April 28, 1951 – Kenora, ON
October 10, 2013 – Calgary, AB
David Brett, beloved husband of Janet Brett of Calgary passed away on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at the age of 62 years.
Besides his loving wife Janet, David is survived by his daughter Molly, and son-in-law Rob Dorran; his siblings and their spouses Tom and Mary Brett, Maryanne Brett, Paul and Margaret Brett, and Patrick and Pam Brett; as well as his aunt Janet Mulcahy. David is predeceased by his father John Thomas in 1960, his mother Agnes in 2002, and his nephew “Little” Patrick in 1992.
David grew up in Kenora, ON, and along with his four siblings, endured the early loss of his father. David shone in high school, both academically and athletically. He went on to attend McGill University on full scholarship, graduating in 1973 with a B.A. After beginning his legal studies at University of Toronto, he transferred the following year to University of Manitoba, where he earned his L.L.B. He was called to the bar in 1977 and began his professional career in Winnipeg at Thompson Dorfman Sweatman, becoming a partner in 1984. David changed the focus of his career in 1991 when he joined the executive of Centra Gas. Eventually he returned to the practice of law with Gowling Lafluer Hendserson LLP in Calgary, AB and expanded into the specialized areas of environmental, Aboriginal, and energy resources.
He was a gifted intellect, a superb problem solver, a fabulous cook and gardener, a passionate golfer, but above all, if he loved you, you knew he always had your back.
David had a truly amazing group of health care professionals fighting for him including Dr. Peter Neweduk and the team at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. A sincere thank you to them as well as the staff on unit 73 at the Rockyview and the Carewest Sarcee Hospice for the incredible loving care that was given to him.
A Celebration of David’s life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Friday, October 18, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
In living memory of David Brett, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences