Obituary of David Panabaker
With deep sadness the family of David Albert Panabaker announce his passing on April 23, 2018
David is survived by his children Christi Panabaker [ Terry Davidson], Peter Panabaker [Mary], Jim Panabaker [Dawn Kraychuck}, his grandchildren Lee [Michelle], David [Jade], Lori [Chris], Holly [Ian], Sarah [Tyler], Jessica [Bryan], Emily [Steven], Crystal [Thomas] and Susanna and 15 great grandchildren with the 16th on the way.
He is also survived by his sister Beth Comrie [Ron], sister in law Betty Finucan and nieces and nephews of a few generations
David was predeceased by his bride Lorraine [Wink], their children Holly Alberta, James Wilbur, and Holly Elizabeth and a granddaughter Becky.
Born Aug 1, 1930 to Wilbur and Susan Panabaker in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan, he spent his childhood there and in the Ottawa region of Ontario.
He attended Carleton and Queens University graduating as a civil engineer in 1953.
In 1951 he married his “bride” Lorraine [Wink] Mayhew and they began an adventure together that took them to live in various parts of Canada, Mexico and Central America; their perfect home being found in and old farm outside of Bancroft Ontario. Dave often quipped that they paid for the view while the house, barn and land were thrown in with the deal.
From 1953 – 1963 they were blessed with children Christi Ellen, Holly Elizabeth, Peter Thomas and James Wilbur David. Sadly, during their marriage, they lost Holly Alberta and James Wilbur in infancy and Holly Elizabeth from cancer.
Dave, with his bride and sometimes the kids, loved to travel and see new sights. They saw much of North America along with the UK, Kenya, Russia, Mexico and Central America
During his long and colourful career Dave spent time in the Royal Corps of Canadian Engineers, working in the oil fields of Alberta, as an Engineer for the city of Ottawa waterworks dept, project manager and then director of the Fire protection division for Adam Clark Construction in Hamilton, [he was a part owner for a few years]. He also managed the Roxul insulation plant for Canada Lafarge and finally coming home to Bancroft he managed the Combi-board plant and finished his work years as a teacher at Loyalist College – Bancroft Campus. He was also never afraid to bid on and win small construction jobs close to home.
He also loved to serve his community and did so in the municipal affairs of Mayo Township and then the amalgamated Carlow\Mayo Township from 1975 to 2014. He served as a councillor and as Reeve with a desire to do the best he could for the ratepayers. He served on many committees and boards for the municipality and the county and in 2000 he served a term as the Warden of Hastings County.
Dave will be remembered for his intelligence, his wit, his strength, his compassion, his drive and mostly his love. If you were touched by him you knew it.
Visitation Fri May 4 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at The Bridge Community Church, Birds Creek Ontario and Sat May 5 from 10:00 to 11:00 am with service to follow.
Interment at the Carlow United Church Cemetery on Boulter Road
Luncheon will be served at Carlow Community Centre in Fort Stewart Ontario