We Remember

PERRON, David Richard

1950 – 2021

After a difficult year of cascading health challenges, David passed on to his next chapter shortly after 7:00 pm on January 7, 2021. Steadfastly at his side throughout this journey was his beloved Patricia. David has left this world a better place.

Always ready with a beautiful smile that would light up a room, David was known for his quick wit and humourous take on all that life had to offer, both the mundane and the sublime. Although being realistic about life’s challenges, he invariably chose a positive attitude in addressing them.

David possessed a keen inquiring intellect that he applied to a wide range of interests from politics, science, technology and medicine, to cooking, home renovations, and so on. Notably, David become very knowledgeable about his medical condition and was able to articulately express his informed opinions. Research was his forte, reading was a joy and music was a love. He was an excellent chef.

David enjoyed talking with everybody about anything, be that with the neighbour down the street, the neighbour’s little grandson, a university professor, the house painter, a loving aunt, the diplomat in Ottawa or the guy in a Mexican park wanting to learn some English. Although he relished intellectual discourse, David had little patience with pretentiousness. And, “nerd” was always a honourable four letter word. With David’s great cuisine as a backdrop, long evenings at the dinner table with family and friends always involved thoughtful and interesting discussions. Of course, the more laughter, the better.

Staff at Hospice House where David stayed after Christmas saw him as a real gentleman who never complained, no matter the difficulty of his situation. He maintained a positive attitude, exhibiting his trademark sense of humour right to the end.  And, he always said thank you.

David was born in Montreal on September 22, 1950 to Roberta (Bobbie) and Richard Perron, eventually becoming the eldest of five boys. After moving to Calgary with his family, he enrolled at the University of Calgary with a major in Computing Science. At that time it took a room full of computers to match the computing power of today’s desktop PC.

Post university, David moved to Edmonton for work where he met Patricia, who had just returned from a year of backpacking in Europe. The friendship blossomed over a mutual love of learning, exploration, nature, music, books, good food and so much more. Subsequently, Patricia joined David in a move to Ottawa where he was hired by Computel, the first ever Canadian company to provide computer programming and services. In 1983, after a short stint at Honeywell, David formed his own computer management company. During the ensuing 22 years the company provided a suite of services including the design, installation, upgrading and management of computer systems. Clients included a number of departments within the Government of Canada (working at Defence with the Y2K experience!), the BBC and the Government of Sweden. Blessed with excellent employees, it was a successful and satisfying enterprise.

Meanwhile, Patricia was enjoying a long enriching career in public education. In the summer she would join David in Europe for road tours. They caught the travel bug and David caught the writing bug, sending home entertaining descriptions of their adventures. Retirement in 2005 meant that lengthy trips were now possible across Canada, the U.S., the Far East, Latin America and South America, with many visits to their beloved Mexico. Such fun!

Freed up time also allowed for extensive renovations to be done at their “little piece of paradise”, a cottage close to Tremblant in Quebec. Of course, David did much of the design, all of the research, and a good deal of the grunt work along with Patricia. What a wonderful gathering place it became for family and friends. True to form, David became quite involved in the lake community, as well as the neighbourhood community association in Ottawa, culminating in his being president for four years. He was always ready to help.

Then in 2009 came that fateful family reunion in Penticton. It was love at first sight. By 2011 David and Patricia had moved from Ottawa to their sunny new home in West Kelowna. Again David had a strong hand in the design and build of their home and its landscape. Involvement soon followed with David joining the Strata Council in their retirement community and both initiating the Perron Kully Fresh Start Fund in 2014 through the Foundation at Okanagan College. The fund provides financial help for recent immigrants and others who wish to upgrade their skills in order to pursue their dreams.

By 2018 David immersed himself in an exciting new pursuit – the building of small robots from kits. With the help of an international community of fellow enthusiasts, he completed three. Of course, each of the robots immediately required enhancements, which in turn necessitated the building of a 3D printer, again by kit. All was chronicled in hilarious blogs sent to family and friends from Dr. Roboto, as David called himself, in this endeavour.

