Obituary

David James Congram, 78, of Purley, England, passed away unexpectedly on September 10th, 2021.

David was born on August 30th, 1943 to Cyril and Margery.

As a young man, David excelled at mathematics and woodworking, life skills that drove his career and hobbies respectively. His career commenced at an insurance company in London, England, where he also began his studies into actuarial science.  David enjoyed starting several woodworking projects for his children and grandchildren; it was completing them, that he was often challenged with. 

During a trip to Canada, David found opportunity to progress, and relocated to continue his career as an actuary.  David enjoying not only working with his colleagues but also taking time to give back to his profession.  Well respected, David was a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries (UK) and member of the American Academy of Actuaries and served on many of their working groups in Canada and internationally.

Shortly after relocating to Canada, David met his wife to be, Margaret Elizabeth Dopp and they were married at Neuman Chapel on the May 30th, 1970.  They have two sons James Tavis (1973) and Christopher Brian (1976).

After retiring, David spent his time volunteering with the Canadian Celiac Association sitting on their Boards, travelling with his wife, and spoiling his four grandchildren as much as possible.  David also took it upon himself to learn music and fish, not quite mastering either one of them, but bringing all his energy and enthusiasm each and every day. 

David is predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; his brothers Peter and John; his sister Rosemary, his sister in laws (Barbara, Doreen, Carol); his children, James (& Renata) & Christopher (& Lesley); and his four beloved grandchildren, Chiara, Luca, Sidney and Bodie.

 

The Funeral Mass will be livestreamed on Thursday at 10 am at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82881423147

Donate in memory of David Congram.
Your gift will help continue that work David so passionately cared about 
access to safe gluten-free food, increased awareness and research to improve quality of life for people living with the disease.

Beginning July 16, 2021 the Bereavement Authority of Ontario is once again permitting visitations and services to take place that are open to the public. We must continue to maintain physical distancing, the wearing of masks and may not allow more than 40 guests at any one time. Once the maximum limit has been reached, we will ask any additional guests to kindly wait outside in a physically-distanced line until there is room to enter safely.

Visitation

Date
September 15, 2021
Location
Cardinal Funeral Home, Annette Chapel
Time
04:00 PM - 08:00 PM
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Provincial Covid-19 precautions limit a maximum of 40 people in the funeral home at a time. This may require visitors to wait in line for access to the building.

Service

Date
September 16, 2021
Location
Newman Centre, University of Toronto - St. George Campus
Time
10:00 AM
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Provincial Covid-19 precautions limit a maximum of 50 people in the funeral home at a time.

Burial

Date
 
Location
Greenhill Cemetery
Time
 
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The interment will take place at a later date

