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LOCATED DECEASED – Missing Man in Deep River, Ontario – David Selander, 63

Sep 18, 2017
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Could not find an updated media release however Obituaries have been posted.


SELANDER, David Like his father 20 years earlier, David William Selander died unexpectedly on the banks of the Ottawa River in his hometown of Deep River on September 21, 2017. He was 63 years old. His death leaves devastated his wife Teresa and his children, Iris, Joseph, Luke and Claire as well as Iris’ husband Colin Pyne. David’s namesake, David Edwin Pyne, learning to talk, has lost a beloved Grandpa. The four surviving Selander siblings, Mark, Peter, Valerie and Timothy are bereft, as are their respective spouses and children. David lived and loved well, a man of great intellect and extraordinary capabilities. He was a man of the land, and exploring the bush of Northern Ontario by canoe and portage, gave him almost as much joy as his young family. David welcomed all people to his heart and home and counted all his equals, be they line workers on the factory floor or nuclear research scientists. His biggest passion was exploring the natural world. No two forests were the same. David read voraciously and widely. Everything, to him was an act of satiating an insatiable curiosity. If his family needed something, David built it. The construction of furniture, and later boats, were both well designed, and uniquely his. David was creative and forward thinking yet deeply connected to the past. He created heirlooms. A keeper of gardens, a dweller on maps, a piano tinkler and a man consumed by curiosity, David took apart and put together a million things, including our hearts. Above all, David loved his God. Although we grieve, we entrust our husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend into that great mystery. A funeral has been held but a memorial service to honour David will be held Saturday, October 21st at St. Georges-on-the-Hill Anglican Church at 11:30 a.m. All are welcome.
Published in the Toronto Star on Sept. 30, 2017




Police were continuing Monday to search for a Deep River man who went missing over the weekend.

David Selander, 63, was last seen on Saturday night at around 6:30 p.m. in the town. His family and authorities are concerned for his well being.

Selander is described as five foot in height with short white hair and has a large scar on his left cheek. He was last seen wearing a red and white t-shirt with beige pants and a beige tilly. So far, the public has been co-operative in coming forward with tips, according to the Deep River Police Service.

“We are following up on all leads but we are still looking,” Chief Barry Swarbrick said Monday afternoon.

The Ontario Provincial Police Emergency Response Team has been called in to assist the Deep River Police Service with their search for the man. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to contact Deep River Police at 613-584-3500 or the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

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