Harrison 'Dave' Davison
Davison, Harrison Stewart “Dave”
Dave passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Friday December 28th, 2012 at the age of 89. Loving husband of Evelyn for 68 wonderful years. Proud father of Gary (Toni) and Ken (Val). Cherished Grandpa of Sarah (Jason Ferber), Andrew and Christopher. Brother of the late Ken (Mary) and June Crow (Chuck).
Dave was an honorary member of the Blue Knights Ontario Chapter IV. He made those around him feel special and loved. His optimism and positive outlook on life impacted everyone he met.
Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, 4671 Hwy. 7 (just west of Pine Valley Dr.), Woodbridge, 905-851-9100, on Thursday, January 3rd, 2013 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and Friday, January 4, 2013 from 11am-12pm. A Celebration of Dave’s life will be held in the chapel on Friday, January 4th, 2013 at 12 noon. Reception will immediately follow. As an expression of sympathy, the family would appreciate donations to the Heart and Stroke foundation or the Lung Association.
DAVE LOVED BEING A BLUE KNIGHT AND RIDING HIS MOTORCYCLE
Dave joined the Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club 32 years ago as an Honorary Member. When he had his uniform on, you couldn't get him to stop smiling! He had just stopped flying and at 58 years old started riding a motorcycle. Boy did he love to ride! On one occasion he was just short of 1000 miles that day and instead of going right home he rode up to Highway 9 and 400 and then home just to make the 1000 miles.
Dave loved the friends he made and the good companionship he found in the Blue Knights. He began to travel to Conventions, Tours to Americade and riding on our chapter rides. He led many a ride and a wrong turn into a lumberyard with 20 bikes following him and circling back out was just another great laugh for him.
Dave organized tours for the guys to the Americade Motorcycle Rally in Lake George New York for many years. He lined up the cabins and loved to plan the route. Most years 10 to 15 members went to Americade with him. After lunch, anyone riding behind Dave experienced getting peppered by cracker wrappers after his regular bowl of soup at lunch. What a great time !
The Blue Knights Ontario IV chapter was the first motorcycle club to start a toy ride in Ontario. Dave became chairman of the Toy Ride in the early 80's. His enthusiasm and organizational skills made it one of the biggest source of toys for The Salvation Army. Dave organized displays at the local bike shows and a couple of years had the stars of " Hill Street Blues" in our booth and got a lot of attention for the Toy Ride. If you look at the pictures, you will see him presenting Mel Lastman (then Mayor of North York) and Gus Harris ( then Mayor of Scarboro) with a thank you for their support of the Blue Knight Toy Ride. Dave always had dignitaries riding on Motorcycles in the Toy Ride and always got publicity for this worthy cause. You will also see Dave at a Blue Jays game at Exhibition Stadium and the group throwing out the first ball and getting a little publicity for the Toy Ride. We filled many a five ton truck for the Salvation Army Christmas Toy Drive.
During Dave's many years of riding, the club went White Water Rafting many times. Dave seemed to enjoy this almost as much as riding. Especially when at the young age of 80 he decided to jump off a high rock like the rest of the kids. Our raft guide after pulling him in said " Dave, What the …. were you thinking?
Dave won the Outstanding Member award for so many years,the Club established The Dave Davison Award for the Most outstanding member. This has been awarded now for about ten years and will be continued in Dave's memory.
Our wonderful times shared with Dave will always be remembered... RIDE WITH PRIDE