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September 17, 2021
Patrick Taylor
My deepest condolences to the entire Congram family. David was a wonderful man with an inquisitive mind and great sense of humour. I feel very fortunate to have known him. May the memories you all share comfort you always.
September 16, 2021
Cheryl & Peter McTait
Peter & I were shocked to learn of Dave’s death, having just had lunch with Marg & Dave on August 31st before we flew back to Vancouver. Dave was a special friend -kind, thoughtful, humorous & always willing to help anyone in need. We have many happy memories of time spent together at our cottage in Halliburton -Dave was a willing helper with outdoor projects on the waterfront. Our thoughts & prayers are with Margie, Jamie, Chris & their families.
September 16, 2021
Marg and Brian Mahony
Sympathy Message to the Congrams .Dear Marg ,Jamie ,Chris and family,We were shocked and saddened by Jamie’s phone call on Monday morning to inform us that Dave had died suddenly on Friday. It is hard to believe ,David who had so much energy and “Joie de Vie”. You all must be feeling numb with the shock .We now recall our friendship with Dave and Marg over 53 years ! We were living and working in Toronto in the late sixties ,early seventies . I worked in the CCAS with Marg. We all became friends and shared many special times over that period. It has been a long distance. friendship ,as most of the time we were in Sydney , Australia and Marg and Dave in Canada. However, as Marg and Dave were enthusiastic travellers they did manage to journey to Australia on numerous occasions. We made one journey to Canada in the eighties and had much joy staying with Marg and Dave in Toronto. They were also most hospitable to our twin daughters and friends who visited in the later Nineties . Marg was to the fore !Dave and Marg ,first visited Sydney in the mid Seventies with very young Jamie and Chris. Dave was most eager to see the Blue Mountains and enjoyed being in the Australian Bush.David sometimes visited when en route to Indonesia . On one occasion I received an email prior to his arrival ,requesting me to purchase some gluten free food for him to take into his hotel room . This was a very important mission as it was not part of my regular shopping ,and Dave’s health depended on it . The local supermarket did not have much on display.However , I eventually found a specialty shop where there was an extensive range of foods to suit Davis’s diet. That was a great relief !On another visit to Sydney ,David arrived not long after the Latest tourist feature had been established – The Harbour Bridge Climb- David had it on his list and with his usual enthusiasm for a new adventure completed the climb ,wearing the special suit and head gear and Safety ropes and Clamps . You may have a souvenir photo of him at the top of the Climb ?David was always such a loving and caring Husband to Marg and a loving and enthusiastic father and mentor Jamie and Chris . When Jamie visited Sydney a few years ago ,it was as if Dave was here! A similar enthusiasm for visiting a new part of the world !David was a very bright ,and talented and sincere and caring person . We will miss him and we pray that her will Rest in Peace .We will be watching the Requiem on the Zoom and remembering the times we went with Marg and Dave to Mass at the Newman Chapel.We will pray for you allWith loveMarg and Brian Mahony
September 15, 2021
JOHN & PIYA DREW
Our heartfelt condolences to Marg, Jamie, Chris and family. Our family has many happy memories of times well spent with the Congrams, be it hiking in the Rockies, taking in the vistas of the Sunshine Coast, or across the other side of Canada in Newfoundland. David had a great appetite for those items that he enjoyed - cheese, cider, and Oyster Bay Chardonnay. David was a tennis partner for many years - he usually beat me! More recently he took up learning to play the cello, and participate in a curling league. He really enjoyed his cello "camps". He loved to recount stories and events over a coffee at either "Timmies" or "Java Joe's". David was proud of his gardening efforts, and was elated when his magnolia produced an abundance of blossoms. He struggled somewhat with his grass!! We remember one day when he told us he had a blockage in the underground section of his downspout drain. Together we excavated to uncover the exit in the ditch. My long arm was able to fish, and eventually we pulled out a mass of roots that when laid out, stretched the width of his driveway. A couple of well-earned ciders went down well. Rest in peace, David.
September 15, 2021
Leslie and Jim Darling (#7)
Our condolences to Marg and family. We will miss seeing Marg and David strolling together down the street. David was quick to offer his support in the neighbourhood and his assistance over the years was much appreciated.
September 14, 2021
mary jean duncan
My condolences to David's family for his sudden loss. As I understand it, my late father, Don Duncan, fondly claimed significant responsibility for David's entry into the Canadian actuarial world. His was a household name as I grew up, and I know Dad respected him as a colleague and as a person. On a more personal note, as Dad aged and finally passed, David's visits to see us in Ottawa meant the world to Dad and were a great support to me. Similarly his presence at Dad's graveside ceremony, where my one regret is that I did not ask him to accompany my flautist daughter on his cello. She sends her condolences as well, and a message of how much she enjoyed talking with him that day.
