Thibodeau, David “Dave, Doc”

Passed away peacefully, Monday, November 14, 2022, at the Espanola Regional Hospital and Health Centre, Espanola, ON at the age of 74 years.

Predeceased by his parents Gilbert and Angeline (nee Gallant) Thibodeau. Beloved husband of Diane (nee Lamothe), we finally made our 50-year milestone November 4, 2022. Loving dad to Melissa (Jeff) and Mike (Natasha). Cherished pépère of Tristan (Renée), Makenzie (Nathaniel), Braden, Daniel, Jessica, Apple and Archer. Dear brother of Doris (late Morley) Thompson and predeceased by the following siblings: Mary (James) Richards, Norm (Dawna) Thibodeau, Arthur (Lois) Thibodeau, Shirley (Ron) Gay, Carmel and Theresa. Dave will be deeply missed by his family from the Northern Life Church in Espanola, his riding friends, and the Legion in Espanola, that he was an actively involved member participating in many events aiding his fellow veterans.  Dave had many passions, the Canadian Military being one, he even wrote a book having firsthand experience. He loved his Harley Davidson and all the adventures he and Diane had from across Canada to the United States making many friendships and sharing many journeys. Dave had a large heart and was an all-around great guy, he especially loved his furry friends, Lainey, Gemma and the late Penny Lane. Dave loved music and getting together with family and friends he was quite the social butterfly. Most of all, Dave loved his family and looked forward to spending time as often as he could with them.

The family would like to thank the Northern Cancer Foundation staff especially Dr. Emack and Dr. Pearce, the nursing staff in the Sudbury Area, the Palliative Care Team in Espanola, and the Nurses at the Acute Care Team in Espanola. Thank you for making Dave comfortable and helping our family, your kindness and professionalism will never be forgotten.

If desired, donations in Dave’s memory can be made to the Northern Cancer Foundation and would be appreciated by his family.

At his request, there will be no services or visitation. A Celebration of Dave’s Life will be held at a later date.


23 Condolences

  1. Dear Diane, Bob and I are so sorry for your loss. We have very fond memories of meeting you and Dave along with Joe and Margaret on our motorcycles while touring Newfoundland. We treasure those memories and the friendships we made will all of you. Fond memories of fun and laughter and great food, and stumbling along George Street in St. John’s after an amazing night. Rest in Peace Dave. I’m sure you’re keeping the party going up there with your goofy antics and big smile. Ride on Dave!! And to Diane, love and peace to your family during this tough time. Love, Holly

    By: Holly Champagne
    November 28, 2022
  2. “Despite the pain of loss you and your children are currently experiencing, I hope that in time, you’ll be able to reflect on the wonderful marriage you had and so many years of happiness.” Diane Johnston

    By: Diane Johnston (nee Thibeault)
    November 22, 2022
  3. Doc was the Real Deal, a pleasure and honour to ride and serve alongside. My deepest condolences, alongside those of our entire CAV family. We Will Never Forget Him!!!

    By: Trapper Cane MSM CD KCStG
    November 19, 2022
  4. My condolences. I am in 1st CAV Ortona in London.
    I didn’t know Dave but having the same we must have been cousins.
    Rest in peace brother.

    By: Wally Thibodeau
    November 18, 2022
  5. On behalf of The CAV (Canadian Army Veterans Motorcycle Units) please accept our warmest condolences. Dave was well known within our units, and I personally had the joy and privilege of riding alongside him to events. His service and support of veterans was unwavering and I am proud to have called him my brother.

    Gavan Durkin
    1st CAV Vice President

    By: Gavan Durkin
    November 18, 2022
  6. Dear Auntie Diane. I’m so sorry for the passing of Uncle Dave. I was there for your beginning together. I’m really glad you had that life long love together ❤️. Now your family and friends will be there for you.

    Love Lorna

    By: Lorna Larocque (new Lamothe)
    November 18, 2022
  7. My sincere condolences to you Diane, kids and extended family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Hugs to you all. Xo

    By: Larry LeClair
    November 18, 2022
  8. So sorry for your loss.

