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Born: Oct 13, 1936

Date of Passing: Mar 09, 2021

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October 13, 1936 - March 9, 2021

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of David Drybrough at the age of 84. He was a loving husband, dad and papa who will be dearly missed by his whole family, and many friends. Dave was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on October 13, 1936, son of the late John and Edna May Drybrough. On New Year's Eve of 1959, Dave met the love of his life and on August 26, 1961, he married Constance "Connie" Ellis, who survives. To this day, he liked to call her "my bride".
Dave is also survived by son Keith (Kirsten) Drybrough and their children, Julia and Madelaine of Winnipeg; son Daniel (Marjolein) Drybrough of Calgary, AB and their children, Benjamin, Jack and Samuel; and daughter Heather Drybrough and her children, Jane and Isabel Askham of Calgary, AB. He is survived by sister Barbara McKeen of Kelowna, BC and twin brother Donald (Moira) Drybrough of Brampton, ON and their children, Catherine (Mark) Graham, Cynthia (David) Jamieson, Christina Drybrough and Donald (Brenda) Drybrough and many grandnieces and grandnephews. Dave is predeceased by his older brothers, Robert Donald and John David, both passing away many years ago.
Dave grew up in Tuxedo and was a "lifer" at St. John's-Ravenscourt School, graduating in 1953. His love of sport began as a Grade 8 student when he finished second in a school cross-country run. Dave went on to become a top provincial and national distance runner in the 1950s and into the early 1960s. He set several University of Manitoba track records and represented Canada in the 1500-metre final at the Chicago Pan Am Games in 1959. Dave set the Canadian Indoor Mile Record in 1960 with a time of 4:10.4, a record that held for many years. Tall and lanky he played basketball in high school and went on to be Rookie of the Year in the 1959 Manitoba Senior Men's Basketball League.
Dave involved himself in sport throughout his life. He coached the University of Manitoba's 1964 cross-country running team to the Canadian Championship, served as Deputy Meet Director of Athletics at the 1967 Pan Am Games in Winnipeg, and represented the Canadian Track and Field Association as an official at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. In 1980 at the age of 43, Dave ran the Manitoba Marathon, crossing the finish line with both arms held high in celebration. In 1985 and 1986, Dave served as technical committee chair for the Manitoba Marathon. In 2009, Dave was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame for his achievements in and contributions to athletics.
Dave was a Fellow Chartered Accountant and enjoyed a long and fulfilling career. After articling at Deloitte, Plender, Haskins & Sells, and then working in industry at Malcom Construction in the early 1970s, he spent 25 years with Coopers & Lybrand (now Pricewaterhouse Coopers). Dave was a Partner with the firm from 1976 until his retirement from public practice in 1997. Dave then joined Winnipeg-based Gendis Inc. as Vice President, Finance until his retirement in January 2004. Through many years, he served on several boards of directors including St. John's-Ravenscourt School.
Dave and his family spent many happy summers at the family cottage in Victoria Beach, Manitoba, where they met and made lifelong friends. An avid tennis player and golfer, Dave was instrumental in expanding the tennis facilities at Victoria Beach in the early 1990s and he was involved in the development of Grand Pines Golf Club, minutes away from Victoria Beach. Right from the beginning when renting on 7th Avenue and then buying the lot and building the cottage on 8th Avenue in 1975, Dave passed on his love of the active cottage life and community to his children and grandchildren. He will be dearly missed on the fairways and at the courts.
Dave and Connie enjoyed winter vacations to Hawaii and countless times with friends (the "wall-nuts") watching sunsets at Nihi Kai on Kauai. They also spent many months a year at their home away from home in Calgary. Since the late 70s, a winter highlight was cheering on the Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose as season ticket holders. Dad was thrilled to see the Jets return to Winnipeg. In the warmer months, Dave and Connie enjoyed evenings together watching the Winnipeg Goldeyes.
A private funeral service will be held at Thomson "In the Park" Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Boulevard. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Dave to the David J. Drybrough '53 Scholarship, c/o St. John's-Ravenscourt School Foundation, 400 South Drive, Winnipeg, MB R3T 3K5, 204.477.2497, or online at

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 13, 2021

Condolences & Memories (15 entries)

  • Recently David and I would talk and I always enjoyed it. Wry, with a twist, and kind and honest and a hero to many. My respect to Connie and all of his family. - Posted by: Bob Wallace (Friend) on: Mar 24, 2021

