ForeverMissed

This memorial site was created in memory of Dave Mifsud. With Dave there was never a dull moment.  Help us to remember and cherish all the amazing moments we've had with him by leaving a tribute below, a story above (click the stories tab), or pictures of him (click Add Photos to the right).

Posted by Judith Barnard on July 20, 2019
I am saddened to learn of Dave’s death. I will never forget his kindness to me during a particularly rough time in my life. Blessing to Ruth and their family.
Posted by Bertha Bertrand on May 21, 2019
Dave was just the greatest man I have met. He adored all of the children from Help a Child Smile. Every year at out Christmas party he would try and out do the previous year. He had the craziest of ideas sometimes but the greatest of ideas all of the time. He will be so greatly missed by his Help a Child Smile family. Miss you and love you with all of hearts. Bertha and the board.
Posted by Merrilee Fraser on May 11, 2019
At the turn of the century while the world waited for the Y2K bug to crash all our computer programs, Dave suggested we start the new century with something beautiful and peaceful -- watching the sunrise together on New Year’s morning 2000. We loved the idea! 2019 marked the 20th year of this tradition with Ruth and Dave, always followed by a yummy breakfast, a great visit, sometimes watching a movie or concert together, and on occasion an afternoon nap (not together). We didn’t always see the sunrise – sometimes it was overcast and cloudy but it didn’t matter. It was a great way to start every year – with our friends Ruth and Dave. We got together other times, but New Year’s morning was a given, no matter how busy our lives were. We knew we’d watch the sunrise together.

