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David Kelman

David Alexander Kelman

Saturday, December 18th, 1937 - Thursday, October 8th, 2020
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Obituary

David A Kelman of Paris Ontario, in his 83rd year, beloved husband of Marie Kelman (Nicol), passed away peacefully in his sleep October 8th, 2020. Much loved father to Patricia Busby (Bill) and Allan Kelman (Martine). Proud grandfather to David and Amanda Busby (Alex Boyd) and Matthew and Lauren Kelman. Uncle to many nieces and nephews. Brother-in-law to Marjorie Etherington (Larry) and Marilyn (Bill) Croome.
Predeceased by brother Nelson Kelman (Margaret) and sisters Barb McRuer (Gordon) and Carolyn Kelman.
From the one room McPherson School to a professional chartered accountant and one-time president of the Ontario Clerks & Treasurers of Ontario.
From the Paris District High School track team and his high school sweetheart, Marie (married 60 years) to the proud patriarch of his ‘million-dollar family’.
From the office ‘boy’ at Millards to the Chief Administrative Officer of Brantford Township.
From a country farmhouse to a starter home on Dryden St to a family home on Admiral Rd, to a custom-designed home in Scenic Park Estates to a retirement bungalow on Bradbury St and to an apartment at Telfer Place.
From the Glen Morris United Church to the family at Fairview United, Brantford.
From the small-time life of South Dumfries in Southern Ontario to travels across Canada, the US Midwest, California, Florida, Hawaii and Alaska and the heartland of Europe.
From a part time cattle herdsman to the Scenic Park Estates residential developer.
From the all-night financial audit team of accountants golfing at the ‘original’ Paris Golf Course to developing the driving range Wedges ‘N Woods Golf Academy that is into its 27th year.
David has led a full life and enjoyed a wide range of experiences with a wide and varied circle of friends and acquaintances.
He will be missed.
A private family service will be held at Wm. Kipp Funeral Home, Paris. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations to the MS Society or ALS would be appreciated.
Online Condolences and donations may be arranged through www.wmkippfuneralhome.com or by contacting WM. KIPP 519 442 3061
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    Wm. Kipp Funeral Home
    Address
    184 Grand River Street North
    PARIS, ON N3L 2N1
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Arlene Stuart

Posted at 02:16pm
Marie, Pat, Bill, Allan, Martine and families: Memories bring smiles to your hearts, we will miss Dave's sense of humor and witty comments.
Arlene, John and family
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Neil Young

Posted at 09:11pm
So sorry to learn of David's passing. I gained a great deal of respect for David in his position at the Township of Brantford during the early to mid 1970's when I was involved in gaining approval for the development of Royal Highland Estates in the Township of Brantford, as well as his assistance concerning related matters in subsequent years. I always enjoyed the occasional chance meeting with David in later (retirement) years in downtown Paris. I saw David as a friend and true gentleman and offer my condolences to all in his family. Neil Young
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Deborah Aitkin

Posted at 05:43pm
We were so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. Of course we knew him through our family’s long relationship with the Kelman family. Thank you for a wonderful obituary that helped us understand the breadth and depth of the man we usually saw at community or family related events. We send our sincere sympathy to you all at this very sad time. Stuart and Deborah Aitkin
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Karen Etherington

Posted at 12:53pm
Marie, Pat, Allan & families, so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. Uncle Dave always made everyone feel welcome at family gatherings with a smile and friendly greeting. Thoughts & prayers, Karen
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David Busby

Posted at 06:13am
This is so well-written. It says exactly what it should - it’s perfect. But how could one even possibly dream of condensing a life so full into so few sentences.

My Grandfather, Poppa, or Papa, as my sister has always said, was an amazing man. A man who grew up on a farm, but then metamorphosed into another lifestyle, over and over again. He seemingly never ran out of ideas.

He knew he was never quite done with whatever it was he was pursuing at the time, but was driven to continue with those newly acquired skills into something completely different, over and over as the years went by. He was an elegant story-teller, and ever the stickler for details. His tens of photo albums of every endeavour he ever undertook can attest to that.

He was always trying to show us something about life, in every story he told. I listened, Poppa. Always.

The most important lesson I learned, one that I’ve lived by day in and day out since I can remember, was the one where he realized that life is always changing, and one has to learn to adapt with it or get lost in the shuffle along the way. He changed career paths numerous times along his journey, and it never stopped him. Rather, he chose to adapt and move forward into something new. His time in every place he ended up always taught him something he needed to know in order for the next step to be possible.

His time at the accountant’s office showed him the business and mathematics required to be able to move into the township. His time at the township showed him the planning and services knowledge required to be able to start dreaming of his subdivision. He turned that dream into reality, and when he succeeded in that, he then turned to his passion: golf. Originally he wanted to build a golf course, but his wisdom back 30 or so years ago told him that maybe there was another way. A niche of sorts. That’s when the driving range came into planning. The rest is history.

The point I took from all of this was that even when things don’t seem to be working in your favour, or if you feel like something just isn’t quite “right,” those skills or lessons you’ve learned along the way will often pave the way for something much greater than you could ever imagine. As I write this from my apartment in Melbourne, Australia, I realize that I too have been on a journey beyond any of my imagination’s creations. I know that every bump in the road has ultimately brought me to this exact moment in time: the moment that I realize he succeeded in one more thing in his great life, and in my mind, the most important thing of all: he taught me how to live.

I love you so much and I will always miss you dearly, Poppa, but thank you so much for the gift you’ve given me. The gift of hope; the gift of dreams; and the gift of knowing that it’s possible to turn them into (my own) reality.

May you be resting in peace, looking down on all of our family - the family you had such an imperative part in - smiling... and I look forward to impressing you with MY knowledge and experience I’m continuing to accrue on the day we meet again. I’m so sorry I wasn’t there to say goodbye, but I treasure our chats about life and everything that comes along with it, and ultimately I know you understand. I love you.

David Busby
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