  • Our sincere condolences to Connie, Heather, Keith and Danny and families on the passing of Dave, I first met Dave when we moved to Winnipeg in the late 70s, he was the audit partner for the company I joined. Through Dave we got to know Victoria Beach. We eventually bought a cottage at VB and got to know the family socially. Dave was a wonderful person who will be missed by many. Best wishes. - Posted by: Bill and Maureen Watchorn (Friends) on: Mar 23, 2021

  • I have had the pleasure of knowing Dave my whole life! Meeting him on an annual basis near the courts or meet ups in the avenues in VB has always been meaningful & amazing. He always reminded me of knowing me since I was weeks old. We always carved out time to talk of talking sports, careers and most importantly chatting about family. My condolences to Connie, the family and Dave’s community. He will be dearly missed - Posted by: Meghan Watchorn (Friend ) on: Mar 22, 2021

  • I have fond memories of Dave while with the Winnipeg office and extend my heartfelt condolences to the family. - Posted by: Erwin Malzer (Former Partner) on: Mar 19, 2021

  • Gabe & Marcelle Forest, Marcelle & I extend our deepest sympathy to you Connie and your family. We have fond memories of Dave at Coopers & Lybrand and also the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba. May Dave rest in peace, Gabe - Posted by: Gabe & Marcelle Forest (Great Friend) on: Mar 18, 2021

  • Sad to hear the news of Dave's passing, he was a giant in Manitoba's running history and proud of his induction into the Manitoba Sports hall of Fame in 2009. Condolences to Connie and family and to the Athletics' community for their loss. - Posted by: Rick Brownlee (Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame) on: Mar 17, 2021

  • Connie: You may recall a year or so ago when you and Dave dropped into Smitties on Pembina at Grant. Bev and I had just sat down for dinner and so you and Dave joined us---we had a great time talking over memories of earlier days and we so much enjoyed that evening with the two of you. Regrettably what with Covid 19 and other matters we never got together again---and now with David's passing the best we can do is pass on our condolences to you. We hope you may be somewhat consoled by knowing of the love and admiration that David enjoyed from many of his friends over his lifetime with you and family. Sincerely- Jack and Bev. - Posted by: Jack and Bev McJannet (Friends) on: Mar 16, 2021

  • It was a joy to work with Dave those many years ago. He and Connie welcomed my family to Winnipeg in 1980. I enjoyed many competitive tennis matches with Dave over the years, his sense of humor, his work ethic and his appreciation of art. My deepest condolences to Connie and the family. - Posted by: Fred Florence (former partner) on: Mar 16, 2021

  • Connie, I was so sorry to hear about this. I always enjoyed talking with Dave, and certainly admired how smart and easy going he was. Please share my condolences with the family. - Posted by: John McCormack (cousin) on: Mar 15, 2021

  • My condolences to Connie and the family. Due to the relationship with my parents Dave was always part of our lives as kids. And took great interest in our growing up. When I moved to Calgary a number of years ago I was honoured that Dave came to see me at work to catch up. My dad will now have his good friend in heaven with him. He will be missed. - Posted by: Jeff Daly (Friends ) on: Mar 13, 2021

  • Dave was a very wise man with a dry sense of humor and big smile. I'll always remember the times we worked together and his candid advice through the years. It was always nice to run into him and Connie at Jets and Moose games as we would catch up and he dropped by the office numerous times for a coffee after his retirement which was always enjoyable as we'd share a few laughs. My condolences to the entire family. James Cohen, CEO of Gendis Inc. - Posted by: James Cohen (Friend) on: Mar 13, 2021

  • Our condolences to Connie and family. We have many fond memories of our times on Whitegates Crescent, a great group of neighbours who became good friends. - Posted by: Alan & Irene Graham (Friends) on: Mar 13, 2021

  • Connie, my sincere condolences. I know your family will provide great comfort. - Posted by: Wendy Summerfield (Quilting Friend) on: Mar 13, 2021

  • Dave and Connie were good friends to our family. I have known Dave all my life. He was always happy and positive. Dave and my father were alike that way, always thinking positively. He was a great community person and a great Winnipeger. - Posted by: tim daly (friend) on: Mar 13, 2021

  • My condolences to the whole family on David's passing. I will miss our regular chats on the lanes of Victoria Beach. While growing up i considered him synonymous with VB. He seemed to be everywhere, running, playing tennis, golfing or cheering on his kids at various venues. He always took the time to talk to me and was genuinely interested in what was going on with the younger generation. Our thoughts are with you, and know that we share in your loss. He was a great man. Sincerely, Jeff Hughes and family - Posted by: Jeff Hughes (Family friend) on: Mar 13, 2021

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