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David Hall
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David Nelson Hall went peacefully to be with his Heavenly Father on May 14, 2020. David was born in Montreal on Sept 5, 1948, to Ruth Blennerhassett (b 1923) and Albert Hall (1920-1998). His siblings Rosemary, Karen, Stephen,Timothy (married to Beatriz Rollins), and John (married to Heather Ross) looked up to him as the big brother. David’s calm nature and practicality provided comfort and wisdom in a busy household. He was the first in the family to own a car, which rarely left the driveway because it seemed to be in constant need of repairs. He was cherished by his mother who is still living and was able to offer him words of encouragement only a few weeks ago.

On June 19, 1971, David impressed everyone by marrying his beautiful sweetheart Jean, (daughter of Ken & Elsie Wills) a registered nurse. For nearly 49 years, David and Jean cultivated a marriage marked by tenderness, romance, friendship, and teamwork - built on the foundation of Christian faith they received from their parents. David and Jean welcomed three children: Christopher (married to Rebekah Robinson), Stephanie (married to Michael Jantzen) and Heather (married to Wajdi Al-Hawari). As a dad, David was ahead of his time. Hands-on in caring for the kids and household, he raised his kids with plenty of goofy dad jokes, firmness, and affection.

After graduating from Malcolm Campbell High School in 1965, David pursued his love of science, earning a Bachelor of Science from Sir George Williams University, then a PhD in Chemistry from Concordia University, conferred in 1976.

In 1973, David joined the Chemistry Department at Vanier College in Saint-Laurent and dedicated himself to teaching the subject he loved. Over the course of a 35-year career, he enjoyed mutual respect and camaraderie with colleagues and students alike.

David was a man of deep, quiet faith in his Saviour, Jesus Christ. He enjoyed lifelong fellowship with the Brethren assembly gathered at Newman Place Gospel Hall, where he volunteered faithfully behind the scenes. Shy by nature, David didn’t enjoy public preaching, but offered welcome spiritual encouragement in conversation. David also had a particular interest in helping people understand the intersection of science and creationism, which he saw as fully consistent with each other.

One of David’s favourite places was the cottage he built on Lake Macdonald, where he spent happy times alongside neighbours on Little Lake and Big Lake - swimming, boating, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing. The cottage guest book is a testament to the many gatherings he and Jean hosted for friends and extended family. He happily put up with the chaos of his siblings, nieces (Lauryn, Emilie, Isabelle, Caroline, Tasha, Taina) nephews (Julian, Cristian, Rowland, Oliver), and grandchildren (Merrin, Gabe, Seth, Caleb, Ben, Isaac, Matthew, Lucas, and Lilah).

David was an explorer with a love for travel, long walks, and bike rides. He had a keen interest in family history, completing a massive genealogy project. His flair for organization and handy-man skills are legendary. We already miss his steady wisdom, dry humour, and unassuming, caring nature.

We watched sadly as dementia and cancer took David from us far too soon. But we celebrate that David is in the presence of his Saviour and that we will be reunited with him in glory.

A funeral for immediate family will take place on May 20 at noon. Loved ones are warmly invited to view the service via livestream or recording. Please contact the family for details.

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Messages in memory of David Hall

Donald Montecalvo
May 24, 2020
I wish to offer my sympathies to David's family on his passing. He and I were colleagues at Vanier College during the 1970's and the 1980's.
Andrea & Nick Fortin
May 21, 2020
Dear Aunt Jean, Chris, Stephanie, and Heather- Sending all our love in this time of loss. Uncle David will certainly be missed, so glad to have so many happy memories of him. All our love, Nick and Andrea
Ana Mann
May 20, 2020
Dear Jean, Sending all my love and care to you and your family during these difficult times of the lost of your dear husband. It was a great pleasure to had known David. I will miss him. "...the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me..." II Timothy 4:17 Love, Lindsay & Ana Mann
Wayne and Sharon Sargent
May 20, 2020
Dear Jean and family, Wayne and I are sorrowing with you in this time. We know how the loss is painful. Fortunately we do not sorrow as the world does and so we look forward to being all together in Heaven on day. In the meantime, Wayne and I will be praying for you for comfort from Him and we are here and reachable should you need us to pray for anything else. Sincerely, Wayne and Sharon Sargent
Karen Blumhoff
May 20, 2020
Dearest Jean and family, I was so saddened to hear of David’s passing. My thoughts are with you at this time. May he and you be at peace.
Paul and Fran Hadley
May 20, 2020
Dear Jean, we a are sorrowing with you. I always enjoyed talking with David, he was a gentle and kind person.
Santi and Cathy Escuain
May 18, 2020
Dear Jean, Santi and I send you and your children our warmest love at this difficult time. May the Lord give you peace and rest knowing Dave is with his Saviour. Santi especially remembers chatting with Dave about Intelligent Design. We are thankful we had that visit with you both in Alberta at Sharon's. A big hug from cousin Cathy
Harry & Carol Chan
May 18, 2020
Carol and I send our deepest condolences to you Jean, your children, grandchildren, your mother (dear Aunt Elsie), David's wonderful mother, his sisters and brothers. David is a lifelong friend whose quietly consistent and dependable demeanor are a wordless parable that encouraged others in ways that he did not know. " I am with you... I am your God. I will strengthen you... I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10
Pedro Rosa-Neto
May 17, 2020
On Behalf of McGill Centre for Studies in Aging (MCSA), I would like to express our sadness for David's passing. David was regarded by everyone at the MCSA, where he made numerous friends among members, staff, and students. At the centre, he generously participated in a large number of activities to promote healthy aging and prevent dementia. He was invariably committed, supportive, and kind. David's presence will be particularly missed in our summer events and other MCSA's activities. We would like to convey our condolences to Jean, Christopher, Stephanie, Heather, as well as other family members and friends.

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