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Date of Passing: Jun 24, 2020

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It is with a sense of great loss and sorrow that the family sadly announces the tragic and unexpected passing of David at the age of 61.
He will be greatly missed by his devoted wife of 39 years, Carol-Ann, whom he affectionally called Armpit; loving children, Graham (Tanya) and Shona (Bryan), and his adored grandchildren, Alice, Lochlan, Scotlynn and Macklen, as well as his sister and brothers, and countless friends and family. David was predeceased by his parents, Patricia and Charlie Burdett.
David was born on January 26, 1959 in Eriksdale and raised on the family farm near Clarkleigh. He occasionally attended Lundar School to socialize. He was more interested in breaking horses, hunting, fishing, trapping, playing hockey and partying with his friends than studying.
David first started working for the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) in construction in 1976 with his Uncle Stan when, in 1979, he had a snowmobile accident which hospitalized him for over six months. It was at this time he met Carol who was volunteering at the hospital and they began dating shortly after he was discharged. In 1980 they married in Iqaluit and after the birth of their two children in Winnipeg, David was promoted to Maintenance Engineer which had them move to Iqaluit in 1986. In 1990, their last move brought them to East Selkirk when David was promoted to a desk job at Gibraltar House as a Project Manager of Construction. He continued what would become a more than 40 year career with HBC and The Northwest Company diligently working his way up to the position of Director of Store Planning & Engineering. His dedication to the company was unmatched and his family was beyond proud of all that he achieved.
David always looked forward to visits to England to spend time with Carol's family who held a special place in his heart. His generosity and love for his mother-in-law, Hilda Graham, brought her over to Canada every year for 32 years. Work aside, his passions included golf, hunting and ice fishing which increased his ever widening circle of friends. David will always be remembered as a loyal husband, relentlessly dedicated dad and grandfather, beloved colleague, true friend and a real gentleman with high principles. His crooked smile, laugh and distinct voice will be greatly missed. He was a mentor, role model and an example to many. His kind demeanour, sense of humour and dependability were hallmarks of his character.

Gone too soon and a gift to us all.

A private Celebration of Life will be held at Gilbart Funeral Home on Saturday, July, 4, 2020. We welcome others who wish to pay their respects back to Carol's backyard from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to continue the celebration. Respecting Covid-19 restrictions please practice social distancing, only cold drinks will be served. Bring your own chair if required.

Condolences may be left on his tribute wall at

Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk
in care of arrangements.

Publish Date: Jun 30, 2020


Suddenly, on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, in East Selkirk, MB, David Burdett, aged 61 years, beloved husband of Carol-Ann, passed away.
Full obituary to follow.

Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk
in care of arrangements.

Publish Date: Jun 27, 2020

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 27, 2020, Jun 30, 2020

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Yup, Dave made me look good. For 20 years I had the pleasure of working with Dave on numerous store projects throughout Canada’s Provinces and Territories. Dave built the stores and I was accountable for store operations. His ability to bring our projects to life in some of the most logistically challenged locations in Canada are a true testament to his keen understanding of not only building in the north but also his deep commitment to his lifelong work of helping to serve the people and communities serviced by NWC. I always looked forward to our project meetings on new store developments or major renovations. Dave’s knowledge and understanding of what was required to complete a project always put everyone at ease and gave you the confidence that the project was on track and on time. My success was in part due to Dave consistently delivering great buildings that made my work come to life. He made me look good. Dave, you were a truly great person and you will be greatly missed. You have left a great impression on many who knew you and your structures will stand on northern landscapes for years to come keeping your spirit alive. See ya some Day Tim Ross - Posted by: Tim Ross (Co-Worker) on: Jul 02, 2020

  • I worked with Dave at TNWC through most of the 90’s. I got to know Dave well when they combined the Store Planning and Construction departments. Lots of great memories and moments, including those beer Thursday’s or was it Friday’s to recap our travels and share all the problems associated with the logistics with construction in Northern Canada. - Posted by: Randy Kyrzyk (Co-worker) on: Jul 01, 2020

  • Dave , You were a pleasure to work with and to kick back after hours and shoot the breeze and it has been an amazing time with you and I only regret not getting to go fishing with you . A gentleman in every way . I wish the family every possible peace in this time. My deepest condolences Paul Niccolls - Posted by: Paul Niccolls (Building stores with Dave in the Caribbean ) on: Jun 30, 2020

  • I was saddened to hear of Dave's passing. I met Dave in 1994 when I joined NWC in the Construction and Store Planning Department. Dave was the most kind, most knowledgeable of construction and maintenance in NWC northern locations and had the most ingenious ideas. He was passionate about supporting NWC stores and especially the construction crews in the north, his support and compassion was never ending. Dave had an unwavering strength and steadfastness and it seemed that there wasn't a call, request or emergency he couldn't handle. I remember my first trip in a small plane in the north. I was grew more scared as the pilots rushed us onto the plane to take off when the temperature dropped to -45 degrees, Dave's reassuring nods, crooked smile, reassured us all that the pilots had this and they did, of course! I remember his patience as I learned Euchre with the group at lunch time, sometimes it was just a certain look from Dave that told me not to play a card and I remember his big laugh when I did play the wrong card, telling me he warned me! Dave was a mentor to me over these last years, he didn't need to say a lot, sometimes it was a crooked smile, that downward look or that laugh that said everything! To Carol-Ann, Graham and Shona my deepest condolences. Dave was a wonderful man and he talked of you with great adoration. - Posted by: Shannon Ferguson (colleague, friend) on: Jun 30, 2020

  • I was shocked to learn of Dave's passing. Dave and I worked together for 13 years. I don't think anyone had the depth of experience about building in the far north of Canada and Alaska than Dave. He had a "get 'er done" attitude and had this uncanny ability to solve the problem. Dave had a genuine appreciation of the people who lived in the north and was often the man who would bridge issues across cultures. Carol, I am so sorry for you and your family. His love (and amiable fear) of you was a most genuine thing. Gone far too soon. Love and special thoughts from Australia. Ralph Markham. - Posted by: Ralph Markham (Friend) on: Jun 29, 2020

  • I am so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. We worked together for 13 years and during that time he was my mentor, ally, confidant, sounding board, and all round best buddy. We spent many Friday afternoons consoling each other over beers after a tough week and laughing about all of the crazy happenings at the office. As a self-made man, Dave knew from personal experience more about building in the North than anyone and he was always happy to share that knowledge with me. He even lent me his prized construction crews when I was stuck for manpower with no where to turn. I remember one occasion when my mother called me at work, very upset by some damage that a sudden wind storm had caused. When I told Dave that I was leaving the office to go clean up the mess Dave immediately jumped up from behind his desk and said that he was coming along to help. That was Dave. We always kept in touch since I left Winnipeg 15 years ago, having coffee when I visited and exchanging the occasional email, the last one only last week. Carol, we are so sorry for you. He was a great guy and this is a terrible loss for you. Be strong. Love Jerry & Carol - Posted by: Jerry Wyshnowsky (Friend) on: Jun 28, 2020

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