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Born: Sep 07, 1967
Date of Passing: Aug 03, 2020Offer Condolences or Memory Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation
He leaves behind his wife Susan, the love of his life, along with stepchildren Dawson and Tanner, his mother Joanne Wilson, brother Dean Wilson (Cheri, Katie, Derek), father-in-law Terry Hughes, along with countless lifelong friends.
Dave was born September 7, 1967. He grew up in Windsor Park and attended J.H. Bruns and Glenlawn Collegiate where he made many lifelong friendships, a list much too long to count.
Dave had many careers over the years - bartender, salesman, potential rockstar. Dave's passion was music: Classic Rock to be specific. He could talk about music and bands for hours and loved to dance in his younger years. He was a staunch supporter of local musicians in Winnipeg and even sang in a band or two!
Extremely outgoing and friendly, Dave was someone you would never forget once you met him. He was the definition of an extrovert. You could not go anywhere with Dave without him running into someone he knew and he would never forget a name. His smile and laugh would light up a room. Dave accepted everyone, regardless of what their life story was. The door was always open at his long list of addresses for a "chin wag" and beverage of choice (usually rye and coke). He had an incredible lust for life and a presence that will be missed by all that knew him.
When Susan reappeared in his life he fell madly in love (again) and they married in 2012. Dave loved her boys as if they were his own. The love Dave and Susan shared was instant, passionate and unconditional with a bond that was big, bold and beautiful. His happiest times were spent cooking meals, hanging out in his garage/man-cave watching The Jets or The Bombers with his friends, and spending time with his family. Dave loved to socialize and hosted many shindigs over the years gathering his many friends, old and new. Dave leaves behind a legacy of someone who valued friendships and family much more than anything material in his life.
Illness slowed Dave down in recent years, but his positivity, strength, and sense of humour never left him. It was beyond inspirational to see a man fight so hard to survive and still see the greatness in everyone and everything. He taught us all that no matter what your circumstance, no matter what your problems may be, there's always better days ahead.
He fought gallantly until the end and never gave up.
The family would like to thank Dr. Salem along with all of the medical professionals and individuals who assisted Dave during his health battles for their care and compassion. A special thank you to all those friends and family who drove Dave to and from the many hospital visits and medical appointments required during his illness.
None of us can imagine a life without you Dave, but we will always remember you
with a smile, a story and a cold beverage.
Rest peacefully. You touched the lives of every person you met and
will never be forgotten.
"Carry on my wayward son
For there'll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
Don't you cry no more"
- Lyrics by Kansas
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 08, 2020
Condolences & Memories (14 entries)
So saddened to hear of Dave’s passing- my condolences to all. Dave made his presence known during his time at the MTS Centre- and stayed in touch after when he attended Jets games; always quick with a smile and a story and an idea for us to consider on what to do next!! A solid guy, the friendliest of the friendly... he worked hard and made sure the job was done and the job was fun!! RIP, Dave. - Posted by: Kevin Donnelly (Colleague) on: Aug 11, 2020
Dave's zest for life was something extraordinary! He never complained about his situations. He would say just keep on plugging away. Always concerned for everyone around him, never him self. We loved seeing his smiling face and fun humour. Condolences to Susan, boys, Joanne and rest of family. You are missed by all Dave! - Posted by: amber (friend) on: Aug 11, 2020
Utterly broken to hear this news & especially sad that we are "ALL" not able to celebrate what you meant to so many. Dave, I cannot share how much I enjoyed our laughs and "mischief" over the past 30 years but I know - that you know. Sending my sincere condolences to the families. Looking forward to our next man-hug buddy! Till then Cheers - Craig. - Posted by: Craig Harrison (Friend) on: Aug 10, 2020
