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Born: Oct 05, 1957

Date of Passing: Aug 20, 2019

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October 5, 1957 - August 20, 2019

With family by his side, David passed away peacefully at the Portage la Prairie Hospital, after a courageous battle with cancer.
David is lovingly survived by his common law wife Karen and her children, Steven (Tammy), Ryan (Jessica), David (Brandy), and six granddaughters who all called him Papa Dave. Brothers, Stanley (Gail), her children, Whitney and Ryan, and Arthur (Audrey), their children, Chelsea (Matt) and Vanessa (Brett). He was predeceased by his sister Patricia and parents, Arthur and Olga. He will be missed by his extended family and good friends.
Born in Winnipeg, David lived his entire life in Lido Plage (Cartier), Manitoba. He attended St. Francis Xavier Elementary School and graduated from St. Paul's Collegiate in Elie, in 1976. Shortly after graduating David started working at the Headingley Correctional Institute where he retired after 40 years of exemplary service. David was well respected at work and during his illness received numerous calls from coworkers and management offering their support and prayers.
David enjoyed keeping busy and drove a school bus for many years for the Prairie Rose School Division, first as a spare driver while still employed at Headingley, then once retired he took on a full-time route. He really enjoyed the students.
David was an avid sports person, playing and excelling in many sports. He enjoyed hockey, baseball, curling, downhill and cross country skiing were some of his favourites. He belonged to a group that held season tickets for the Jets games since they returned to Winnipeg. He had been a Bomber lifetime season ticket holder and had attended many Grey Cup games over the years. David's favourite hobbies included snowmobiling in the winter, taking care of his yard and watching his nieces play fastball in the summer. He was a coach from the sidelines and travelled to many of their tournaments.
A heartfelt thank you to all the staff at CancerCare Manitoba and the Portage la Prairie Hospital for the excellent and compassionate care they provided.
As per David's wishes, a private family interment has taken place.
A tribute to remember David, where you can come and go, will be held Saturday, September 14, 2019 between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. at the Anavets Assiniboia, 3584 Portage Avenue. All are welcome to come and have a beverage on David. He will be missed by all who knew him.
If friends desire, donations can be made to CancerCare Manitoba, MS Society or a charity of your choice.


Publish Date: Sep 7, 2019

October 5, 1957 - August 20, 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of David, with family at his side, on August 20, 2019 at the Portage la Prairie Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer.
Respecting David's wishes, a private family interment will take place at the St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Cemetery with Father Michel Nault officiating.
A longer obituary to follow.


Publish Date: Aug 24, 2019

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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 24, 2019, Sep 07, 2019

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • Karen, we were very sorry to hear of Dave's passing. He was a great guy. Sorry we can't be at Anavets as we will be away. - Posted by: Lloyd & Linda Friesen (Friends) on: Sep 13, 2019

  • Our sincere condolences to the Breland family on the loss of such a loving brother and all around great guy. Dave was always so caring, friendly and helpful. Remembering many happy times with Dave, Stan and Artie in St. Francois. He will certainly be missed by all who knew and loved him. John and Carole Regnier - Posted by: John and Carole Regnier (family friends) on: Sep 09, 2019

  • I would like to offer my condolences to you and your family. I offer my assistance if required. - Posted by: Donna Hartie (ANAVET283 Service Officier) on: Sep 09, 2019

  • So very sad to hear of David’s passing. Our thoughts and sympathy are sent to David, Stanley and Arthur’s and families. The loss of someone like David, so kind and thoughtful all of his life, will certainly be felt by all who knew him. - Posted by: Gail Dayton (Friend) on: Sep 04, 2019

  • We were so sorry to hear about David’s passing and offer our sincere sympathies to the family. - Posted by: The Shuttleworth Family (Friends) on: Aug 31, 2019

  • Our sincere condolences to the Breland family. May David’s memory live on within your hearts. ❤️ - Posted by: Gerry and Lorraine Nadeau (Friends) on: Aug 29, 2019

  • Our thoughts and Prayers go out to the Breland Family, David was a good hearted person and will be missed by many. - Posted by: Raymond and Maureen McCaughan (Friends and Friends of the Family) on: Aug 26, 2019

  • David was not only a relative but a co worker for 40 years. I am so proud to say we are related, you were so admired and respected at work and as I walked the floors this week at work there was much sadness and shock from our fellow peers. We have lost a friend but God has received a beautiful soul. My heart and prayers are extended to the family ❤️🙏🏼 Maureen - Posted by: Maureen Breland (Cousin and co-worker) on: Aug 24, 2019

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