December 26, 1957 – April 23, 2016
Sadly and with heavy hearts we say goodbye to Dave; husband, dad, grampa, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. Dave passed away suddenly while on vacation with his wife in Hawaii.
A friend said it perfectly, “Dave died doing what he loved with the love of his life in a place he loved.“
David was predeceased by his parents, Robert Holmes Stewart (2001) and Aleda Marie Wadham Stewart (2007). David is survived by his wife of 35 years, Denise; their 3 children, Kimberley (Leland) Freeman, Matthew (Jamie) and Ryan; their 3 grandchildren, Reina, Nola and Rylan; his sister Allison Lissa Stewart, his uncle G. Lyle Stewart, and a great many extended family members.
Dave was born in Burnaby, BC and grew up in Coquitlam until 1972 when the family moved to Campbell River. Following high school, he worked at Elk Falls Mill for 34 years on paper machines, paper testing, as a millwright and vibration analysis. When the mill closed he went to work in Alberta in the oil sands doing vibration analysis and then Rotating Equipment Specialist for CNRL. He and Denise moved to Mission, BC in 2013 to be closer to their children and grandchildren.
Dave loved his family beyond measure and was very proud of his children and their accomplishments. He loved being a grampa, playing with the grandkids and especially helping his granddaughters learn to swim.
He enjoyed visits with his cousin Dean, and more recently getting reacquainted with his cousins Di and Bob, and spending time with friends. He loved riding his motorcycle, especially when Denise got her motorcycle licence and a bike of her own. They enjoyed many road trips together, and trips to Hawaii.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Heart & Stroke Foundation, Canadian Diabetes or Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated.
A memorial for Dave will be held in Campbell River at a later date.
Rest now dearest Dave, your journey here is done and a new one has begun for you.
We hope you and your buddy Terry are together in heaven, tearing up the clouds on your motorcycles.