David Robert "Dave" GOURLIE
1947 - 2020
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Sadly Dave has left to join our son Paul and a host of other dear family and friends in his 73rd year. He leaves behind his dear wife Claire of 48.5 years to carry on, comforted by the knowledge of father and son reunited. A dearly loved brother of George (Cheryl), Greg (Susie), and predeceased by his parents and sister Heather. Special in-laws Jo-Ann (Lloyd), Bob (Sandra), nieces, nephews, and extended family. Dave was a self made businessman, working full-time to support his young family, studying in the evenings for 9 years to become a Certified General Accountant. He was delighted when in 1987 he was able to leave the 9 to 5 and begin his own accounting business, working from home. For the past 33 years he has made many clients into personal friends. He loved his work, was reluctant to retire and will be sorely missed by all that knew him. Dave took his expertise in accounting into the volunteer sector and worked for 20 years with St. Pauls United Church and with the multicultural festival CARABRAM in Brampton. The one thing Dave missed by working on his own was the camaraderie of fellow co-workers and so he joined several groups over the years such as darts, slow pitch, old time hockey as well as any golf game going. The family plans a celebration of life at a future date and asks that any donations in Dave's memory go to Cystic Fibrosis Canada in Toronto, or a charity of your choice. Cremation entrusted to Simple Alternatives, Mississauga, ON. For online condolences, please go to www.etouch.ca HUSBAND-FATHER-FRIEND


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Published in Brampton Guardian on Jul. 14, 2020.
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September 5, 2020
So sorry for your loss, Claire. Dave was our accountant for years, he was a great man with a sense of humour. He will be dearly missed. My sincere condolences to you and your family.
Que Phan Ly
Friend
August 18, 2020
I've known Dave since 2004 when I first started my business and over the years he became more than "just my accountant" he became someone I really liked and respected dearly . I looked forward to our chats, and will miss calling to just pick his brain and run some things by... the world has lost another great man and a shining light. My sincerest condolences Claire, GOD bless you and peace to you and your family. Like you said, Dave is now reunited with your son Paul once again...
Stephen Williams
Friend
August 15, 2020
We are shocked and saddened to hear of Dave's passing and now may he rest in peace. Our sincere condolences to you Claire and your family. Dave will certainly be missed by a lot of people. He was such a very fine gentleman. Will miss seeing him every year at tax time. Betty and Diane Story
Betty Story
Friend
August 14, 2020
David was an expert in his field. He has helped me for years with my financial dealings. I send my deepest sympathies to his family and his wife Claire. Rest in peace David.
SANDRA Lynn COURT
Acquaintance
August 10, 2020
Claire,
Sending my sincere condolences.
As a childhood friend of Paul’s, I recall Dave’s bright and friendly spirit, he will be greatly missed. Wishing you peace during this difficult time. Kim
Kim Foster
Friend
July 24, 2020
Sincere condolences to you Claire, and your family on Dave's passing. This was very unexpected. As my accountant for the past 13 years, Dave was very friendly, sincere, and always made excellent suggestions. He will be missed! May he rest in peace.
Eugene Serediak
Friend
July 21, 2020
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Isabelle Frati
July 21, 2020
Claire, we were so saddened to hear of Dave's passing. As our accountant, we saw you both infrequently but his warmth and selflessness will long be remembered. We admired his amazing photographs and will think of him when we hear the birds sing. Our sincerest condolences and may you find some comfort in knowing he will be missed by many.
John & Lorna
July 20, 2020
Claire, so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. He was a great guy and had many wonderful years with you and Paul. Our deepest sympathy on your loss. He is now free from suffering and this is a blessing.
All the Best to your moving forward, and God Bless. Don & Betty Anne.
Don Riddell
Friend
July 20, 2020
Dear Claire, I met with you over the years picking up my tax returns, I was so shocked to read about David's passing.

My deepest sympathies to you and your family. RIP David
Theresa Bennie
Acquaintance
July 20, 2020
Claire, I am shocked and saddened by the passing of Dave . Suzanne , Blaire and I pass on our condolences to you . Dave was a great man , great neighbor and friend . He will be missed . RIP Dave .

Suzanne , Blaire and Bob Macdonald
Bob Macdonald
July 18, 2020
Dear Claire,
My deepest condolences to you during this difficult time. I hope your fond memories bring you comfort as you celebrate the wonderful years you and Dave had together.
Thoughts and prayers,
Mary-Ellen
Mary-Ellen Morrison
Friend
July 17, 2020
On behalf of Carabram, Brampton's Multicultural Festival members, past and present we wish to extend our sincere condolences to Claire and family on Dave's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. It was a pleasure working with Dave, his advice, volunteer service and support for the festival was always greatly appreciated.

