Spicer, David Irving, age 72, of Port Mouton, Queens County, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 18th, 2023, in Queens General Hospital, Liverpool, with his loving wife by his side after a brief illness.
Born in Halifax, he was a son of the late Irvine and Agnes (McIntyre) Spicer.
David’s life was always about his family. He was a loving husband, Dad and a proud Grampie. David loved spending time with his girls, especially at Christmas time. His family was his pride and joy.
Growing up a military brat, David learned firsthand that you get out of life what you put into it. He carried a strong work ethic in everything he did. In his younger days, he worked on a friends farm in Apple River, as a pin setter at his local bowling alley and as a cook at the Wayfair Restaurant in Trenton, before taking up a career in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a medic. David had numerous posting across Canada and foreign postings in Lahr, Germany with UN Tours in Cyprus and Iran. He also spent time working the 1967 Olympics in Montreal as part of the medic team. He served his country well and wore his uniform with pride for over 37 years, making many lifelong friends along the way. David was well respected by his soldiers. He had that special combination of a great sense of humor while still being professional and fair. He showed care and concern for those with whom he served and was endlessly present to listen and provide help when needed. He always remained humble and never forgot where he came from.
Retiring as a Warrant Officers physician’s assistant in 2009, he and Janet moved to Port Mouton, where he enjoyed the beautiful ocean views and sitting on the deck in the early mornings with his many forest animals. His passions were diverse, David enjoyed boating on the Petawawa River, camping, watching his beloved Toronto Blue Jays and Tiger Woods, hunting, scuba diving, playing darts and gardening with his buddy, Junior. David was a member of the Port Mouton United Baptist Church, the West Queens Recreation Association and the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #038 Liverpool. David lived life to the fullest and would recently often say that he wouldn’t change a thing that happened during his lifetime. He will always be remembered for being a fun-loving kind soul, having a big smile and a generous laugh. He was loved and will be greatly missed.
David is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Janet; daughters, Melanie, Angie (Julien); grandchildren, Destiny (Noah) and Everly; sister, Gwen Pope.
Besides his parents, David was predeceased by his brother, Gary.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers’ Funeral Home, Liverpool. At David’s request there will be no funeral service. Donations may be made to the Queens County V.O.N. or to a charity of your choice. To share memories or condolences, please visit www.chandlersfuneral.com
The family would like to send a special thank you to the nurses at the Queens County V.O.N., the staff at Queens General Hospital, Dr. Andrew Blackadar for their special care and compassion and a heartfelt thanks to Dr. Gary Morash, for giving us an five extra years to spend with David.
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Elaine and Junior Williams
Dear Janet and family
Our hearts are with you. David helped to make memories for us too.
So sorry to hear about cousin David’s passing. I have fond memories of David. Very nice photo tribute. Janet and family you are in our thoughts.
Donna and Ian Denison
Janet, Mel, Angie, Des & Everly – I had many, many hours of conversation and debate with David since the move to Port Mouton and lots, & lots of laughs – what a great guy – he will surely be missed, but oh so many stories we have to remember him by and to share with each other. Hugs to you all! – Donna
I am so sorry to read of Davids passing, my condolances to Janet and all of Davids family.
Brian and Lynn MacGillivray
Janet and Family
Lynn and I are sorry to hear of Dave’s passing .
I have many fond and funny memories from our time serving together in Petawawa and Cyprus.
Brian and Lynn MacGillivray
janet and jean
Dear Janet and Family our Prayers and thoughts are with you at this sad time .David was a grat guy we will always remember his big smile when we met at church .rest in peace David
Janet sweetie so sorry for your loss. I never met your hubby but from everything you said he sounded like an awesome fellow. Sending lots of hugs. If you need anything let me know. Love you
Rest easy David
Janet, Mel, Angie and family, my deepest condolences to you. If I remember correctly your boat was: “The Spice of Life” and David showed me how to steer when you brought me boating and camping in Petawawa, It was so much fun! Great lifetime memories were made and appreciated!
Ivan & Marilyn Huskins
To Janet & Family
We are very sorry to hear about the passing of David
and would like to send our condolences to all of you
at this difficult time . May he R.I.P.
Valerie and Donald Inness
Dear Janet and Family:
So very sorry to hear of David’s passing. Please accept our deepest condolences and a thank you for David’s service to our Country.
Valerie and Donald
Dear Janet and family,
Please accept my condolences on the passing of David. You will miss him terribly. David became an important part of the Port Mouton community and the Smith family. Jim and I always appreciated his kindness. My thoughts are with you.
Janet, Mel, Ang, Des, and Everly,
So sorry to hear of his passing, he was a great, funny ,man who always made me feel welcome whenever I came over or went on holdays with your family. Sending you all my condolences. Thinking of you all in this extremely difficult time. Big hugs, and prayers ❤️.
Janet and family,
Please accept my deepest condolences on your loss.
Memories will bring both sadness and joy, but it is these memories that will keep him alive as long as you are here.
To Janet and her family. Very sorry of the loss of David my condolence to you all .your cousin phi. And wife myla
West Queens Medical First Responders
Our deepest condolences to the family: Janet, Melanie, Angie, Destiny, Everly and Gwen; and to friends, neighbours and to David’s military family.
