David Dimand (March 4, 2021)
It is with great sadness that we are announcing the recent passing of a member of the Thornhill Cruisers Car Club. David Dimand succumbed to an aggressive illness last week and will be sorely missed by our club. I would like to extend our sincerest condolences to his wife Sharon and her children on the loss of a great husband and father. A tribute to David written by Martin Silver is posted below:
A Tribute to David Dimand:
As most of you were made aware from a previous e-mail sent to the membership by Ernie Gelman, our fellow club member David Dimand was recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of stage four pancreatic cancer. We are saddened to report that just two weeks after this diagnosis David succumbed to this dreaded disease passing away on the morning of Thursday March 4 th at the young age of 64. I’m sure we are all saddened to learn of this very tragic news and will want to send our sincere condolences to his wife Sharon and all his family. In his memory I thought you might like to hear a little bit about David’s life and his love of our vintage car collecting hobby.
David met his future wife to be Sharon while on a double date. In fact Sharon was not David’s date on this particular evening. As the evening past, the subject of their discussions moved to cars. Since Sharon had taken automotive shop classes in high school, David and Sharon were quick to connect through their common interest in motor vehicles. As the night continued, Sharon and her friend devised a way to switch dates. Wow how clever! Over the course of their future dating, Sharon told us that they fell in love while rebuilding a 1967 Camaro SS convertible together. Some of Sharon’s more memorable dates with David had the two of them rummaging through wrecking yards in search of parts for the Camaro.
David and Sharon were happily married for 38 years. After getting married in 1982 they sold the Camaro to raise funds to start their family business Affordable Lock Services Inc. in 1984. In 1987 they were blessed with a son Matthew followed by a baby sister for Matthew named Laura in 1990. He has two loving grandchildren Austin & Owen. Many years later Matthew joined his Mom & Dad in the family business.
For those of you who may not know David by name I’m sure you will know him by way of his beautiful green 1966 AC Cobra with the distinctive license plate “POISONUS”. David and Sharon bought the Cobra Kit Car in 1989. Between running their growing business and family, David had little time to work on the Cobra so it took him almost 20 years in total to complete this exceptional project. The picture attached to this article shows David with other trophy winners at the Markham Auto Classic on Main Street Markham back in 2018. He had won first place in his cars category on that day. This is one of the many trophy wins that David cherished. I know he truly loved this car!
David was a founding member of one of our associate car clubs The Markham Classic Cruiser (now the Markham-Stouffville Cruisers). His wife also dedicated much time to this club serving as their treasurer for many years.
David was not only a fellow car club member of mine in both the Thornhill & Markham-Stouffville clubs but he was also a friend and a neighbor of mine while we lived in Unionville. He was always willing to provide advice and help with a car or lock problem. Dave was the go-to guy if you needed to fix something. As recently as last fall, I had David give me a hand in gaining access to the trunk on my 65 Valiant because I had accidently left my keys in the pocket of my car club jacket which was now locked in the trunk of the car.
In 2019 both David and I decided to respectively down size our homes. David and Sharon decided to build a new home in Keswick to be closer to their son’s family in Sutton. At this same time David made the tough decision to move into retirement. He did tell me that in doing so he would still be available to help out with the family business when needed. Unfortunately David and Sharon did not get the time owed to them to enjoy their new home together or to travel the world as was their plan in their retirement years.
In his memory there has been a Go Fund Me Page for Research into Pancreatic Cancer in Canada set up in his name. You may wish to make a donation to this fund in his honour and memory. May you rest in peace David and it goes without saying that we will all miss you.
PS – I must acknowledge that some of my write up came from a newsletter prepared by Terry Sutton of The Markham-Stouffville Cruisers entitled Dave and Sharon’s Story). For your information, David’s obituary is on the Chapel Ridge Funeral Home website located in Markham.