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Julie Hirst

David Hirst

March 20, 1989 - May 11, 2020

We created this memorial to celebrate the life of David and all that he brought to this world. We would love to collect your stories and memories here - with the intent of bringing comfort and solace by celebrating all of the many things David meant to each of us. In lieu of flowers, if you'd like to...  see more

We lost David on May 11, 2020 due to complications of diabetes.  What we gained through our love for David over his 31-year odyssey is immeasurable.  David was driven by both personal discipline and rebelliousness.  He showed us how grit and tenacity can reshape post graduate learning in philosophy into a passion for software development and he was relentless when it came to his personal development, from software skills, to weight...  see more
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  • Kayla
    I can't believe that it's been just over two years. I'm at a loss for words, which seems proper given the magnitude of David's life and the impact he had on mine.

    I find myself thinking about him often, revisiting letters and messages exchanged, the...  more
  • Meredith E.
    Oh, Dave. I hadn’t seen you in years but I’ll miss you forever.

    I don’t have much profound to say. I’ll leave the profundity to the past, in your dimly-lit room, when we’d unpack the latest philosophy you’d read and I’d try, often in...  more
  • Bob Clapperton
    I only knew David professionally and only for a little over a year. He possessed an agile and creative mind and I loved our discussions on pedagogy, philosophy, and technology. He carried his substantial intellect lightly and was always so much fun to...  more
  • Elisabeth  Friberg
    I came back to the Hirst family as a nanny in September 1988 to work for a couple of months. I didn’t know that Mary was pregnant until a few months later, so I had the opportunity to be in the family when David arrived. I’m so grateful that I spent...  more
  • Ipek Ertan
  • Mike Mains
    I met Dave when we were attending North Toronto in high school. We later became friends at The University of Western Ontario and kept in touch during 2017 and 2018 when I was working with him on his training plans. He was an extremely intelligent guy,...  more
  • Darren deLaat
    Giving tribute in solace

    My interpretation, time, space, connection with David would be as follows. A well refined example of a spiritual being not only seeking to have human experiences. Along the lines and in between them. Simplicity a mind capable...  more
  • Ipek Ertan
    David and I were inseparable for the last few months. I’ll admit we had it short but we were very close. We shared a lot and he let me into the depths of his soul. He was this exquisite being who never stopped to inspired me with his work ethic,...  more
  • Kayla Rose
    New Years 2015.
    I’m so deeply sorry for the Hirst family and their loss.
  • Dillon Douglas
    Is it enough just to say that life is less itself and the earth is less full without him? It is hard to speak: all of my poetry evaporates--an assassin walks through my orchards. Maybe it is because I know that no incantation will bring him back. But I...  more
  • Kayla
    Kayla added 3 photo(s) to the memorial David Hirst:
  • Julian Mr.Misk
    Halloween 2009
  • Mary, Chris, Julie, John, Veronica, Paul & kids, words cannot express how sorry we are for your loss. Please know you and your entire family are in our constant thoughts.

    We will always have fond memories of David and will especially miss him at family ...  more
  • Andrea Caswell
    I first met David at Chris and Veronica's wedding up at the cottage. I think I can confidently say that it was one of the best weekends of the past decade for anyone who was able to attend such a unique and intimate weekend. I knew I'd found a buddy...  more
  • David Joseph
  • John and Jennifer Wright
    David had such spirit - both effervescent and sometimes defiant but most of all, he had a lot of courage to deal with the ups and downs of life. We remember his spirit at hockey games, the ski club, Christmas and family gatherings. And our hearts go...  more
  • Jamie Coatsworth
    A very sad day for the Hirst family and your many friends. Between one thing and another David's life was not easy but his family's love supported him without hesitation or condition. RIP David. All our love to Mary, John and Susan, Chris and Veronica,...  more
  • Riley Nowokowski
  • Lisa Slater
    Our hearts are filled with such sorrow and disbelief. To the Hirsts and to David’s friends, we are so truly sorry that he is gone. Our thoughts, hearts, and prayers are with him and with you.
    Be it Grandma’s 85th birthday, Thanksgiving at the...  more
  • Jaz Burri
    My heart aches. Truly aches. My heart also goes out to Dave's entire family. If you need anything at all, please do not hesitate to reach out. I've heard so much about you and he loved you all dearly.
    To be writing a condolence message for Dave is hard...  more
  • Jonny Crawford
    Dear John, Mary, Christopher and Julie,
    I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Dave was my oldest friend going back to Grade 2 at Oriole Park, York Mills hockey and countless times in your swimming pool and cottage. He was truly one of a kind. His smile,...  more
  • Jeff and Heather  Spinks
    Toward the end of November every year for many, Jeff and I shared Christmas craft weekend with the Hirsts. Mary and I would wait outside the school for the children to be dismissed before we headed north. When the little boy who was wearing his Santa hat...  more
  • Sarah Blais
    Deeply saddened by such a loss.
    Will continue to cherish all the beautiful moments and intricate conversations we had. Part of a poem Dave sent a few years ago,
    Sweet dreams.

    "...So please,
    If ever we part ways,
    Remember me fondly as the person I am...  more
  • Veronica Graham
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  • Veronica Graham
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  • Veronica Graham
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  • Julie Hirst
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  • Julie Hirst
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