Dave Spencer

Rhody Family Funeral Home

“Talent is a gift, but you can only succeed with hard work.”

Jean Beliveau

Dave wasn’t afraid to put in the work. As a husband, father, brother and friend, if you needed help, you could always count on Dave. He was a true gentleman and always cared for, and protected those around him. If he was going to help you or support your cause, you knew he would be there when you needed him most. He was a true pillar of strength for his family, friends and community. His death has left a tremendous void in our community, but together we can keep his memory alive by paying kindness forward, as Dave would want us to do, and putting the needs of others before our own!

David Edwin was born in Kirkland Lake on June 25, 1955 to parents Norman and Ruth (Wilson) Spencer. He joined older siblings Harold (1945), Donna (1948), James (1950) and was later followed by Janet (1962). Norman was a Bank Manager, and this meant regular moves for the Spencer family during Dave’s childhood. In 1958 the Spencer family moved to Cobalt where Dave began school. The family relocated to Owen Sound in 1964 where Dave completed his elementary education. He enjoyed playing hockey, baseball and took up football in High School, where he attended West Hill, before transferring to OSCVI. In January of 1970, Dave’s father transferred to Chesley and became the manager of the CIBC. Dave began grade 10 at Chesley District High School. It wasn’t long before a young woman by the name of Nancy Dianne Gordon caught his eye in the halls. On their first date, Dave arrived early (as he always did) in his pink Volkswagon and visited with Nancy’s mother in the kitchen. Unbeknownst to Dave, Nancy was helping her father de-horn cattle that day and entered the house (while Dave was in the kitchen) covered in blood. Quite the first impression, don’t you think? The date got worse before it got better as the car broke down on the way to Chesley, but as they say, the rest is history. Dave would have said, “It is what it is!” 🙂 They dated for the remainder of high school, with him proposing to Nancy before graduation. The year was 1973.

Dave followed Nancy to Hamilton where he attempted to enrol at Mohawk College. Unfortunately, the program was over-enrolled and he did not get a spot in the class. Dave was quick to get a job and work, while Nancy studied at McMaster University.  During the next year, Dave worked a variety of jobs, spending time at Canadian Tire and National Steel Car. In 1974, he took a job at Bruce Nuclear Power Development as a labourer, worked in a tool crib, before eventually becoming an electrician. Nancy and Dave were married on June 24, 1978 at Allenford United Church. They soon settled on a rural property in Sullivan before moving into Chesley on 2nd Ave. S.W. in the early ’80s. In time, Dave and Nancy welcomed sons Cory (1982) and Bradley (1985). He loved spending time with the boys and quickly introduced them to a variety of sports. Sadly, Bradley died in a tragic accident in 1990 and Dave and his family’s life would forever be changed. In true Dave fashion though, he made good out of this tragedy and created a hockey bursary in Bradley’s name. Over the past 30 years, countless youth from the Chesley community have enjoyed a week at an elite hockey school enhancing their hockey and more important life skills along the way. None of this would have been possible without Dave and the support of his family.

Dave entered the world of retail in 1987 when he purchased McCurdy’s TV & Appliances and soon after Hodgins & Martini Furniture. He later combined the businesses and greatly enjoyed interacting with all of his customers. In 1996 he sold his successful business and began his career in real estate with Wilfred McIntee & Co. Limited. Over the next 24 years he sold a variety of residential, rural, farms and commercial real estate in the Grey Bruce area and was a trusted and well-respected agent. During this time he also worked part-time at the car dealership (Morrow’s) in Chesley and further expanded his touch on our community. The Spencers spent most of the ’90s on Martha St. in Chesley before building on a rural property on Grey Rd. 25 in Sullivan in 1999. Countless memories were made here with family and friends alike.

Dave was a true car enthusiast. As teenagers, both he and Nancy learned to drive in a Volkswagen. These were fun and important years that shaped Dave’s interest. His favourite car was his 1970 Brown ‘Cuda 340 pistol grip shifter and I am told many stories were told over the years about adventures (and a few antics) in this beloved automobile. He also was very fond of his 1974 1/2 (the 1/2 is an important detail, just ask Jimmy) MGB red convertible. Motorcycles also piqued Dave’s interest, however, he respected Nancy’s concern with their safety and appreciated them from afar.

