David was born in West Vancouver, to Joan and James Smith. He is survived by his wife Catherine and their two children Valerie and AJ; his sister Judy, her sons, Jason and Skylar; Uncle Martin; his brother Martin; and his niece Lena. David led an incredibly full life. He began his own construction company at 21, worked for Corrections, and then headed off to work in New Guinea for CUSO. Never one to miss an opportunity, he experienced New Guinea as few others, trekking to ceremonies in remote locations, conquering mountains and exploring the culture. When it was time to return home, he and his friend, Ted Murray, outfitted Tiki, a 20 1/2-foot replica of John Guzzwell’s sailboat Trekka to sail from New Guinea to Victoria.
David moved to Quadra Island where Sam Hooley hired him as a construction worker. So began David’s love affair with a place that he considered ‘heaven on earth’. He later opened Discovery Islands Realty and, in so doing, coined the term “Discovery Islands”. His enthusiasm, sense of adventure and love of life were infectious. He enjoyed a challenge and inspired his family to look at life as a journey that offered a banquet of opportunities. He hiked, biked, snowboarded, rock climbed, boated and traveled. David made the most of every minute and was ever ready to share that enthusiasm with others. There was always room for Val and AJ’s friends to join in whenever an opportunity presented itself. David’s family and friends were his greatest passion.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a personal charity or support local school or community activities. David firmly believed these are instrumental in helping shape healthy individuals and a healthy community.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Quadra Community Center on June 2 at 2 pm