SCUGOG: Members of Port Perry's Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 419, and the Scugog community are in mourning, following the death of Legion Branch President Dave Durham.
Mr. Durham passed away, on Wednesday, November 8th, at the age of 69 years.
“Dave was an associate life member of Port Perry Royal Canadian legion, with 48 years [of] service. He was very dedicated to the branch and to the veterans. He was friendly and enjoyed listening to the veterans stories,” Barb Doupe, from the Port Perry legion branch, said in an email to The Standard. “Dave was proud to be part of the banner program and to see the veterans banners hanging in Port Perry. Dave was, presently, president of Royal Canadian legion, branch 419, Port Perry. This was Dave’s second term as president of branch 419. He was the first associate legion member to become a branch president and zone commander.
Dave was proud of his two girls and grandchildren. Also faithful to his little dog.”
Carol Cochrane, one of Mr. Durham’s daughters, described her father as someone who worked really hard.
“He dedicated his life to the legion and to the [veterans]. It was very near and dear to his heart. Remembrance Day ceremonies were always very special to him, and the Scugog banner program,” she said. “He was loved by many, had lots of friends [and] family.”
Mrs. Cochrane added that Christmas with her father were always very special.
“He always made everyone feel important in his home, [and] had lots of stories from old times,” she said.
Scugog Mayor, Tom Rowett, said Mr. Durham was a “quiet” person, but also a “great spokesperson for the legion.”
“Dave was a great liaison. I know, I was always welcome when I would come into the legion for events. He made sure that I always felt welcome,” Mayor Rowett said. “I thought of that when I first walked into the legion on Remembrance Day, I thought ‘I miss Dave.’ He will be remembered for sure.”
Mayor Rowett said his condolences go out to Mr. Durham’s family and friends.
“I’ve had the great opportunity of working closely with him, with Remembrance Day events, and Canada Day events, and significant events of remembrance. He’s a fantastic gentleman and definitely showed an exemplary display of supporting our veteran community. He will be sadly missed.”
There was a Legion Service for Mr. Durham at Wagg Funeral Home in Port Perry, on Sunday, November 12th.
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