To Dave’s Family
I want to take this moment to extend my deepest sympathy to Dave’s family. I first met Dave in 1975. We were attending an Airevac course at Trenton Ontario. I believe at the time he was posted in Summerside. We became really could friends while on course and always kept in touch but never served together again until early 1990s at Petawawa Ontario. He was an outstanding soldier and was always there to help his fellow soldiers. He would be seen at many sporting activities providing medical support. Gone but not forgotten. Rest in peace my friend
Janet and family:
So sorry to hear of David’s passing. My sister, Sherri, often spoke of your family. Sincere condolences to all.
To Janet and family,
I am so sorry for your loss and was glad i got to get to know David. He was a good man.
My heart goes out to you and to everyone who loved him. This is such a huge loss. I have such great memories of Dave in CFB Summerside, an Germany. Accept our deepest condolences on your loss.
Perky and John
To Janet and to her family , We are sending you our deepest condolences in loss of David. He was a great friend to all who got to know him. He will be truly missed by all who got to know him.
Sincerest sympathy to Janet and family in your loss of David.
So sorry David has passed away. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Dear Janet and Family – so sorry to hear about your husband’s passing, but felt happy to hear of the wonderful person he was. May your memories bring you comfort in the coming years. Love and hugs, Emily McLeod
To Davids Family, my sincere deepest sympathy. David was one of my early mentors when I was posted to the BHosp in Cornwallis. As a young Pte, in the 1980’s, David tried to keep me on the straight and narrow. Not an easy task for him. We seen each other over the years in Petawawa and Borden. He was a good man, may he rest in peace. Lest we forget.
Deepest condolences to Dave’s family and friends, wonderful person. Rest peacefully.
Rest in peace my friend.my condolences to the family.
Janet and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. I always think of our time together at the Petawawa Yacht Club with Dave at the helm of “The Spice of Life”. So glad to have known and worked with him in 2 RCHA. Stand Easy my friend.
Charles and Cynthia join me in offering our deepest condolences for the loss of a loved one.
Johanne and family
David was such a happy go lucky brother in law Janet. He always had a smile and a kind word for everyone he met through out his life. He enjoyed retiring to Central Port Mouton and living close to Mom. His life was dedicated to helping others. Our condolences,
Trevor, Todd, Richard and Mary,
Ricky and Mariann Broome
Sorry for your loss. Our condolences to you and your family
To Janet and family, my sincere condolences on hearing of David’s passing. I remember he was the D Bty, 2 RCHA medic was I was a young officer in the battery in 1987. When I returned to 2 RCHA for my second tour in 1992, I was happy to learn that he was still with the Regiment, and was now with the Unit Medical Station. I’ll always remember him as a very professional soldier and an excellent medic. Ubique, Peter Williams
I had the opportunity to spend time with Dave and his family at his home in Port Mouton in Jul 2022. It’s a time I will cherish and remember for the rest of my life. I first met Dave in CFB Cornwallis, recruit training, in 1972, we started a friendship, we did our basic med A course at CFB Borden and then both of us got posted to CFH Halifax, we both enjoyed our time in Halifax, after Halifax Dave got posted to Summerside and me to 2 Fd Amb, CFB Petawawa. We kept in touch over the years and served again at CFB Petawawa. Dave was a true friend and a dedicated military soldier. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family. Dave, my buddy, may you rest in peace,
Janet and Family: So sorry for your Loss.
Jeanette and Squid
So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing.
Nick, Joyce and Harriet Nickerson
Condolences to Janet, Melanie, Angie, family and sister. When reading Dave’s obituary we were struck on how it truly captured his life. The words were exact and the pictures showed the man. It is how we remembered him – definitely a family man, loved his family, was a good friend and served his country proudly. Although we did not see Dave often, we just picked up our conversations as if we had never left. The news of his passing has truly saddened us. He will be missed.
Mary and Ed Tucker
Janet and family.
Sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. Dave replaced me at the recruit centre in Gagetown just before I went away on course. I have fond memories of working with him . It was an honor to have known him.
I worked with Dave in Halifax and Cornwallis.
He was one of the good guys. Even when things got hectic, he never lost his sense of humour
.Sincere condolences..he will be missed.
William A. Jamieson
Jessie and Archie Jamieson send our deepest condolence to David’s family. years ago our families were great
Deepest condolences to the family. A great feller, we met in Petawawa. Gone far to soon, RIP soldier
Dear Janet: My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family on the loss of David.
Janet and family
Sorry to hear that you have lost your lifes partner and no doubt best friend. May courage and family help as you moved forward. Thinking of you as you move on in this next chapter of life.
Sorry to hear of Doc’s passing. He was a very liked and respected man, always joking about but when it came time for business look out he wanted things done with purpose and priority. He will be missed by so many of us that new him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
From one veteran to another, RIP David. You served your country and family well. Rest easy soldier.
Sincerest condolences to Dave’s family and friends. He was a very fine man to work for and alongside.
Walter & Shirley Pearce
Janet, so sorry to hear about Dave.
To Janet, Family & friends
I am very sorry to hear about the passing of David
and would like to send my condolences to all of you
at this difficult time.
I served with David in Iran and am also a fellow Legion member (Branch 24 Bridgewater) R.I.P.
My condolences to the family. Dave was a wonderful man and a great mentor. So sorry for your loss. Rest in peace Dave.
So sorry for your loss. I knew Dave in Petawawa and he was always a kind man.