September 14, 2021
Janet Adamson
Marg and Family, We were saddened to hear of Dave's sudden passing. Please accept our sincere condolences at this very sad time. Janet Adamson and Dennis Draper
September 14, 2021
Mary Free
Working in David's practice at EY allowed me to get to know this delightful man. I will forever remember his optimism, his infectious laugh, his energy, and his enthusiasm for all his interests. My sincere condolences to all the Congram family on his passing.
September 14, 2021
Ian Peebles
David was a wonderful and patient mentor to me early in my career - I am so glad to have known him. A gentle soul who was always so positive in interactions and his outlook. My sincere condolences to Marg and the family.
September 14, 2021
Jan Kars, President, International Actuarial Association
To: The Family and Loved ones of David James CongramWe were shocked and saddened to hear the tremendously sad and sudden news of the passing of David. On behalf of the organization, please accept our most heartfelt condolences.David was a very devoted and loyal volunteer to the IAA who served with the utmost integrity, dedication, and passion. He contributed tremendously to the IAA’s mission and the actuarial profession globally. The IAA was fortunate to benefit from David’s passionate work in several key leadership roles. David remains recognized and highly respected for his passionate work. It is a very tragic and sudden loss to the international community.Our deepest thoughts and sympathies are with you during this terribly sad time.
September 14, 2021
Judy Evans
Our condolences to Marg, Jamie, Chris and all the other family. David was a friendly gentle neighbour that will be missed. He always had a lovely smile to share. Wishing each of you peace in your time of sorrow. Hugs from our family to yours. Judy, Tim, Christopher, Rodger Evans
September 14, 2021
John Fessenden
I had the privilege of welcoming David to Canada, and to Excelsior Life, when he first arrived from England, and then working with him for several years thereafter. It is with great sadness that I heard of his passing. My sincere condolences to Margie, and to his family. It was an honour to have known him.
September 14, 2021
Steve Haist
I had the privilege of working with David for 10 years at Ernst & Young. He was an intelligent, caring and optimistic leader whose enthusiasm was contagious. I will always have fond memories of him. Sincere condolences to Margie and the family.
September 14, 2021
Mary Stein
I met David when he joined our String Orchestra a few years ago. Without fail, David arrived early before rehearsal, to help set up the stands and chairs for everyone. I always looked forward to seeing David. It was immediately evident that he was a man of integrity, of kindness, elegance and intelligence.I respected him and I will miss him very much.
September 14, 2021
Joanne Downey
David was hugely influential to my career and life, as I worked closely with him in support of his leadership vision at Aetna. This opportunity and his mentorship provided the foundation for my business career to this day - more than 30 years later. He set the gold standard for what a "boss" could be. He was a man with the highest standard of ethics, integrity, character. I will always remember how he looked at life and all its challenges with curiosity and a conviction that we can always work to make things better. The lessons in business and leadership are numerous and deeply treasured. I am so happy that I had a coffee with him a year or so ago to catch up and that he continued to live life to the fullest. My husband Jamie and I are so surprised and deeply saddened that he has passed away. We share our deepest sympathies with Margie, Christopher, and Jamie.
September 13, 2021
Donald Duerksen
On behalf of the Professional Advisory Committee of the Canadian Celiac Association, I would like to express our sincere condolences to the Congram family on David’s passing. As chair of the PAC, I had the fortune of working with David and was struck by his integrity, clear vision, sensitivity and dedication to what he believed in. He had a wonderful sense of humor. He will be missed!
September 13, 2021
Maria Schneider
Dear Marg. It is with great sadness that I heard about the sudden loss of your beloved David! Such a shock that such a good man left us all too early! My sincere condolences to you and your family. I feel so blessed to have known him for the few short years we got to play tennis together. He was such a gentleman and so much fun in his quiet humble way! I will greatly miss him! Rest In Peace Dave. 🙏❤️
September 13, 2021
Trevor Howes
I am greatly saddened by this news. I have fond memories of working for David and with him, during my time at Aetna, as well our too infrequent contacts thereafter. A gentleman, kind and fun loving, never failing to add joy to life, inquisitive and stimulating. My condolences to Marg and the family.
September 13, 2021
Andrew Wolf, President, Lake Field Music Inc.
The Lake Field Music community is very saddened by the passing of David. It was a pleasure to have David and his cello in our musical community from 2014 to 2020. A true gentleman, we will miss him dearly and send our condolences to his family.
September 13, 2021
Robin Sundstrom
