The recent passing of one of Oceanside’s most memorable citizens has caused us to pause and reflect not only on one of the more significant and long lasting contributions to the community during his several decades in retirement on the Island, but also his ability to recognize organizational needs and to put his skills and latent capabilities to those needs. We also should not forget the humour and good feelings which were his stock in trade.
The Qualicum Heritage Forest, which will be a legacy to the Town of Qualicum Beach well into the future, is largely due to David Courtice’s contributions as a board member of the Heritage Forest Commission since its inception in 2001 and his actions to ensure the appropriate legal and sustaining steps were implemented. The photographic inventory that he carried out drew on his considerable photographic and organizational skills. This inventory formed part of The Land Conservancy of British Columbia requirements.
As a member of the Oceanside Photographers, his ability to step forward, along with his wife Gail, and take over executive leadership ensured the continuation and growth of the organization.
David was a founding member, past president and life member of the Probus Club of Qualicum Beach. His commitment over the many years to editing and publishing the club newsletter was a delight for all members and a raised the standard to which other clubs aspired.
These and other contributions and his many friendships are enduring for those who knew him and for the community.
Diane and Gord Davidson