David McLaren November 18, 2023

Date of Funeral

November 21, 2023

McLaren, David – of Neyaashiinigmiing, peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday November 18, 2023. John David McLaren at the age of 76 years. Devoted husband and best friend of Lenore Keeshig for 35 years. Proud father of Emma McLaren (partner Matthew Trowbridge), of Park Head, and Adam McLaren, of Lion’s Head; and step-father of Keitha Keeshig-Tobias, of Toronto, Polly Keeshig-Tobias, of Neyaashiinigmiing, and Karen “Ripley” Tobias, of Guelph. Cherished grandfather of David McLaren-LaValley, Tainiin Hopkinson, J.J. Hopkinson, Jasmine Hopkinson, Finn “Jos” Wright, Kevin Dubie, Jennifer Dubie, and Cass Johnson; and great-grandfather of Jezlynn Dubie-Williams. Dear brother-in-law of Nadine (Michael), Tony (Susan), Donna (Peter ban), John (Chastity), Karl (Deanna), Joanne, Nathan, and Jocelyn. Sadly, missed by his cousins, Susan (David), and Janice (Gerhard). Predeceased by his parents, Gordon and Alice; cousin Bill Renolds, and brothers-in-law, Keith, and Peter. Friends may gather at the Nawash Community Centre, Neyaashiinigmiing on Monday from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. A Traditional Service to give David final instructions will be held on Monday at 5 o’clock. A Celebration of Life will take place at the Nawash Community Centre on Tuesday morning at 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to New Democratic Party, Bruce Peninsula Hospitals Foundation, University Hospitals Network (Toronto), or to the United Way (Grey-Bruce) would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the Thomas C. Whitcroft Funeral Home & Chapel, Sauble Beach (519) 422-0041. Condolences by be expressed online at www.whitcroftfuneralhome.com

Friends may gather at the Nawash Community Centre, Neyaashiinigmiing on Monday from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. A Traditional Service to give David final instructions will be held on Monday at 5 o’clock. A Celebration of Life will take place at the Nawash Community Centre on Tuesday morning at 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Condolences(21)

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    Deborah Diebel says

    Lenore, Emma, and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. xo

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    Patrick J Mullin says

    So sad to hear David has left us. While I didn’t know David that well, we “engaged” a couple of times regarding our political democracy, it’s sucesses and it’s failures and our hopes for our beautiful Canada. This was an NDPer and a Liberal having a great time. I recall being unable to convince David that “we” should run one left and cente / left candidate in this ever so “blue” riding. I suggested that he’d be it! Well, I made no progress….but it was fun and memorable. Thank you David for guarding our social democracy at every chance. I fear we need you more than ever….now! Your light shall be a guiding beacon for me. You will….rest in peace.

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    Fay Roote says

    My sincere condolences to Lenore and family. I had the pleasure of knowing David when he attended meetings at Saugeen, and we always managed to have a chat. He was a very well spoken, sincere and respected, and I appreciated all advice he gave me.

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    Laurie Robins says

    I am so sorry to hear about David. My thoughts are with Lenore and her family during this difficult time. Laurie Robins

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    Victoria Serda says

    Condolences from the Serda family. He left an amazing legacy, which will live on.

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    Rick Cober Bauman says

    To Lenore and family I send deepest sympathies and condolences. I have strong and lasting memories of collaborating with David on Nawash justice issues through MCC. May you sense the surrounding love of your community as you celebrate David’s life.

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    Tamara Wilson says

    Dear Lenore and Family. From myself and the Club, our thoughts are with you through this time of sadness. Your love and dedication to David shines through on all that you do.

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    Marylynne Pedoniquotte says

    Lenore, Adam, Emma and Family. My heartfelt condolences. The loss of a life partner/parent is very hard to endure. May Creator be with you through this and always. David was an excellent writer and I many times enjoyed his articles in the newspaper and other venues.

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    Patti Waterfield/ Rob Rolfe says

    Our deepest sympathies to Lenore and the rest of the family. We are very sad to miss the service as we are away for the next few days, but will be there in spirit. We wish good energy to David on his spirit joiurney.

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    Theresa Root says

    Sorry for your loss sending prayers and condolences

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    Rozella Johnston says

    Travel well my friend. Youll be miised by many. Baamaampii Gowaubmin miinwa Giigidonin
    Condolences to David’s family. He had a big kind heart.

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    Hector and Linde LAVALLEY says

    So sorry for your loss, you are in our thoughts

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    Teena Lois Millette says

    David and I were neighbours way back in the early 90’s and our kids, Emma, Adam, Matt, Tara and Frankie used to hang out quite a bit. We also worked together, me as a communications officer and David, pretty much the director of communications back then for Nawash. We wrestled with so many environmental issues and quietly stood our ground, whether at Colpoy’s Bay to protest the encroachment of fishers and anglers or to teach the feds about the 7 mile fishing rights surrounding our territory. The message I will take away from him is to always stand up for myself and my peoples where injustices occur. I know that only the people with lived experiences are the ones to clearly express what is of utmost concern to them. Rest in peace my friend, you will always be fondly remembered. Teena Millette xo

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    The Akiwenzie-Damm family says

    To Lenore and Family.
    We are sad to hear of David’s passing. May the creator send strength and healing to you all during this very difficult time. Love Kateri, Kegedonce, Gaadoohn, and Julie

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    Kegedonce Akiwenzie-Damn says

    Dear Lenore.
    I am very sorry to hear about your loss. I hope you and your family are doing well. I’m keeping you in my thoughts.
    Love Kegedonce

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    The Akiwenzie-Damm family says

    To Lenore and family. We are sad to hear about David’s passing. May the creator send strength and healing to you all during this very difficult time.
    Love Kateri, Kegedonce, Gaadoohn, and Julie

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    Michael says

    Lenore, and family,

    Sending deep and sincere condolences on behalf of myself and the entire Bruce Trail Conservancy community. We are all thinking of you and sending you positive energy and thoughts. Take care. Michael McDonald – Bruce Trail Conservancy

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    Theresa McClenaghan says

    Lenore and family, we at CELA were very saddened to learn of the passing for David. He was such a guiding light on environmental issues over the many many years. His leadership and work for SON was also incredibly valuable, as well as his connections to so many communities. He was also always so very proud of his family; I hope that all of the tributes are a small comfort at this time. Wishing you all condolences, from everyone at CELA. Theresa

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    Tibby Johnston says

    When anyone sees a shooting star, it’s David driving his jeep through the path of souls. What an honor to have David’s star in our community. To David’s family, warm & loving memories will be with you always,
    Tibby & family

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    Edna King. says

    Lenore, I remember how much time you and David spent together, many years ago in Toronto. You were virtually inseparable. May all your wonderful memories comfort you during this heartbreaking time. Emma and Adam, Keith, Polly and Karen share in those special memories of the man who played an important role in their upbringing. May the entire family know that I send my sincere sympathies and deepest love to each and every one of you.

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    Robert Patrick says

    Lenore and family, I was sorry to learn of David’s passing to night. At least David is out of pain and in the realm of our ancestors. May you find peace in the memories you shared over your 35 years or so together.

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