Pernu, David

It is with the most wrenching sadness that we must announce the loss of David Pernu. Taken from us unexpectedly and far far too soon he was our husband, father, brother, friend, confidante, mentor. Born in the North in 1945 he remained here in Sudbury all of his life, leaving for short periods of time to explore the world and with unending curiosity he saw so many places, but he always returned. He believed in the North, its deep and ancient roots ran through him and he spent most of his life involved with people who shared his passion. He was a Renaissance Man. Working at ways to promote the North, he sat on many committees, Sudbury 2001, Northern Ontario Business and he worked on many political campaigns on both sides of the aisle as well being a part of numerous other unofficial groups of great minds who were also committed to the promotion of the North. Never one to claim the spotlight he found his most important role working behind the scenes to help foment real change and success for Sudbury. He showed us it was important to be part of your community, to be involved, engaged, and do the work. He was a legacy man. A proud member of the Idylwylde Golf and Country Club for over 65 years starting as a junior, representing Ontario in competition, then later as an architect of the Annual Idylwylde Men’s Invitational, a tournament that drew participants from around the world, then as a life long committee member, Club Captain working his way to President and has continued to mentor as a Past President keeping the legacy of the original membership alive. Finally in the past years he became an even more active golfer securing a membership with the Canadian Seniors Golf Association and ever striving to always improve, he was trying this year to shoot his age. He was a strong believer in the development of young golfers through the junior golf program and was thrilled to see the youth continue to engage with the sport and hoped they would experience as he did a lifelong passion for the game and the friends and camaraderie that goes with it. He was a family man. For all of his greatness as a citizen of the world and of this city, he was even greater in his personal moments with his family and friends. A master of conversation he could expound on any topic with thoughtfulness and balance but he was just as easily engaged in the humour of a moment and all of us knew the thrill of making him laugh in that Dave/Dad/Nono way. Endlessly proud of his kids and grandkids he spent his time finding ways to connect with everyone in such a way that made each person feel like they had their own special relationship - there was an inclusive and radiant aura around him that shone so brightly as to illuminate the rest of us when we were around him. To say he will be missed does not seem to explain or settle any of us. He would be the first to ask about how to deal with this. But he is gone, and we remain. And we grieve fiercely. Due to Covid-19 a celebration of life must be postponed until a future date. Survived by his wife Mary, his children, Stefan (wife Jennifer), Kristen (husband Doug), Stacey (husband Rob) and Stephanie, his grandchildren, Alexei, Ava and Billie. His sister Carmen (husband Jim) and Sheila (husband Connie) and extended family and friends. Donations if so wished, could be made to the Salvation Army, it was a charity that he mentioned had helped his grandparents out during one very hard winter many years ago and which he has contributed all his life.


11 Condolences

  1. I met David when he had just obtained his philosophy degree and wanted to improve his French in Aix-en-Provence. And than I had dinner with him five years ago in Berlin, once in fourty-five years. I am glad I saw him for the time of that evening, in our animated conversation and as gentle as ever. My very sincere condolences to his family.

    By: Dagmar PLUGGE
    November 2, 2020
  2. Dear Mary, Carmen, Family and Friends, So sorry to hear of the loss of your wonderful Dave. Clearly he knew how to live fully and will be sorely missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this time of great loss. Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted”. May God give you the “peace that passes understanding”.

    By: Diane (Thibault) Ikonen
    August 11, 2020
  3. Bruce & I extend our heartfelt condolences to you Mary & family. I had the extreme pleasure of working with Dave on a number of community initiatives and when told he would be part of it I always new it would be a success, I will remember Dave with great fondness as I do both of you. Thoughts and prayers, always.

    By: Keitha Wilson-Drake
    August 10, 2020
  4. Sincerest Condolences to the entire Pernu Family! Dave was a wonderful man and always a gentleman and I hope all of the great memories of time spent with him will help you through this difficult time.

    By: Gregg Retty
    August 10, 2020
  5. Mary, Carmen and families… We are so very sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. We will keep you and your families in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless!

    By: Linda & Bob Wilson
    August 7, 2020
  6. Dear Mary, my condolences to you and your family. Dave was an extraordinary man with a big beautiful smile. He will be missed.

    By: Gloria Niemi
    August 7, 2020
    2020 AUGUST 06, THURSDAY

    David Pernu was a Community Builder par excellence. Sudbury has lost an indefatigable volunteer who gave everything of himself to public service.

    Every responsible citizen of a city-state has three aspects to his or her life that can be abbreviated as Three Ps – Professional, Private, and Public. Other people can speak about his professional and private lives. I want to delineate a small fraction of his public service life. He struck a nice balance among the three competing demands and Sudbury is a better community today because of his ceaseless efforts.

    He was an active warrior during The Golden Age of Sudbury: from late 1973 through 1985. He dedicated his talent, toil, and time in service to advancing the growth and development of his beloved city of greater Sudbury. The talent he brought to bear on advocating the need for and the desirability of focusing on the much-needed practical steps was remarkable. The toil that he cheerfully embraced in the strenuous efforts was inspirational to his fellow warriors. The time he expended in volunteer work was breathtaking.

    A typical example of his dedication will prove the points made. In 1981 we had to meet with about 108 chief executive officers of major corporations in plead for their support. The only obstacle was that we did not have money to make the numerous trips that we had to make. Enter Dave the Dedicated. We shared gasoline costs, stayed with friends, ate modestly, slept on floors, and took public transit to save parking fees. Most tellingly the way we presented our case was shaped by Dave. I would detail the reasons for our strategy of development appropriate for Sudbury. He would translate that in persuasive prose using the idiom familiar to business leaders who had little patience for grand strategies.

    It is said that some people leave their footprints on the sands of time. Dave excelled in enabling others to leave their foot prints instead. We shall miss you dearly Dave.

    By: Narasim Katary
    August 6, 2020
  8. My condolences go out to the family. Dave was an incredible person and the best father in law. I appreciate the opportunity to have known him and will miss having a beer and talking politics and technology with him. I even enjoyed going back and forth with him on the value of Blackberry. 🙂 He will truly be missed and my thoughts and best wishes are with the family. I wish I could be with the family through this tough time. Just know that I am thinking of you.

    By: Robert Hall
    August 6, 2020
  9. Mary and family, our thoughts are with you during these difficult times. I have nothing but good memories of the times spent with Dave.

    By: Hank Ruest
    August 6, 2020
  10. I’m so sorry for your collective loss. Through Stephanie, I feel I’ve gotten to know Dave, and I know his loss will not be quickly healed. My love to your whole family at this horrible time.

    By: Lisa Reinhardt
    August 6, 2020
  11. So sorry to read of Dave’s passing. My condolences to you Mary, Carmen and your families. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    By: Carol Davies
    August 6, 2020

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