This year, Dave brought his nifty orange coloured music device and while out on the pier we listened to Cat Stevens ‘Morning Has Broken’. He then asked us our favourite songs and found them and played them (mine being Gypsy Carnival performed by Mantovani which is REALLY hard to find -- no-one but Dave could ever have found it). Like every other year, we sat on the concrete bench and talked about how comfy it is and took selfies. Some months later while visiting Dave in the hospital, he, Dan & I were together in his room and he asked if we had ever listened closely to the words of ‘Morning Has Broken’. He told us to close our eyes and the three of us listened to it together again, reliving our New Year’s morning and drinking in the words. It was a teary and spiritual experience. We talked of what the words meant to Dave, every day a re-creation, new dawn, new hope, new light. It was one of many treasured moments with Dave. He and Ruth are friends that we can be laughing with one minute and crying the next. Dave turned every moment into the memorable. He has enriched our lives and Dan and I are so blessed to be considered his friend. Until we meet again dear friend.
Merrilee and Dan Fraser
Posted by Jane Wells on May 4, 2019
We cherish the many years we have known you. You have been a loving and caring son-in-law. Thank-you for being a devoted husband to our daughter Ruth, and your love for your children and grandchildren. Thanks for the memories...
We love you, and God be with you until we meet again.
Love: Dennis and Olga Cantlon
Posted by Jane Wells on May 4, 2019
Playing frisbee golf with Dave at HPA on the big island... he found the course, called the players and we went and enjoyed the beautiful Waimea air as we played he awesome 9 hole course. Always will remember his passion and drive! I had never played but when Dave gets something in his head, that passion takes over and nothing was getting done until we quenched his thirst for whatever he was into. I will miss him greatly, but his children are all excellent awesome people and there is no greater legacy then the one he and Ruth have created. I am grateful to have known and loved him.
By: Keoki Wells
Posted by Ryan Kirk on May 4, 2019
Writing music with Dave will always be a cherished memory. He added something to my songs that gave them life I never knew they had. I always loved how he'd close his eyes while I'd perform something, and occasionally I'd change the melody a bit, and he'd keep his eyes close, point at me with approval, and then add rhythm to the music. When we were on to a nice melody and beat, we'd look at each other, smile and nod, and knew we had something. Thanks Dave for being a great teacher, supporter, and friend. Your enthusiasm for things I created really boosted my confidence. I'll always appreciate that.
Posted by Jonathan Cea on May 4, 2019
I will forever be reminded of how David Mifsud made you feel when he talked to you; like you were special and what you did mattered. I remember when we first moved to Burlington Ward, Bro Mifsud was super welcoming and genuinely excited to see us in the ward. Our youngest son Jack had his baby blessing in the ward. I will never forget how excited Bro Mifsud was when he approached me in the hall way after sacrament meeting. He said to me, "did you realize what you said in the blessing?" Slightly confused and worried I thought to myself, "Did I say something wrong? Or out of place?" He went on to tell me in great detail what I said and how profound it was. He didn't have to, but he went out of his way to tell me this and how wonderful it was. This is made of a certain kind of love which Brother Mifsud had in abundance. We will miss you. Love always, Jon, Georene, Malia and Jack Cea
Posted by James Lavigne on May 3, 2019
I may have only known you for a few years, but I got to see some of your amazing accomplishments, I've gotten to learn from you and I know that I've grown as a person just from meeting you. The lord gave you life and you turned it into something so much more. Even though some may think your life is being cut short I believe you have accomplished more in your 60 years then someone normal could in 200.
you have the power to change lives, and the lord needs people like that.
I know Haley thinks that there are so many talents from you that we never got to learn but I believe that the one thing that we needed to learn from you was not how to carve wood or how to play percussion but having the skill and determination to have the drive and passion about learning something new.
You are a great man Dave, I'm thankful for having the opportunity to meet you.
Posted by Henry Simpson on May 3, 2019
I was always impressed by Dave's energy and enthusiasm, but even more by his goodness and kindness. When I was around him, he lifted me up and drew love and faith out of my heart and soul. I shall always be grateful for having known him in this life and for the part his son, Mike, plays in the lives of my daughter, Katie, and their children. Dave and Ruth gave their children a great foundation upon which to build and provided them with many good examples.
Posted by Maren Simpson on May 2, 2019
When I looked at all these beautiful pictures of Dave and his family, one of my favorite poems came to mind.
A hundred years from now......it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, or how much money I had in my bank, but the world may be better because I was important in the life of a child.
Because Dave and I share some grandchildren, I know how important he was in their lives. He lived the gospel, and left his children a legacy of love and faith. I am so honored to have known him, and be connected to his family eternally.
Posted by Gail Mcfadgen on May 2, 2019
John remembers a time when Mike Ryan and John we’re helping David build a shed in his backyard. They were laughing so hard and struggling to do the job. David called them the three stooges. John and I remember David for his gifted talents building many challenging projects. He was a dear friend to all. He will be missed and dearly loved
Posted by Cheri Streeter on May 1, 2019
Dave totally cracked me up on a regular basis... Talk about the life of the party!! My fondest memory or rather memories, is Dave always saying he would bring the decorations for an event... and it usually consisted of sprays of flowers that he snagged from various funeral homes... giggle... What an amazing heart.. what an amazing smile... heaven has gained a bright and shining star...
Posted by Claudia Oporto on May 1, 2019
