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GAREAU, David

August 3, 1943 – Pincher Creek, Alberta
January 9, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta

Dave, beloved husband of 47 years to Donna Gareau (nee Ames) of Calgary, passed away on Friday, January 9, 2015 at the age of 71 years.

Dave is survived by Donna, daughter Michelle McNeill (DJ), son Tony Gareau (Robyn), grandchildren Emily & Grayson McNeill and Braeden Gareau (mom Lina), mother-in-law Charlotte Ames, brothers-in-law Gary Ames (Kathy), Joe Weisgerber and Cliff Francis, sister-in-law Irene Gareau, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Dave graduated from St. Michael’s School in Pincher Creek where he was a star basketball and baseball player. He began his career in the oil & gas industry at the BA Gas Plant in Pincher Creek, then moved to their plant in Edmonton where he started his family. They moved to Calgary in 1973, where Dave had a long and respected career, retiring in 2001 as a Vice President of Gas Marketing. Dave was an avid outdoorsman. He loved golfing, fishing, and many camping trips with family and friends, and he was a lifelong hunter who got his last moose only 2 years ago. Dave cherished his friendships throughout his life, most recently with the Gyro Club. He loved gatherings with immediate family and with his relatives on both sides. Dave recently came out of retirement to work as a “gun runner” at Canadian Tire and was their best salesman. He loved dancing with Donna, tropical vacations with Michelle, DJ, Emily and Grayson, and searching for that elusive bull elk with Tony and Braeden. He was the World’s Greatest Hockey Parent and Grandparent and could be seen in the bleachers with Donna, Lina, and Robyn at almost every game, keeping the refs in check. Dave passed away as a result of a head injury sustained when he fell on the ice during a game of curling with his buddies.

A Celebration of Dave’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th Street S.E.) on Friday, January 16, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Those wishing to make memorial donations please forward to a charity of one’s choice.

In living memory of Dave Gareau, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Shane Tiessen :

    Donna, Tony and Michelle
    I am so sorry for the loss of Dave, I have many fond memories of him growing up. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you, your families and the others that he had positively impacted.

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  2. Colleen Wadstein :

    Donna, I am so sorry. Thinking of you, xo

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  3. Les And Bea Hamilton :

    To Donna and the family;

    Bea and I would like to extend our deepest sympathy in the tragic loss you have just suffered. Dave was the epitome of Gyro friendship. We always looked forward to a Gin Rummy game with you folks where Dave’s jovial manner always shone out. I am finding it hard to find words to express the shock and absolute sorrow when someone is taken away so suddenly and far too early in their time on earth. We were so fortunate to have known Dave.

    Our thoughts are with you at this time as we too know the sorrow of losing a family member long before their time to say goodbye.

    Les and Bea Hamilton

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  4. Karla Harapiak :

    Donna, Michelle, Tony and families,
    I am so very sad to hear about the sudden passing of “Mr Gareau” as I will always affectionately remember him…
    Growing up together on Canford Crescent gave me so many incredible memories… hide and seek games with your house and the Thiessens as our boundaries, finding “Niblets” in the alley behind our house, and just running from house to house playing. Mr Gareau was a big part of that with his larger than life joy, his contagious, boisterous laugh, his willingness to always stop and talk with us kids.
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this time of sadness and loss…
    Love,
    Karla

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  5. Dear Donna,
    How shocked and saddened we are to hear of Daves’s untimely passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    -Brian and Linda

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  6. Carole Weisbrod :

    Dear Donna and Family,
    I am so sorry to learn of David’s passing. I have fond memories of us going to school and all the good times we enjoyed. Especially the Grad reunions. Sincerest sympathy. Donation will be made to Friends of St. Michaels in memory of David.
    Love Carole (SIEGEL) Weisbrod

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  7. Gareau Family,
    My thoughts go out to you at this time.
    Dave, Thank you for the use of your chair.

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  8. Malcom and Carol Weisgerber :

    Uncle David had such a hearty laugh and big smile. As the patriarch of the Gareau family he will be greatly missed.

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  9. Al & Joyce Bell :

    Donna, we are so sorry for your loss. We remember the times we were able to spend together, at hockey games, dinners etc. Dave was a good man who will be missed by us and many more. Our sincere sympathy.

