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ELLIOTT, David Gordon
Suddenly, on June 18, 2014 at his home in Ottawa at the age of 69. Proud father of Gordon (Leanne), Sharon, and the late Mark Elliott. Loving grandfather of Jamie, Robyn, and Ryan. He is survived by his brother Bruce (Eleanor), niece Traci, and nephews Ryan and Darren. "Maxwells David" was an active member of the Ottawa Swing Dance Society and a friend to many. He will be missed. Friends and family are invited to visit at Beechwood, Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Services,280 Beechwood Avenue (East of Vanier Parkway), Ottawa on Wednesday, June 25 from 6 to 9 p.m., with Words of Remembrance at 7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Children's Wish Foundation would be appreciated.

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Published in Ottawa Citizen on Jun. 21, 2014.
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March 23, 2015
An awfully late post ... I was friends with Dave in the '60's, was at his wedding, even changed his first born, but lost track. Tried many times in the past but was never successful in finding him. Thought I'd try the Internet, today, and was devastated to find his obit. I have just moved back to the Ottawa Region and was looking forward to reconnecting. We all loved him back then and obviously, he never changed. I can still hear his excitement about the stock market, his laughter, and feel his zest for life. Although a little greyer, a little heavier, he still looked the same. Very, very sorry to hear of his passing.
Wes Stewart
June 27, 2014
Stan Elliot a client said his son David was tracking stocks every night after school.Stan suggested that Dave would like a job marking the Board in our office at 77 Metcalfe St. I hired him and thus began his career in the investment business. David was an out going person who would strike up a conversation with anyone that crossed his path.His sense of humour and screwy ideas never ceased to amuse his friends.David you will be missed.
Allan Castledine
June 26, 2014
I remember being in Dave's presence at Frank Costi's internment, and as I watched him step out of the group to console Lori, I realized what a sensitive caring guy he was. I later e-mailed him with "my best four words of advice" Put simply - "Dave, don,t ever change."
And as far as I know he never did. He will be remembered and missed for many years to come.
Marion Mills
June 26, 2014
Wow, what a send-off!

The dance hall was packed with your family and your many, many friends, all missing you deeply. You left an indelible impression in this world, now it's up to God and His Angels to watch over you.
June 26, 2014
Though I did not know him well, I knew greatly about him. "Maxwell's Dave" was, and I don't doubt, will be forever in the conversations of Ottawa swing dancers. His presence and love for the dance and the scene made him such a popular dancer. Remember what Frankie said, "Swing dancers don't die, they just swing out!"
June 25, 2014
David was such a wonderful man, a fun-loving dancer, and a caring friend. He will be deeply missed. My condolences to family and friends. We miss you Dave.
Jordana King
June 25, 2014
“And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.” - Abraham Lincoln

Dave was an exceptional man who brought a smile to people's faces with his stories, which always ended with a giggle. With a straight face, and then a little mischievous smile, he delighted in telling people that he was the ‘model' for the wee figures on the baby shower cakes that I made.

When he wasn't dancing with one of us, he was busy taking photos.

I hope that the many happy memories that we all share with you will help to bring you some comfort at this sad time.

My sincerest condolences to Dave's family.
June 25, 2014
Sorry to hear about David enjoyed dancing with him for more than 10 years. David always had a smile. He will me missed dearly
June 24, 2014
My kind Dance Partner, Dave,

I appreciated the fact that you always danced with me, You made me feel honoured.
Who else but the 2 Daves would have spent the whole night at the hospital with me after my bad slip and fall on the ice when I was going to a dance!

My good man,I miss you dearly.

Jean McKeigan
June 24, 2014
Sincere condolences to the Elliott family.

My father, Jack Gibson, and David worked together in the investment business many years ago.

What shenanigans they had! Each year on May 1st, they would race to be the first to call one another to gleefully announce, Hooray, hooray, it's the first of May, outdoor sc$@!ing begins today!. After Jack died, Dave kept up the tradition with me. I still think of him every May 1st.

We'd lost touch over the years but I was shocked to learn of his passing. He was so young.