Angela Johnson
Friend
Angela Johnson
Friend
July 17, 2020
Claire, our deepest sympathy on Dave's passing. He was such a special person. RIP Dave. You will be missed.
Yves & Karen
Yves Belliveau
Friend
July 17, 2020
Dear Claire, we were very saddened and shocked by Dave's passing. We hope that the memories you shared together bring comfort to your heart and knowing he is now resting in peace with Paul.
Our deepest condolences to you and all the family.
Helen and Carm Pietrangelo.
Helen Pietrangelo
Friend
July 17, 2020
My deepest condolences. I was involved with Dave for many years with Carabram. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Paula Fanni
Friend
July 17, 2020
Forever remembered...Forever missed.....

Claire our deepest sympathy
Denise + Rick Depriest
Friend
July 16, 2020
Dear Claire
I believe that tears can heal,
that memories can comfort,
and that love lives on forever.
So sorry, Claire, to hear of Dave's passing.
We all have many special memories of you both, treasure them always.
Shirley and Doug McLean
Shirley and Doug McLean
Friend
July 16, 2020
Dave was a good friend and business associate for over 30 years. I will miss our conversations and time talking about taxes . He and I also played mixed slow pitch years ago in Brampton....I remember he liked to drive the ball down the 3rd base line...Patti and I will miss him greatly

Claire, may God's compassion support you at this time

Bill and Patti
william brown
Friend
July 16, 2020
Shocked and saddened to hear of Dave's passing. My family and I have known Dave for decades not only as our accountant but as a friend. Im only comforted by the fact he is now in Heaven with Paul who was also a childhood school friend of mine. My heart goes out to the family and especially Claire with this sad news. Thinking of you. RIP Dave.
Nicole Jones
Friend
July 16, 2020
I dont know what to say Claire, my heart is broken. I will miss him so much. Love you my friend ❤
Susan Walker
Friend
July 15, 2020
Dear Claire, I was sorry to hear of Dave's passing.. What a great man he was, Jim quite enjoyed meeting him & thought he had a great sense of humor! You now have 2 of your angels watching over you....Thinking of you my friend & Sending much love xo
Paulette & Jim Lockwood
Friend
July 15, 2020
Dear Claire, my heartfelt condolences to you and your family on Daves passing. Your courage and composure when we spoke yesterday was inspiring. I knew Dave both professionally, and as a friend and mentor, for many years, and he will be missed.
Beth Maxwell
Friend
July 14, 2020
Our deepest condolences to you and your family and friends
Luisa and Vito Capone
Friend
July 14, 2020
we had the pleasure of knowing Dave since 1988, our relationship started as a business arrangement and developed into a friendship, he holds a very special place on our heart and memories, we are so honoured to have these memories and a few of his artistic treasures, last time I saw Dave he gifted beautiful pictures he took while bird watching, I hang them with pride In our home as as I look at them my heart fills with so many memories.
Clair I hope you can find strength in remembering the beautiful time you shared together.
Rosa and Angelo Stillisano
Friend
July 14, 2020
Claire, my deepest sympathy on the passing of Dave. He was my accountant for many, many years but also a friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

Dave and I played on the same team at Darts back in the 1990's and he used to tease me as I struggled to reach the board to mark the scores. One Wednesday night he arrived at Darts with a stool that he made with my name on it so that I could stand on it and reach the board! I brought that stool every week! Dave, you will be missed by many people. Rest in peace my friend!
Wendy Noseworthy
Friend
July 14, 2020
Claire, my deepest sympathy to you on the passing of Dave. He was not only my accountant for many, many years, but also a friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time.
Wendy Noseworthy
Friend
July 14, 2020
So sad to hear of Dave's passing! My condolences to Claire and his family. l worked alongside Dave for many years as the financial auditor for Carabram and from that I know that he was an excellent and dedicated accountant who took his volunteer work seriously, but also had a good sense of humour and lots of fun to work with. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Estelle Wieler
Coworker
July 14, 2020
Dear Claire & family:

We wish to express our sincere, heart felt sympathy for your loss.

Dave has been a very dear friend of ours since the early 1970s. He was an avid sports fan both as a participant and a spectator. His love of nature, particularly wild life, prompted him to develop his love of photography and, as we all know, Dave loved his occupation.

Dave was always there to give advice in both business and friendship, loved to entertain and was a great bartender too!

He was a fantastic human being and his memory will live in our hearts forever.

John & Linda Ward, & Yogi too
Flesherton, ON.
John & Linda Ward
Friend
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