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"McWI" 2007 Obituary


McWILLIAMS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-12 published
McWILLIAMS, David Ireland, Q.C., LLB, B.Sc. (Mil.,) Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd)
In London, Ontario, on October 9, 2007 at Longworth Long Term Care in his 85th year. Predeceased earlier this year by his beloved wife Beverly Jane (née BROUGH.) Will be sadly missed by his children, Melanie of Windsor, Wendy (Scott McNIE) and Sheila (Michel VALLEE,) both of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Holly (Paul BERTON) of London, Ontario, and David of Hoboken, New Jersey, and grandchildren: Nicholas, Stephen and Alexandra VALLEE, Harris and Heidi BERTON, and Liam and Robin McNIE. Also survived by his brother Peter of Oakville, Ontario. Born in Toronto 1922, David attended Upper Canada College, then Royal Military College (#2721) and finally Osgoode Hall. He met Beverly while articling in Windsor, and there they made their home. For 47 years, he practised law and committed himself to his adopted community, chairing and/or sitting on boards of numerous local organizations, including Essex County's Children's Aid Society, Essex Law Association and Ontario Legal Aid Plan, the District Health Council and Essex County Hospital Planning Council. He was a former chair and founding member of St Clair College, Canterbury College (U. of Windsor), and the Greater Windsor Community Foundation. David's war service took him to the U.S.A., the North Pacific, Britain, Italy, and Northwest Europe with the Lord Strathcona's Horse (RC), Canadian Armoured Corps, The First Special Service Force, (2nd Canadian Parachute Battalion), First Infantry Brigade, and mustering out as captain and company commander with the Royal Canadian Regiment. Postwar service was with the Essex and Kent Scottish Regiment, where he was appointed Honourary Lieutenant Colonel in 1998. Funeral service in Windsor at Saint Mary's Anglican Church (Walkerville) on 15 October 2007 at 11: 30 a.m. followed by interment of his ashes along with those of his beloved Beverly. No flowers at his express request. In lieu, donations may be made to the Canterbury College (U. of Windsor) Community or to the David and Beverly McWilliams Endowment Fund for Saint Mary's Church (Walkerville).

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