In addition to his spouse, Patricia Kully, David is survived by his brothers Steven (Deb), Mark (Patti), Scott (Cindy), Bruce (Ivy), stepbrother Marshall Edge (Kris) and stepmother Anne Perron, all of either Alberta or Ontario. Besides his parents, he is also predeceased by a number of very close friends and relatives. David will be deeply missed by cherished family and friends from right across Canada, California, Colorado and England. A profound thank-you goes out to all who gave unending support to both David and Patricia, especially over this past year. We love you, always have.

Besides David’s family doctor, staff throughout Kelowna General Hospital (KGH), Hospice House and the Cancer Center, including his oncologist, are to be lauded for their compassionate care. Lastly, much appreciation goes out to a number of other professionals, many who have became good friends and have been there for David and Patricia throughout.

Finally, David wishes us to stay positive, remembering to tell the ones we care about that they are loved. Don’t wait. And, always say thank you.

Patricia, his partner in both life and love for almost 48 years, promised David that she would continue his legacy of gratitude and positivity, emphasizing what has been given rather than what has been lost.

A celebration of David’s life will take place at a later date. Those who would like to leave a memorial gift in his honour might consider the Perron Kully Fresh Start Fund through the Okanagan College Foundation, the Central Okanagan Hospice House through the Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) Foundation or the Cancer Center at KGH through the BC Cancer Society.

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Fresh Start Fund through the Okanagan College Foundation, the Central Okanagan Hospice House through the Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) Foundation or the Cancer Center at KGH through the BC Cancer Society. Link: www.okanagan.bc.ca/OC-Foundation, hospicehousekelowna.com, www.bccancer.bc.ca/our-services/centres-clinics/bc-cancer%E2%80%93kelowna

 


 


Condolences

  • Patricia Kully says:

    So many voices, including those from the far past – I fondly remember you all. To everyone, I will always treasure your caring messages, including the remarkable memories that you have shared. I feel so supported and surrounded by all that is good. My heartfelt thanks and love goes out to all of you!

  • Gail Ellis says:

    I send my condolences to you and to your family during this time of sorrow. The Bible gives a real hope and it promises that your loved one will soon come back to life in a peaceful paradise on the earth. (John 5:28, 29)

  • Lori Craig says:

    What a beautiful and moving tribute to a man whose smile lit up a room. My eyes filled towards the end. His light will shine on in all who knew him and had the good fortune to spend time in his company. My deepest condolences to all who he loved and those who love him. Patricia, your lovely face also comes to mind when I think of David. Sending you love.

  • Larry Widdifield says:

    I was deeply saddened to hear the news of David’s passing. My condolences to Patricia.
    For over 40 years David and I had parallel careers in high technology where David provided me with guidance and much appreciated support. We later stayed in touch with our mutual work with our respective community associations.
    You will be missed my friend RIP David

  • Gene and Camille says:

    Dear Pat,
    Our hearts grieve with yours.
    Sending love and sincere condolences,
    Gene and Camille

  • Paulette Bak says:

    A beautiful rendering of David’s Life, his multiplie accomplissements and his love of Patricia as he always called her.
    Farewell my friendster.
    Love,
    Paulette

  • Judy and Elias Gonzalez says:

    The obituary about says it all
    David will be missed by many
    Love Judy and Elias

    • Carol kirby says:

      Dear Pat,
      This is a beautiful tribute and review of David’s full and joyous life. Thank you for sharing that and our years of friendship. We are here for you now and in the future.
      Love,
      Carol and Roy

  • Stephen Rowat says:

    My heartfelt sympathies and condolences, Patricia, in the lost of your friend, soulmate and husband. Thanks for writing and sharing that lovely obituary. So many details of his life showed us what an interesting, generous, and sympathetic man he was. Take care.

    Stephen Rowat

  • Darryl W Larson says:

    I recall my first meeting with David when we had arrived at their cabin before David. As he piloted his “‘sport boat’ (a very sleek machine, up to the dock, he looked very James Bondish. From that first meeting, I came to know David as an amazing man, who was thoughtful and compassionate, kind and generous, maintaining the mystic of a man of the world. I will miss him.

