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Born: May 15, 1942

Date of Passing: Aug 25, 2020

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May 15, 1942 – August 25, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Dave, at the age of 78, on August 25, 2020 in Winnipeg.
Dave will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 57 years, Leslie; children, Cheryl (Ezio) Franz, Alison (Cameron) Kelbert, and Glen (Leslie) Frye; brother John and sister-in-law Georgie Ann Frye; cousins, Doug and Joyce Wilding; and sisters-in-law, Eileen Espinosa, Geraldine Tooth and Doreen Whalley, as well as other extended family and friends.
He was the world's greatest grandfather and had a special relationship with each of his five grandsons, Ryan, Kyle, Tanner, Matt and Thomas. He was the exceptional "Uncle Dave" to his nieces and nephews and their children.
Dave enjoyed life, family, and his many friends. Countless number of good times were spent with the Betz and Gurney families. He spoke of fond memories of the fishing trips with his buds, Bill Betz, Ron Sigurdson, and Jack Elliott; friend Jack Carnegie, the Rusty Zippers, and the "coffee crew". Dave was also a longtime member of the Deer Lodge Curling Club.
The cabin at Granite Lake has always been a special place for Dave. For 45 years, Dave and Leslie created a second home where family and friends came to experience "Lake Life". He and his buddy Bill Betz worked on many projects over the years, fished, and facilitated waterskiing for hours on end for all of the kids.
Dave was enormously proud of his 37-year career as an elementary school teacher and principal in St. James Assiniboia School Division. He was especially fond of his time at Bannatyne, Crestview and Stevenson Britannia. After his retirement in 1997, Dave and Leslie spent their winters in Palm Shadows Mobile Park in Donna, Texas enjoying the warm weather and wonderful friends. He also found a passion for water colour painting, woodworking, golf and checking out garage sales.
The family would like to thank Dr. J. Koulack, PAs Stephanie and Noel, the management and staff of GA-3 and the Central Dialysis Unit, and Dave's home care workers. Their care and compassion for Dave and his family have been exceptional.
Cremation has taken place. Due to the current restrictions, there will be an intimate Celebration of Life followed by interment.
If you wish, a donation can be made in David's name to: Diabetes Canada, 401-1 Wesley Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3C 4C6 or at

We hold you close within our hearts;
no distance can divide.
In life we loved you dearly;
in death we love you still.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 29, 2020

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • I just received my copy of RTAM and learned of Dave’s passing! I was his VP at Stevenson School. My first year in administration. A perfect mentor for me just starting out. We had fun in spite of some challenging situations. On Fridays, Dave would say— Bobby, let’s go for a beer. I loved having Dave as a friend. To Leslie and the family, my deepest sympathy. He was a lovely man. Bob Watson West Kelowna,BC - Posted by: Robert Watson (Colleague) on: Dec 31, 2020

  • We are so sorry to know that David has died. He will be sorely missed. As a sister of a brother-in-law we were so happy to be included in family gatherings and Christmas celebrations. Your home was always open to us. Thank-you for the good times. - Posted by: Wilbert & Florence Klatt (Friends ) on: Sep 05, 2020

  • I am the current principal at Stevenson-Britannia Elementary. It is an honour to see the photos and hear the great stories of former principals in the building. Dave was a very well-liked, respected person. He took good care of all of his staff and students. I am so fortunate to get to work with one of his daughters, Alison. She is a Kindergarten teacher in our school. Alison gives so much love and time to all of her students and families. She is so patient and kind to everyone. Alison has obviously come from an amazing family with the same characteristics. Thank you Frye family for all you contribute to the community. - Posted by: Jane Couch (friend and colleague of Alison) on: Sep 01, 2020

  • Dear Leslie , We are so sorry for your loss and extend our condolences to you and family. We have fond memories of Dave throughout our years of work and whenever we met. The picture of Dave is so true of him: he truly had that warm smile for everyone and showed a heartfelt interest in those around him. With our sympathy - Vic and Lucille - Posted by: Vic and Lucille Mollot (friend and former colleague) on: Aug 29, 2020

  • I knew Dave and John's family from the time I bagged their groceries at Ferry Rd Safeway. Dave and I were in grade 11 together, but different rooms. SJCI had many classrooms of the same grade but we seemed to have friends across those groups. Gwen and I were fortunate to visit Dave and Leslie in 2009, the last time we were in Winnipeg. Our condolences to all of the family. - Posted by: Bev Young (Georgie is my step-sister. I also went to school with Dave. ) on: Aug 29, 2020

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