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Born: Mar 10, 1965

Date of Passing: Mar 05, 2020

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It is with great sadness, that we announce the passing of Dave Tyson on March 5, 2020 at St. Boniface Hospital.
He is lovingly remembered by his mother Judy (Lowe) Tyson and his older brother Doug, sister-in-law Sandra, niece Madeline and nephew Hayden of Guelph, and younger brother James, sister-in-law Marnie Waters, niece Phoebe and nephew Lowell. He is also survived by his aunt Liz Beazley and her family and uncle Ron Lowe and his family. He was predeceased by his father Charles (Buzz) Tyson.
Dave was born in Winnipeg on March 10, 1965. He attended Windsor School, St. Paul's High School and Glenlawn Collegiate (class of 1983). He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc.
(Biology) at the University of Manitoba. His career took him to Edmonton, Vancouver, New Caledonia, Yellowknife and remote regions of The North West Territories, then back to Winnipeg to be close to his family. He was most comfortable "in the field" doing research and at the beloved family cottage at Winnitoba (Florence Lake). He was most recently employed at Tetra Tech in Environmental Assessment, Permitting, and Natural Resources as a Lead Fish and Fish Habitat Biologist.
Dave was a life-long learner with a sharp mind and deep curiosity about the world. He was a committed scientist who loved biology and was specifically trained in ichthyology. He had a passion for history and current affairs and would lecture anyone willing to listen on the current book he was reading. And reading was his favourite activity as he would spend hours with a book in hand. Dave sought knowledge on numerous and varied subjects and could hold forth on many topics as exemplified by his extensive library. Whenever he took an interest in something, he would dedicate time to figuring out how to do it. He tried photography, watercolour, drawing, writing, cooking and building. He impressed people with his efforts in all these areas.
Dave made lasting connections with people and had a small group of dedicated, close friends. He spent time gaming online and was part of a community that brought him great joy. He was an avid Jets fan and shared season tickets with a group of share partners who became his friends. He hosted a monthly card game at his house with a group of friends. Dave enjoyed his family and loved to spend time with them at the lake and during holidays. We will cherish the generosity and moments that he shared with those he loved. All who knew him appreciated and will miss his wonderful sense of humour. He kept it until the very end in his courageous battle with cancer.
The family would like to thank the staff in 5E Medicine at St. Boniface General Hospital for their kind and compassionate care.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, April 26 at 6:00 p.m. at the Qualico Family Centre in Assiniboine Park, right beside the Duck Pond.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to St. Boniface Hospital Foundation, Manitoba CancerCare, or a charity of your choice

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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 14, 2020

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Dave told the truth, knew the regulations, loved the north. He was fun to work with, and tolerated me even though I wasn’t a fisheries bio. Truly a great person, my condolences to the family. He spoke fondly of them, often. - Posted by: Katherine Enns (Fellow biologist) on: Aug 06, 2020

  • On behalf of his friends at Tetra Tech, we are so saddened by Dave's passing and offer our condolences to his family. Judy, James, Doug and families - it feels like we all know you, as Dave would talk about you so often. I met Dave 13 years ago and over the years we shared many laughs as well as many stressful moments as we tried to finish writing reports and proposals on time! As my cubicle-mate for many years, he listened (begrudgingly) to me talk about planning my wedding, all three of my pregnancies, and life as a mom. He lovingly referred to my kids as the "germ disseminators". I will miss his sense of humour and sarcasm most of all! He was a great friend and will be remembered fondly. - Posted by: Jen Wilson (Friend/Co-worker) on: Mar 16, 2020

  • Judy, Doug & Sandra, James & Marnie and family. We are so very saddened to hear of David‘s passing. We have so many wonderful memories of him while growing up. We will miss him. Thinking of you all. Margo, Campbell, Mona, Chris, Cathie and Glenn. - Posted by: Mona Maxfield (Cousin) on: Mar 14, 2020

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