about often. My condolences to his family.
Richard Weiser
April 6, 2021
Hello Dawn and family.
On behalf of the Crowe family from Albertus Avenue we were sorry to read the news of David. My mother Mary Ann as well as sisters Margaret and Judy send their sympathy and love from the Saskatchewan group they hold so dear. We are thinking of you all. Stay well! Cindy, Chris and Hannah Crowe.
chris crowe
April 4, 2021
Albeit only a little, I knew Dave in our youth.
He was always very sweet, kind and had a gentle demeanor about him.
He always had a sparkle in his eyes, which exuded an unmistakable warmth.
My condolences to his family and those who loved him.

April 2, 2021
I am eternally grateful for David teaching myself and friend Sandy (his brother) how to cook popcorn in a pot on a stove top. I think I was in grade 4 at the time. It feels like a lifetime since I’ve seen David, I am very sad that I will not have the opportunity to see him again.
John Van de Kamer
April 2, 2021
Dear Jo,
I am so shocked and sad to see this news in this morning's Globe and Mail. I am so very, very sorry. We are just around the corner--on Howland--please let me know what we can do to help.

With love to you, Claire and Charlie,

from Libby, Peter and Charlie Nixon
Libby Nixon
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