Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of our dear friends and National rider, David Heaslip, after an 11 month battle with lung cancer. He fought with dignity, tenacity and courage, recognizing the immensity of the challenge before him as he often did with other challenges that confronted him.
Beloved husband of Karen (Ling) for 51 years. Survived by children David (and much loved daughter-in-law Janine) of Bala, Debi Heaslip Carter (Dave Christensen) of Bracebridge and Todd Heaslip of Guelph. Incredibly proud “Grandpa” of James Heaslip of Georgetown, Alexia and Chase Heaslip of Guelph and proud “Poppa” to Erin and Carolyn Carter of Bracebridge; step-Grandpa to Joey Chambers of Port Carling and Brandy Page (Louis, Porter, Hannah) of Gravenhurst. Survived by twin brother Donald (Sheila) of London and brother Bruce (Nadine) of Toronto. Predeceased by parents Dr. Judson and Eleanor Heaslip of Hamilton, Robert (Mary) Heaslip of Thunder Bay and Richard Heaslip of Hamilton. Survived by nieces and nephews Susan (Bill) of Newmarket, Greg (Diane) of London, Jonathon of Toronto, Jamie of Dundas and Kelly, Kathy and Karen of Thunder Bay.
Upon retirement in 2000, David and Karen moved to Lake Muskoka. In 2008 they built their dream home in Bracebridge and moved into town. They have been very active in the community. One of the highlights of David’s life was being given the chance to ride in the 2010 Sears National Kids Cancer Ride, a bicycle ride from Vancouver to Halifax to raise money for children’s cancer. An accident prevented him from riding but he participated and raised $30,000 towards the cause. Habitat for Humanity, Muskoka Advent Choir and the Men of Song were other groups that he particularly enjoyed.
David’s career included the Valhalla Companies, Royal Trust and lastly as Senior Vice President CIBC Development Corporation. Cremation has taken place.
A Celebration of Life will take place on April 19, 2015 at The Rotary Centre, 131 Wellington St. S., Bracebridge, from 2 to 4 p.m. and we invite all who knew David. You are also invited to send a message of condolence/short story for inclusion in a “Memory Book” being put together for the family to (send to either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com).
Thanks to Dr. Ken Hotson whose intelligence identified David’s illness and whose devotion to care made the journey less painful for both David and the family. A wonderful doctor and friend.
David’s belief: “In the end, they may forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
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