Monday 30 November 2009


David Marshall

Mr. Toby Barrett: On Friday, I joined people from across Haldimand county, Ontario, Canada and beyond in marking the passing of Honourable Justice Dr. T. David Marshall. For his accomplishments as a judge, lawyer and doctor were great, David Marshall was so much more. Justice Marshall embodied integrity, honesty, kindness, hard work, perseverance, love of family, community and country. A consummate gentleman who never put himself above others; he made life better for people.

Born in Wainfleet, a graduate of Dunnville Secondary School and Ridley College, Marshall earned his medical degree in 1962 at the University of Toronto and his law degree from Osgoode Hall in 1970. He wrote books; he painted; farmed; he raised Belted Galloway cattle, chickens and horses.
Marshall earned his pilot’s licence, learned diesel mechanics, dabbled in politics and became an honorary chief of Six Nations. While many travel the world, Marshall’s journey saw him serve as a missionary doctor in South America, Supreme Court justice in the North West Territories and the Yukon, as well as a doctor for the Northern Command in Yellowknife between 1982 and 1992.

Most recently he was appointed the Colonel Commandant of the medical branch of the Canadian Armed Forces. Dr. Marshall was survived by his wife, Jill; children, Jill, Julie, Albert, Tom and David, plus 10 grandchildren. Our thoughts are with them.