With great sadness, we announce the passing of David Bruce Oram of Belfountain Ontario on Wednesday May 8, 2019 at Headwaters Health Care Centre in Orangeville. He slipped away peacefully surrounded by his family, after a lengthy struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. He had many passions in life, including skiing, sailing, cycling, collecting Canadian art and antiques, but most of all, he loved spending quality time with his family.
David will be greatly missed by Eva Nell Boggan, his wife of 64 years; his children Ferol Castle (Paul Stevenson), Kelly MacKenzie (Bruce), Jay Oram (Shelley), Chris Oram (Heidi Krajicek); and his grandchildren Lucas MacKenzie (Nicole), Kathleen MacKenzie (Rishi Magapu), Michael MacKenzie (Kathryn Bowles) , David Castle (Emma Dalziel), Ryan Oram (Savannah Huyer) and Brett Oram.
Born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1930 to Charles Thomas Oram (who died tragically in an accident in 1935) and Kathleen Mary Bird, who raised him as a single mother with the help of her parents and in-laws. David moved to Burlington in 1937, where he attended school. He played on the Ontario high school championship football team in 1947-48, and played the drums in various local bands. In 1950, he left for the University of Mississippi to study Business Administration. At Ole Miss, he was drummer for the jazz band “The Rebelaires” and met Eva Nell, who also attended Ole Miss.
After graduation, David and Eva Nell married in 1954 and settled in Toronto, where David worked at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. The family moved to Montreal and Vancouver, before returning to the Toronto area in 1965. David left the bank to pursue a career in commercial real estate, working as a broker for Gibson Willoughby, then as Vice President of Walker & Associates.
David loved skiing with his family at Caledon Ski Club, where he served for years as a director and helped found the racing program, and at Fernie, British Columbia. He sailed on Lake Ontario out of the RCYC and on Georgian Bay. He completed several marathons and was a torch bearer for the Montreal Olympics in 1976.
The family would like to thank the many caregivers who helped look after him in the past year, but most of all the caring staff at Headwaters Health Care Centre. A private service will be held, with a celebration of life at Caledon Ski Club (date to be announced). Donations may be made in David’s name to Headwaters Health Care Centre or Parkinson Canada.
MacIntyre Family Funeral Home
Headwaters Health Care Foundation
100 Rolling Hills Drive, Orangeville ON L9W 4X9
4211 Yonge Street, Suite 316, Toronto ON M2P 2A9