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David Keith Grayson

February 9, 1949 - January 10, 2021


David Keith Grayson
1949 – 2021

David passed away peacefully at his home on Salt Spring Island, January 10, 2021.

David was born on February 9, 1949 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan to parents, Keith and Gwen Grayson. He enjoyed a happy childhood with his parents and brother John at their waterfront acreage on Buffalo Lake, near Moose Jaw. It was a life filled with sailing, swimming, horses, and riding on the Canadian prairie.

After graduating from the University of Saskatchewan, David attended a Teacher Training Course in Transcendental Meditation (TM) in 1973. His greatest joy was teaching TM and working on meditation projects around the world for 48 years.

A man of refined taste in both art and music, he was a connoisseur of beauty. Throughout his life, he enjoyed collecting contemporary art. His other passion was listening to classical music and opera in addition to his wide-ranging interest in rock, jazz, and rhythm and blues.

Moving from Vancouver to Salt Spring in 2005, David was well known as the co-owner and general manager of Ganges Alley as well as two housing sites. He could often be seen around town wearing one of his trademark hats, often a cowboy hat, while stopping to chat with tenants and friends.

David was a man of many gifts: he was highly intelligent, always bubbling with creativity, and had a deep spirituality. He was quiet and shy, but when he spoke, people listened. His friends and colleagues enjoyed his droll sense of humour – he saw the funny, absurd side of things and would quickly come up with one of his famous quips.

David is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn, who treasures their 39 happy years of marriage, career partnerships, travel, and daily laughter. There were no children.  David was dearly loved by his family, friends, colleagues, and all who knew him. He was a rare and beautiful soul and will be greatly missed.

An amazing and beautiful Zoom Celebration of Life for David was held on January 31, attended by family and friends from Europe, the US, and across Canada.


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From: Jiim Cawsey
Relation: Close friend during our youth

Personal message and reflection to Carolyn Grayson (wife of David Keith). Carolyn: How to where to begin. I like quite few fellow former and current residents of Mose Jaw were saddened to hear of David’s death. We were part of David’s life in Moose and his initial university days at U of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. A ‘cluster’ of us were elementary, high school and university friends of his. Likely influenced by the quiet graciousness of his parents, he was somewhat shy during his early years. However, a strong spirit began to emerge during high school. In fact, many a crazy hour was spent enjoying somewhat rambunctious time playing pool and horsing around in the games room, top floor of the Grayson family home OR sweating out the soreness after a football game/practice in the sauna in the basement of their home OR, now of lasting memories, the incredible times we enjoyed at the Grayson ‘cottage’ (year-round I might add) at Buffalo Pound Lake. Like many of us, David was a bit of a ‘lost soul’ at university challenging himself as to why he was attending. That is, until one day he happened to come upon a poster for TM. As the saying goes, from that moment the ‘rest is history’. He found his inner soul and passion (as you no doubt learned and enjoyed). Alas time and circumstances carried many of us along different paths in our lives and we did not re-connect. I am somewhat saddened by the fact we are so close (Brentwood Bay) but …………. . I note in the obituary that you experienced a celebration of life with others. So glad for you and them that you were able to do so. You may be interested to know that over the years there have been a few Moose Jaw Central Collegiate Institute (CCI – our high school) reunions. Dave was often fondly remembered at those events. His obituary was shared on the group’s facebook page. This prompted many thoughts of other remembrances and thoughts of him and for you. Someday perhaps we can connect and each learn more of and about David (and you). …….. regards ……..

From: Terry Huebert
Relation: Friend and neighbor

I lived down the street from David on 2nd ave Moose Jaw from 1954 to 1959. We were on again off again friends probably because I was kind of a ruffian and his Aunt Gert didn’t like me much. Went to Buffalo Pound a few times and always had good times with David.

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