Obituary of Lt. Col. (Ret.) David Victor Geary
Lt. Col. (Ret.) David Victor Geary
May 24, 1927 – Sept 14, 2023
It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of David Victor Geary. David was born in England but was a proud Canadian. He attended Ridley College. Summers were spent canoeing the Haliburton Lakes. He graduated from University of Toronto with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and was a boxing champion.
David attended the Royal Military College in Kingston, where he met and married Hilda Catherine Whitty and started a family. He was a nurturing father and took an active role in childcare. He loved to sing songs on road trips across the country. The family enjoyed camping,
boating, fishing, water skiing, and golfing, but family picnics with Hilda’s extended family were the highlight of the summer. In winter they went curling and skiing and built backyard skating rinks. Highlights for him were golfing with Sean Connery and taking the family to see the Beatles.
As an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces he was a proud member of RCEME. He had eleven different postings across Canada, in England, and in Germany. He loved the challenges of his work. He retired early to care for his father in Niagara-on-the-Lake and worked at Brock University. As a military officer, and while at Brock, he was loved and respected by friends and colleagues. His kindness extended to everyone he met.
In his retirement he lived in Haliburton and St. Catharines. After the death of his beloved Hilda, after 50 years together, he lived with two of his daughters and their husbands, Debbie and Russell in Niagara Falls and Theresa and John near Blackstock.
David died peacefully in his sleep, age 96, at Niagara Health Systems in St. Catharines after a fall. Cremation will be arranged by Essentials Cremation and Burial Services. A celebration of his life will take place at a later date.
David will be dearly missed by his children Victoria (Don), Jim, Camie (Peter), Debbie, and Theresa (John), his 12 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Hilda, brother Neville and his wife Trix, and his son-in-law Russell.
David generously supported many charities. In lieu of flowers, a donation to a charity of your choice would honour his memory.
There are no upcoming public services scheduled or the service has occurred in the past.
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