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 six 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’m just beginning to explore them. I have an extensive bucket list, and I’m well aware that I’m running out of time.

Oh, and I’ve written a book titled Dafydd. It was published in 2014, and is available on this website. Simply select “About the Book” above. I’m currently working on a second book, and a couple of others are in preliminary stages of development.

© David J Forsyth 2013