Craven, David 'Dave'

Craven, David 'Dave'

June 5th, 2020

It is with incredible sadness that we announce the sudden passing of David Craven, on Friday, June 5, 2020, in London, at the age of 56. He was born in Chatham, Ontario, beloved son of Charles and Jean Craven. He will be forever missed by his loving wife Nicole; his cherished daughters, Laura and Rebecca; his sons, Garrett (Marisa) and Geordie; as well as two grandchildren, Noah and Tessa. He is survived by his twin sisters Sharron Pizzuto (Michael) and Sheila Zuk (Robert). Dave was the loving uncle to eight nephews and nieces: Katerina Di Lena (Richard), Giulia Pizzuto, Matthew Pizzuto, Robbie Zuk, Reid Zuk, Adam Zuk, Katie Vince, and Heather Vince.

Dave was a long-standing and valued employee of Union Gas, now Enbridge Gas. He served in multiple senior leadership positions over his 35-year tenure, most recently as Director of Customer Care Development. He was President of the Board of Directors of the London Chamber of Commerce from 2013-2014 and was on the board for over nine years. Dave was also very active in the community in London and Chatham. He was the consummate professional and cared deeply for the people he worked with. A great role model and mentor, he was someone you could always count on.

Dave will be remembered for his dedication to his family and friends, his strong work ethic, leadership, and witty sense of humour. Family was the focal point of his life and he wove that same caring and supportive approach to everything that he did. He had a gift for making every person in his life feel valued and heard. He always met his goals, whether it be walking one thousand miles a year or checking off his weekend lists. He was the life of the party and he will be missed by all.

A memorial visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London.  Please note: the funeral home can ONLY admit a maximum of 60 people at each visitation period as per the directive of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, If you wish to attend, please email: or phone: 519-641-1793 to be advised of available visiting times. Please be aware that Covid protocols may preclude some being able to attend as numbers are limited. Please also note that face masks are now mandatory. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dave’s memory to the United Way Elgin Middlesex or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. 


We miss your smile, your love, and your laughter.

Love you always and forever.”


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Book of Condolences

Joel David BelangerI remember Dave from high school at Tecumseh SS in Chatham. Funny guy. Condolences to his family and friends.
Chris MahuI am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Lisa and Brian WilliamsWe wish to send our condolences to Chuck, Jean and their Family in the great loss of Dave. He was a wonderful person, we always enjoyed his company though we didn't see him often. Sarah remembers being Bus Buddies with his girls on the River Road. She sends her condolences as well Lisa & Brian
Mark and Cheryl CrowSending our deepest sympathy to all of Dave's family. Anyone that knew him would tell you he was truly a remarkable man! A friend for life! So sorry for your incredible loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Judy and Cam ZinkOur condolences go out to the Craven family, Nicole, Becca, Laura and Jill. I went to kindergarten and up to Grade 13 with Dave. will miss him dearly. He was such a great person and father. Dave had that dry wit that was unmistakably part of his personality. I remember going to a birthday party once at the Craven house and Chuck took us kids for plane rides so we could see our houses from the air. Wonderful family.
CJ McLarenMy thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Had the opportunity to work with Dave and was impressed with his integrity and sense of humour.
Corina EmdeMy sincerest condolences to the Craven family. I worked with Dave for years. He was my mentor and always had time for me. Such an amazing man. His spark and humour was infectious. He will be missed.
Andrew CalderMy deepest condolences to the family during this time. Dave was a remarkable man who I was fortunate enough to meet, learn from and laugh with over the years at the gas company. His leadership and distinctive voice within our workplace and our community will be greatly missed.
lynn belbeckMy association with Dave and his family is linked to their time as part of the Providence/Sprucedale Church Community in Chatham. His service to his faith family was valued for his commitment, practical well thought out leadership at the board table, his positive attitude, his sense of humour and his ardent support of children's programs. When the family moved to London, truly Chatham Kent's loss was London's gain! One thing is for certain, our life was made richer for having known Dave. We hold all in Dave's family in prayers for strength, stamina, and courage as they travel down this new uncharted path. Lynn and Bob Belbeck
Paula CeccacciNicole and deepest condolences. I had the honour of working with Dave for most of my career and he will be missed as a great leader and mentor.....but more importantly as once of the most caring and kind individuals I have ever met. Greatly missed.
