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In Loving Memory of

David "Dave" Lee Abram


Obituary of David "Dave" Lee Abram

With shattered and heavy hearts we regret to announce the passing of Dave on Sunday, October 15, 2023, at the young age of 75. Dave was born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England. His mother Jeanie was born in Glasgow, Scotland, his father, Charles Russel, in Toronto. Dave had 3 siblings: Paul (Sue), Jeannie (Dennis) and Anthony (Carol), Dave being the eldest. Around age 12, Dave and his family moved to Canada. His father passed away at the very young age of 49, his mother in December 2018 at the age of 91.

At an early age, Dave joined the Royal Canadian Air Force serving an honourable term and gaining an accounting education through his service period. Dave excelled at math and at age 17 was asked to educate Air Force teachers on how to do the “new math”. Impressive for someone so young. Once securing his education he elected to depart the Air Force to fulfil his next goal utilizing his newly acquired skill. Dave kick-started his business career working in the soft drink industry as a driver, then rapidly advanced into managerial roles. At one point he was the youngest Pepsi Branch Controller in Winnipeg. His strong ambitions took his career progressively higher within the soft drink industry working for numerous large corporations such as Coca Cola, Seven-Up, Minute Maid, Cott Beverages, to name a few. Though starting in finance, he yearned to move into sales so he took a side-path through marketing to get there. Over the last number of years he happily transitioned into sales consulting, most recently working with Yaya Foods Corp. Through his entire career Dave was highly regarded and respected by all those he worked with and for. He was creative in his approach to securing the right solutions for his customers, with a ‘win-win’ customer/supplier end goal. If he wanted something, he went after it, and usually was successful in achieving it.

To Dave, family was everything. He was blessed to have 2 children with his first wife, Patricia; Andrea (John) and Geoff (Lisa). From that union Dave was elated to be gifted with 5 grandchildren; Avery, Jaxon, Ares (Braylin), Cove and Brinley. He loved them so deeply and treasured any opportunity to spend time with them. They are all heartbroken at the loss of their GG. Dave was further blessed to have 2 more children; Caleigh and Adam, with his second wife Kathy. This union brought him a very large extended Bleakley clan who, already, painfully miss him. Additionally, Dave’s own siblings and extended Abram family sorely miss their brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle as well.

Dave was a rich man in the family department and it fulfilled him. He was generous in his love for every one of them and would protect them at any cost, or be there for them in whatever manner needed. No words can describe the cavernous hole left in each of his loved ones lives and hearts.

When asked for words to describe Dave there is a repetitive theme: he had a presence with his constant smile and his “Hello, hello, hello” greeting; respectful; helpful; intelligent and knowledgeable; easy to converse with on any subject; lover of history and geography; always giving, but not boastful; friendly and welcoming with an infectious laugh. Despite being inflicted with many health issues he had a very high tolerance for pain, but never complained. He valued his privacy, just like his mom. He’d do kind things, never looking for recognition. He did it because he had a generous heart and it is who he was inherently. If he cared for you, you knew it and felt it. His circle of close friends was small, but they were genuine, valued greatly and the friendship was reciprocated. When Dave went into hospital on March 29th, 2023 for surgery, it was for an expected 1 week hospital stay and 3-month recovery. As it was, he valiantly fought for 6 and a half months in hospital against the mountainous health obstacles unjustly put on him, while maintaining positivity and a high level of motivation. So to the list of words used to describe the man he was, we add determined and tenacious. What a remarkable man we lost on October 15, 2023. Rest in well-deserved peace Dave, you’ve more than earned it. Till we meet again (and we will!) you'll forever be in our hearts. Forever.

JOIN US IN GATHERING TO CELEBRATE DAVE (dress casual) – on Sunday, October 29, 2023, from 2 to 5p.m. As per Dave’s wishes, he has already been cremated. He also wanted us to celebrate him in a fashion he was most comfortable with, a gathering of family and friends at his home. We invite you to drop in for a short or slightly longer spell and commiserate with others he knew and loved. Share a memory of him, look at some photos, share a laugh and send Dave off in a way he would have loved. While here (and in Dave’s fashion) munch on a sandwich or a sweet, enjoy the company of others, toast him with a glass of wine, beer or coffee/tea. It would make his heart swell. Dave would love that you came. For those wishing to (but definitely neither is required), in lieu of flowers a charitable donation to Sunnybrook Hospital - Odette Cancer Centre or Muscular Dystrophy Canada would be preferred. Your love and support is all that Dave would want.

Service Information

A Celebration of Life

Date: October 29, 2023
Start Time: 2:00 pm
End Time: 5:00 pm
Venue: Location at Dave and Kathy's home.

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ian walker
4 months ago

Kathy you and your family have my deepest Condolences

Mario, Janey, Ryan and Justin Resendes
4 months ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Diana D’Agostino
4 months ago

Dear Kathy, My condolences to your and family. Caleigh and Adam, I will always cherish your Thanksgiving gatherings with Dave and yourself and the large extended Bleakley clam. Sending love.

Lesley & Lewis Kirkwood
4 months ago

The world is a richer place for Dave being part of it. He is sadly missed and we send our condolences to you, his dear family, and his friends. To our favourite ‘sausage guy’. Wishing we could be with you but we pledge to do our bit to swell his heart and speak his name often. Much love to you all from across the pond.

Debbie Brown
4 months ago

Words cannot express my sorrow at Dave’s passing. My condolences and prayers are with all that knew and loved him !! Kathy my heart breaks for you and all the family!!

Iain kirkwood
4 months ago

Sadly only had the pleasure of meeting Dave once. Enjoyed his company, a really sound guy. You will be missed by so many. Slainthe Iain and Margaret


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