  • Betty-Anne Wilks says:

    I was very lucky to know David through the Glens Community Association in Nepean. Please accept my deepest condolences.

  • Lisa Federspiel says:

    Dear Pat, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of life’s great love. I hope you remember me, I am Carol and Bruce Federspiel”s, Daughter. I always appreciated the opportunity to say hello to Dave. Such a warm and kind soul. Thank you for this beautiful tribute. Wishing you peace.

  • Sue and Bill says:

    Dearest Pat, found this picture of you and David visiting our place in California. Of course the table was full of family and a lot of laughter! David provided us with many gentle and kind memories. He would hear what you had to say with an open positive mind. We’re so blessed to have had him for so many years and life experiences, what wonderful memories. Our love, prayers and hugs are being sent to you always. Until we meet in person. Xo

  • Scott says:

    What an excellent obituary, and fitting tribute to a wonderful person. David was such a smart, funny, charming guy, I will never forget him. Many condolences to Patricia, who was always so very nice to me, and my old friends in the Perron clan. I am thinking of you all at this time.

  • Terry Lende says:

    Oh Pat. A lovely tribute to a lovely man. David was the consummate gentleman. I will miss him dearly.

  • François Bak and Nancy Pawelek says:

    David was a very intelligent and kind man. I remember him fondly. My condolences to you, Pat.

  • Celine Bak says:

    What joy our memories of David bring us. His Hollywood smile welcoming us into your home on the coldest of winter nights. His tender hand reaching out to Yasmin and Mélina when they were very small. His warm embrace when my father died. We can hear him say “thank you” knowing that he really meant it. Deep human connection, generosity and curiosity are but a few of the words that come to us as we reflect on David. His is a life that was so very well lived and we are better people for it. With love from Céline, Antonio, Yasmin, Mélina and Sofia.

  • Neil and Debra Wyatt says:

    A wonderful synopsis of a wonderful life. We will certainly miss the bright smile and the knowing look that can over David when he was about to impart some of his vast knowledge . Most of all however, we will miss the dinner date that always included insightful discussions on the topics of the day. Thinking of you always Debra and Neil

  • Marcia Zutter says:

    Dear Pat,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
    May David Rest In Peace.
    With love
    Marcia

  • Irv and Liz Krezanoski says:

    Dear Pat, Although we didn’t really know David, his richness as expressed in the obituary, that he so willingly shared with others is a tribute to him and to you, his partner.
    May you find peace in knowing you shared life with the best, and may the memory of that life sustain you in peace, knowing it was a life well lived.
    Our Love,
    Cousins Irv & liz Krezanoski

  • Mark and Barbara Uchwat and family says:

    Pat, We were so sorry to hear of David’s passing. Liane informed us of this sad news a short while ago. I’ll miss seeing him out on his dock at the lake and you as well, as I gather you won’t be coming back east again. Although we didn’t know him well, he was always so kind and pleasant to his neighbors on the lake. We will miss you both at the lake. A Bald eagle took up residence in your large tree by the dock this summer. I would just bet David would be thrilled to know of his new guest. Our love to you Pat. We will miss seeing your kayak go silently passed the house .
    With love, Barbara and Mark Uchwat

  • Paul Martin and Pascale Leclercq says:

    Dear Pat,
    We are so sorry to hear today of David’s passing. If there is one word that immediately comes to mind when I remember him, it’s gentleman! I remember making a meal with you at your house for a meeting and David wishing we would hurry up so he could show me the new car he had been telling me about. I think we spent more time in the garage than in the kitchen! Pascale and I send you our prayers and thoughts!

  • Jeannette and James Ramsden says:

    You have captured beautifully in your obituary the David we all loved Patricia. Words cannot begin to express our sadness at David’s passing . It’s hard to accept that we will no longer see David’s wonderful smile and share his mischievous humour but we have such lovely memories of him. He and Patricia were special neighbours who became great friends over the years since we all left Ottawa. Our hearts are with you Patricia along with our wishes for peace and comfort at this difficult time.

