DAVID LAWRENCE AYERS
March 28, 1951 – November 8, 2014
Dave passed away peacefully, laid back in his recliner, by the fire at home in Qualicum Beach, BC, on the evening of Saturday, November 8th. Born in Calgary, adopted by Robin Lawrence Ayers and Ella (Avermenko) who have predeceased him. He was raised on their farm with brother, Donald and sister, Marlene. They helped their parents grow and harvest vegetables which must have left an impression because he liked to grow and eat fresh vegetables.
Dave was a bright student, an avid athlete, and, by his own admission, a bit of a handful, too! He loved to play sports but he excelled at: hockey, baseball, and golf. He competed in many tournaments throughout Alberta and BC and won hundreds of trophies and awards over the years.
Dave joined the RCMP in January of 1971 and served until October 1998. His first posting was in Kelowna, later Kamloops where he made many friends and started his own family with Judith. He also served in Cache Creek, Vancouver, and finally Parksville. Dave was awarded a Long Service and Good Conduct Medal after 25 years of service. He also earned the Bronze Medallion for swimming and many other Certificates of Merit while serving with the RCMP. During his career he was security detail for some pretty important people: Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher and President, Bill Clinton to name a few.
Dave enjoyed travel and really loved Hawaii for the beauty and weather. He appreciated art and knew Roy Henry Vickers personally. Dave was the proud father of 2 children: son, David Paul Ayers who predeceased him in February 1994 and daughter, Lisa Anne Ayers who lives in Kelowna, BC. He is survived by his partner, Carmen Senac; daughter, Lisa Ayers; grandsons, Brett Ayers and Kyle Galigan; brother, Donald Ayers (Maria); niece, Pamela Beare (Stephan); nephew, Brian Ayers; sister, Marlene Woolfit (Kim); nieces and nephews, Daniel Lee, Dawn Marie, Heather and Owen.
Everyone who knew Dave knows he did it “his way” and we’ll all miss him for his generosity and the huge heart he had. Even for his pets, and he had a few over the years…but notably his last pet, his beloved, dog Nugget.
Dave did not wish for a service…he wanted his family and friends to toast his “life” in their own way and to have his ashes laid to rest close to his son at the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery, overlooking the Kelowna, Golf and Country Club. Dave wanted to thank all of his healthcare providers and to bid farewell to Shelly and his “cockroach buddies” at the Fairwinds Golf Club in Nanoose Bay.
Aloha & Mahalo Dave…
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