Supporting his community was extremely important to Dave. He coached and encouraged the boys in hockey when they were young, and in his younger days was known as “The Train” in his playing days (in other words it took him a bit of time to get going but once he got going there was no stopping and you best get out of his way! 🙂 He held a variety of positions with the Chesley Chamber of Commerce through the years and always leant a helping hand in big community projects when they arose. However, Dave’s support was probably best exemplified in his involvement in the Chesley Kinsmen Club. Their motto “Serving the Communities Greatest Needs” truly aligned with Dave’s values and he didn’t disappoint. He joined the Club in 1982 and received the honour of becoming a Life Member in 1999, no easy accomplishment. Dave did not do it for the recognition though, he truly wanted to help everyone around him. That was just the special man he was. Whether flipping burgers at a fundraiser, working late at July-fest or imparting a bit of his knowledge to new members, Dave was devoted to the Chesley Kinsmen through and through. He was a mentor to many in our community, especially within the Club, and always took the time to explain the history and support new members. His shoes will be impossible to fill, however, he has taught all of us that with hard work great things can be accomplished!

Dave was not all work and no play! He spent time curling and perfecting his game on the golf course. They also created many memories travelling with the Knipfels, on their southern adventures during March Breaks. Dave enjoyed canoe trips north with the boys as well. For the last 30 years, he and his brothers have enjoyed spending the week after Labour Day together at their Brethren week, just relaxing, golfing and enjoying each other’s company. Dave also enjoyed his yearly golfing trip to Florida with his friends. This tradition began in the late ’90s and included lots of golf, cards and stories (many of which never left Florida I am told). In 2005 he and a few other local dads began an every other year father-son weekend, whereby he and Cory would join in on the festivities. A weekend on Manitoulin Island in the bush, with food and a few more drinks! Perfect bonding time! In recent years there were also father/son trips to Massanutten, Virginia to take in Nascar events. Virginia was their hub, and they enjoyed memorable races and weekends at Richmond, Bristol and Martinsville. Stories of all these adventures and times with Dave will live on for years to come. The wheels always turning, he looked forward to the Wilson’s Cousin reunion every three years usually in Nova Scotia.

Dave loved learning. He was constantly picking up a magazine to take in some new information. Likewise, he enjoyed learning from others and used this information to pass along and help those he met in everyday life. We are all born with limited talents, however, we can all learn and develop better strategies to help us succeed in life, and Dave did this regularly. He was known as “Mr. Trivia” and often joked that he didn’t even know why he remembered everything he did. In his downtime he enjoyed taking in the History Channel, or his beloved Montreal Canadians. Over the years he engaged in more than a few ribbings with friends and members of the community, about their undying loyalty to the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was quick to remind you of the recent history and successes (or lack thereof) of both historic franchises. Dave was fantastic on the barbecue with his specialty being steak. These dinners may have also included a glass of 83 with a splash of pepsi. Dave had a weakness for peanuts and licorice, often enjoying these treats with his beloved grandchildren Cash and Camille.

Dave always put others first. He was a big, gentle-man who was always thoughtful, loyal and most importantly, honest. He protected those around him and had a huge heart! He was also a very private man, and unfortunately, that has made his recent illness and death difficult for many to understand. However, Dave would not want us to dwell on these facts, but instead gather around each other as family, friends and members of his beloved community and support one another. He would want us to remember all the good stories and times we shared together.

In Dave’s final hours, the Eagles “Hotel California” was played. The lyrics go on to say, “you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave.” Dave left this world quietly, as he entered, on his own terms, with few regrets. His life and legacy will live on in our memories and stories of this wonderful man!

Dave passed away after a short illness, surrounded by his family, on Friday, August 28, 2020 in his 66th year.

Beloved husband of Nancy (Gordon). Loving father of Cory (Calan) of Chatsworth and cherished Poppa of Cash and Camille. Dave will be dearly missed by his siblings Harold (Monique), Donna, Jimmy (Susan), and Janet (Jesse) Currie as well as the entire Spencer and Gordon families and many close friends. He was predeceased by his son Bradley (1990) and his parents Norman and Margaret (Wilson) Spencer.

Unfortunately due to current gathering restrictions, a private celebration of Dave’s life will be held. Inurnment in Chesley Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Chesley Hospital Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Dennis & Ronnie Plaskett
October 5, 2020

Nancy, Cory and the Spencer and Gordon families, please accept our deepest sympathies and condolences.
We were shocked and saddened to hear of Dave’s passing. Both of us were honoured, blessed and proud to be friends of Dave and shared a long history with him and in fact both him and you Nancy! David had so many admirable qualities, one was his way of making everyone feel so comfortable, at ease and that he was so glad to around you or know you! even if it was a short two-minute meeting on the street. He possessed amazing wit, humour, intelligence, memory, foresight, respect, passion, confidence and more and embraced his friends, his community and of course his family with all of them !! He will truly be missed and always remembered for who he was and what he did for all in this community and even beyond !!

