Born February 24, 1922 in Victoria, died peacefully November 22, 2016 in Nanaimo.
Lovingly remembered and missed by his devoted wife of 71 years, Wendy; son Rick (Cindy), daughters Diana Mumford (Ron), Kathryn Grant (Rick, deceased) and Naida Hobbs (Steve); grandchildren Morgan Hobbs and David Mumford; and step children and grandchildren that Dad warmly welcomed into the family. Dave lived his life to the fullest right up to the end, and was blessed with a quick and painless passing, with Kathryn at his side.
Dave enjoyed a happy childhood in Victoria, with his older sister Phyllis. He was an adventurer and a rebel from a young age. He owned a Harley Davidson motorcycle and had to coast down the road with the engine off when he was returning Wendy home at night. Dave enlisted and served as an aircraft mechanic in the RCAF during World War II. His time with Squadron 402 had a lasting impression on him, and he stayed in contact with many of his buddies from that time. He returned from overseas in 1945 to marry Wendy. They moved to Nanaimo shortly thereafter and built a house on Townsite. After working at General Auto Sales for several years he operated Dave’s Tideview Service in Terminal Park for twenty years, and gave many of Nanaimo’s kids their first jobs pumping gas. Dave was an avid boater, and he and Wendy spent many years cruising the coast, loving every minute of it. Dave also fed his wanderlust with multiple trips overseas and roaming North America in various “rigs.” True to his adventurous spirit, Dave also enjoyed kayaking and trail biking, and bought a sports car at the age of 70. After having built a house at Pipers Lagoon in the early days of development, Dave and Wendy decided the area had grown too busy, and they moved to Gabriola Island in 1975. They got involved with the community there, being founding members of the Silva Bay Yacht Club and the Gabriola Island Singers. Dave volunteered with the Fire Department as chief and trustee. Eventually when the house and details of daily life got a bit much, they made the move to Nanaimo Seniors Village, and all the kids were delighted when Dave would declare “I love it here.”
Please send any memorial donations to the
Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation.