David "Dave" Chittick

David Lloyd Chittick, of Hanover, passed away suddenly on Sunday, November 05, 2023.  He was 81.

Born in Hanover on March 4,1942 to the late Lloyd and Evelyn (nee Witte) Chittick.  At a young age, Dave created his own band called “Dave Chittick and the Country Pals”.  Over the years he played at many public, private and charity venues and had a huge country music following.  His music was played as local talent on CKNX radio.  

He was the MC for many years for the Bruce Grey Country Music Jamborees and recognized for his dedication and musical contributions for which he was inducted into the Bruce Grey Country Music Hall of Fame in 2018.  Dad could never pass by a musical instrument, especially a piano, without playing a tune. Dad truly cherished his grandchildren and would often share his knowledge and “treasures” at the farm.  He was extremely proud of his family and heritage. Dad’s expression of the word “BOY!!!” would often mean he was teasing his grandchildren.

His passion was farming, tractors, music and driving trucks.  After retirement he continued his driving with transporting members of the Mennonite and Amish communities to various locations.

Survived by his wife Gloria (nee Barrett) Chittick of Hanover.  Loved father of Kevin Chittick of Point Clark (Sara Mallory), Heather Chittick (Brett Anderson) of Barrie and Brian (Tanya) Chittick of Drayton.  Special grandpa of Shay, Kieran (Jen), Chase, Adam, Megan and great grandpa of Amelia. Remembered by siblings Delores Gateman (Bob Boddy) of Chesley, Cleta Ernest of R#1 Hanover and Keith Chittick of Alliston as well as his nieces, nephews and their families.  Predeceased by his parents, grandson Braeden, brothers Wayne and Harold, sister-in-law Velma Chittick and brothers-in-law Alan Gateman and Gordon Ernest.

Visitation will be held at Mighton Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 14, 2023 from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 pm. A Private Funeral Service will be held with interment in Hanover Cemetery.

Memorial donations to the Grey Bruce Music Country Hall of Fame or the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

Public Condolences

Sincere condolences on the passing of Dave. Mum and dad (Lorna and Adolph) passed along your sad news to me. Nāku noa, nā. Duane

- duane peltzer
November 26, 2023

I was so shocked of Dave's passing. He had invited me for a walk around the farm, which I hadn't taken him up on. Our family visited the farm as children and I visited Dolly (Evelyn) often when I moved up here. When my partner passed away, I gave Dave a couple of his suits because he was another 'big' guy.
My heartfelt condolences to the Chittick family. Dave leaves a big hole in the community.

November 21, 2023

I am saddened by the news of Dave's passing. I remember the dances in Keady, he played for our dancing enjoyment. Great musician.

- Helen Cumming
November 17, 2023

Very sorry to hear of cousin Dave's passing. I will always remember his smile and warmth.
I apologise for missing his service, I just heard of his passing from a friend.
The Vickers.

- Rick & Brenda Vickers
November 16, 2023

So sorry for your loss. thinking of you all during this difficult time.

- Evelyn Reay
November 15, 2023

So sorry for your loss. My condolences to all the family.

- Gloria Cook
November 15, 2023

Delores & Siblings, So sorry about your loss! Dave will be missed by many!

- Susanne Leifso
November 14, 2023

Vonda and I will miss Dave more than I can say. He was our friend and mentor to me. We are so sorry for your loss.
Dave was one of a kind and will be remembered by all who had the honour of knowing him.


- Doug Ankenmann
November 14, 2023

Hi Gloria and family we are saddened to hear about Dave we have fond memories out dancing and talking to him he will be missed

- Dave and Hilda Swailes
November 14, 2023

Sorry for your loss. I was helping Dave keep his fleet of vehicles going,by being his mechanic. My dad Delbert Trafford,was one of the Country Pals.So he has also inspired my music playing. He will be remembered by many.

- Scott Trafford
November 14, 2023

Gloria and family: So very sorry to hear of Dave's passing. He was an extraordinary man who had a positive impact on many people - by sharing his music and by sharing a friendly smile. He will be missed.

- Cliff & Laurel Andrews
November 14, 2023

Gloria and family we send our sincere condolences on the sudden loss of Dave
He was a special friend to my parents Milton and Lois Ahrens. Thinking of you as you share happy memories of him. While his music might be silenced it will never be forgotten

- Larry and Elaine Frook
November 13, 2023

Gloria & Family.
My condolences to you and your family in the sudden passing of Dave. I played piano in the band at Saturday night dances in Keady where a good time was had by all. Dave will be dearly missed by the many lives he touched with many good memories.

