In Loving Memory of David Kenneth Lake
Born June 24th, 1950, Dave passed peacefully in hospital on March 6th, 2022 at the age of 71. He was the son of the late Kenneth and Audrey Lake, husband to Chrystal Bryan, and father/stepfather to Brianne (Eric) Adam, Joshua Lake, and Chantelle Good.
Dave went to R. H. King High School in Scarborough, Ontario, after which he attended McMaster University in Hamilton, where he studied to become a physical and health education teacher. Dave spent 30+ years as an educator for the Scarborough/Toronto District School Board. During that time, he taught geography and physical education. Dave coached many sports, with his favourites being football and basketball. He coached several championship teams and touched the lives of many young high school athletes as “Coach Lake”, while to his colleagues he was endearingly known as “Laker”.
Upon retiring from the TDSB, Dave worked at Associated Hebrew Schools – Danilack Middle School for eight years. In addition to teaching and coaching, he played a significant role in preparing his students for the transition to high school.
Another big part of Dave's life was officiating. He started in hockey but soon moved on to the sport that became his great passion – basketball. He was a member of the Toronto Association of Basketball Officials (TABO) for many years and earned the honor of becoming a life member in 2018. During his tenure with TABO he became an Assignor, where he played an integral part in helping new officials reach their fullest potential.
Dave's greatest passion and love would be for his family. He is survived by his wife, his children, sister and brother-in-law – Sharon and Stephen, brothers-in-law Earl and Eric, sisters-in-law Sandra, Caroline (Daniel), Wendy (Jeff), Chantal (Jonathan), and Morgan, mother of his children Elizabeth, grandchildren – Zoë, Kylah, Liam, Chase, Ethan, Rylee, Jovie, and Hannah, uncle Ron, nieces and nephews – Robin, Rebecca, Jennifer, Cathryn, Matthew, Maisha, Liam, Zariah, Zachary, Serenity and Elijah, grand nieces and nephews – Maeve, Seren, Sam, James, Julian, and Camille and many cousins and extended family.
To his friends, former students, athletes, colleagues, and neighbours – Dave spoke so positively about each of you. As summarized beautifully by a dear friend, “He never pre-judged anyone; he just took them in and helped them in any way he could.”
As a man of God, be comforted in knowing that he now sits with the Lord. He has given so much to many on this earth and we will miss him dearly, but know that he is at peace now and singing with the angels.
A celebration of life ceremony has been planned for Friday, March 11th, 2022
VISITATION from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm at Calvin Presbyterian Church (26 Delisle Avenue, Toronto)
CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICE from 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm at Calvin Presbyterian Church (26 Delisle Avenue, Toronto)
RECEPTION from 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm at St Dunstan of Canterbury Anglican Church (56 Lawson Road, Scarborough)
Both venues require proof of vaccination and masking for all attendees
The Livestream link for the service is http://dave.lakefamily.ca You can access this link after the service as well
Parking for Calvin Church can be found on the east side of the church in the Green P parking lot
In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to Lester B Pearson CI to support a possible student scholarship in Dave’s name. Please use the following link https://tdsb.schoolcashonline.com/Fee/Details/457/153/false/true?school=914&initiative=1