11 November 1965 – 2 March, 2023
At Victoria Hospital, London on March 2, 2023 of London and formerly of Huron Park at the age of 57. David is survived by his parents Thea and Duff Rothbauer, his sister Paulette (Irene), his brother Mark (Christina), and by his niece Kelsey and nephew Noah (Rose). He had lost touch with his many aunts, uncles, and cousins in Canada and in Europe. He will be missed by Ian, Gord, Holly, Charity, Verity and many others who knew and loved him. Predeceased by his dear friend Brandi.
David served with pride in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1983 to 2000. After his time in the military, he had a long career as a computer programmer, writing code for health integration information technology systems. He was an avid gamer and wrote code for game design. He loved performing and participated in community theatre in Stratford and St. Mary’s and had begun to work in earnest on his stand-up comedy routines. David lived openly with mental illness and was a proud advocate for people less privileged and with less access to care and services. He opened his life and his home to people who often had nowhere else to turn. And finally, anyone who knew David, knew of his abiding love of dogs, how they nurtured and sustained him, and quite literally, kept him going.
In keeping with David’s wishes cremation has taken place. Donations to the London and Middlesex County Humane Society would be appreciated by the family.
Duff, Thea and Family,
So sorry to hear of David’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Nina Knee and family
Mark & Christina, Noah & Rose, Kelsey and all David’s Family & Friends;
We offer our sincere condolences to all of you at this sad time. I remember David from the halls of South Huron DHS and he was always a kind and respectful individual. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
“Thank you for your service to our country David, may you rest in peace. “
Mark & Julie Heimrich, Sarah, Scott & Spencer
To The Rothbauer Family
I remember Dave and the entire family from Huron Park . I was in Paulette’s grade in school . Sending heartfelt condolences to the entire family . Keep your memories close to your hearts .
Sending hugs to all
Carol (Ross) Coleman
Oh how sad to read about David’s passing. Thinking of you all at this most sorrowful time. I know you will treasure your only your best memories. He was a brave soul and gave back loads in love & laughter. He will be missed.
George and Sue Wilson
Duff, Thea, Paulette, Mark and Christina and families, heartfelt condolences on your loss of David. We remember him as a quiet young man. Sad Cherish your precious memories and hold them close to your heart. Hugs and prayers, George and Sue Wilson and family
So sorry Duff,Thea,Mark and Paulette to hear of David’s passing. Keep the good memories in your hearts.
So sorry Duff,Thea,Mark and Paulette to hear of David’s passing. Keel the good memories in your hearts.
Jason Van Haarlem
Very sad news. Condolences to the entire family.
I am so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing . Cherish all the good memories and times . Everytime driving past the old home on Algonquin I think of you all , The bright yellow siding was finally replaced this winter. Hugs to to you all .
Dear Duff, Thea and family,
I’m so sorry for your loss. In the many years that I worked with Duff, you could see that he was immensely proud of his children. I’m thinking about you all, during this difficult time.
I’m sincerely saddened by David’s passing.
I have a fond memory of David. He was a young dark haired boy, running down my parents driveway to jump in the car. We went flying over southwestern Ontario.
We had fun, a good day.
Barb and Doug Ferguson
Duff, Thea, Paulette and Mark,
So very sorry to hear of David’s passing. Please know we send hugs and are thinking of all of you .
To the Rothbauer family
I am deeply saddened by the news of David’s passing. He was a very intelligent and creative individual as well as a fiercely loyal friend. I shall miss him dearly :(
From my family, David, Susan, Zachery, my deepest condolences to to the Rothbauer family,
David Avery, CD
Dear tante Thea, Duff, Paulette and Mark. I am so sorry for your loss! I am thinking of you all. Sending you lots of strength, love and hugs from Holland.
Reinhard and Maria Gotz
To the Rothbauer family
We are deeply saddened to hear of your loss.
Please accept our condolences.
Reinhard and Maria Gotz
Thinking of all of you at this time of loss. Sounds like he was so loved. Duff spoke often of his family while I worked with him. Very proud father.
I have known David since we were kids in Huron Park , we have keep in touch with the Rothbauer family . I will miss Dave . Love from the Schell family
I remember Dave when we were in the Army Cadets together in Huron Park in the 80’s. He was senior to me. Always fun and admirable. Deepest condolences to the Rothbauer family, especially to Paulette and Mark. So sorry for your loss.