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296 Isabella Street
Pembroke, ON K8A 5S9
Phone: 613-735-5711
Fax: 613-735-6228
David Allan Behan

David Allan Behan

Thursday, April 12th, 1928 - Tuesday, January 7th, 2020
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Retired from the Ministry of Education
David Allan Behan passed away peacefully, in his 91st year, at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Toronto on Tuesday January 7th 2020.
David was born in Pembroke, Ontario April 12, 1928 to William and Clarinda (nee Regimbal) Behan.
David was the much loved youngest brother to the late Bill, Bob and Edward and is survived by brother John Behan. He was a loving uncle to nine nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to share their memories of David with his family during visitation at the MURPHY FUNERAL HOME, 296 Isabella Street, Pembroke on Monday January 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday at 1:00 p.m. in St. Columbkille’s Cathedral, Pembroke. Interment St. Columba’s Cemetery.
David’s nephew, Bob Behan and niece, Patricia Gaskin would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Varga , Dr. Shaw , and the caring nursing staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital.In memory of David, donations to St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Toronto would be appreciated. Condolences, tributes, donations
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  • Visitation

    Monday, January 13th, 2020 | 11:00am - 12:30pm
    Monday, January 13th, 2020 11:00am - 12:30pm
    Murphy Funeral Home
    296 Isabella Street
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  • Service

    Monday, January 13th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Monday, January 13th, 2020 1:00pm
    St. Columbkille's Cathedral
    188 Renfrew Street
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    Rev. Fr. Jim Beanish
  • Interment

    St. Columba's Cemetery,
    Bruham Avenue and TV Tower Road
    Laurentian Valley, ON K8A 6W5
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Donations are being accepted for: ST JOSEPH'S HEALTH CENTRE FOUNDATION OF TORONTO.


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Bill Forbes

Posted at 10:46am
Well old friend it is time to finally say good bye. I did drop in to see you at the retirement home in early January however my timing was bad and I had just missed you. After roughly 37 years, I think we met in 1982/83 timeframe, there are many, many good memories. That evening you proudly introduced your new Volvo over a beer or two, challenges with squirrels in your backyard and how they were as fond or maybe more so of your peach tree than you and how you had a plan to relocate the squirrels to a park many miles away to salvage your crop, your bicycle rides through the local parks after retiring and your meticulous logging of your miles throughout each season and proudly sharing your achievement on your Christmas cards, delivery by bicycle of peach jam and other crops from the Behan garden each year to Pat and I, recording the Boston Marathon several years in order that I could watch the entire race after returning from running the marathon, agreeing to support me in one of my Toronto marathons with a glass of cold water along the course route to find you with not a plastic cup but an actual glass of ice and water, our fish and chip lunches with discussions of various topics you would have on a small piece of paper crossing each off with your stubby pencil after thorough discussion, taking you grocery shopping and running other errands in your time of need. Many, many great memories, my good friend. You got to get old having lived a long and healthy life. Rest In Peace, my friend.

Bill Forbes, Toronto, Ontario


Posted at 10:16am
Photo of the 5 Behan brothers in order of age - with Al, the youngest, at the end, then Ed, John, Bob and Bill

Trudy Behan

Posted at 09:48am
My favorite "Al story" was one he told me when I was living in Toronto in the late 1990s. He said that one day, he heard someone calling for help when he was outside - but he couldn't see anyone. After listening carefully, he realized that the cries were coming from an abandoned refrigerator in someone's yard. A child had got into it and the door shut behind, trapping him. Al came to the rescue - perhaps an unlikely superhero, a quiet, gentle man who enjoyed his birdwatching, biking in High Park and who's drink order was always "I'll have an ale". Many thanks to my Toronto-based cousins who so generously made the effort to look after Al in his final years.

Trudy Behan Posted at 09:50am

This comment is actually from Beverly Behan; but it seemed to attach to my Mom's post...….sorry!

Trudy Behan

Posted at 09:40am
We were so sorry to hear of Al's passing; we, too, have had many health challenges in recent years but are now both doing well - not well enough, however, to attend the funeral in Pembroke (in January!). Weather permitting, we will try to pay our respects to Al and other family members in Pembroke sometime this summer. We sincerely thank our nephews and nieces who took care of Al in his final years. In lieu of flowers, we have made a $250 donation to St. Joseph's Health Center in Al's name.


Posted at 01:41pm
Uncle Al, We Judy,Tyler,Erin, Jason and Melissa knew him as a man of few words and always smiling.
We remember him for his quiet demeanour which would be shown when he arrived at the house with his Christmas box ,filled with his homemade Chili's,peaches,pears and pickles. His eyes were filled with pride and love that he was able to share this accomplishment with family that appreciated his hard work. We loved and looked forward to that box of goodies every year.
Although circumstances made us grow apart he will always be a fond memory in our family's heart.
We Will miss you Uncle Al Love, Judy, Tyler, Jason and Melissa Behan

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