In memory of David Colling of Ripley, Ontario, Canada

David Colling of Ripley passed away on October 29, 2013 at Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto at the age of 56. He was the beloved husband of Kim Colling. Survived by his mother Jean Colling, and mother-in-law Joyce Farrell both of Kincardine. Dear father of Kara & partner Kyle Kortegaard of Edmonton, and Kurtis of Hoosick, New York. Missed by his Sister Jane Ann and husband Paul MacDonald of Wellesley, niece Dana MacDonald, nephew Cole MacDonald and his family. Also survived by his in-laws Judy Snobelen, Joy Houston, Kerry Farrell, Kathy Carruthers, Shelley McGlynn, Julie McAllister, Lisa Spooner, and their families. Predeceased by his father Carrick Colling.

Friday, November 1, 2013

David Carrick Colling, December 8, 1956 - October 29, 2013

 
A tragic death has occurred in Ontario. David Colling was conducting an assessment of ground current (stray voltage) at a farm near to Port Perry, Ontario, on Thursday October 24th.  He went to check around the farm transformer and soon after, was found unconscious. He had been electrocuted. He was airlifted to Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto but died on Tuesday 29th October.
 
David specialised in ground current electrical problems on dairy farms. For the past several years David has been assisting dairy farmers around Ontario by conducting detailed electrical testing and finding ways of mitigating significant ground current (stray voltage) issues.
 
He is well known and was well respected amongst Ontario dairy farmers. He has probably saved countless farm animals from death and serious illness and also helped many farm families to recover their health or avoid serious illnesses.
 
In recent years David's expertise has also been greatly needed and appreciated by rural communities affected by wind farms. He has measured and documented severe problems caused by high frequencies on the electrical systems in and around wind farms. He has been helping several families who have been unable to live in their homes because of the high frequency pollution that wind turbines are causing on electrical systems.
 
I first met David nine years ago, when he, as a farmer, was having ground current problems severely affecting his cows and I was also having ground current problems which caused me cancer and had made me very ill. We have been friends since then.
 
His expertise is irreplaceable and he will be greatly missed by many.
 
I blame David's death directly on Hydro One for having a dangerous electrical system, being negligent and not taking the problem of ground current seriously. I also I blame the Ontario Energy Board for failing to deal properly with the ground current problem, when they were ordered to by the Ontario Government. The OEB held hearings and made rules about ground current about four years ago, but they obviously failed in their responsibilities, otherwise David would not have been called to deal with a ground current problem at a farm many miles from his home.
 
Martin Weatherall
Co Director WEEP
www.weepinitiative.org

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