DAVID HERBERT READSHAW
July 14, 1927 – Dec 1, 2009
Dave passed away in Nanaimo, with his immediate family constantly by his side. Throughout his illness, Dave was surrounded by the love of many family members and friends who visited or kept him in their thoughts. Dave is survived by children Harold Mobey (Audrey); Elaine Shorrocks; Linda O’Connor; and Len Readshaw (Sherry), 10 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and two great great grandsons. He also leaves many other relatives and friends, including coffee buddies at the Country Club and Rutherford malls and many pals he met in cyber-space. Dave was pre-deceased by his darling Kay (2003) and grandchildren David (1992) and Wendy (1979). Dave lived with pain but he gave no quarter: a strong athlete who loved hockey, he liked to work hard and smile often. As a teenager, he rode the rails from hometown Sherbrooke, Quebec to the West Coast, where he settled after a time in the merchant marines. He worked in many sawmills, preferring smaller operations that let him get his hands dirty. He loved the outdoors, gardening, and debating current affairs. Always curious, he taught himself computers and Facebook in his 70s, becoming the “go to” technical guy for friends and younger family members. Dave was always known for his good sense of humour and unprejudiced, live-and-let -live-attitude. A no-nonsense man, he was happiest with a ball cap on his head, a coffee in his hand, and a burger or stack of strawberry flapjacks on his plate. Even while fighting the cancer that took his life, he lived with dignity and honour, insisting on his independence and preserving it as long as possible. His memory will always be cherished by those who were blessed to have known him.
Special thanks to Dr. John Carr for honest, compassionate and professional advice that honoured the essence of Dave’s personality. And thanks to Woodgrove Manor; the staff met Dave in his very last days and then went “above and beyond” to care for and support him and his family.
A tea to celebrate Dave’s life will be held on Saturday, Dec 19, 1 pm – 3 pm,
Nanaimo’s Old Harewood Firehall, 195 Fourth St.