Regis OwenMy sincere condolences on the very sudden loss of our dear Dave. I have had the pleasure of working with and for Dave on many occasions at Union Gas since 1985. He was always a champion for our cause and a pillar of support. He was kind, friendly, funny and always there for a kind word of encouragement and sometimes even a hug. My heart is broken over his loss and I can only hope that his wonderful legacy will help to heal your pain. We were fortunate to have him in our lives.
Gerry MacartneyThe London Chamber of Commerce and indeed the entire SW Ontario business community has lost a very good man. Nicole and family our deepest and most sincere condolences. Dave will always have a special place in hearts and a seat around our Board of Directors and Board of Governors tables. He made a huge difference in all of our lives and in the end, isn't that what really matters. A truly great guy who truly cared about everyone around him. Our prayers are with you.
Jennifer & Dave JohnsonOur sincere condolences to Jean, Chuck and family. We are so very sorry for your loss. I have great memories of David when we were both younger. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all through this season of your lives. Love you all.
Lynne and Larry HyattWe were saddened to hear of Dave’s passing and send our sincere condolences to the Craven family. We both knew Dave for many years through Union Gas. He was friendly, kind and always had time for a chat and a laugh. He will be greatly missed.
Karen Carter PynenbrouckFrom high school and into the workforce, I've been fortunate to have been friends with Dave for many years. He was always a character, always had a smile and friendly hello whenever & wherever you met him. His deep "radio" voice was a joy to listen to and when he emcee'd the company dinners, he always brought humour and light to any situation. He was an all around great guy, and will be missed by all. RIP Dave. My condolences to all his family, and may his memories comfort you always.
Gina ManciniNicole and Family, my sincerest condolences. I had the pleasure of working with Dave throughout my career at Union Gas/Enbridge. Dave was one of the first friends I made in Chatham and had a way to make everyone feel welcomed. I will miss his smile and his dry sense of humour. He will be dearly missed.
Carrie EllisIt's hard to think of Dave in the past tense. He was nimble, clever, humourous and a respected presence in the workplace. He will be missed. My condolences to his work and home families.
Barbara Farrell, Barry and Aidan PowerOur heartfelt condolences to all of Dave's family and friends. My high school friendship with Dave was filled with laughter and adventures, from being locker buddies in grade 9 to motorcycle trips to Baskin-Robbins during our spares, to water-skiing and plane rides with his dad. I was lucky to stay connected over the years and enjoyed many fun pharmacy events/reunions and family get-togethers. Through these, I was able to see the great joy he found in his children and I will always remember his love for them. Our family is so sad. Love Barb, Barry and Aidan
Rob CadieuxMy sincere condolences to the family. Dave and I worked together for many years. He was a cornerstone of the company's negotiation teams providing his wisdom and wit during the many days and nights that we worked through in order to finish up our deals. I always valued his opinion on various issues and his friendship. I learned so much from Dave over the years and will miss our time that we spent bouncing ideas off of each other.
Lisa TamblynI had the honor of being Dave's assistant for the last 6 years. Nicole, Laura and Rebecca though I never was fortunate to meet you, I sure felt like I know you all!! He would talk about all of you and just beam with love and pride!!! He was such a pleasure to work for, how many people actually look forward to their boss coming in every day? When he was 5 minutes late he knew I'd be worried, eventually he would let me know ahead of time if he'd be late so I wouldn't get frantic. There are no words I can offer you at this time to ease your pain, but please know he was the happiest husband and father that I knew.
