A LA DOUCE MÉMOIRE DE David R. Tucker
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of David after a courageous and valiant battle with small cell lung cancer. Dave passed away peacefully at home, in his “great room”, on March 4th, 2022, surrounded by loved ones. He was 75 years old.
Born in Ottawa, he was the spirited son of the late William J. Tucker and the late Irene Broom. He was the much loved husband of Marie (née Groulx) for over 52 years and the loving father of James (Donna Yost-Carr), Christina (Jason Burke), and Lisa (Philippe Duford). He was the amazing “Papa Dave” to Leia, Tucker, Maya, Brody, Autumn, Sophie and Elliott.
David will be missed by his siblings Wayne (the late Mary), Brenda Watts (Al) and Cynthia (Harry Kern). He was immediately embraced by his in-laws, Lise Daley (the late Al), Monique Poulin (the late Claude), Jean-Pierre Groulx (Diane) and Françoise Gray (Ken). David also leaves behind many wonderful nephews and nieces, and a Rolodex full of friends.
A retired staff sergeant of the U.S. Marine Corps, a young David began his career in the innovative world of computing. In 1986, David started his own company – Secure Technologies International to which he devoted over 30 years of hard work.
Described as a one of a kind and larger than life personality, David was a great man with a real zest for life. A legend in the true sense of the word. Always quick with a one-liner, he was a charismatic and generous guy with the biggest of hearts. Although he had travelled all over the world, Dave was at his happiest with a glass of red wine, good food, and in the company of family and close friends. In the end, Dave would proudly say that he had had a great life.
Now we just have to live life the way that he would want us to: work hard, play hard, dream big, be a great friend and hold your family close.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Scott Laurie and his wonderful team at the Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre, as well as Adam, his “wheelchair guy”.
We are also extremely grateful for the compassionate care given by the Soins Palliatifs Orléans: Dr. D. Vincent, Dr. M. Rioux and Dr. C. Machan.
To David’s very special angels who cared for him during his final days with such grace and compassion: Judi P., Colleen B. and Vicki D., there are truly no words that can convey our eternal gratitude.
The family will receive relatives and friends at Heritage Funeral Complex, 1250 Trim Rd., Orleans, on Thursday, March 10th, 2022 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Friday, March 11th, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held in the Heritage Chapel on Friday, March 11th, 2022 at 11 a.m.
The ceremony may be viewed live or on replay by following this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0KcTf7DLI0
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation or to the Ottawa Mission would be appreciated.
Online condolences may be shared at: www.heritagefh.ca