Our Dad, Archie Davidson
As we bid farewell to our Dad, it is natural to grieve. But we now cherish the many wonderful memories of a man who lived a good life and was respected and loved by so many.
A son, a brother, a husband, father, grandfather and a great grandfather, and uncle. We have been blessed to have had all of those years with him. In each role, he brought wisdom and a loving willingness to be there for his family. He was known for his great smile and blue eyes, his wit/mischievousness and his kind heart.
Dad was a farmer, a steward of the land, and lover of nature.
Dad was always curious about the world. He is what we would call a life time learner and always happy to share his knowledge (he read two sets of Encyclopedia Britannica). He passed along to each of us the value of hard work, and we know he was very proud of his kids.
And of course, there are the many friends that were a huge part of both his and our Mother’s life. A natural athlete, he excelled at hockey, baseball, tennis, golf and curling. We were kind of famous for being the farm with the tennis court! With a healthy competitive nature, he always enjoyed playing card games…bridge being the favourite. Mom and Dad started a bridge club with a close group of friends that lasted for many years. And the curling trophies they earned together and on their own proved both Dad’s and Mom’s skill on the ice. Dad also was involved with the Keene United Church, enjoying the community and spiritual enrichment that it offered. He was a proud Mason and we all remember him memorizing the dizzying passages for his role there. It was very important to him as were the relationships he cultivated as part of this organization.
More of his favourites included Mom’s home baked pies, strawberry milkshakes, choir singing, bird watching and napping in the sun or on a comfy sofa.
For the grandchildren, Grandpa is probably most remembered for the boat rides at the lake, tubing and/or waterskiing and fishing excursions. And the sage advice that may not have meant too much at the time, but no doubt, hit home when it needed to. Another family tradition while we had the farm, was a hay ride out to a scenic field for an open fire and cook out in the Fall.
We welcome you to share more memories and photos in lieu of a Celebration of Life that has to be delayed for now.