Remembering David Schmidt

Surrounded by his family and closest friends, David Schmidt passed away peacefully at Kingston General Hospital (KGH) due to complications from a heart attack on October 19, 2023. He was 49 years young.

David will be greatly missed by friends and family, and the loss will be felt strongly in the Kingston business community and around the world.

Survived by his wife Lorraine, his children Ian (Jenny), Jack, and Malaika, his brother Dana (Adele), his father Oswald (Sue McColl), nieces, nephews, and a vast network of friends and family, David was predeceased by his mother Sharon Schmidt.

Born on April 16, 1974, in Lusaka, Zambia, David’s love of computers and technology was sparked when he attended the International School of Kenya from 1985 to 1992. He moved to Kingston at age 18 to attend Queen’s University.

David took computer science at Queen’s, but did not complete his degree because the professors couldn’t teach him anything he didn’t already know. Those who knew him know he was a genius in his field, and the worldwide IT community has lost a very valuable member.

An entrepreneur since 1995, when David began his first business Rogue Design and Development, David began the business that would be his legacy, Fusix Corporation, In 2001. At the time, he was recognized as one of the first recipients of KEDCO’s Entrepreneur of the Year award. The business will be carried on by his long-time business partner and friend Patrick Foley and their exceptional staff.

In recent years, David joined many online Ketogenic groups in pursuit of better health. Having had success with this lifestyle, David started the Keto Judgement Free Zone Facebook community to help inform and support others on their own ketogenic journeys. Through these groups he has made many friends around the world, and will be deeply missed by all who knew and were supported by him.

A Celebration of Life is planned for Sunday, Oct. 29, 2023, at the Quality Inn and Conference Centre, 33 Benson Avenue, Kingston, in the Cartier Room. Those who wish to drop by may do so between 1 and 5 p.m. for David-approved snacks, stories, and friendship.

Anyone who knew David knows he was not a formal sort of man. The dress code for this event, in honour of David, is jeans and graphic t-shirts. No formal wear please. David also hated rhubarb and mushrooms with the passion of a thousand suns, so rest assured you won’t find any at the afternoon celebration.

If you’re unable to join us in person, please visit the Fusix Corporation Facebook page for a live stream of the event and celebrate with us virtually. Feel free to leave comments and share remembrances in the chat.

Donations are not required, but for those who choose to donate in David’s name, please support Kingston Humane Society or United Way KFL&A.

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  • I just learned of David’s death. What a sad day! He is now and will continue to be greatly missed for his good counsel, wisdom, gentle humour and unflappable nature. Throughout our 15-year relationship there was never a computer problem that he could not solve, nor a new initiative through which he could not guide us. He was our “computer guy” but over time, with the benefit of his support and steadfastness, he became an honourary member of our firm, and a friend. It was a great pleasure to know him. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

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