Being the youngest and the newest member of the steel band in the early 1980s, I had no previous knowledge of this young person who his family and the other band members talked constantly about. I met Dave for the first time when he returned from his mission in the early 1980s when he re-joined the band. Immediately, a number of characteristics stood out about Dave. He was very humble, full of energy, engaged fully in every task at hand, extremely sharp, and the two best characteristics of all, he was a master at the art of finding "funny" even in the "not so best" of times and, he had a laughter which would also get everyone engaged and sharing in the moment with him. Post band years, its members did not see each other much but, via the few gathering we did have, I could see what an amazing family man he had become. One has only to look at his beautiful children and his lovely wife Ruth, to fully comprehend, what this man's most precious achievement became. Personally, I will continue to remember Dave as the amazing human being he was and the joyous moments he brought to my then, young life. Love you Dave, Ruth and children. God Bless.
Posted by Amber Acorda on May 1, 2019
Dave Mifsud was a great man who served my family and I with love. I remember drives to early morning seminary being hilarious as he would crack funny Dad jokes. My favourite was what was Beethoven's favorite fruit? Bah nah nah na. He helped me countless times with my projects for school letting me borrow his bongos and any other props. I'm so grateful for his kindness to all especially me.
Posted by Melanie Hedden-Perron on May 1, 2019
Dave was the easiest person in the world to talk to. He and his family made a great sacrifice for mine when we were in need and we eventually became members of the church. I found him to be full of great perspective and at one time he held get togethers for small business owners where we exchanged ideas. Having just seen him at the ward Christmas party he was as affable as ever. We talked about a dance/percussion collaboration. You will be missed Dave but my heart is full of gratitude for having known you.
Posted by Donna Chung on May 1, 2019
I was saddened to hear of Dave's illness and then his passing. Dave was talented and so enthusiastic about life. I remember Dave's contagious smile. I will remember him for his happy countenance, friendliness and kindness. My condolences to his lovely family. You are in my prayers.
Donna Kay
Posted by Josi Stasiewicz on May 1, 2019
I have not see David in many years but I remember his presence in our Young Adult activities. He always had a wonderful smile, made you feel so welcomed, he was interested in what was going on in your life and you always came away feeling better having been in his company. His light and testimony touched so many people and he will be greatly missed. Sincere condolences,
Posted by Peter Schilling on May 1, 2019
I am so terribly sad today. I was fortunate enough to be blessed to know David only a brief few years, but he was so welcoming, warm and genuine every week we saw each other at the Burlington Ward. Please accept my deepest condolences, Mifsud family. My prayers will be for all of you at this time.
Posted by Terri and Danial Stapleto... on May 1, 2019
Our sincere sympathies to David's family. David's presence was felt throughout the church, as he willingly served in many callings over the years. He was a shining example of caring and empathy towards others. He loved his family very much. Always involved and ministering. What a righteous example to others. Treasure the memories - they are yours forever. Hugs Terri & Dan Stapleton
Posted by Joe Parisi on May 1, 2019
Dave will be missed by many, but especially by me. He was the first member to welcomed me in Burlington ward when I arrived 3 years ago. His smile was contagious and his personality larger than life. No matter what was going on in his life, you were what matter to him. We lost a great man but Heaven gained a true lion of the Lord. I know he’s busy administering the gospel there as he was here. Love you dearly brother, and will miss you till we meet again.
Posted by Caroline Harper on April 30, 2019
Words cannot express the eternal gratitude I have to the Lord for allowing me to have had Dave as an influential part of my life. I have known him my whole life and have been so blessed because of it. As a child, he entertained me in our ward talent shows and was an example to me of what a Priesthood holder looked like. In my youth, he supported me by carpooling to dances and helping with youth activities. In my young adulthood, he taught me the gospel through countless hours of preparation and dedication to the institute program. He helped guide me through a dark time in my life back to the light. He gave me words of advice and council that I still hold deer. In adulthood, he helped bring me and my family hope and blessings when I was physically broken. He raised amazing children that have been my friends and support throughout my life. He is woven into so many memories over my lifetime that I will always cherish. Thank you Dave, for being such an amazing man and helping to shape my life for the better.
God be with you till we meet again my friend!
Posted by Reid Robison on April 30, 2019
I first met Dave in 1983 when we hired him to be the production manager of O.C. Tanner. Dave was always outgoing and a man of many talents, but one of his greatest strengths was his ability to motivate and inspire others. We recognized that talent and sent him to enroll in a Dale Carnegie course. He loved it so much that he went to work for them and taught others how to communicate effectively. In my BYU Marriott School Leadership classes I teach each semester, I always share the Dave Mifsud story about recognizing your passion, and then further develop the talent you are already great at. Rather than focusing on our weaknesses, if we develop our strengths, we become masters of them and have more fulfilling careers. Dave did just that and we challenge these BYU students to do as Dave did.
I have such great memories of this larger than life friend and know that he is continuing to bless those friends and family members he is now with on the other side of the Veil who preceded him. For example, what a great reunion he is having with our mentor, Richard Bowles, who trained him at O.C. Tanner.
Posted by John Lawson on May 1, 2019
Dave was a kind gentle man. When he had mice come into his home he would catch them in a live trap and relocate them. He respected and tried to understand the feelings of those around him.