Patti BloomfieldI met Mr. Craven a few times over the years as he was our Director, and he was always kind to me. Deepest condolences to the family and we are all thinking of you during this difficult time.
Sharon JohnstonDear Nicole and family … Having never met his family, I only know you through Dave who was always sharing the wonderful stories about all of you with all of us - I recall Dave telling us about the time spent in a yurt with his daughter (what a good father) and his good fortune at meeting the love of his life Nicole and enjoying his new bigger family Being just one of many people who enjoyed working with Dave I am so saddened with his passing and I extend my deepest condolences to all of you …. God Bless
Liz WishartDear Nicole and Family, I am so terribly sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family in this difficult time.
Cheryl ShawMy deepest condolences to the family. Dave and I “grew up” together at Union Gas, starting in 1985. He was a friend, mentor and my leader twice over our careers. We also shared the same birthday and always an email on the day of. My girls the same age as Rebecca and Laura. The last time I saw Dave in our London office we talked about work, but our conversations always ended with how are the girls, what are they doing etc. He was so proud of his family. He was taken far too early. My heart breaks for the family and for our Union Gas/Enbridge family.
Laura & Tony KerwinWe are so sorry for your tragic loss. Dave was a giant among Men, a role model for fathers, the personification of class and one of the best friends anyone could ask for. Rest in Peace our good friend.
Linda DudleyMy deepest sympathy to Dave’s family and close friends. I along with many, share in the disbelief and shock of Dave’s passing. I had the pleasure of working with Dave over the years while at Union Gas. Dave was a good man, and I always enjoyed the work experiences and knowledge that Dave brought to any interaction. He was also good at seeking others opinions and advice, a characteristic always appreciated by his peers, his staff, and any person who he had business dealings with. His passing will not only be a huge loss to his family, but also to his friends, coworkers, and Enbridge. Rest In Peace.
Wade and Liliana GramadaNicole, we are at a loss for words. We are truly heartbroken for you and your family. Keeping you in our warmest thoughts and prayers as you face this difficult time.
Patti WilsonNicole, Laura and Rebecca. I worked for Dave for many years. He was always there to support his employees. I will miss his sense of humor. He always made it a point to stop in to say "hi" when he was back in the London office. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Don & Maxine StevensWe extend our sincere sympathy to all of David’s family. I had the privilege of teaching Dave and Don of knowing him at Union Gas. May your memories of his well lived life and the thoughts and prayers of others bring you peace and comfort in these difficult times.
Jim ThomsonMy deepest condolences to you and your family. I never meet David but the picture sure showed you were a loving couple. Jim Thomson
Anna MeyerMy deepest condolences over the loss of Dave. I had the honour of working with Dave on specific requests. He was a down-to-earth leader who managed to pull out the best in people. His sense of humour was well known and he helped us laugh in stressful times.
Michelle TavaresNicole, I am so deeply sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I remember when you told me about Dave, the way your eyes lit up, the energy in your voice telling me how amazing he was. I wish you peace and comfort during this very difficult time. With love, Michelle
Michele MolloyI am so sorry for your loss. While I did not know Dave well, I have a particular recollection of him that still makes me smile. I was waiting in a very long line at the Colombia Warehouse when someone tapped me on the shoulder and said Hi, Michele. When I turned I was pleased that it was Dave and he knew my name and what my job was at Enbridge. I was a bit shy but within 30 seconds we were talking like we were old friends. The long wait turned into what seemed just a couple of minutes and afterwards when we bumped into each at work he always made time for a short conversation. He will be missed.
