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CHARLEBOIS – David “Davis” Martin

June 20, 1955 – August 22, 2010

David “Davis” Martin Charlebois, beloved husband of Kate Charlebois of Calgary, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, August 22, 2010 at the age of 55 years.

He bicycled the world and spent his time wandering in the mountains and badlands, watching the birds and the stars. He was appreciated by all who came into contact with him for his gentleness and generosity of spirit.

Davis was helped on his last journey home by his wife Kate, their friend Bryan Parker and many more of his loving friends. The family would like to take this opportunity to thank the Palliative Care teams who were so caring during Davis’ last six months. Theirs is a true gift and they were invaluable.

He is survived by his mother Rosemary Charlebois; his brother Michael Charlebois; his sister Marylou Beaubien (Andre) and their children, Mathieu and Elise, and sister Karen Fojt (Sander) and their children, Andrea and Kevin. Davis also leaves many relatives of the Voytechek and Charlebois families as well as Kate’s sisters and brothers.

A Memorial Service will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (640 – 19th Avenue N.W.) on Monday, August 30, 2010 at 11:30 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Davis’ honour may be made directly to the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, 2425 9th Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 4T4, Telephone: (403) 268-2489.

In living memory of Davis Charlebois, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Ulrike Spiss-Setzer :

    Dear Kate and Family,
    my heartfelt condolences for the passing of David. My thoughts are with you. Let’s hope David is in a better place now with no more suffering.
    Lots of love,

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  2. Calum Macdonald :

    Kate and Family I am truely sorry for your loss,
    Davis, Shavis,but mostly we called him “Yoda” and the motto
    (do or donot there is no try)
    as we all had nicnames.
    Yoda was such a kind pure spirited individual, he made many of our ice climbing and mountaineering outings a real pleasure, and kept us looking at life from a wide open point of view. from a fellow gerka who considered him a good friend I am truely sorry for your loss.

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  3. Cameron Taylor :

    I first met Dave at St. Angela’s Elementary in Edmonton. Even way back then, Dave was a very unique and energetic individual with a boundless imagination. I recall his fondness for his pet turtles, Dave playing at being James Bond and endless mini-hockey games held at his house. We were even altar boys together.

    Young Dave was fascinated with cars. We knew every detail about every car ever made. It was about this time his penchant for gathering information in infinite detail about subjects that interested him began to flower. He was later to become an expert on many diverse topics from bird watching to astronomy and from mountaineering to foreign films. About this time he also started to become interested in sports and physical activity. He became a nut for training and I still haven’t forgot the day he de-throned me and beat my time in the 100 yard dash in Grade Six.

    Some day I would like to capture in writing a part of Alberta’s history that I fear may be lost and that is the summer of the Free Camp in Jasper, 1971. An indelible memory of Dave is meeting up with him at the Free Camp where he was living in a lean-to made from logs and a plastic tarp and talking him into coming with us to do the Skyline Trail in Jasper.
    I think he had been living off “Sunny Boy” cereal for weeks but he still laid down a good pace on that trail.

    Another funny memory of Dave is of the summer after high school when we were early pioneers of ten-speed bike transportation on Alberta’s highways. Dave would entertain us by reciting the entire soundtrack from Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange” and the miles just evaporated.

    I was a member of Dave’s Everest Base Camp expedition. As always, Dave conversations liberally spiced with observations about everything you could possibly want to know about any Himalayan peak over 8,000 meters or what Frederico Fellini was trying to say in 8 and a half made the time on the trail pass pleasurably.

    I lost contact with Dave following that trip but in later years when Dave would do his long walks around the city I was always glad for those occasions I would run into him and catch up. I’d have him over for dinner occasionally and my kids were always impressed with how he could fit a milkshake straw in the gap in his teeth and how he could quote MacBeth.

    From what I’ve seen, whoever said that the good die young was right. Dave was a good one and one of those guys you feel richer for having known them. God rest your soul, David. My condolences and prayers to Kate, Dave’s sisters Mary Lou and Karen and to Dave’s mother Rosemary who provided me with many a frosty glass of Kool-Aid years ago.

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  4. don carmichael :

    Davis, what an amazing time you had on this earth and now you start another journey where you will surely be fascinated by whatever you encounter just as you will always enthrall and fascinate those who encounter you….May you be safe….May you be happy and peaceful of heart……May you be strong and benevolent of spirit…and may you care for yourself joyfully wherever you roam….My heartfelt condolences to Kate, all of Dave’s family and his many close and dear friends.

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  5. I lost track of Dave a few years ago but carried his friendship with me. When I read his obituary today it was surreal. I was blesssed with knowing Dave and Kate through my husband and mulled over the dance lessons, hikes, and movies we enjoyed together.

    Dave was a person with infectious optimism, incredible kindness, childlike in his curiosity, and open to all. The world is worse off without his beautiful presence but still enriched with the glow of his energy.

    Kate I’m so sorry, I can’t imagine you’re loss.

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