Obituary: David Grayson

David Keith Grayson passed away peacefully at his home on Salt Spring Island, January 10, 2021.

His parents were Keith and Gwendolyn Grayson of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. David was born on February 9, 1949, and enjoyed a happy childhood with his parents and brother, John, on their waterfront acreage on Buffalo Lake, near Moose Jaw. It was a life filled with sailing, swimming, horses, and riding on the Canadian prairie.

After graduating from the University of Saskatchewan, David attended a Teacher Training Course in Transcendental Meditation (TM) in 1973. His greatest joy was teaching TM and working on meditation projects around the world for 48 years.

A man of refined taste in both art and music, he was a connoisseur of beauty. Throughout his life, he enjoyed collecting contemporary and heritage art and in the early 1980s, together with his wife Carolyn, opened a fine art gallery in Calgary specializing in corporate collections. His other great passion, from childhood on, was classical music and opera, in addition to his wide-ranging interest in rock, jazz, and the blues.

Moving from Vancouver to Salt Spring in 2005, David was well known as the co-owner and general manager of Ganges Alley as well as two housing sites. He could often be seen around town wearing one of his trademark hats, often a “cowboy hat" while stopping to chat with tenants and friends.

David was a man of many gifts: he was highly intelligent, always bubbling with creativity, and had a deep spirituality. He was shy and quiet, but when he spoke, people listened. His friends and colleagues enjoyed his droll sense of humour - he saw the funny, absurd side of things and would quickly come up with one of his famous quips.

David was an instant and loyal friend. People felt they could always be themselves and were comfortable around him. He was endlessly curious about the world, and fascinated with new projects. He was a rare and beautiful soul.

David is survived by his devoted wife, Carolyn, who treasures their 39 happy years of marriage, career partnerships, travel, and daily laughter. There were no children. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother John Grayson, and brother-in-law, Gene Cormier. He is survived by his sisters-in-law, Leah Grayson and Margo Cormier, as well as seven nephews and nieces. David was dearly loved by his family, extended families, and all who knew him. We will miss him terribly.

An amazing and beautiful Zoom Celebration of Life for David was held on January 31, attended by family and friends from Europe, the US, and across Canada.

February 9, 2021 5:48 PM