10
Apr
2019

Vintage Racer Dave Elcomb Passes

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A gentle, humble man with too much intelligence, Dave was born April 28, 1930, the last of three boys, to Ester and Frank Elcomb at home in the gardener's cottage on the Mott estate in Brantford. Reluctantly left us March 31, 2019 at Erie Shores Hospice, Leamington. Pre-deceased by his parents, and brothers Frank and John. Survived by his wife, Avis Anne (Scooter) after 60 years of fun and adventures, his children, Kedre (Blake), Douglas, and Jennifer (Gary), and his cat Frannie. Cremation has taken place as requested. 
 
Dave graduated in tool & die from Ford Trade School in Windsor in 1952 and attained his Mechanical/Electrical Engineering degree at GMI, Flint, MI, in 1957. He was the Plant Engineer at GM on Walker Road when it built engines, and then converted the lines to automatic transmissions for McKinnon’s in 1963, mostly without closing the entire plant (the transmission plant reverted to GM in 1969). In 1980 he earned his P.Eng designation based on his private work in design and construction of sailboat, unlimited hydroplane, and racing car components. When he retired in 1985, Dave and his buddy Curly Ellis started Elcomb & Ellis Engines (E3), a small machine shop and aluminum foundry for the sailboat industry. Dave also enjoyed his family race team, Ecurie Shoestring, his time as an auto racing steward with CASC, and his founding memberships in the Vintage Auto Racing Association of Canada and Cedar Island Yacht Club. 
 
As a friend once said, “Elcomb, if you weren't so clever, you’d have a much easier life.” 
 
The family will host an Open House at the Church of the Epiphany, 96 Main St W, Kingsville, on May 8, 2019 from 2-4 pm. Dress casual. Please bring lots of stories to tell! No flowers. Instead, please consider making a donation in Dave’s memory to the church, the soul-saving Erie Shores Hospice, 194 Talbot St W., Leamington, or Windsor Essex County Humane Society, 1375 Provincial Road, Windsor. Condolences may be left for the family at www.simplechoicecremation.ca
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