Adam Paliga
September 14, 2020

Dear Nancy and Family,

I am so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. Dave was always willing to help and was always a gentleman in doing so. He will be missed by all. You all will be in our prayers in this challenging time.

Denise and Whit Edwards
September 13, 2020

To Nancy, Cory and family
We were so sorry to read about Dave’s passing in the paper. I hope you can take comfort in remembering the special times you have shared over the years. Our condolences to the rest of the Gordon and Spencer families too

Marjorie and Menno Harmsen
September 9, 2020

So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing! Our hart felt condolences.

Bud and Jenny Halpin
September 5, 2020

Nancy and Cory,
Dave leaves a huge legacy of service and kindness, he has done so much for the community over the years. We are sorry for your loss.

Barry Mutrie
September 5, 2020

Dear Nancy, Cory and family: Audrey and I were shocked to learn about Dave’s passing. Please accept our sincere condolences. Dave’s commitment to community service was amazing and truly helped make Chesley a better place to live.

Peter and Doreen Zehr
September 4, 2020

Nancy, we are so sorry for your loss. While reading his story it seems hard to believe the time that has passed since we lived in Chesley and hung out on the Stinson’s deck and all the other times we had together. Our deepest sympathies to all your family and we will keep you in our prayers

Jerry & Claudia Hansler
September 4, 2020

We are so sorry to hear the sad news. Sending condolences to you and your family.

Mike Merrifield
September 4, 2020

My sincerest condolences to Nancy, and family. Dave helped us purchase our first home when we moved to Chesley. He was a great man. Genuine, and always smiling. I am grateful to have met Dave.

John And Sharon Ball
September 3, 2020

We are shocked and very saddened to find that Dave has passed away. He was a special special guy, and he will be missed by everyone who knew him. He had many characteristics of his Dad, who was my favourite boss. Prayers and blessings to you all.

Kasen beitz
September 3, 2020

Nancy , Cory and family. The loss of Dave is really sad for the community of Chesley. I was glad in March to have spent a few days with Dave in Florida. Memories to remember. Every time I seen you, you always made a point to have a conversation. This has effected a lot of people knowing the kind man Dave was. Rest easy.

Dan & Vanessa Gowan
September 3, 2020

Nancy, Cory and family. We were saddened to hear the news of Dave’s passing. He was such a wonderful man that we the pleasure of knowing growing up and he will be missed as he was a huge part of Chesley. Forever grateful for all of his help and guidance over the years with our homes and it was appreciated more than you know. Thinking of you all through this difficult time

Reg and Dayle Mannerow
September 3, 2020

Dear Nancy, Cory and family…so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing….your memories will be of great comfort at this time and will remain with you always.

Willie de Vaan & Rick Carder
September 2, 2020

We are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Dave’s passing. Our sincerest condolences to Nancy and the Spencer & Gordon families, our thoughts are with you….
Willie & Rick

Brent and Brenda MacKinnon
September 2, 2020

Nancy: We are so sorry for your loss. Dave will be missed. Sending you our deepest sympathy.

Diane and Philip Eastwood
September 2, 2020

Nancy, Cory and family and friends of Dave.
We are very sadden and shocked to hear of Dave’s passing.
We have many fond memories of our times together.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and we are thinking about you at this difficult time.

Philip and Diane Eastwood

Donna Beckett
September 2, 2020

Nancy, So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Donna Beckett

Leanne Martin
September 2, 2020

Dear Nancy and family,
I am deeply sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute to Dave’s life. Thinking of you. Woodie, Leanne & family

Meredith Buckley
September 2, 2020

To all of Dave’s family and friends,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Although i have not seen/spoke with any of you in many years, I will always remember the good times that our families had when I was young. At my parents ( Phil and Diane Eastwood ), for dinner this evening, they told us some pretty crazy stories about the two couples and all of the shenanigans they got up to, we all had an especially good laugh about Dave and Nancy accompanying my parents on their Honeymoon Haha. I know my parents are glad to have know such a kind, wonderful man. I am sorry again for your loss.

Much love and sympathies,
Meredith, Chris, Dylan, and William.

Wendy Buckley
September 1, 2020

So sorry to hear the news.
Thinking of you.

Jean Garrow & Paul McLaughlin
September 1, 2020


We were very sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. Our sincere sympathy to you and your family – we are thinking of you.

