Obituary of Paul David Gatfield

Paul David Gatfield

It is with deep sadness that our family announces the passing of Dave Gatfield, peacefully with dignity at home on Friday March 16, 2018. He had been coping with untreatable, advanced lung disease. Dave (Big Daddy/BD, Dad, Granpa, Uncle Dave, Baby Leroy), was a devoted and loving husband to Caro (née Armstrong) Gatfield, married in Windsor, Ontario, July 7, 1956. Proud father of Christopher Paul Gatfield (Anne) (Mill Bay, BC); Edward Armstrong Gatfield, (London, Ontario) and Charles Tea Gatfield (Aida), (Arva, Ontario). Cherished and deeply loved grandfather of Max Gatfield (Vancouver, BC); Kate Gatfield (Vancouver, BC); Oliver Gatfield (London, Ontario); Noah Gatfield (Arva, Ontario) and Teja Gatfield (Arva, Ontario). Also adored by many nieces and nephews. Survived by his sisters, Elizabeth (‘Sis’) Thomson, Pam Morrison and sisters-in-law, Marnie Gatfield (all of Windsor, Ontario) and Jill Armstrong Hope (San Francisco, USA). Preceded in death by his sister Joan McBride (Joe); his brother, Bill (‘Mooney’) Gatfield; brother-in-law, Bill ‘Giant’ Thomson and brother-in-law, Denny Morrison. Shared a special relationship with the late ‘Aunt’ Jean Goodwillie (Windsor, Ontario) and Nela Blazanovic (Arva, Ontario). Dave was a respected physician, a successful horseman, and relished participating in his grandchildren's activities. He was always willing to examine social norms and unbound by them encouraged their evolution. A private man, Dave valued critical thinking, intellect and concise communication. He will be truly missed by all that knew him. In accordance with his wishes, no visitations or funeral service will be held. Cremation has taken place. A private celebration of life will be determined at a later time. Online condolences can be be expressed at In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the first responders, doctors and medical teams at University Hospital and to family and friends for their ongoing support.