- Erla (Stephan) Fenwick- Duquette
November 13, 2023

Phyllis and I would like to offer our deepest sympathy to the Chittick family. I had the pleasure of playing in Dave's band for 15 years and he was the kindest person you could ever meet..He was always there if you needed a hand and we had a lot of fun times together. Right up to the week before he passed we would talk to each other on the phone and reminisce over the good times we had together. He will be missed.
Phyllis and Don Metcalfe.

- Phyllis and Don Metcalfe
November 13, 2023

Such a loss of a great man.I have known Dave for a long time as he was a great,close,family- like friend of my parents,Jerry and Elva Brown of Chesley.I know he talked to my dad on the phone often especially from the time Mom passed.He always gave dad a chuckle during his phone calls.He will be missed by many people whose lives he has touched.
Phyllis Brown(Provencher)

- Phyllis Irene Provencher
November 13, 2023

So sorry for your loss Dolly and Bob and family.
Treasure the memories ❤️

- Pat Miskie
November 13, 2023

Sorry to hear of Dave's. passing. Our deepest condolences are extended to the Chittick family during this difficult time. Cherish those many great memories .

- Sulta and Jerry Weppler
November 12, 2023

Heather, Brett and Chase
We're very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all during this time.
Ali, Mike, Jordan and Jamie

- Allison Orzel
November 12, 2023

Lor and I were very sorry to hear of Dave's passing. Sending our condolences to Aunt Gloria, Kevin, Heather, Brian and families.

- Derek Wardell
November 12, 2023

To the Chittick. My sincere condolences.I will miss him. I call Dave a friend and I worked with him for many years. He was always there to help if I needed it. I will miss him greatly. Bob Ahrens

- Bob Ahrens
November 12, 2023

Sorry to hear about Dave. I started him doing jams at the Chatsworth Legion. Many years ago he has been such a great man playing music and getting everyone involved. All my condolences to Glorya and family

- Bernice. Sims
November 12, 2023

We remember our friend, Dave for his kindness and help when we first began participating at his Jams at the Hanover Legion. Always with a story and a big smile. He loved playing jokes on his friends. We will miss you Dave.

- Larry and Bette Mae Couroux
November 12, 2023

Lor and I were very sorry to hear of Dave's passing. Sending our condolences to Aunt Gloria, Kevin, Heather, Brian and families.

- Derek Wardell
November 12, 2023

dave was a great friend and very helpful when i was learning to play fiddle, always smiling, had a lot of good times together, dave will be missed..sympathy to all the family

- joan kaufman
November 12, 2023

We are saddened to learn of Dave's passing. Over the years we've had some good chats as did our son Jason not that long ago. We extend our sincere sympathies to each of you as you go through these difficult days.

- Heather & Barry Witte and Family
November 11, 2023

Very sad to hear about Dave's passing.. we were neighbours for 13years, and he was such a great man! Many snowstorms over the years he came to blow out the driveway, and was always sure to keep us stocked up with turnips for thanksgiving and Christmas! We will sure miss our favourite neighbour. Condolences and sympathy,, from the Mallory family

- Garry & Amber Mallory
November 11, 2023

Many fond memories of Dave Chittick from being one of his drummers back in the 60's and how nice he was to the Day family over the years. Mom and Dad lived in Dave's house down under the bridge in Allan Park for many years. Our condolences to the Chittick Family, Dave was a Great teacher in the music field as he taught many up and coming musicals--Judy and Allan Day

- allan day
November 11, 2023

Sad to here of Dave's journey .
Played music 🎶 together for some years.
I normally called him Chita Boy.
He will be missed by All.
God Bless... W. S. D. Coulson.

- Wayne . Sue.Donald. Coulson
November 11, 2023

To the Family of Dave Chittick.
We are so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. We used to dance to his music with his band at Keady every Saturday night. We just loved it, and him. I (Marg) along with a girlfriend were dared to get up on stage with the band and sing. I had a word with
Dave and he readily agreed. What a hoot everyone had that night, even Dave. He laughed harder than anyone I think. He will certainly be missed. Please accept our sympathy at this sad time. YOu are all in our thoughts.

- Gary and Marg Tambling
November 11, 2023

So sorry to hear about dave's passing. I ran a garage, played piano, played country music on a pipe organ. He shook his head many a time at me. He was a great guy. ggap

- anne pritchard
November 11, 2023

Our sincere condolences to Aunt Gloria and family. I cherish the memories of visiting the farm on weekends. Always admired Uncle Dave. He worked very hard as a commercial truck driver and maintaining the farm . Also a talented musician . Sadly missed but not forgotten

- Jeff Barrett
November 11, 2023

Gloria and Family
Our condolences and deepest sympathy to you and your family on the passing of Dave
Brian and Judy Pickett

November 11, 2023

My deepest condolences goes out to Dave's family. He sincerely was a very generous man who really had a love for life. He was a force to be reckoned with and will dearly be missed.

