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in Action - Dave B., Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
(p. 193, 4th edition.)
"The Story of Dave B., one of the founders of A.A.
in Canada in 1944."
date of sobriety was April 7, 1944. He was born on June
25, 1908, in Toronto, Canada, and spent his youth in Knowlton,
Quebec. He married Dorothy Ford on September 1, 1929. They
had three children and thirteen grandchildren.
Montreal, just before World War II, a young physician interested
in alcoholism, Dr. Travis Dancey, had tried to get Dave
to read the Big Book while he was incarcerated in a mental
institution. Dave, angry and rebellious, literally threw
the Big Book at his would-be benefactor. Dr. Dancey was
taken into the military service and when he returned in
late 1944 and saw Dave, the latter was newly sober in A.A.
Dancey recalled that when he returned, Dave not only dragged
him around to A.A. meetings, "but he had the effrontery
to explain the spiritual principles of the program to me!"
Dr. Dancey went on to become the first Class A. (nonalcoholic)
trustee from Canada, serving from 1965-1974.
was a tireless twelfth-stepper, who founded the first A.A.
group in the Province of Quebec. He served as a Class B
(alcoholic) Trustee from 1962 to 1964.
died on December 9, 1984.