David Spencer

David Joseph Spencer

Friday, July 29th, 1932 - Thursday, December 19th, 2019
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Spencer, David Joseph

Passed away peacefully at Lakeridge Health Oshawa on Thursday December 19, 2019, at the age of 87. Beloved husband of the late Alma Spencer. Survived by his companion Rose Marie Stitchbury. Loving father of Deborah (John), Mark (Leslie), Andrew (Jennifer) and the late Lynda. Cherished granddad of David, Jennifer, Hilary, Alex, Mackenzie and Charlie. Will be lovingly remembered by family and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Armstrong Funeral Home, 124 King Street East, Oshawa
on Friday December 27th at 2 pm.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to service time from 1-2 pm.
Memorial donations to the Lakeridge Health Foundation, R.S. McLaughlin Cancer Centre
or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, December 27th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Friday, December 27th, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Armstrong Funeral Home
    124 King Street East
    Oshawa, Ontario L1H 1B6
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, December 27th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Friday, December 27th, 2019 2:00pm
    Armstrong Funeral Home
    124 King Street East
    Oshawa, Ontario L1H 1B6
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Sharon Melvin



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Francis Yeo

Posted at 02:05pm
What can I say about a man I admired and respected so much? As soon as I spotted David that day when I arrived in Toronto to see my Dad who was ill, I saw a smiling man. And he has been smiling all the time I saw him and then in every photo. I was shocked to hear that Heaven had finally claimed David for its own and left us bereft and saddened. We met just once but that once was enough to leave a huge imprint upon me. We spoke once on the phone. We also exchanged snatches of our lives which could have crossed each other in Berlin before the wall came down. I visited East Berlin from West Berlin and of course had to make the crossing from the British or American Check points. I had a photo of Check Point Charlie and David said that the Jeeps were British and he could have been manning the Check Point. I wish that he and I met at that Check Point. But we will never know. David was a good looking man and a personable character. He was so friendly and chatty and I have a feeling that he was a great dancer. But he was certainly a aficionado of Ballroom dancing just like our Dad who when he was quite young, in his twenties perhaps, went to a Dance School in Bombay and learnt to dance. What a wonderful, wonderful man was David. I am left in absolute sorrow and sadness. I don't think I shall meet another man like him. God bless David Spencer. We leave him in God's care. Until we meet again, David.

CK Yoe

Posted at 01:51pm
I first met David at my father's funeral in October 2011. My sister Rosemarie introduced us, and he came across to me as a very sympathetic person. Over the next few years, as I visited my widowed mom in her nursing home, I met him each time, as he had then become an invaluable friend to Rose, selflessly driving her to and from the home to ensure mom had family visiting her. I admired his gallantry as he helped my elderly mom in and out of his car when driving us to a restaurant so that she could enjoy an outing.
We had stimulating chats about various topics of mutual interest such as music and of course his beloved West Ham United Football Club in old England from where he originated. I shall miss all that, but I am consoled by the thought that we are all so much richer for having known David.
Here are a few photographs of David and Rose from my collection.

Francis Yeo Posted at 02:49pm

What a terrific set of photos of David and Rose.

Barbie Cameron

Posted at 11:55am
Everytime we play "Lady In Red" you'll be remembered with your wonderful dancing. He was always with the music no matter what was playing he'd be up dancing and feeling the music, unlike so many others, he enjoyed it so much! It was a pleasure to have known David and a pleasure for John (DJ) to play for.
Our condolences,
Barbie Cameron & John Pyatt


Posted at 08:48am
David was an exceptional human being. He loved to go for long walks, doing crossword puzzles, listening to classical music, burning the dance floor up with ballroom dancing at which he excelled. He also had a had a great sense of humour and we laughed a lot during our 9 years together, with friendly bets of 'anything you can do, I can do better'. David was a quintessential English gentleman and my knight in shining armour!

Janet and Simon

Posted at 11:08am
David was our neighbour for the past five years. We remember him during his long daily walks when we would often stop and chat. He had a great sense of humour and was always a pleasure to converse with him as he was very knowledgeable. It was sad during his last few months to see his health deteriorating. Rose was a great companion to him as she tried to take him for short walks but one could see this caused him a great effort. My son Simon will miss him tremendously as they became very good friends. Keep looking out my front window David hoping to see you waving as you go on your long walks. Rest In Peace dear friend you will be missed. Janet Raizenne and Simon Telky

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