Dave was a friend of my daughters and many a times came to our house party, he was a sweetheart and after all these years I can still remember his laughter and see his smile. May he rest in peace. - Posted by: Juanita (Friend) on: Aug 10, 2020
RIP Dave. You were one of a kind. Been years since we last saw each other but we will meet again on the next round. - Posted by: Randall James (friend) on: Aug 10, 2020
Wow...was not prepared for this as I was flipping through Saturday's paper. So sorry to hear about this; condolences to all his family. I worked with Dave at Novopharm back in the 90's, and for several years we spent a lot of time together after work and on weekends. I completely agree about never being able to go somewhere without him running into (usually several) people he knew...drove me nuts sometimes! Shared a lot of music, stories, laughter, tears, and drinks back then...unfortunately, when we left Novopharm we lost touch, and I only ran in to him a few times here and there. Rest in Peace my friend - you are leaving us far too soon... - Posted by: Brad Ward (Friend) on: Aug 10, 2020
My heartfelt condolences to Susan and the family. He was a special soul who made everyone who crossed his path feel special. He will always be my "Horseshoe Champion". - Posted by: Laurie Barthels (Friend) on: Aug 09, 2020
Our sincere condolences to you and the family. Dave certainly was the light in the room. - Posted by: Carla Melquist ( Wood Wyant) (Co-worker , friend) on: Aug 09, 2020
Dear Susan, Dawson and Tanner. My heart is broken for you. Dave was the kindest, gentle soul who welcomed everyone as if family. I am truly blessed to have met him and be treated as a life long friend. Know his kindness will not be forgotten and will be treasured. Love you dearly. - Posted by: Dora Pacheco (Friend) on: Aug 08, 2020
Deepest condolences to Susan and family as well Dave's family from Bridget Benoit and myself. I was truly heartbroken to hear of my very good friends passing. Dave was one of coolest, loving, funny, interesting people I ever knew who held his zest for life even in the most difficult of times. His love, respect and admiration for Susan was always apparent in our conversations which thankfully were often in recent years. I've shared many experiences with Dave over 35 years of knowing him. One of the earlier memorable things was playing in a band with him along with John Buck. We used to practice in a huge warehouse on Wall and Portage Ave., it was all great until some guy drove a car through the wall. Our favorite song to play at the time was Cold Sweat from Thin Lizzy which we reminisced about fairly recently, I will always remember the good times and conversations we had. I loved Dave and will always miss him. I'm thankful for the strength and courage he displayed, his love for people and life and the inspiration he gave me from his incredibly positive attitude. RIP Dave, you were one of a kind brother. - Posted by: Jeff Elwood (Friend) on: Aug 08, 2020
So, so sorry to hear this news Joanne. Our hearts break for you. Losing a child before you is not the way it's suppose to be. "Those we love don't go away, They walk beside us every day, Unseen, unheard, but always near, Still loved, still missed and very dear." To let you know we care about your hurting heart and we share in your sorrow. With sympathy and caring, Marlene and Faye (Hogue) - Posted by: Marlene Oussoren (Longtime Bissett friends) on: Aug 08, 2020
Dave. We must say goodbye way too soon. I loved as a friend and a brother. Ciara and Brett adored Uncle Dave. To me, you were my little Davy. I loved how you were so passionately in love with Susan. You surely will be dearly missed. I know you will be in the heaven above guiding Susan and the boys through this so difficult times. I truly was proud to call you my brother. I love you. - Posted by: Kim Hughed (Sister in-law) on: Aug 08, 2020
Although it has been many years since I have seen Dave; I am saddened by this news of his passing. My deepest condolences to his family as well as the many friends whom he has touched. May you rest in peace, Dave. - Posted by: Andrea Guss (Friend) on: Aug 08, 2020
To Susan Dawson and Tanner My heart truly breaks for you for your loss of Dave. I know you loved him deeply and he will truly be missed. Keep your family and friends close to help you take one step forward we will all be here to catch if you fall with deepest deepest sympathy. Remember he is always around you watch and you will see the signs. - Posted by: Janette Lantz (Friend of the family) on: Aug 08, 2020
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