Industry Veteran Passes Away

Dave Dingwell, TIMBER MART’s regional director of member services in Atlantic Canada, passed away peacefully on March 6. A true industry veteran with over 50 years of experience in building materials and hardware, he began his career in the industry at the age of 20 at Cochrane-Dunlop where he worked in operations and eventually, outside sales. During his time at Cochrane-Dunlop, he moved to Barrie, ON, to manage the company’s outside sales in northern Ontario and, in 1975, he moved back home to his family homestead in PEI to work in the Atlantic region. Twelve years later, in 1987, Cochrane-Dunlop dissolved and he was recruited by D.H. Howden (Sodisco-Howden) as an outside sales manager for Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and PEI. In 2007, he joined TIMBER MART as a business development manager and then became the group’s regional director of member services for Atlantic Canada in 2014. In 2017, he was recognized for his career in sales and his unwavering commitment to the industry with the first-ever lifetime achievement award from the ABSDA (Atlantic Building Supply Dealers Association).