- Angie Messerschmidt
November 11, 2023

Very sorry to hear of Dave's sudden passing.
Our sincere condolences to Gloria, Kevin and Family, Heather, Brett and Family, Brian, Tanya and Family. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.
Donna and Jim Hurst

- Donna and Jim Hurst
November 10, 2023

Our sincere condolences to you and all of Dave's family.
We have shared many musical memories over the years at the Blyth Threshers Reunion. He always greeted every one with a friendly "hello" and a smile.
He always took the time to stop in for a brief chat when ever passing through Blyth.
He will be missed.

- Frank & Marian Hallahan
November 10, 2023

Deepest sympathies to the whole Chittick family. In chatting with Dave, he obviously knew every long-term family for miles around. Dave and my dad attended Allan Park Junior Farmers together and we lost both at age 81.I am sure that Dave has found a jamboree up yonder.

- Kent Charlton
November 10, 2023

Our deepest sympathy to all of the family of Dave, he has been an icon for this area going back to the Keady Stomps and before. He is going to be missed. Hold close to your memories.

- Jack and Ellen Cavill
November 10, 2023

Sending love and hugs to the family ..... my mom was a Chittick (we didn't know much about her family as she didn't talk about it much .. she was from Wingham ONT) ... Send Dave's obit info to my cousin ... (turns out we were related) .. so even more so, sending sympathy and hugs to your family ...

- Karen (Casey) James
November 10, 2023

For many years out in Allan Park, Dave was our good neighbour, always with a big friendly smile. Our Sympathy to the whole family, from our family. Peace to you.
Rudy & Reta Derksen

- Rudy & Reta Derksen
November 10, 2023

Kevin and Family. My thoughts are with you now and in the difficult weeks ahead. Sending you love and prayers and my deepest sympathy.

- Cindy Fidler-Lusby
November 10, 2023

Heather, Brett, and Chase: Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Cherish the wonderful memories you have - they are his everlasting gift to you and your family. 💚

- Claudia & Allan Brown
November 9, 2023

Gloria, Ray and I send our sympathy to you and your family at this sad time. Don Metcalfe informed us of Dave's passing.

- Myrna Casemore
November 9, 2023

My deepest condolences goes out to Dave's family. He sincerely was a very generous man who really had a love for life. He was a force to be reckoned with and will dearly be missed.

- Angie Messerschmidt
November 9, 2023

Cousins Dave and Harold came to see my dad Garfield Chittick (Lloyd's brother) when he was sick and I'll always remember that visit. The room suddenly became very small! Fond memories of Dave performing at dances when I was very young. Condolences Gloria and family. Cousin Susan.

- Susan Barlow
November 9, 2023

All of us at Canadian Tire gas bar will miss David a lot. He came in every day with his “grumpy look”, then always made us all laugh. Thinking of the whole family.

- Janice Parker
November 9, 2023

I have lots of fond memories of your father! Dave was a fine man! Kevin, Brian, Heather, Gloria, and the entire family please accept my condolenses! Wishing you well during this difficult time.

- Richard Obermayer
November 9, 2023

Our sincere condolences to the Chittick family on the loss of David Chittick . Our hearts and prayers are with you through this difficult time .

- Dave and Dana Wardell
November 9, 2023

To the Chittick family.
I was sad to hear that Dave has passed away. Our parents - Lloyd and Evelyn, Wilfred and Edith -were lifelong friends, so I spent a fair bit of time at their farm. The house was always filled with music. Dave was a wonderful musician and played at my wedding reception.
May the memories comfort you in the days ahead.
Sincerely, Dianne ( Alexander ) Dickson

- Dianne Dickson
November 9, 2023

Very saddened to see the passing of Dave. We have now lost the last of our country music pioneers. So glad that he could join the the Ridge River Ramblers this past spring, on-stage at the Propeller Club, and then in June at the annual Bruce Grey Music Hall of Fame induction celebration. We proudly inducted Dave
into the Music HOF in 2018.... such a worthy HOF candidate. We will miss his presence, the stories,the humour, all the history, the jams, his music and unique personality. May Dave's journey now be one of peace.

- Arnie Clark
November 9, 2023

So sorry to hear of Dave's passing. I have known him for quite some time and always enjoyed his music. He will be missed. Diane

- Diane (Hastie) Kobe
November 8, 2023

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