Carol Gibson
Carol Gibson
June 24, 2014
Our sincere condolences to Gordon, Sharon, Bruce, Eleanor and Families.
Wally and Anne Wilson. (Stratford, Ontario)
June 24, 2014
I cannot remember an occasion where having a chat with David did not bring a smile to my face and a lightness to my heart. His sense of humour was a delight. such funny stories that would roll off his tongue at a moment's notice. When we danced he would often create the first part of a delightful story made up on the fly and deliver the punch line later in the evening. I imagine him thinking up those cute stories while he lounged at the Arboretum with Spike, one of his favorite places. I am so sad that he is no longer with us. Some friends like David are priceless and irreplaceable. I valued the great times we have shared over many years. David was one of those people who held a special place in my heart. I will miss him so much. My thoughts and prayers are with his family whom he loved so much.
Patricia Robertson
June 24, 2014
I was very sad to hear of David's passing away. He was my favourite dance partner at Maxwell's - great lead, caring, and always letting the woman shine on the dance floor. I will miss his welcoming smile, his kind nature, and ever young spirit. Maxwell's won't be the same for me...
June 23, 2014
Good supportive friend of many years , will be sadly missed at Maxwells and beyond. We travelled together out of town to Dances in Montreal etc. If one of us couldn;t make it to Maxwells we;d brief the other by e-mail re which regulars showed up, who sang Becki, Striker,etc. special things that happened, birthdays, group invasions of out-of-towners attending a meeting. Thankful for the cheerfulness, friendliness and sense of humour but will be sadly missed.
Swing Idol Dave
June 23, 2014
David invited me to Maxwells one night and the rest was history. He was genuine, friendly and loved that little dog. It was a pleasure knowing David and I will miss our correspondences. There is no doubt that he is up in heaven showing the good Lord how to dance.
Lorraine Grant
June 23, 2014
Sincere condolences to the family. When reading all the wonderful messages that were written, you know instantly that David was a very special person to many. My best memories will always be of his ongoing smile every time we crossed paths and listening with delight to stories of his wonderful adventures on and off the dance floor. I'll continue singing a special tune for you and Sammy as I know you'll both have your dance cards full while in heaven. Thanks David, for just being you. RIP xo
Pauline Proulx
June 23, 2014
My most sincere condolences for your loss. David was a gentle and kind soul who will be remembered by many. I will miss being greeted by his smile.
Colette MavDonald
June 23, 2014
We have happy, fond memories of you David...
Gary & Sandy Elliott
June 23, 2014
I met David eons ago in the early '70s in Blackburn Hamlet. Eastpark/Red Maple area was a fairly new development. My sister and I and often our father met him regularly at the bus stop - back then our "express" consisted of a locally run school bus into town. He was always a delight to talk to, great sense of humour. I recall one federal election time that he had secretly gone around to some staunch red supporters in the 'hood and replaced their candidates signs with blue ones, much to their extreme chagrin. Too funny. I have thought of him often over the years, wondering what he was up to.
I was shocked to learn of his death last week. Much too soon.
My deepest condolences to Dave's family and his many friends. So very sorry.
Carol-Ann Gardiner
June 23, 2014
To my dear friend Sharon and your family, my sincere condolences for your loss.
June 23, 2014
No words can express the sadness when I heard the news. You were always full of life David "danced like there was no tomorrow". I will miss dancing with you to the Johnny Cash hits and will definitely miss seeing you at my Rock and Roll dances. I will miss your great sense of humour and your outgoing personality. Rest in peace my friend and "keep dancing".

June 22, 2014
We were planning a Wednesday evening with dinner at my house ( because he always told me that my dishes on FB status looked so delicious" and then an evening with Johnny and Maxwells .... Enjoy your dance amongst the stars, my friend ... will miss you bunches ... xoxo"
Brenda Fleet
June 22, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with the Elliott family. Keep dancing and smiling. You will be missed by many, including me.
Julie Joinette
June 22, 2014
I have no doubt that David is dancing free from pain and all the things that he can no longer suffer from. Whenever I go to Maxwells I will think of you and my memories will make you come alive. Always will you be the happy spirit in the room, your chats and dance floor moves will echo and be fondly remembered.
Natalie L'amour
Natalie L'amour
June 22, 2014
I miss my friend David..his thought
provoking conversation,quick sense of humour,insatiable curiosity,amazing resiliance and great big heart.
The little things in life made his world go around. I'm grateful to have had him in my life for 8 years.
May God bless and keep you David in an "eternal arboretum".
Kathy Monkman
June 22, 2014
Continue to Dance in Peace, my friend.
Sincere Condolences
Richard Greene
June 21, 2014
You will be missed uncle dave, i will be thinking of the times that i played guitar and lots of good ole times together
Darren Elliott
June 21, 2014
How very sad. My thoughts are with Gordon, Sharon, Bruce and Eleanor and families, and all his many friends. He was much loved and will be greatly missed. Hope he is dancing with the stars. Gayle and Scott
Gayle Germann
June 21, 2014
David, much too soon. I am glad I had the pleasure of experiencing your humour and laughter.You are now riding that train to glory and I have no doubt you are up in the engine. Keep dancing my friend you will be missed.
Harmonica Dave
Dave Miller
June 21, 2014
I hadn't seen David for a long time but he's my cousin. I'll miss him. I saw him alot when we were kids and remember the good old days. Bye cousin David
Marlene Lowry Greene
June 21, 2014
Dave will be sorely missed at Maxwells. He was Maxwells David and synonymous to Mawell's. His collection of Hawaiin shirts were another of his trademarks. He was our official photographer and collector of our memories.
The heavens are filled with clouds and now you can be their star.
My condolences to the Elliott family.
Les Bowie
June 21, 2014
How very sad... I will always remember the "Red Maple" good times... Dave was a big part of the fun.
Judy McCarthy
June 21, 2014
White Light to Dave's family and friends. Thank you David for all the dances over the years and for the friendship. You will always be in my happy memories.
Lori Mills
June 21, 2014
You will always be remembered, David.
Pat & Ron Elliott
June 21, 2014
A very special person. We love you and you will be greatly missed.
Jane Darling
June 21, 2014
You were a wonderful, kind friend to me and were always there when I needed you, and that was quite often. You got me through some terrible times in my life and for that I am eternally grateful to you. You had the gift of always being optimistic and charitable to everyone you knew. you also had great compassion to other peoples problems. Heaven is a much better place for you being there, while we had the experience of your humour and caring here for a short time. I will always remember you in my heart
eleanor elliott
June 21, 2014
I can't believe David is gone. My thoughts are with his family and many friends
Faye Copeland
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