    By: Helene LeClair
    November 18, 2022
  9. Diane, so sorry to hear about the passing of Dave but am very sure that Steve met him at the pearly gates and the two of them are having drink and laughing about the good times we all had together, they would be sitting around the bonfire that Jonny had built…….soooo glad we made all those memories !!!!

    By: angela cripps
    November 18, 2022
  10. Diane, I am so sorry to hear that Dave has
    passed on, but keep in mind that he will
    always be with you in Spirit. He will be by your side during this difficult time and help guide you throughout the rest of your journey of life, until you meet again. Dave will be dearly
    missed by all.
    Hugs and kisses my dear friend. ♥️♥️

    By: Ann Davies
    November 18, 2022
  11. Max and I join the others sending condolences on the passing of an old friend. We have many wonderful memories of Dave (and you) through the years, starting in Timmins, My personal funniest memory … is Uxbridge and ”sweet Mary”. I am sure you will give a chuckle. Our love and prayers are with you and your amazing family Diane. God is with you all.

    Max and Sharon Carroll. 🙏🏻

    By: Max and Sharon Carroll
    November 18, 2022
  12. Mel, Jeff, Tristan, MacKenzie and Braden – Please accept our heartfelt condolences on this very sad time in your lives. May your fond memories provide some comfort while you mourn. ❤️

    By: Kevin & Carolyn Kulbisky
    November 18, 2022
  13. Melissa, your family and friends. Our condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father.
    Love and prayers.

    By: Dan and Sheila Peterson
    November 17, 2022
  14. Dear Auntie Diane,

    I am so very sorry that Uncle Dave passed away ❤️. He will be missed by all that knew him. I am very happy that you got to have your 50th anniversary before he left us. This is a very difficult time for you and the family, but it will eventually get a little easier each day. He will never be forgotten ❤️. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Love to all ,


    By: Donelda Pocock
    November 17, 2022
  15. Sorry for your loss Mike, Natasha, and Apple and Archer.
    Thinking of you all at this sad time.
    Sending lots of love from the uk

    Sarah and jaydee. X

    By: Sarah and jaydee
    November 17, 2022
  16. Rest In Peace Dave. So glad we could spend the weekend with you recently. As always in true fashion we had lots of laughs. We will miss you. Meet you on the side one day dear friend.
    All our love, Ron and Sue

    By: Sue and Ron Venedam
    November 17, 2022
  17. Diane we are sorry to hear about Dave.
    We enjoyed having you as neighbours, it sure wasn’t the same when you guys left.
    If you are ever down please drop in for a visit we are both retired and will be spending the winters traveling and summers at the trailer.
    Gord & Colleen

    By: Gord & Colleen
    November 17, 2022
  18. Our condolences to Diane and family. Dave will be missed by many!

    By: Sheri
    November 17, 2022
  19. Our deepest condolences to Diane and all the family in the loss of a dear man. He will be missed by so many but never forgotten.

    By: Dan and Judy Gallagher
    November 17, 2022
  20. So sorry for your loss everyone. We only got to know Dave a couple of months ago, but his personality showed ever time. He had such a love for the Lord. So grateful we had the chance to meet him.

    By: John and Tracy
    November 17, 2022
  21. My deepest condolences to Dianne and the family.
    At one time Dave was a member of our fire department as well as Dianne working with me at A&P as well as Dianne worked with me at the old A&P.
    R. I. P. Brother.

    By: Wayne Ashton
    November 17, 2022
  22. So sorry to hear of your loss. I never really knew your uncle Dave, but from what I have heard about him, he was a wonderful man.
    I know you Jody and Jillana have been a wonderful blessing to him as you have to us!

    By: connie Delamorandiere
    November 17, 2022
  23. Your family was such a huge part of my childhood. I’m so sorry for your loss.

    By: Nicole Ventura (Dufault)
    November 17, 2022

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