It is with a heavy heart that the family and friends of David are mourning his sudden passing at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital on August 20, 2013. His short, very painful battle with cancer is over.
Dave followed a “road less travelled” and experienced many things in his brief 54 years that most would dare not. He had dreams, one of which began when he joined Sea Cadets at a young age. The ocean beckoned, and his dream of sailing was life-long. A kind and gentle soul, David always saw the best in people and was the first to lend a helping hand. Stray dogs were also taken in and that’s where Lodi came to share David’s life for many years.
David was always in some type of construction work, and his tools were his prize possession; wherever he was, he was ready to work. Among carpentry jobs, Dave worked with steel and on many high-rise building around the province. He dabbled in gold-panning, living off the land — being the happiest near ocean. Like Grumpa Steve (Mikalishen), David was a ‘Jack-of-all-trades’.
It meant a lot to Dave to have family around – all the ladies got one of his great hugs!! David loved the elderly people taking time to listen to their stories, yet would also find time to play with the children on their level. David had something that most should aspire to have – the biggest, most caring and loving heart. A large part of Dave’s life was that he tried to live as his ‘daily readings/meditations’ suggested and would never utter an unkind word toward or about others. His hand-held “Twenty-four Hours a Day” book was at his side, which kept him focused and worthy of a ‘heart to heart’ with Auntie Bob! He was quite knowledgeable about life and how others should be treated. Fittingly, the prayer on the day of Dave’s passing was… “I pray that I may be freed from things that hold me down. I pray that my spirit may soar in freedom.”
As Dave’s sickness developed, he kept in touch with others through Facebook under the name ‘Fortunate One’ which of course was answered with – “That’s my Boy—!” His positive outlook was like a magnet and before retiring for the evening, Dave would say, “thanks for cooking – Love You”. He suffered much under the guise of his beautiful smile and sparkling blue eyes.
He is survived by his parents, Carl and Bev Thompson, sisters Jodi (Justin), Stephanie (Chris), niece Jaiden, nephews Connor, Lachlan, Tristan and Colton; many uncles, aunts and cousins and two special ladies. David has joined his grandparents and great-gramma Nellie.
We have solace to know that Dave now sails upon the Calming Seas of Forever with loved ones gone on before, Lodi and Yazza at the helm with him. The Fortunate One will be greatly missed.
A Celebration of David’s Life will be held at Carl and Bev’s home, 900-12th Avenue, Montrose on Sunday, August 25, from 12pm to 5pm. Parking of motorhomes and campers may be at the Lion’s Park in Beaver Falls.
As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the BC Cancer Foundation at 150-686 West Broadway St., Vancouver, BC, V5Z 1G1, www.bccancerfoundation.com or the S.P.C.A. at 7700 Highway 3B, Trail, BC V1R 2L9, www.spca.bc.ca
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online register at www.myalternatives.ca