Dave Sopha

15-Mar-1948 - 16-May-2021

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Posted by Pam Hubick | 08-Jun-2021

We at Lyons Little Austria wish Terri and your family our deepest sympathies. We have been aware of this great mans legacy through Terri and the time you have spent with us. May you rest knowing how many lives were touched by your father.

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Posted by Sue Renaud | 30-May-2021

I remember when Dave and Penny owned a shop with gifts and a a little cafe. They sold many beautiful items and the food was great! Dave painted a beautiful mural on the wall. The shop was on king street in Preston. They were an amazing couple and great people!!! My condolences and prayers, and much love to the Sopha family!!! Bless!!!

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Posted by Amy Foster-Emmons | 26-May-2021

My deepest condolences to Penny Sopha and the family, Dave was an amazing, talented man, and he will be missed by many! My heart is with your family at this time! ❤
Much love to all of you,
Amy xoxo

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Posted by Susan Clouthier | 26-May-2021

I am so very sorry Penny and family for the heartbreaking loss of Dave. My thoughts and prayers will be with you always. With love Susan

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Posted by James Riley | 24-May-2021

Of all things taken from this earth, precious few will be missed as much as Dave’s love for his fellow man, his country and his family. Now indelibly printed on our minds for the remainder of our journey, his life’s work serves all Canadians well as we embark on that long road leading to the day we witness his presence once again. Rest easy my friend knowing that as sure as the sun will rise to see another day, so will the wonderful thought of you comfortably embraced in the heart of your family, and so will my profound honor to have been part of it in the family of Kin.

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Posted by Gina Dobben | 22-May-2021

It was a great ride Dave. Thanks for including me.
POH is a memorable chapter of my life.

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Posted by Sue Renaud | 22-May-2021

My sincere condolences To Penny Sopha and the sopha family. Dave was a great man, with a beautiful heart and soul.!!! Another Angel has earned his wings!!! My thoughts and prayers are with you all., during this difficult time!!!. Much love to you all! Sue.

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Posted by Cherrie Hunt | 22-May-2021

It was an honour to have meet Dave when he was in Nova Scotia with portrait of honour. He did such gorgeous work and to have been part of the touching tribute to the fallen was an honour and a privilege. This is one memory I will cherish for ever. Keep painting in heavens garden. Happy to meet, Sorry to part, Happy to meet again. Til we can meet again. Love and prayers from Ernie and Cherrie Hunt.

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Posted by Wayne Mastromatteo | 21-May-2021

My deepest condolences to Dave's family on their loss. Dave was a friend of mine for many years, dating back to the early '60's. Not too many friendships survive the passage of time, but Dave had that special ability to keep and maintain friendships with everyone. His artistic talent was tremendous, matched only be his humility and dedication to immortalizing those Veterans that served in Afghanistan and lost their lives for our freedom. As Dave told me, "Wayne, gravestones are just faceless stones with words and dates. I want to immortalize their portraits, so everyone knows who they were." Goodbye my friend and Thank You for immortalizing my late son Andrew with your talent. R.I.P. Dave, you will be greatly missed by all that came in contact with you.

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Posted by Wayne Mastromatteo | 21-May-2021

Dave Sopha was one of "The Niagara Street" group that hung out together in the 60's. My oldest friend, Mike Famulski, Dave and I often spent our summers at Alexander Community Pool, during the lazy, hazy days of summer. In the winter, we played hockey or just skated at the Alexander Park rink. Many times, the three of us went to the C.N.E. Over the years we lost touch with each other. In 2001, I was driving a Charter bus for Trentway-Wagar and was staying in Quebec City. After the day's work, I was at the hotel, standing out on the balcony, when I noticed this bus with beautiful artwork. I went out to the parking lot to inspect it, when this short fellow, with a biker mustache, grey pony-tail and sporting sunglasses came up to me. I asked him if he knew the artist, and he said he was, sounding familiar. Taking off our sunglasses, we recognized each other instantly, after not seeing each other since 1967, when I joined the R.C.N. We hugged each other and I told him I was going to buy him dinner. Over dinner, Dave told me he was living in Cambridge. I replied that I had just moved there. We exchanged numbers and after the tourist season ended, we got together. Dave was doing a Remembrance Day mural on the outside of the Royal Canadian Bank in Preston. He was up on a scaffold that ran the length of the building and it had tarpaulins hanging down to cover the work. He invited me up to have a birds' eye view. I asked him if I could paint a little bit and he gave me the brush. With one miniscule stroke of the brush, my artistic talent was used to "help" Dave! We laughed over that!

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