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David Bruce McNiff

March 25, 1951 ~ March 22, 2020 (age 68)

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David Bruce McNiff, devoted husband and father, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on March 22, 2020. He was 68. Known for his wit, David was a compassionate man who lived life to the fullest and always gave back to the people and causes he loved.  David was born in Asbestos, Quebec Canada on March 25, 1951 to Nelson and Flora (Stewart) McNiff. It was in Quebec where he spent his youth until attending and graduating from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, with a B.S. in Biology. After graduation, he relocated permanently to the Bay Area. While there, David made lasting friendships while spending time with his sister Lorna and helping to raise her daughters Erin, Anna and Heather. David worked in dialysis during this time, and enjoyed expressing himself through carpentry in his free time. The late 1980s brought the birth of the first of David's two children, Ryan, followed shortly by Megan. He was always there for his children, attending all of their school functions and concerts throughout both their school years. They were the light of his life, and continued to be for the rest of his days.  David eventually settled in Arizona. It was there that David met and eventually married the love of his life Pam. He came to love her children as his own: Kim and husband Hashi, Amanda and Matthew. He continued to attend his annual hunting trips, aka "the camp" in Canada with lifelong friends and his older brother, Bill, where the men would catch up on life, enjoy a few beers and Jameson, and "hunt". David was always laughing, and his bright blue eyes always smiling. During this stage of his life, David also enjoyed traversing "the sales" on the weekends, picking up "fabulous prizes" to gift to all of his children. He self-managed several rental properties and enjoyed fixing not only his own homes, but those of his children as well. Not known to be flashy, David was always up for picking up bargain items and polishing them into gems, whether to be kept around a house or sold. He was very environmentally-conscious, and regularly donated to World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, and local animal shelters. Eventually, David and Pam purchased a second home in Payson, Arizona, which was his primary passion project and intended retirement home. His favorite thing to do toward the end of his life was to sit around the wood stove in the living room in Payson, reading adventure novels by Wilbur Smith, and recounting fun stories from his past.  David will be remembered for his generous spirit and vibrancy. He is survived by his wife Pam; sister Lorna and husband Alan; brother Bill and wife Wendy; daughter Megan and husband Kyle; son Ryan; and stepchildren Kim and husband Hashi, Amanda and Matthew; and many nieces and nephews he loved dearly. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you make a small donation to the causes listed above."


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