General News · 18th November 2019
It is with great sadness that our dear brother, uncle, cousin and friend David passed away peacefully at Nanaimo Hospital, Saturday, Oct 26th. Dave was predeceased by his loving wife, Margaret Mae (nee Thiel) 3 years previous on Oct 30th, 2016. Dave leaves behind Brother John, nephew Kris, niece Jennifer, sister in law Elaine , former sister in law Darlene and Cousin Debbie.
David also leaves behind many friends on Cortes Island where he and Margaret ran a charming B & B. David was active in the Island community serving as area director in the 90’s and he always had many fond memories of his life on the Island. Dave moved to the island after spending the first part of his adult life traveling the world. Leaving his home in Vancouver, David traveled by ship to New Zealand in the early sixties to seek adventure. He got that adventure when he and three friends restored a Landrover, shipped it to India and then drove it overland to England; Quite an adventure then and near impossible now.
After spending time in England as a diesel repair technician for Cummins Diesel David returned home, built a sailboat and then lived on it in Burrard inlet. After working in Vancouver for a few years it was again time for adventure and David sailed his boat up to Cortes Island, where with his friend Ian Disney and his cousin Joan established life on the Island. It was not long after that, that David met his wife to be Margaret Jacobsen. Fairhaven B & B became a reality and David established a car and marine repair business to supplement their income. Life was good on the island with his friends, cousins and Aunt on Cortes. Sadly, Margaret developed MS and they were forced to sell their beloved Fairhaven and leave to be near better health care for Margaret.
In retirement David and Margaret wasted no time traveling as much as they could until Margaret really could not travel anymore. David continued to care for Margaret in their home in Nanaimo until her passing in 2016. Unfortunately, by then David was legally blind and his health had suffered. David continued to travel as much as he could and took the Via train across Canada one last time with his brother this past July to Toronto. Alas, it was to be his last trip. Dave returned home to Nanaimo and was admitted to hospital and succumbed to his illness 3 months later.
David requested that there be no service only that his ashes be placed in Squirrel Cove anchorage along side Margaret’s ashes; a special place near and dear to them both.
Comment by Brigid on 19th November 2019
I remember Margaret, at one of the 'Come as you Aren't' parties at the Gorge Hall, with a big brave sign reading 'Olympic Champion' on the back of her wheelchair. Thinking of happy times at Fairhaven Farm with these old friends.