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Date of Passing: Mar 05, 2020

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It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our son and brother, John David Tyson, on March 5, 2020 at the St. Boniface Hospital at the age of 54 years.
Funeral arrangements are pending. Longer obituary notice to appear at a later date.

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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 07, 2020

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • My sincere condolences to the Tyson family. It’s obvious that Dave (John) was very loved and that his memory will forever remain with those who knew him. Hugs to all of you. Chantelle - Posted by: Chantelle Boudreau (Friend of the family) on: Mar 10, 2020

  • Dave helped us with our project in Manitoba for several years. I found him to be a person of great character. Knowledgable and thorough and passionate about what he did. Also extremely helpful. He had a great sense of humour. Had some memorable evenings over dinner that made my nights in Winnipeg enjoyable. He was one of the good guys I have met over the years and will miss him. - Posted by: Robin Dunbar (Business associate friend ) on: Mar 10, 2020

  • Dave and I were close friends during our University of Manitoba graduate school days and beyond in the early 1990’s. Although our paths in life took different directions, I’ll always be grateful for our time spent together and looked forward to running into Dave during events that brought environmental consultants together as we were both biologists working for different companies. The last time I ran into Dave was at Manitoba Hydro on Taylor Ave., and we chatted about how each of our families were doing and what we were up to. Dave spoke of a German Sheppard he had (and clearly adored) and how much he enjoyed being ‘Uncle Dave’ to his brothers’ kids. He spoke about the work he had planned to fix-up the family cabin at Florence Lake, a place he dearly loved to spend time at. Some of my fondest memories with Dave were the two of us hiking out to Florence Lake along the Mantario Trail, weighted down with 60lb packs full of mostly food and wine in anticipation of a fun time with his family and good family friends. We spent hours fishing together and target practicing (shooting cans and such) with his 22-rifle out back on Marion Lake. One Thanksgiving weekend we were in the sauna near the lake edge and heard a tremendous racket outside the sauna. We were both convinced it was a huge bear and that we may be trapped in the sauna all night – until Dave decided to take a peek out the sauna door...and discovered the disgruntled little fuzzy face of a wee mink – making as much racket as any bear. We both laughed so hard – such a great memory. Another Thanksgiving with Dave was spent on a road trip in ‘Big Blue,’ his beloved Ford F150 truck, out east to Toronto to visit with his brother Doug and sister-in-law Sandra. We had a great time, even experiencing the biggest rain-storm I’ve ever been in, forcing us to overnight in Dryden (we were anything but dry as we ran the 20 feet from the truck to the motel) – and again – laughing at our situation and looking forward to what the next day of our travels would bring. Dave shared with me his love of classic 60’s and 70’s music, making numerous cassette tapes for me which always included several Neil Young songs. To this day, whenever I hear a Neil Young tune I think fondly of Dave and I thank him for introducing me to so many of those classic songs that are also among my favourites to this day. He also had a talent for photography – he had a great eye – although admitted wildlife photography needed an element of patience that he had to work at to master (as I witnessed his colourful language of frustration when a bird would fly off at the last second leaving a beautiful photo of a twig, which was definitely not his subject). Regardless, he did capture some stunning nature moments, including a photo of a dragonfly that he mounted on foam-core for me - and that I’m looking at now as I type this tribute to Dave. In addition to Dave’s passion for fishing, and the outdoors in general, he was also extremely talented at drawing cartoons - amazingly detailed characters he would conjure-up on his own – at least as good if not better than any characters you see in the DC and Marvel comic books. I would often mention to Dave that if he wanted, he could make a career out of that talent – but his love of fishing and the outdoors drew him towards his successful career as a biologist, the right choice, I think, as his career brought him back to Winnipeg and his family who he loved so much. I’d like to send my sincerest condolences to Dave’s family, and all those who were a part of Dave’s life. Cheers to you Dave – every time I have a wee dram of Single-Malt Scotch, I’ll toast to you. Marlene. - Posted by: Marlene Gifford (Friend) on: Mar 07, 2020

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