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DAVID JOHN GITTINS (DAVE)
Born: Jul 31, 1942
Date of Passing: Aug 24, 2020Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
DAVID JOHN GITTINS
He was predeceased by his parents, Anne and Stanley Gittins. He leaves to mourn his beloved wife, Haldean; children/ grandchildren, Scott (Adrienne) Chase, Todd (Jodi), Merc, Tejay, Colleen, and Shelby; brother Richard (Joyce); sisters-in-law, Donalda (Walter) and Linda (Brian); brothers-in-law, Robert (Bernie) and Harold (Jane), and numerous nieces, nephews, and countless friends.
Dave was an outstanding husband, father, brother and most of all superb grandfather. He was born in Seven Sisters Falls, Manitoba on July 31, 1942, attending school there until 1958; at which time he moved to Great Falls, Manitoba. He completed high school in Pine Falls where he met the love of his life Haldean. They were married in 1963. After a brief sojourn with Manitoba Hydro, Dave attended (MIT) Red River Community College graduating with a degree in Civil Technology. He then worked for Manitoba Hydro as a Construction Supervisor until his retirement in 1998. After retirement, he worked for Comstock for a number of years. Dave was very active in the community, coaching hockey, ringette, and a term as Vice-President of Greendell Community Centre. Dave made many friends wherever he went with his guitar and his singing; especially his rendition of "Hot Rod Lincoln".
Dad told me, "Todd, retirement is the best thing ever because I am able to spend more time with my grandchildren than I did with you kids, because I did not have the rat race of life. I have five hours to sit in a park, watching my grandkids, while reading a book and I do not have to rush back to work."
He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
A Celebration of Life - come and go reception will be held on September 10 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Greendell Community Club at 75 Woodlawn Ave.
Covid 19 (Masks Mandatory) will be in effect.
A comment page will be posted at www.bardal.ca.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made out to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba or do a random act of kindness.
Bardal Funeral Home
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 05, 2020
Condolences & Memories (7 entries)
Some of us were lucky to have known Dave Gittins, handsome, full of life and love and music. The character of someone is displayed by how he treats his fellow man and Dave always showed kindness and genuine interest in the lives of family, friends and strangers. He will be missed but never forgotten. Lynne Swain (Thomson) - Posted by: lynne swain (childhood friend) on: Oct 31, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. We had lots of good times together. Take care and know I am thinking of you. - Posted by: Jan Kraning (Friends ) on: Sep 18, 2020
Condolences to Todd and family. Memories of hockey tournaments, guitars, pool parties. and coach Dave was the center of it all! He was always happy and always had a life lesson or story that we as young men understood and related to. Rest In Peace coach! Kelly - Posted by: Kelly Brown (#5 defence) on: Sep 10, 2020
We are so sad to hear of Dave's passing. Many a good time was held at Greendell Community club with your family. Our sincere sympathy to all the Gittins family. Hugs to all ❤️💕💐 - Posted by: Marlene and Alan Chorley (Friends) on: Sep 05, 2020
Dear Haldean & family, We were so saddened to hear of Dave’s sudden passing. So many happy memories of you & Dave at the hockey tournaments - especially all the laughter - how he loved parties!! Our thoughts & prayers of comfort will be with you during the coming times. Please know Haldean, we will be holding your hand to give you strength....🙏❤️ Sending special thoughts to Todd - we know you will miss dad big time! Hugs, Cliff & Lavina - Posted by: Cliff & Lavina Dyck (Friends) on: Sep 05, 2020
Sorry Colleen, my condolences to you and your family. May your Dad rest in peace. - Posted by: Bradley Pisiak (played ball with Colleen some 27 years ago) on: Sep 05, 2020
Denver Dave from my Transit days in Thompson, Gillam and Hydro John. My condolences, Dave was a great guy with big laugh. - Posted by: Daniel Tucjer (Friend) on: Sep 05, 2020
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