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Posted by Judith Barnard on July 20, 2019
I am saddened to learn of Dave’s death. I will never forget his kindness to me during a particularly rough time in my life. Blessing to Ruth and their family.
Posted by Bertha Bertrand on May 21, 2019
Dave was just the greatest man I have met. He adored all of the children from Help a Child Smile. Every year at out Christmas party he would try and out do the previous year. He had the craziest of ideas sometimes but the greatest of ideas all of the time. He will be so greatly missed by his Help a Child Smile family. Miss you and love you with all of hearts. Bertha and the board.
Posted by Merrilee Fraser on May 11, 2019
At the turn of the century while the world waited for the Y2K bug to crash all our computer programs, Dave suggested we start the new century with something beautiful and peaceful -- watching the sunrise together on New Year’s morning 2000. We loved the idea! 2019 marked the 20th year of this tradition with Ruth and Dave, always followed by a yummy breakfast, a great visit, sometimes watching a movie or concert together, and on occasion an afternoon nap (not together). We didn’t always see the sunrise – sometimes it was overcast and cloudy but it didn’t matter. It was a great way to start every year – with our friends Ruth and Dave. We got together other times, but New Year’s morning was a given, no matter how busy our lives were. We knew we’d watch the sunrise together.

This year, Dave brought his nifty orange coloured music device and while out on the pier we listened to Cat Stevens ‘Morning Has Broken’. He then asked us our favourite songs and found them and played them (mine being Gypsy Carnival performed by Mantovani which is REALLY hard to find -- no-one but Dave could ever have found it). Like every other year, we sat on the concrete bench and talked about how comfy it is and took selfies. Some months later while visiting Dave in the hospital, he, Dan & I were together in his room and he asked if we had ever listened closely to the words of ‘Morning Has Broken’. He told us to close our eyes and the three of us listened to it together again, reliving our New Year’s morning and drinking in the words. It was a teary and spiritual experience. We talked of what the words meant to Dave, every day a re-creation, new dawn, new hope, new light. It was one of many treasured moments with Dave. He and Ruth are friends that we can be laughing with one minute and crying the next. Dave turned every moment into the memorable. He has enriched our lives and Dan and I are so blessed to be considered his friend. Until we meet again dear friend.
Merrilee and Dan Fraser
his Life

The original Davey Mifsud!

The story of Davey.

Dave has always been an amazing person. He was born that way! Such a gifted talented soul. To this day Dave was good at literally everything. My memories of him are of this exciting busy kid/teen/then man who would always find some interesting activity to keep himself busy. 

He would literally spend hours watching ants carry food through tunnels, up and around the sides of sand dunes at our man made pond on our farm in Beeton. He would gently slice the sand hill on the side to reveal a series of tunnels. He would watch as hundreds of ants were moving food and eggs through the tunnels. This experience is engraved in my mind. I was privileged to see it once. I'm two years younger and wasn't allowed to have the freedom he had as he was so mature and responsible for his age.. What an incredible sight! He was always creating, building or looking for fun. 

He had a colt name Ben. A beautiful carmel and white horse. His also had a cat named Tom who we thought was a male but turned out to be a female who gave birth to a litter of kittens. Someone clearly made an error in gender determination. Davey was never mean to me, but did make me cry uncontrolably by not sharing his kittens with me. 

He was always active. I never saw him just sitting around - Ever!! He was constantly thinking about his next adventure.

 He was blessed at a young age to be our Dad's buddy and at the tender age of two would help our Dad take care of all the farm animals at Center island where my Dad worked..

He loved animals so much that every time we ate meat he would ask our Dad what animal it came from then wouldn't eat the meat. It's something he carried with him his whole life.  

One of our favorite things to do would be to ride our giant pig Sam. Dave was a pro of course. I'm sure his long legs and arms helped. Then one day Sam was gone! My Dad never really explained where he went, but there was a period of time when we ate a lot of pork. We missed Sam!

Dave was such a handsome kid. I mean movie star looks! He was always successful in all he did and of course won first prize for a apple pie he baked and entered at the Beeton country fair at the age of 10. We never ate that pie. It proudly sat on the counter until it started to get fuzzy inside.  Everything he did he put his whole heart and soul into it.

Angels were with him. When he was around the age of 9 or 10 he almost lost his life. He would go with our Dad to work at night delivering bulk newspaper packages. One night he asked our Dad to lay down in the back of the station wagon with the newspapers and sleep. This was a common thing for him to do but one night our Dad said no, so Dave slept in the front seat. When Dad made a stop to drop off some papers Dave was sound a sleep and Dad left him in the car. A few moments later a drunk driver hit the car crushing the back end of the car like an slinky which resulted in the back bumper touching the front seats. Dave was sleeping in the front but was not hurt. It was not his time to go! God protected him with not a scratch on him.

Dave was always good at sports. Played hockey and he was fast!!!  He continued in adult league and really enjoyed it. He took figure skating which of course he excelled in as a kid to improve his skating and balance. He was an amazing bowler and won many trophys. One of his first kid jobs(age 12) was to set up the bowling pins after then were knocked down. I guess that really dates him...lol  He excelled in gymnastic s and had his name and photo in the newspaper. Artistic talent he had that too. He excelled in art at Weston C.I. in Toronto. I was amazed at what he could do with just a paper and a pencil. He was so incredibly talented

In his mid teens around 16-17 Dave and his friend Paul started  a landscaping business. They needed something to drive around in and take their lawnmowers and tools with them. They cut my moms old car in half behind the front seats removing the roof and trunk and made it into a flat bed truck. I'm sure it was Dave's idea. I'm not sure if it met MTO standards, but It looked amazing. It never surprised me what he could do.