Jeff and Heather BrodieChuck, Jean and Family: We were greatly saddened to learn of Dave's passing. Heather knew Dave from working at Union Gas and Dave was my cousin (as you know). I have fond memories of flying with Dad in his plane and landing on your family farm and being able to spend weekends swimming in your pool or boating on the lake - always enjoying my time spent with Dave. We wish we could give you big hugs right now, but this pandemic is cruel in so many ways. Thinking of you and the family and hoping that your wonderful memories of Dave bring you comfort during this very difficult time. All our love, Jeff & Heather
Lori-Anne LucierSending deepest condolences, for your great loss. I shared some classes with Dave throughout high school, and remember his positive outlook and friendly disposition. May fond memories keep him close in your hearts and thoughts. ♡
Katie, Giulia and Matthew Pizzuto Becca and Laura, we can’t begin to express our sorrows for the loss of your dad, our favourite Uncle Dave! We will forever miss his wild jet ski rides and funny stories. We will always cherish the memories we had with him from hot summer days at the river ranch to celebrating Victoria Day with over the top fireworks shows. We could always count on him for a laugh or a favour. He was certainly the best uncle we could ask for. He loved you girls and Nicole. We will remember him always.
Marg MoriyamaCharles and Jean, I was so sorry to hear of the sudden passing of your beloved son, David. I pray for you and all his family at this sad time. From reading his notice of death, and from someone who knew him from Union Gas, I know that he has left an enduring mark on many lives. It is high praise to say that he was "a role model and mentor to many". May God's peace and strength be with you! Pastor Marg
Linda BurdenTo all of Dave's family and friends … Words can't begin to express my sincere condolences to you. Dave was one of the nicest people I have ever had the privilege of meeting, and someone that I had a tremendous amount of respect for. Whenever he came to visit our Brantford office he always wanted to know how we and our families were doing, and what was new in our lives since the last visit. When he spoke, his words were genuine. When asked how his family was his face would light up with the biggest smile - he was so very proud of you all. I remember him telling me about driving his parents to Florida and we laughed about making it a road trip for everyone. I am blessed to have had the honor of knowing him. I wish you love & strength as you deal with his passing. Memories are golden treasures.
Christine Warner Cummings Although I did not know Dave personally, I do know you loved him very much. When viewing your photos on Facebook, you were always so happy and you had that special glitter in your eyes. Please accept my condolences on the passing of the man you so dearly loved. Thinking of you during this difficult time. Stay strong Nicole! Sending love to you.
Richard Di LenaSending love and my deepest condolences over the loss of Uncle Dave. I always looked forward to any family even knowing he would be there. Despite my best efforts, he was always the funniest guy in the room and I will really miss his laugh and quick wit. I always felt so welcomed in the family to which he played a big role. He will be greatly missed!
Robbie, Reid, Adam, and Bob ZukNicole, Laura, Becca, Grandma, and Grandpa - you are in our hearts and prayers. Dave, we miss all the great memories you left us with; your endless storytelling, your laughter, your juggling, making paper airplanes, and letting us play your video games whenever we came over. We enjoyed, and thoroughly appreciated your professional advice on limiting meetings to 45 minutes, tips on how to stay safe in the workplace, and how to always be prepared. We will miss sharing a table with you at family gatherings as you brought so much life, colourful stories, and life to the table. It seemed like there was nothing that you had not achieved, or tried, with there always being a tale from Grandpa or Grandma, during our weekends at River Ranch that started with "Well when Dave...". Often these were cautionary tales about how they had seen the stunt we were about to try end poorly. We are deeply saddened that you left us way too soon. We will remember you always. Love Bob, Robbie, Reid, and Adam
KIMBERLY GAISWINKLERDear Sharron, Sheila and family, Please know that you are in my prayers as you say goodbye to your baby brother.I am so very sorry for your tremendous and sudden loss. Wishing you peace and sending my love, Kim
Phyllis & Ralph BrodieChuck, Jean, Sharrom , Sheila and all the family. Ralph and I are so sorry to hear of David's passing. We are sending condolences, prayers and hugs for your loss. Phyllis & Ralph Brodie
Julie FaasMy sincere condolences to the family of Dave Craven. I had the privilege of working with Dave for many years at Union Gas. He truly was a loyal friend and respected colleague. He always had time for people and he listened earnestly to everyone. He had an incredible work ethic, which I understand, he developed working on the family farm. Although I never met most of his family, I heard so many stories about them I feel as if I know them all. I’m so sorry that he has left this world too soon but I hope you take comfort in the many memories you have of good times spent with him.
