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Obituary of David John Mills
On Friday June 11, 2021 surrounded by family, David John Mills of Belleville, Ontario passed away at the age of 74.
Born in Manchester, England on January 14, 1947. Dave was a husband, father, grandfather, friend and mentor. Affectionately known by his grandchildren as Papa Dave, he could be found on the golf course, birding, starring as a recurring character in Ghost Flusher Films, buying sports cards or offering up witty banter about professional sports teams. He was also the biggest cheerleader of his children and their athletic pursuits.
A graduate of The University of Toronto with a degree in Chemical Engineering, Dave began a career with Ontario Hydro, retiring in 1997. Fulfilling his passion for golf after several years of volunteering, he was named Executive Director of Golf Ontario in 1997. His reach in golf was impactful, creating opportunities for countless junior golfers across the province of Ontario. In his retirement, Dave served as the President of the Belleville Sports Hall of Fame.
A passionate golfer and handicap manipulator, Dave enjoyed playing golf with close friends and family. A regular on the Muir Tour, he was the self-professed blogger of the tour. Highlighting the many plot lines of each round.
When not on the golf course, Dave was off looking for the perfect picture. He and his wife Judy spent countless hours on the backroads looking for birds and old buildings while eating lunch and enjoying a beer. An avid photographer, his pictures adorn his home as well as the homes of many family and friends.
The recipient of numerous awards, he was inducted into the Belleville Sports Hall of Fame and the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame. In 2018, Dave was also received the IAGA Distinguished Service Award.
Dave will be fondly remembered by the love of his life of 52 years Judy (nee Cocks), his children Jeff (Shannon), Jennifer (Rich) and Jon (Megan). He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Nick, Nate, Noah, Ben and Emma. He is also survived by his sister Joan Murray, brothers Frank (Sandy) and Peter Meeds (Kathleen).
Preceded in death by his parents Andrew and Joan Mills and his son Brian Jonathan Mills.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Belleville General Hospital Foundation or the Belleville Sports Hall of Fame would be appreciated.