WICKINS, David Allen

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
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Clifford Harasinski

So sad to hear of David’s passing. My sincerest condolences to David’s family. We were co-workers for many years as Edmonton Transit employees. David was a good friend and a real pleasure to work with.
May he rest in peace.

James (Jim) and Jon Auger and Families

Jon and I were cousins of Dave’s. We didn’t get to see Dave very often, but when we did there were always lots of stories and laughter. He will be truly missed.

Jen Liviniuk

My sincerest Condolences to David’s family – he always spoke so highly of all of you ❤️ David will be so very, very missed. His kind, gentle nature and that amazing smile will never be forgotten…he was one of the good ones!

Bregane Bushong

Dave was truly a joy to work with at West Jet. Always happy to be there and I loved hearing about his travels and accomplishments. He will be greatly missed by so many.

Brenda Scorah

This is so heartbreaking, our lives were much enriched for knowing him, sharing a glass of wine and eye rolls at hokey puns. We were very blessed to have had an upbeat FaceTime with him about a week ago and in retrospect it’s bittersweet. He will be missed

Pauline and Bruce Hollinshead

Sincerest condolences to David’s family. David was always a source of calm within the storm, patience with the process and a simple smile of approval. He kept us centered and focused. Not afraid to encourage a change in direction and to fully support our chosen path. I hope I learned enough and will go forward with him in my thoughts.

Brenda Belcourt

Dave was a true gentleman. While working together at Westjet he was always there lending a helping hand to the guests and fellow employees. You could always count on him for a great conversation, kindness and support. He will be dearly missed.

Gail Simons

Dave was the kindest man I have ever met,when you were talking to him he gave you his undivided attention.
Last time I saw Dave was at the airport,he gave me a ride in the cart he was driving around.lol

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