Julie FaasMy sincere condolences to the family of Dave Craven. I had the privilege of working with Dave for many years at Union Gas. He truly was a loyal friend and respected colleague. He always had time for people and he listened earnestly to everyone. He had an incredible work ethic, which I understand, he developed working on the family farm. Although I never met most of his family, I heard so many stories about them I feel as if I know them all. I’m so sorry that he has left this world too soon but I hope you take comfort in the many memories you have of good times spent with him.
Jennifer Eskritt Verwegen My heart is sad along with the Craven family and all who knew Dave. Like so many, Dave and I were Union Gas friends. His contribution was significant ... at Union Gas and in all he did. He fit 106 years of friendship/work/sharing/listening/analyzing into 56. The world needs more Dave Cravens. Huge hugggggggssss ...
Deanna Barry and Ted DeboerPlease accept our deepest condolences; Dave was a lovely, lovely man.
Denise ((snelgrove) SinclairOur thoughts and prayers are with all of you. The Cravens are sill in the heart of many people at providence united church. I feel very blessed to have known Dave. The write up was truly him. Beautiful job. Nora & Denise Snelgrove
Pat McMahonMy deepest condolences to your family on Dave's passing. He was a smart, easy going and intelligent colleague that I had the pleasure of working with over the last couple of decades. He always had the best questions and was clever with his comments. He touched the hearts, minds and souls of everyone fortunate enough to have known and worked with him. He will be greatly missed by those of us that only got to share moments of his very giving life. May he rest in a glorious peace.
Vanessa InnisI crossed paths with Dave in different roles at Union Gas/Enbridge. He was always quick with a smile and a genuine "How are you doing?". I know he often had a lot on his plate at work, but he never made me feel rushed to get through a conversation. We would often cover the main topic, then go off on a really interesting tangent. When you were talking with him, he was focused on you. My deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. Dave was a force in the universe and he will be very deeply missed.
Orval & Micki BeamOur condolences to Nicole & all the Family, Dave was our neighbour & good friend on the River Thames, knew Dave through work with Union Gas & church, A great well liked Guy, Orval & Micki
Char ThibeaultMy sincere condolences to the entire family. Dave was a dear colleague and would always ensure laughter at any team meeting; Loved his dry sense of humour and hearty laugh. His legacy will always be remembered. So very sorry and my deepest sympathy. - Char Thibeault
Anas AyazI had the pleasure of working with Dave at Enbridge Gas. Dave was an extremely kind and caring individual who was extremely down to earth. He will be missed deeply.
Wendie Brodie LumleyIt was a privilege to work with Dave during his career at Union Gas. He was a witty, respectful and caring gentleman. Please accept my condolences on his passing.
Matt GibsonWords cannot describe just how great of a guy Dave was. I was very lucky to have spent roughly 12 years working with Dave - often relying on him for expert opinion and detailed technical background. No matter how often I leaned on him, he was always there with a smile and an offer to help me further. When I think of my time with Union Gas, it is hard for Dave's face, voice and smile to not immediately come to mind. He truly represented everything and anything anyone would hope for in a colleague and friend. He was the fabric of the company and the community. The world needs more people like Dave. He was truly a very special man and I am blessed to have known him and counted him as a friend.
Steve KayI've had the pleasure of knowing & working with Dave for over 20 years at Union Gas and am deeply saddened by his loss. We was a kind, caring and thoughtful person with a great sense of humor. I will miss our conversations over coffee & lunch at work and forever remember the example he set for being a warm and good-hearted person.
John LudwigI am so sorry for your loss. I have known and worked with Dave for many years. He's a sincere and compassionate man and will be sorely missed.
Ken McCorkleMy sincerest condolences in your loss. We have all loss someone we respected and appreciated. I know from working with Dave that he made everyone feel important and part of the team. We will miss him!
