DICK, David

David Dick

On July 23, 2019, David Dick passed into glory, confident in God’s love and grace, at Riverview Health Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is survived by his wife of almost 63 years, Elfrieda, his children Harold Dick (Donna), Marion Dick Davey (Earl), Stan Dueck (Gail), Valorie Block (Neil) and Vernon Ward (Calista), his grandchildren Jordan Potter Davey (Stephanie), Harrison Davey (Amy), Rachael Loeppky (Derek), Jadon Ward (Sarah), Melea Ward, Kiah Ward, Tilon Ward, Jaalah Ward, Nicolai Ward, Anya Ward, Nathan Dueck, Jonah Dueck, Owen Block, his great grandchildren Gabriel and Maggie, Nora and Clive, and Irelyn; his four siblings, and many in-laws, nieces and nephews. Dad was born in Coaldale, Alberta in 1931, the 11th of 13 children. He grew up on a farm in Readymade, Alberta and was nurtured in the Coaldale Mennonite Brethren Church. The family was poor, even by the standards of the Great Depression, but Dad remembers a household in which the love of God, family and friends permeated life. He became a Christian as a child and his faith in God’s love and leading in his life never wavered. He enjoyed a 40-year career as a teacher and education administrator in Sunnyside, Coaldale, Linden and Calgary. Over the years, he also served as a devout and committed volunteer on many professional, church and conference committees. Lifelong Albertans, Dad and Mom moved to Winnipeg after his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer in 2017 to be closer to family. Dad was committed to learning, becoming proficient with computers and formatting digital photographs in his retirement. He enjoyed reading and keeping up with current events and was interested in almost any topic or issue until the very end. Family was extremely important. Visits with relatives on family trips and family reunions were a standard feature of vacations. He considered it critical to preserve the legacy of his family for future generations, and in his retirement he did much writing, including his own and extended family history. Dad loved music and singing was an important part of his life. From his teens until the age of 85, there wasn’t a time when his deep bass voice was not a part of a small group or choir. A quiet and reflective man, he was full of information and wisdom – a wealth of knowledge and advice for his children and grandchildren. He had a great sense of humour and had a joke or funny story for every situation that continued to the end of his life, including the wonderful staff at Riverview. Despite a congenital tremor, Dad enjoyed working with his hands, with a special love and talent for woodworking. He was once described as a noble man and those who knew him can attest to his integrity, commitment and gentle spirit. He will be dearly missed. Friends and relatives are encouraged to share in a photo tribute, stories and condolences for the family by visiting David’s memorial page at integrityfuneralplanning.com. A Memorial Service will be held at Highland MB Church, 4018 Centre B Street NW, Calgary at 3:30 pm on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of David Dick may be made to Camp Evergreen (Sundre, Alberta) or Mennonite Central Committee in support of vocational woodwork training in Burundi. Written by Harold Dick