Obituary of David Michael Rankin
David Michael Rankin
November 19, 1961 – January 17, 2021
On Sunday, January 17, 2021, our world got a little dimmer as our family said goodbye to our bright, humorous, and caring husband, father, son, brother, relative and friend. Surrounded by love, Dave peacefully passed away at the St. Catharines Hospital after a valiant fight against ALS. He will forever be loved by his wife Debbie of 33 years, and his children Devin (Mike Deschamps) and Darcy. Beloved son of Alex and the late Gloria Rankin (2013), and son-in-law to Ruth LaFreniere. Dave was the greatest big brother to Greg Rankin, and brother-in-law of Karen Rankin (Wil McKenzie), and Linda (Angus) MacGillivray.
He will also be missed by his nieces, Alex and Amanda, nephew James, Aunt Kathy Murray, cousins: Terry Cook (Rodney Milojevich), Kerri (Gino) Tropea, Kelly (Rich) Easton, and by many extended family members and friends, so many to name. Dave was predeceased by his brother Jeff Rankin (1995) and father-in-law Cecil LaFreniere (2014).
Born and raised in Niagara Falls, throughout his life Dave was quick to build many lasting friendships and relationships. You would not find a more reliable and charismatic man. He dedicated 33 years working for Canada Post, recently hanging up his hat and retiring January 2019. He loved travelling and visiting Disney World, where you would often hear him mimic Mickey Mouse by saying “Oh Boy!”
Although his first symptoms of ALS appeared in May 2018, this never stopped his spirit from being happy and motivated. Dave was an athlete. He enjoyed watching and playing sports, especially golf, curling and baseball. He happily kept active and involved right up until the past year. Some of his proud dad moments were when he coached his children, Devin and Darcy, with their sports teams.
Dave loved singing along to music, especially his favourite 80’s tunes; often very loudly and obnoxiously. He rarely took life seriously. He enjoyed every moment with those in his life and often sought out the brightside of any situation. We will forever miss the sound of his voice and that contagious laugh.
Our family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to St. Catharines Hospital 3A staff and the palliative care team, Dr. Manser, Christopher of St. Elizabeth Health Care, LHIN, and Melissa Van Tuyl of the ALS Society for all their compassionate care and support.
Arrangements have been entrusted with Essentials Cremation and Burial Services. Cremation has taken place. Due to Covid, a Celebration of Dave's life will be held at a later date. When it is safe to be together, a special gathering, curling bonspiel and golf tournament will all be held in remembrance of Dave.
Our family would appreciate memorial donations given to local Niagara families who have a loved one battling ALS. To ensure that the funds are allocated and distributed locally, donations via cash, cheque or e-transfer, will be disbursed through the ALS Society (Niagara division), in care of Essentials Cremation and Burial Services. Please call Essentials for assistance with making a memorial donation 905-354-2133, or an e-transfer can be sent to [email protected]
(please reference Mr. Rankin and ALS Society). Online condolences may be shared on David’s tribute page found at EssentialsNiagara.com.
Four D’s Forever!
When we first met at Niagara College,
It was obvious
How funny you were.
And then I learned,
Behind all that funny
Was a guy with a great heart...
A guy who would do
To take care of me, Devin and Darcy,
And a guy I would live
(Or laugh) with.
I love you
Miss you forever.