RUNNELS, David Franklin

 Oct.7,1947-Jan.27,2020 It is with deep sadness that we announce the unexpected death of David Runnels. He died at IUCPQ, Quebec City after 2 involved surgeries to repair his dissected aorta. Cherished by the Love of his Life, Connie Wight, and missed by his first wife, Mona Marchand and sons John David II and Andres, his sister, Susan Pash, and her family as well as his many Runnels and O’Neil cousins. David graduated from Queens University in 1971 in Metallurgical Engineering. He practiced his profession doing what he enjoyed most: the design, management and construction of mineral processing plants. In his long career, spanning 49 years, David worked on hundreds of projects locally and internationally including Chile, Liberia, Guinea, China, Tunisia, and Australia. In the 70s he moved to India for several years, a country he fell in love with for its rich culture and spicy food, in order to participate in the construction of a major mining and processing iron ore project in the country. David always talked about this period in his life with a sense of nostalgia and bright eyes. He had a good sense of humor with always a funny story to tell his friends, of his work experiences overseas. David also enjoyed working with and learning from other people from other people from different countries with and open mind. He cared so much about his foreign colleagues, he was compassionately called – the Office Uncle. In his long career, David was always a good person to work with. He mentored hundreds of young engineers sharing his experience, work ethic, and dedication. David will be remembered as a gentleman and an honest man. Everyone loved him. David loved life! After a full and productive life, he deserves to rest in peace for eternity.  Cremation has taken place. A gathering to celebrate his life will take place when the sun is right. Donations can be given in his name to the Prince Edward Memorial Hospital Fund, Picton, ON.