Born August 17, 1931
Leaving a unique mark in our hearts, Dave passed away quietly on April 2, 2011, at Sanford Place, Parksville, British Columbia. Beloved father, grandfather, brother and uncle, David was the eldest sibling of five children. Predeceased by son Steven; sisters Valerie and Beverley, David is survived by his children; son David, daughter Kimberley and spouse Robert; son Robert and spouse Suzi; his grandchildren Jarvis, Alexandria, Carley and Dylan; brothers Ernest and James. Born in Hornepayne, Ontario to David and Gertrude Jack (nee Menard) he married Jean Alder (deceased) of Stratford Ontario, (deceased) together having four children.
Having lived in Toronto, Windsor, and Parksville, David was an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion for over 50 years. His early career serving with the Royal Canadian Engineers was shortened when he suffered a car accident leaving David a paraplegic. Re-training and becoming a successful clock and watchmaker, David spent his life actively volunteering for the Royal Canadian Legion while advocating for the physically impaired. At the Royal Canadian Legion he held chairs within the Sports Committee, the Honours and Awards committee and the Meat Draw committee. During the early development of paraplegic sports David participated in the coordination of wheelchair basketball while participating in several walkathons to raise awareness of the needs of the physically impaired. David was loved by his children, grandchildren, siblings, nieces and nephews, friends, and staff of Stanford Place and will be missed by everyone.
A service will be held in honour of David at the Parksville Royal Canadian Legion, Tuesday April 12, at 1pm.
Donations in lieu of flowers to the Royal Canadian Legion, Poppy Fund or Memorial Fund.