A unique, intelligent, interesting man with a great sense of humour, and diverse interests; Dave lived life on his own terms. By trade, he was a skilled sheet metal worker, an occupation he was to remain in for his entire working career. In his late teens and early twenties, David raced stock cars at the old CNE and Pinecrest Speedways. Motorcycles then caught his interest, and they were to become a life long passion. He went on to become an accomplished road racer competing in both the USA and Canada, initially on the now classic, BSA Gold Stars and G50 Matchless British machines, and later, on the more modern and faster Yamaha road racers. David enjoyed a wide circle of friends in motorcycling, and was a member of the CVMG, Old Fort York Section. He loved fishing, and was avid sports fisherman. He was also an award winning dog breeder. An accredited member of the German Shepherd Dog Club of Canada, he was noted for his expertise with the breed. Dave remained active and involved in all of his passions throughout his life.
Dave Jackson was one of those meteors who streaks into our lives, touches us briefly, and moves along. Dave re-introduced himself to the world of sport bikes this past summer by purchasing a new Buell 1125R from yours truly. To quote Dave, “This is the only Harley product that I’ve ever cared to buy”. The respect that Dave showed his bike was a testament to his character, considering his vast motorcycling experience. Dave eagerly shared road racing stories from the 1950’s into the 1970’s and laughed at my recollections of racing in the 1970’s. I like to believe that a forever young Dave Jackson is cranking around a celestial track right now, in the company of all those who have passed before. Thanks for your stories Dave and enjoy your ride. You are missed and you are remembered.
– Art Newman –
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