Kent KerriganThe first time I met Dave was at a district review meeting in London where I was invited to listen in as a learning opportunity. Even though Dave wasn't my chaperone to the event, he took the time during a break to introduce himself and go over any of the questions I had. I was fortunate to have several interactions with Dave afterwards, and the outcome was always positive (albeit, the outcome of a foosball game is still in dispute). Regardless of the meeting, some more difficult than others, everyone was usually smiling/laughing after a meeting with him. Such a down-to-earth, sincere, and easy to like person.
Donna Drmay & Andy AllenSending our heartfelt condolences to Dave’s family. We both have so many unforgettable memories working with Dave, starting with the gangly kid with the booming voice that I first worked with nearly 34 years ago. Many Customer Care projects later, and he never failed to apply his magic blend of wisdom, pragmatism, camaraderie and wit to challenging issues. At the same time, he never ever missed the opportunity to share stories about family life...he was a supremely happy man. We miss knowing he is in this world and our hearts go out to you in this time of profound sorrow.
Jeff and Michelle ShepherdNicole and family, please accept our sincere condolences. I have had the great pleasure of knowing Dave for 30 years and I know this loss is heartbreaking for you. It really is for us, too. I've known and worked with Dave for almost 30 years, and most recently I had the distinct pleasure of working directly for him for the past 3 years. We used to joke about each others names, almost from day 1. I was Jefferd Shepherd to him, and he was Daven Craven to me. He shared that in front of many people at my 25th service anniversary with the company and it brought a smile to both our faces (silly things, eh?) it just showed that he could make people laugh even with the worst Dad Jokes. Dave was so kind to me when I was on my recent medical leave. He checked in every week and we always talked about non-work related stuff just to keep it light and fun. I'll miss his mentorship, his compassion, the way he listened intently to every story, and his stories about you and the kids, he loved you all so much. And of course, I'll miss "the voice" when he turned it on. :) God bless and take care, we have truly lost a great one, far too soon.
Paul UngermanDave was one of the most genuine people I have ever come across in my life. I had the pleasure of knowing Dave professionally and it always felt more like a friendship rather than a working relationship....that was just Dave. From his amazing radio voice, to his vibrant personality, he was a natural leader and a truly amazing individual. I am so truly sorry to hear of his sudden passing. It pains me to know that I will never again have the pleasure of walking around a corner, bumping into him and seeing that infectious smile and shining personality which always warmed my heart.
Frank and Josie PrestaOur sincere condolences. Frank & Josie Presta
Christine (Paling) SandelliChuck, Jean, Sheila and Sharron I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear son and brother. I knew Dave when he was in his teens, and know he was always surrounded by such a loving, wonderful family. Reading about all of Daves accomplishments over the years is a testament to him being raised by two incredible parents. I'm thinking of you at this very difficult time. Sending lots of love and prayers. Christine (Paling) Sandelli
Barry VermeerschNicole. No words to properly express my sadness for you and your loss of Dave. God Bless
David SwordYour friend and fellowship, wit and wisdom will be fond memories. My deepest sympathy to Nicole and Dave’s family.
Wayne OsborneOur sincere condolences to Dave and Nicole's family. We will all miss Dave at family functions. Our daughter, Krista< held Dave in high esteem and became close friends through work and kept each other up to date with family matters. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time and may fond memories comfort you as time moves on. Your cousins, Wayne and Gayle Osborne, Kim and Mario Duarte and families.
Courtney HanceMy sincere condolences to Nicole and the entire family. Dave was a wonderful friend, an inspiring leader and a true Chamber Champion. He possessed so many amazing qualities and I have wonderful memories of working with him on the Chamber Board. Dave you will be fondly remembered and incredibly missed. May you rest in peace.
