It is with profound sadness that we share that David passed away at home in Edmonton, surrounded by loved ones following a year-long battle with a rare and aggressive form of cancer. David was 73 (although he always looked and felt much younger)! David was ready to take on any challenge, but in his words “the challenge was like a marathon where the finish line kept on moving”.
David was highly committed to eating well and staying in shape. At 20 years of age his yearning for change and his sense of adventure took him to Australia where he studied martial arts with mentor Joe Meissner, who taught David how to street fight. He subsequently studied with Yoshimasa Ishikawa, a world-renowned sensei from Singapore (traditionalist), and Ed Willis from Edmonton. Each of these mentors taught David different lessons that stayed with him forever. Ishikawa (and his wife Rene) and Ed Willis remained cherished friends throughout David’s life. In the last year of his life, David also explored more deeply his spirituality, his faith, his beliefs. He attributes much of his learning (and ultimately finding peace) to Rene, Ed, and the teachings of Eckhart Tolle.
Running was a passion David enjoyed for 30 plus years. He wasn’t built like a runner, but he was tough, determined, and disciplined, and he rose to the challenge every time. He ran 10 km races, the Jasper-Banff relay, red dress runs with the Hash-House Harriers (a group of drinkers with a running problem)! He celebrated his 40th birthday running his first marathon in Hawaii. By 2019, he had completed 15 marathons and several ultra-marathons. He was most proud of finishing The Great Wall of China marathon and the World’s fastest downhill race in Spain at age 70.
David worked for the City of Edmonton for 35 years in progressively challenging and senior roles; but it wasn’t until hi semi-retirement that he truly discovered fulfilling and joyful work with WestJet. WestJet offered a caring culture, and a group of friends that David called his WestJet family. David was so proud to be part of the team and was so grateful for the love and support they extended to him before and throughout his illness.
David was so grateful that he was able to travel so much in the final years of his life. He returned to Singapore to train with Ishikawa in his 70’s; He reconnected with his first wife Helen in Australia and remained dear friends with her, her husband and family. He spent time on many beaches and enjoyed flora, fauna, gorgeous food, and amazing friends around the globe.
David’s motto was “lean into the sharp points”. He welcomed challenge. But the sharpest point, the biggest challenge for David was knowing he would have to say goodbye to the people who made him feel like the richest man alive. David will be eternally grateful to Melissa his daughter who cared for him tirelessly through his illness, driving back and forth from Red Deer, while doing her education degree and caring for her daughters Piper and Sophie. His youngest brother Randy was also a huge source of support and well-placed laughter in the darkest moments. He was so sad to say goodbye to daughter Alee and her partner Brandon of Halifax and was so disappointed to miss watching his grandson Cameron learn to ride his first bike. He will also miss son Paul, his wife Kristen, Blade and Naree, brother Terry, and his wife Helene and brother Ken. David will miss Brad and family, who shared the lived experience of chemo and radiation and made it so much less terrifying. He will miss many friends and relatives. David extends words of gratitude to Carla (former wife and friend) for being there for him and his family, and to the care teams at Grey Nuns Palliative Care Unit.
Serenity Funeral Service – South
780 450 0101