I have known David for only a few years, first having met him at Lake Field Music Camp. There, I enjoyed his quiet enthusiasm, unafraid to embark on something that was completely new to him. He joined our string group following that summer, adding his cello to our sound.David was always kind, always interested, always ready with a smile — a gentle man and a gentleman. Our group will miss his presence, and so will I. I can only imagine what a loss he will be to the family, whom he spoke about with love and pride.I am deeply sorry at his loss.
September 13, 2021
David Dickson
David was a great friend and mentor to me. I first got to know David when he did some work for the company I worked for. We became friends, playing squash, the occasional run and sharing food and wine. We also spent two years together on the Board of the CIA. My wife Bonnie and I had many trips with David and Margaret, cruising in different parts of the world and going to a number of Carribbean resorts. Just a couple of weeks ago David and Margaret spent three nights at our condo in Huntsville and we all had a wonderful time. I had a problem with a chandeleer and David and I spent almost 3 hours fixing it. He was always very helpful and patient. David was one of our favourite people and will be greatly missed.
September 13, 2021
Nanette and Tony Roberts
We are very sorry to hear the sad news of David's passing. We will miss a great friend who has kept in touch with us is since we returned to the UK. We give our deepest condolences to Marg and family. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers.Nanette and Tony
September 13, 2021
Janet Bolton
David was the first one to welcome me when I joined the CCA Board at its Ottawa AGM; I was immediately struck by his passion for food safety and improving the lives of those with celiac disease. Over the years, David was always the voice of reason and kindness in meetings; and served as a mentor and advisor to me outside meetings. I last spoke to David a few weeks ago and I think he felt optimistic about CCA's future while anticipating the end of his Board term. David often spoke of his family and was very enthusiastic about your September visit. I am so very sorry for your loss and I hope time will heal. David's work will have a lasting impact and I feel very privileged that our paths crossed.
September 13, 2021
Ken Hunter
I knew two David Congrams, firstly as a colleague at Aetna and later as a friend after reconnecting at church. At Aetna he was a respected leader who exemplified the values of humility, curiosity, integrity, and respect for divergent opinions. My wife and I were delighted to get to know David and Margaret on a more personal level over the last several years at the Newman Centre Catholic Mission. We will miss him greatly and offer our sincere condolences to his family.
September 13, 2021
David Sandberg
As an actuarial colleague, David exuded the joy of life. His awareness of life’s complexities and challenges did not dilute that joy, and in fact quietly pointed out to me that light, joy and graciousness are the best tools to bring to the hard things that one encounters, even as I deeply regret his passing.
September 13, 2021
Melissa Secord
On behalf of the staff at the Canadian Celiac Association National office, we wish to convey our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the Congram family. David was an extra special human being. David was passionate about access to safe gluten-free food for Canadians like him and his family with celiac disease. He was an incredible volunteer who gave hundreds of hours behind the scenes and approached every task, no matter how small, with great detail, care and appreciation. He was a mentor to staff, a compassionate listener and was our biggest cheerleaders for our small charity. He gave so many hours in and out of the office that we recognized him as our Honorary Staff Member. David, you have left a legacy for people with celiac disease and you will be truly missed. Good work dear friend, may you rest in peace.
September 13, 2021
Julie Greene
David was on the board of the CCA with me for several years so we spent time together when travelling to board meetings. He was open-minded, supportive, and always smiling. He spoke of his family, his music and what sounds like a beautiful life often. Very sad to hear of his passing and sending heart felt condolences to his family from ours in Newfoundland.
September 13, 2021
Kyle Rudden, President, Caribbean Actuarial Association
David was instrumental in improving the actuarial profession and insurance regulation in the Caribbean and has left us a lasting legacy. His practical wisdom and compassion will be missed. Our condolences to his family.
September 13, 2021
Cathy Preston
David was one of the best people I knew. Great mentor to me. Thought the world of him. Good friend too. Thinking of the family
September 13, 2021
Michel Simard, Executive Director, Canadian Institute of Actuaries
We are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Mr. David Congram, a member, a volunteer, and a respected leader of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries.May the love of family and friends comfort you during these difficult days.Please accept our most heartfelt condolences.
September 13, 2021
Jim Christie
David was a wonderful mentor, brilliant professional colleague, and good personal friend for many years. I will miss him greatly. My heart felt condolences to Margie, Chris, and James.