Mike and Trinette LindleyNicole and family, Mike and I both consider ourselves fortunate to have worked with Dave over many years and on many projects. He was unfailing in his integrity, work ethic and compassion for others - complemented by a remarkable sense of humour. He always seems to know the right thing to say......And at this unspeakable loss I wish we knew the right thing to say to comfort you. He was one of a kind and we will miss him greatly.
Jackie CailleI miss him. Even though Dave and I weren't on the same leadership team anymore, and I didn't see him weekly like I used to for many years, we still kept in touch. He was a very supportive co-worker. Always willing to listen and to offer help to anyone, especially if it was with advice on the latest tech gadget. I will miss listening to him recount adventures in his life, from trips with his daughter, the resort bungling his surprise marriage proposal, helping catch a thief because of motion camera's in his home and his Dad selling a plane on Ebay! Most recently Dave recounted to me his trip with Nicole to Southern Italy and what an amazing time they had together. I will forever be able to hear his booming voice in my head. Dave's sudden death has left such an incredible void in so many people's lives. My deepest condolences to Nicole and all of the Craven family.
Wally Moir Our deepest condolences to Chuck, Jean, Sharron, Sheila and family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Wally, Janet (Moir) Rodger, & family
Kendell HallMy deepest condolences to Dave’s family .... may the love that Dave had for you all hold you tight as you navigate through such a horrific loss to your hearts & souls.... loosing Dave is such a tragedy to the universe....
Anne CreeryMy deepest sympathies to Dave’s family. I worked with Dave for many years at Union Gas and a few years at Enbridge. I will never forget our time working together in Customer Care. His dry wit and “radio” voice earned him the nickname of “Radio Dave” and gave him the ability to navigate thru many a tricky situation. His leadership and humour will be missed.
Rose Suchy & Norm CridlandCondolences to all Dave's Family. His ability to make everyone around him feel comfortable, and eventually crack up with laughter was a unique quality that so few possess. He will be missed by so many.
Les NicholsI am so sorry for your loss. Dave was a really nice person and someone I had a lot of respect for. He was a great leader and was very approachable. He always had something to teach, and it didn't matter if I was running numbers by him or debating the latest Star Trek episode, I would always come out of the conversation knowing more about the subject then I did before. Dave has left a void and he will be greatly missed.
Karen HockinNicole and family - I am so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of knowing, working with, learning from, and laughing with Dave over the years at Union Gas. Such a warm, kind , intelligent, hardworking and caring leader - a true gentleman. And a great story teller. We will miss him very much. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Maureen BeauregardMy deepest sympathies to Dave's family. I worked with Dave in different capacities over the years at Union Gas. He was always the hardworking, creative, humorous, caring, ever diligent professional. It was a pleasure and an honour to work with him. He was always sincere and always a gifted 'guiding light'. He will be truly missed. Next time you look up at a star, think of it as a guiding porch light welcoming Dave home.
Lindsay BoydNicole, Charlie Jean and family please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss. I considred Dave to be a best friend and told him that a few years back. Dave without a doubt represented the best of us. He was by far the nicest, most honest and hard working person I ever met. We became fast friends and always went out of our wayto get together to talk about the company, friends and family. He always went out of his way to help others. I remember a time when I had to leave a company meeting in the GTA Chair an evening event at the Windsor Chamber of Commerce. Dave heard about it and said 'you wont get back to the GTA until 1 the next morning, so I am going to rent a car and drive you for your own safety;. He did just that and on the way back after dozing off-Dave was driving- I woke up and saw that the gas light was blinking as we were almost out of gas. I said Dave lets get some gas. He laughted and said I want to see how far we can go without filling up! I think about Dave every day and can say without heiitation that he will be missed by everyone who knew him and the world was a much better place with Dave in it.
John ThomsonMy deepest sympathies to the Craven family. Dave and I worked together for a short period of time early in our careers at Union. To this day I recall some of the words if wisdom he shared with me so many years ago. Gone way too soon.