  • Bill Hollingsworth says:

    Dear Pat, Saddened to hear of the passing of David.
    We are thinking of you and you are in our prayers.
    Bill and Elaine Hollingsworth

  • Springfield Funeral Home says:

    David’s Family;
    I never knew David but I wish I did. What a guy!
    My condolences on your loss.
    Don Grant

  • Springfield Funeral Home says:

    To Patricia,
    We were shocked and saddened to hear of David’s passing. I got to know David and Patricia shortly after they moved to West Kelowna. I worked for Sears at the time, and sold them their appliances. As Patricia said, David was a true gentleman, intelligent, interesting, and had a great sense of humour! I remember the laughs we shared together! David, you will be greatly missed!
    With our sincerest sympathy,
    Marlene and Sheldon Beagle

  • Anne Kirkpatrick and the Okanagan College Foundation says:

    David and Patricia are both such special friends to the Okanagan College Foundation. Through their incredible support of bursaries many students have completed their studies and are going on to successful careers. His memory will live on through the Perron Kully Fresh Start fund at Okanagan College. This amazing obituary will ensure that future recipients understand just what a wonderful man David is. Our deepest condolences to you Pat and your family.

  • Liane Craig says:

    Dearest Patricia,
    What an amazing tribute to David. Thank you for sharing it and him with us. I am so grateful to you both for your love and friendship. It saddens me that his new chapter has begun, too early for my liking. I am blessed though to have so many memories of his warmth and love. I will carry those with me always with profound appreciation. You both have been amazing to me. I hope I can be that for you. I offer you my sincere condolences and love.
    Liane

  • Mary Marsh says:

    Gayle Preston got in touch and sent me this wonderful description of David’s life. I am glad that I got to meet him however briefly. What a long and interesting life you shared. My thoughts are with you

  • paul and helen Lacny unit # 116, since 1996 of 4035 Gellatly Rd S. Westbank BC says:

    Dear Pat, You lost a good man, 48 years, The loss is temporary, as Christ Jesus died for the sins of us all. The book of the bible at 1 st Corinthians chapter 15 focuses on the resurrection. It is the primary foundation of all Christians, see Hebrews 6: 1,2 This is where we find the discussion of the earthly resurrection by the apostle Paul. Jesus had been raised from the dead. Paul was willing to die defending his belief, in the resurrection. see Acts 24:15 Paul,Helen Lacny unit # 116

  • Mary Nicholl says:

    Patricia what a beautiful tribute to David. How very very sad. You were in my heart and prayers dearest one remember the love and joy you shared, have sad tears and happy tears all are needed to get you through the days ahead such love sharing and caring you both enjoyed over the years you are and have been a beautiful couple ones to be admired. Your David was a sweet soft gentleman who I love to see sending you an army of angels to guide you and comfort you through your pain always your friend Mary.

  • Bruce Perron says:

    My big Bro was a large part of my life since moving to Ottawa in 1983. David and Patricia made not only holidays special but everyday. When Liane and I moved to country place in 2007, we were only blocks from D&P. For years I was blessed to see David’s smiling face every morning at 7 to work out in our gym and then again at 7 p.m. to work on basement renovations. David and I loved working together as it was a great combo of right and left brain logic. Liane would often jest in good nature that we had a remote cottage that involved driving for two hours and then 9 kms down the lake by boat. Standing on the dock looking across the bay was D&P’s cottage 🙂 If you know Bark Lake, it’s not a choice but an expectation to buy a cottage on the lake as your parents did. Here we were able to visit each other for breakfasts or dinners. I deeply miss my big Bro who I shared a love for nature, action films and technology. Most of all his hugs, wisdom and smile. I fist met Patricia in 1973. Patricia is and always will be my adopted big Sis.

  • Patricia Kully says:

    So many voices, including those from the far past – I fondly remember you all. To everyone, I will always treasure your caring messages, including the remarkable memories that you have shared. I feel so supported and surrounded by all that is good. My heartfelt thanks and love goes out to all of you.

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