Janet & Bill Hatten
September 1, 2020

Nancy and family – we were saddened to hear of Dave’s passing. Sending you our sincere condolences and keeping you in our thoughts. Thankful that you have so many wonderful memories to cherish.

Helga and Michel Dalaire
September 1, 2020

Very sorry for your loss !

Gail Wood
September 1, 2020

I was so sorry to hear that Dave had passed away. He was such a common sense kind of fellow and will be deeply missed. I have been praying that your family will be comforted as you both grieve and celebrate Dave.

Amy Doofenbaker
August 31, 2020

Nancy, Cory and Spencer family,
I am sad and sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. Dave was always cheerful, smiling and ready with a wave or chat. His family, friends and the town of Chesley have suffered a great loss. Thinking of you in this difficult time and sending my sympathy and a hug.

Nancy MacLeod
August 31, 2020

Nancy and family
Deepest sympathy to you and your families. I will always remember Dave fondly as the best broomball coach,
Hope Dave and Lynn are together reminiscing over the good old days

Carrie Cramp
August 31, 2020

Our deepest sympathy to the entire Gordon & Spencer family.

Donna Macdougall
August 31, 2020

Nancy, Cory and family. My deepest condolences. Thinking of you with sympathy. Donna

Mary Ruth and Jim Merriam
August 31, 2020

Dave w as a real gentleman and will be missed

Susan Miller
August 31, 2020

Nancy & Family

Nancy there are no words to express the sadness I feel for you in the sudden passing of Dave. My thoughts and prayers are with in this difficult time.

Richard & Nancy Slumskie
August 31, 2020

So very sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. Please know Nancy that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Larry & Betty McLeod
August 31, 2020

Sending our sincere sympathy to you all,at this very difficult time. Cherish your memories, they last forever.

St. John's United Church
August 31, 2020

Nancy: Your entire church family sends their deepest sympathy to you and your family at this difficult time. Please know that all of you are in our thoughts and our prayers.

John and Penny Crawford
August 31, 2020

So sorry for your loss Nancy and family. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. Cherish the memories

Jim & Rose Kirkland
August 31, 2020

We are saddened by this news. Please accept our sympathy. Dave was a wonderful person & will be missed by so many.

Tammy and Rod Warren
August 31, 2020

Our Condolences to Nancy and the whole family. Dave always had a smile and time to chat. Such a pillar of the community that will definitely be missed. Rest In Peace Dave

Wanda Westover
August 31, 2020

Fellow realtor, I respected working with Dave, he certainly was one of the good guys. He will be missed.

Jennifer and Rob Yale
August 31, 2020

Nancy and family, we are so very sorry to hear about your loss. I remember you telling the story of how you and Dave first started your relationship, Nancy 🙂 I’m sure he will be greatly missed in the community. Take care!

Jim Currie & Grace McIntosh-Currie
August 31, 2020

Nancy, sincere sympathy on the loss of your husband. Sending thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Doug & Marion Brown
August 31, 2020

We were shocked and sorry to hear that Dave has died. A man well loved by many and the whole community. Our thoughts are with you at this time.

Bob Gowan
August 31, 2020

So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. My sincere condolences to Nancy and family.

Mike and Gail Dupuis
August 31, 2020

Nancy and family
Our condolences and expressions of sympathy are not enough. Dave was a wonderful person and will truly be missed. A true leader, and supporter of his community, family and friends. A true Kinsmen. Rest in peace Dave.

Cara Turcotte
August 31, 2020

As a fellow Realtor, I had a the pleasure of working with Dave on several real estate transactions over the past 20 years with a recent sale this summer in Chesley. Dave was always so great to work with, very knowledgeable and extremely kind. I am so very sorry for your family’s loss. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Dwayne and Susan Loughlean
August 31, 2020

We are so sorry for the loss of Dave. Always was there with a firm handshake and smile. He will be remembered forever.

Sandy & Brenda McAllister
August 31, 2020

Nancy and family,

Very sorry to hear this news. Please know our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Boog & Deb Hepburn
August 31, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Sincere condolences!

Dennis Watson
August 31, 2020

Deepest sympathies from the Watson family. Dave always had time to chat. I appreciate his involvement and support over the years with the kinsman club and hockey. Such a great ambassador and friendly member of the Chesley community.
He will be missed

Jim and Dottie Goldenbogen
August 31, 2020

Nancy, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of Dave. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Joleen Nickel
August 31, 2020

My deepest sympathies to the Spencer and Gordon families. Nancy and Cory treasure your many memories and celebrate them. RIP Dave.

Doug & Bonnie Sacks
August 31, 2020

Our deepest sympathy Nancy, Cory and Family.

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