Jeff and Marjie MacounOur deepest sympathy to the Craven family in Dave’s very sudden passing. I had the good fortune of meeting Dave through the Chamber and sitting in the board with him. I knew Dave as a decent, respectful fellow who also liked a good laugh, and we had a few of those at Chamber. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Jan GreenMy sincere condolences to the Craven Family. I had the opportunity to work with Dave for many years on projects, negotiations, and as he and I transitioned when he took the Customer Care role when I retired. With lots of laughs, sharing experiences, and ideas to support the Customer Care team and the Union Gas organization, we travelled for weeks across the Province. It was my pleasure to have known him with his wit and absolute loyalty to everything he touched - his family, his community, and the Union Gas Company. He will be greatly missed but always remembered!
Karen, Steve and Josh Andari, Millie SillettOur hearts and prayers go out to the Craven family. It's unbelievable to think Dave has passed. I often would see Dave in the cafeteria at Union Gas and get the family update on who's doing what and where they are. We would talk of our parents escapades water skiing out in Lake Erie - the ski ramps and competitions of who could ski closest to shore. Dave was an amazing soul and will be sadly missed. Hugs to you all.
Jordan MeunierMy sincere condolences to the entire family and those closest to Dave. Dave and I rode the drive to and from Chatham for a few years and he was the creator and the source of much laughter. For the brief times when we weren't laughing, his shared opinions and clarity of thought were always a breath of fresh air after a long day at the office. For those hours that I spent riding in the car with Dave, the eulogy text and memorial writings above all ring very true to me. Dave will be missed by me and by many.
Cynthia HansenPlease accept my sincere condolences on your loss. Dave was a wonderful person. I feel privileged to have met and worked with Dave. I will miss his kindness and sincerity. My thoughts are with you.
Rev. John C. BrownI have had the privilege to be Minister at the Providence/Sprucedale United Churches from 1991 to 2001. I have fond memories of Dave and family participating in the life of the Church family. Laura and Rebecca were young children in the Sunday School. I remember proud Dad Dave with a great smile and personality. I certainly came to trust his sincerity, judgement , and consistent concern for his family and church community. My sympathy to you Nicole, to Laura and Rebecca, and to the entire family. I am shocked and saddened to be informed of Dave's sudden death. Such a great loss for so many. May God's strength continue to surround you in thees difficult days.
Jeff Bowebank It was with deep sadness that I learned of Dave’s untimely passing. Dave and I began our careers with Union Gas in Chatham a year apart, and our paths crossed numerous times over the three decades since; most recently a few years ago in London where Dave and I had offices beside one another and shared a number of late evening chats regarding work, family and life. I so enjoyed and respected his amazing humour; his wit and intelligence; and thought-provoking conversation. Through it all I came to appreciate how much we shared similar values: that it was the amazing employees who were at the core of what made Union Gas such an incredible place to work for all those years, and Dave genuinely cared about the best interests of employees, customers and community. My sincere condolences to his family.
Armanda PinhoI had the privilege of working with Dave. What a wonderful person; so welcoming, kind and intelligent. His presence and voice will be missed by many. Please accept my deepest sympathy.
Cindy (Laevens) BoogaartSheila & Sharon, Jean & Chuck, my sincerest condolences. If there was a little Dave Craven running around the ball diamond when you were our coach, Jean, I didn’t realize it. But it was truly heart-warming to learn, in later years at Union Gas, that this personable, dedicated gentleman belonged to the family I’d known at Cloverleaf, from “one road over”. Any project that Dave had input into, was the better for it, for all of the reasons mentioned by many above. I so appreciated his filling in information gaps if no one else stepped up, and the wise “executive decisions” he made, and his commitment to stand behind those decisions. Nicole and family, I have never had the pleasure of meeting you, but please know you have been in my prayers, since I learned of Dave’s passing.
Jennepher CahillOn behalf of all the volunteers and staff at United Way - I send our sincere condolences to the whole Craven family. Dave was a light and a leader in our community. His energy, intelligence and the way he cared for others will be terribly missed by all those who were fortunate enough to work and volunteer alongside him.
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