NOVEMBER 29,1918 – JULY 28, 2013

After a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by family and friends, Dave passed away in his home in Port Alberni on July 28th, 2013.

Dave was predeceased by his parents, David and Lily Ferrier, wife, Esther, and granddaughter, Tara Mooney; he is survived by his daughters, Margaret McMaster and Kathy Mooney (Dennis Craig); grandsons Colin McMaster (Brigette), and Chris Mooney (Stefanie); great grandchildren David and Lorissa McMaster, and Dallas Mooney; and his friend and companion, Donna Duncan.

Born in England, November 29th 1918, Dave first came to Alberni with his mother and father in 1919. He began his schooling in Alberni, and when he was 8, the family moved to a farm in Hilliers. He often reminisced about helping his dad to clear the fields of rocks and stumps and how, together, they hand-dug the long, long, drainage ditch across the full width of the property. When he was 15, they moved back to England so Dave could begin an apprenticeship.

In WWII, Dave served as a Canadian in the British Royal Navy. During the war, he married Esther, and in 1951, he came back to Alberni bringing with him his wife and 8 year old daughter, Margaret; in 1957, another daughter, Kathy, was born. Dave worked in the Plywood Mill until his retirement in 1980 when he moved out to an acreage on the Stamp River. Dave always loved a good game of cards, and was an avid gardener and fisherman his entire life. He was a life-time member of the Sunshine Club, and belonged to the Royal Canadian Legion.

The family thanks Dr. Brown, the Victoria Cancer Clinic staff, Port Alberni’s Community Care staff, and all those involved in the Palliative Support Services who gave him such good care. Many thanks also to those good friends who provided comfort and help throughout Dave’s last weeks.

A memorial tea will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Victoria Quay, from 2 to 4 p. m., Friday, August 2nd 2013.

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