It is with heavy hearts that the family of Herbert (Herb) Linton Davis announce his passing on Sunday, May 8, 2016. Following a courageous battle with cancer, Herb passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by loved ones, and knowing many more were thinking of him.
Herb is survived by his mother, Doris Dake, and predeceased by his father, Pat Dake. A devoted son, Herb always carried an enduring love and gratitude for his parents. After Pat’s passing, Herb’s bond with his mother grew even deeper. Doris was someone he cherished every day and who forever held a special place in his heart.
Herb is also predeceased by his wife Dianne, who passed away in 2007. The couple were happily married for 33 years and shared a love fit for the history books. They were blessed with two children, Shayne (Jennifer) and Trevor (Celeste) and grandchildren (Braydan, Brittica, and Bridget). In their life together, Herb and Dianne looked forward to gardening, trying new adventures, getting to Jasper often and they still found time to take their children on countless camping trips, savoured life in hockey rinks and around ball diamonds, and regularly enjoyed weekend-morning, home-cooked breakfasts filled with banter.
Following Dianne’s passing, Herb was blessed to find love again and is today survived by his partner of five years, Candy, her children, Lance and Ashleigh (Patrick), and Candy’s two grandchildren (Lochlan and Keiran). Together Herb and Candy enjoyed many productions at the Winspear, vacations in Palm Springs, unique anniversary and celebration dinners, and devoting time to connecting with family.
The eldest sibling of nine, Herb will forever be remembered by his brothers and sisters: Debra (Bryan), Kathe (Bo), Rob, Bruce (Vera), Joane (Dave), Gord, Patsy (Bruce) and Kevin (Lil), and the many nieces and nephews he leaves behind. Herb took pride in connecting with family members as often as possible and will now watch over them all with admiration and pride.
Herb also leaves behind more than 36 years of employment with Bunge Canada, as well as the many colleagues – and friends – he made throughout his years there. He always spoke highly of his colleagues and remained continually concerned that they were safe and felt supported. Herb will be remembered for genuinely caring about the people he worked alongside, and the Scale Room at Bunge will undoubtedly feel hollow without him.
A man with a wry sense of humour and a joy for the simple pleasures in life, Herb always saw the half-empty glass as three-quarters full. His selfless nature and compassionate spirit made him someone friends and family, colleagues and acquaintances alike were all thankful to have in their lives. He will be missed by everyone who knew him, remembered fondly, and forever spoke of with laughter and grateful reflection.
A Celebration of Life for Herb will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Lion’s Mane Room in the Dow Centennial Centre in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta at 8700 84 Street.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Herb’s honour be made directly to a charity of the individual(s) choice.
The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to everyone who provided care, kindness and support to Herb and his family before and following his passing.