He always loved music but it really took off in his early teens after we joined the York Lions Steel Band. Dave played the base drums and cellos. In 1976 we started investigating the Mormon church. Our band leader was not too happy about it and told us to choose the band or the church. So we chose the church (which shaped our lives and that of our children) and with Dave's money he bought a few steel drums and a drum set and we started our own Steel band just for the fun of it. Dave, Lorraine Heise Fukamoto and I. We started to grow and became the LDS Steel Orchestra and then the Sounds of Steel. Later on Dave sold the drums to help pay for his mission to Baton Rouge Mississippi. His transportation on his mission was a bike. He loved it! Not only did Dave grow in his testimony I think he grew 6 inches in height. We missed him so much but we were proud of him. He left at 19 and came back at 21.

When he came back the girls were swirling around him but within a year he found his dream girl - Ruth. A few years earlier he had seen a polish girl on a record album and said he had the feeling he was going to marry a girl that looked like her and he did! The second he set his eyes on Ruth he knew that she was the one and he wanted to marry her. He just had to convince her with his charm. On their first date he drove her in my car that had no heat, wore these big black rubber boots (size 14) that he wore over his shoes (great for his mission, not so good for a first date) that had a big buckle on the side like little kids boots and paid everything with a big wad of $1 bills. She saw through his charm... lol... so I guess it was true love and she agreed to a second date. Almost 38 years later, 5 kids and soon to be 12 grandchildren Ruth has remained his center of his world and the love of his life. Gods plan was fulfilled! And Dave got his girl and added two more generations of amazing Mifsud's to our family tree. 

When I was 4 years old I was tobogganing with Dave. I was hit by a a metal flying saucer and hit on the lip. I was bleeding and crying. Dave the great big brother that he was at the age of 6 took care of me. He told me to lay on the toboggan and he would pull me home. Now 34 years later and in the hospital 3 weeks ago with cancer weakening him he was concerned and wanted to make sure I could hear and got up out of his chair with limited mobility just to attach a speaker to my chair so I could hear. It was such a touching moment to me.

My first love. My big brother. My first best friend! My hero! The person who I always looked up to and now have to look a little higher. The bond and closeness that I felt with him during his last week on this earth was so powerful and meaningful, but most of all sacred. It's something very few of us get to experience. I have been so truly blessed and I am sooo grateful to my Sister-in-Law Ruth, David, April, Michael, Haley and Anna for giving me the privilege to spend this past week with them and Dave and now to be able to share my thoughts about him. I love you all so much, words will never be enough!


Dave you will be missed more than you will ever know. You will forever hold such a dear part in my heart. Not only because you are my brother but because you are such an amazing soul! But for now my big brother, I said good bye to you in heaven when you came down to this earth. Now again I say goodbye as you return back to our Heavenly home! I love you my dear brother! Forever engraved in my heart!

 




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Shared by Georene Cea on May 1, 2019

Dear Dave,


I have such fond memories of you and the Burlington Ward. You and your family were so welcoming and you always had such a big smile on your face.

Your generosity helped my family at a time when we really needed it. You gave us a home and for that I am forever grateful.

You were so passionate about percussion and I remember having many conversations with you about tap dance and us doing a piece together where I would tap and you would play the bongos.

Thank you for all the amazing memories.

Xoxo

Shared by Lisa Bartlett on May 1, 2019

I only had the privilege to be around Dave Sr. 2-3 times over my first year at Missouri Star, but each time I saw him, I was always greeted so warmly and genuinely.  Dave made me feel like I was part of the "family" right away.  The first time I met him, we spent a little time getting to know each other and what really struck me is what a great listener he was.  He had the most expressive eyes and the kindest smile.  While I am very sad that he has passed, he has left behind an incredible legacy in his children-they are all so successful and smart with wicked senses of humor and overall just great human beings!  

Shared by Frank Sammut on May 1, 2019

Dear Dave,

As cousins growing up we spent good times just playing.  I remember when you lived just around the corner near Islington and Albion.  As we grew older and our families expanded the time between visits also grew but I always looked forward to seeing you at family functions. You were the most positive  and one of the tallest at every gathering but you didn't stand out because of your height, you stood out because of your genuine interest  in what other family members were up to.  Now you are able to keep track of everyone from above!  See you soon.

Love Frank