david j forsyth


I believe we put undue emphasis on our professional biographies and often say too little about who we really are, so you may want to adjust your expectations before reading further.

To begin, I feel it’s appropriate to prefix many of my roles in life with the word amateur because most of my pursuits do not provide me with an income, and frankly, a description of my professional career is somewhat boring. Suffice it to say that I began life as a farm boy, left school as a commercial artist, and served most of my thirty-five-year career as a supervisor and mid-manager in a department of the local municipal government. I told you it was boring.

To continue, I am an amateur husband and father, genealogist, historian, writer, explorer & photographer. I love water – all kinds – sweet water (fresh) and blue water (salt). I like sailing on it, canoeing and kayaking over it, and photographing it; I enjoy folk music, reading, British beers – I even have my own little pub called The Frog & Parrot – and I’m always planning a trip somewhere. I accept that I’m a little obsessive and controlling, though I defend those tendencies by explaining that I like things done properly the first time.

My wife claims I’m annoying, but admits that she loves me anyway. My kids tell me I’m opinionated. Of course I am. I’ve been accumulating opinions for more than seven decades.

David J ForsythI’m a fiscal conservative, and I don’t believe in magic. Though the role of mathematical odds can’t be discounted, I believe we create our own futures with every decision we make. I’ve flown airplanes, soared in a glider, and drifted over southern Ontario in the basket of a hot-air balloon. I’ve canoed the French River, kayaked the Grand River, and sailed the Great Lakes and the eastern seaboard from Florida to Labrador. I’ve looked down on Scotland from the summit of Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the U.K., and trudged the 500-mile Bruce Trail from Queenston, Ontario to Tobermory, at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula. I’ve driven the highways and country roads of Canada, the USA, England and Scotland, though I’ve just begun to explore them. I have an extensive bucket list, and I’m well aware that I’m running out of time.

I’ve published three books to date. The first, titled Dafydd, is an account of growing up on an Ontario farm in the 1950s. The second, Too Cold for Mermaids, describes my sailing adventures in the Great Lakes and on the North Atlantic. My third book, Footnotes, is a collection of poetry, written over a period of sixty years. All of my books are available through this website, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and in selected bookstores. I am currently working on a fourth book about a war bride who, in 1919, relinquished her homeland and family in exchange for the love of a Canadian soldier.

© David J Forsyth 2013