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Lt. Col. David Nairn Durward
Male 1910 - 1984


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  • Prefix  Lt. Col. 
    Birth  21 Sep 1910  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender  Male 
    Religion  1911  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Anglican 
    Elected Office  1976  Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    alderman 
    Military  WW2 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-230331 
    Died  28 Jan 1984  Toronto, York Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried  Preston Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID  I230331  Generations
    Last Modified  30 Apr 2017 

    Father  Robert Durward,   b. Oct 1881, Montrose, , Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother  Bessie Nairn,   b. Sep 1881, Montrose, , Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1965 
    Married  9 Jun 1908  Toronto, York Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F223202  Group Sheet

    Family  Ethel Margaret Berney,   b. 29 Sep 1913, Hamilton, Wentworth Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1998 
    Family ID  F250989  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • DURWARD, David Nairn CD, Lt. Col. retired from the Highland Light Infantry of Canada, passed away at Toronto General Hospital, on Saturday, Jan. 28, 1984. Survived by his beloved wife, Margaret (Berney) and children, David of Mississauga and Susan of London, Ont. Beloved sister of Mrs. Jean Williams of Cambridge and Mrs. Henry R. (Frances) Brown of Florida and three grandchildren.At the wish of the deceased, there will be no visitation.Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at Knox's (Galt) Presbyterian Church, Cambridge,on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 1984, at 2:30 p.m.

      Kitchener-Waterloo Record 30 Jan 1984 pg D9

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      Former Galt PUC head dies at 73


      David Nairn Durward, a Cambridge council member for four years and a retiredLieutenant-Colonel of the Highland Light Infantry of Canada, died Saturday at Toronto General Hospital. Hewas 73. A native of the former town of Preston, Durward joined the Galt public utilities commission in 1932 as secretary-treasurer and became manager in 1954. He resigned in 1974, one year before mandatory retirement because the province and Waterloo Region failed to reorganize hydro management under regional government and it made his job increasingly difficult. Durward organized and operated at a profit for eight years the the city's first municipally-owned transit system and managed it along with the public utilities until it was taken over as a separate city department under regional government. He also managed the waterutility during its main period of expansion until it also was taken over by the region in 1972. Durward enlisted in the Highland Light Infantry of Canada in 1936, took an officer training course and went on active service with the unit in 1940. He was severely wounded in fighting near Caen in July, 1944 and spent 51/2 monthsin hospital before becoming commander of a training battalion in England. He led the third battalion of the HLI of C when it went to Germany on occupation duty in 1945. Later as a Lieutenant-Colonel, he commanded the HL1 of C when it formed part of the reserve army for three years from 1951 to 1954. He ran for election to Cambridge council in 1976 and won a second term in the 1978. But "two years of frustration" resulted in Durward deciding not to run as the Ward 8 alderman in the 1980 municipal election. During his four years on Cambridge council, he also served on regional council.Durward was a former chairman of the board of managers and an elder of Knox's Presbyterian Church, Cambridge. He was a member of the Galt Rotary Club,the Grand River Conservation Authority, the HLI of C Association and of the Royal Canadian Legion, Galt Branch 121. Surviving are his wife, one son, one daughter, and two sisters. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held on Tuesday at 2:30p.m. at Knox's Church.

      Kitchener-Waterloo Record 30 Jan 1984 pg D9

  • Sources 
    1. [S1669] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1911, Div. 24 Pg. 41.

    2. [S57] Vit - ON - Birth Registration.
      Name:David Nairn Durward Date of Birth:21 Sep 1910 Gender:Male Birth Place:Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Father's name:Robert Durward Mother's name:Bessie Nairn

    3. [S239] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Preston CC#6335 Cemetery Internet Link .
      Lt. Col. David N. Durward C. D./ 1910 - 1984/ Beloved Husband Of/ Ethel Margaret Berney/ 1913 - 1998./ [H.L.I, Of C. Military Insignia - Defence Not Defiance]

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 21 Sep 1910 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Anglican - 1911 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - alderman - 1976 - Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 Jan 1984 - Toronto, York Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Preston Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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