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  10. Vic & Bernice Walker :

    Our condolences to you Donna, and to your Family. We were most saddened to learn of Dave’s accident and prognosis. Many memories revisited, of younger times, growing up in Pincher and, of course, days around the baseball diamond. A good life, taken too soon.

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  11. Shirley Wilson :

    Dear Donna,
    So sorry to read of Dave’s passing! Sincere condolences to you and your family. Glad that you have your kids and grandkids for help and comfort as you mourn and adjust to Dave’s absence.
    Wishing you small blessings each day.
    Shirley (Milligan) Wilson

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  12. Heather Edwards :

    Dear Donna, Michelle, and family,
    I am so very sorry for you loss. Having met David a few times at our PLC gatherings, he was a wonderful man, who brought great strength and love to the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. My sincerest sympathy.
    Heather

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  13. David & Mary Everts :

    Donna and family please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We have many wonderful memories of Dave as we all grew up in Pincher Creek, we have been reminiscing since we heard the news. It is times like this that we wish we were closer, but when we return in the spring, we will hopefully call upon you.

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  14. Geoff Sutcliffe :

    Donna and family………I just heard today of Dave’s passing and would like to pass on my condolences and deepest sympathy. I was just the batboy back in the day but always enjoyed Dave’s humor and how he took me under his wing when travelling with the Chinook baseball team. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

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  15. Kiann McNeill :

    Donna, Michelle, DJ, Tony
    My deepest sympathies are with you. Dave always made me and my boys feel welcome and part of the family (Donna too!). He was just a joy to be around – Happy and laughing. He will be missed. Hugs to you all.

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  16. Jim Burroughs :

    Please accept my condolences for your loss – Dave was a good man. I had the pleasure of working with Dave and will always remember his positive attitude, outlook and contagious laugh. My thoughts and prayers and with you all, and Dave.

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  17. Debbie Sawyer -Stewart :

    It is with a heavy heart that I offer my condolences to each member of this lovely family. Dave was so full of life and he will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Hold onto the wonderful memories I know each of you will have created with your cherished husband, father, grandfather and in-law.
    Warmly, Debbie

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  18. Barry & Sheila Foster :

    You are in our prayers Donna.

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  19. Gareau Family –

    I am truly sorry to hear about the passing of Big Dave – some of my fondest memories of growing up were the times spent in your kitchen with Dave laughing at some of the stupid things we had done – he will truly be missed

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  20. Jason Kowalski :

    My deepest condolences go out to the entire family. Mr. Gareau was one of of those dads that I will remember forever. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  21. Evelyn and I want to express our condolences to you and your family at this difficult time. Our prayers are with you. Dave will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him

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  22. Donna and Family,

    My sincerest condolences to you and your family.

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  23. Gareau Family—–We were sorry to hear of Dave’s passing . Frances and I enjoyed our visits to Canada and the time spent at outings and conventions with Donna and Dave . He was truly one of the good guys . BILL CRINER

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  24. Sad to see Dave’s name in the paper, he was an outstanding individual, smart, honest, hard working and was so very proud of his family. Gone too soon. Rest in peace David.

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  25. Ron and Diane Carter :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Dave was an example of how to live life. He was devoted to his family, a friend to many and brought laughter to where ever he was. Our life is better for having him as a friend.

    -Ron and Diane Carter

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  26. Del & Merna Hochstein :

    Dearest Donna, Michele and Tony, and of course dear Charlotte.
    Please accept our deepest condolences at the loss of a great and loving person, it is such a shock. We miss you popping in at your Moms and you still have a huge part of our hearts. Dave was one of a kind and I’ve known him for a good many years – back when we were still in school. I can’t recall of any time he wasn’t smiling especially if he was up to mischief. God be with you all.

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  27. J Timothy BUEHNER :

    To the Gareau Family:

    I knew David as a curler for Nor-Cal Curling League at the Calgary Curling Club. He always had a positive manner about him and was usually available for curling. Please accept my condolences at this time and note that he will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    J T Buehner, Nor-Cal Curling Club

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  28. Jack & Penny Gladstone :

    Donna and Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. I loved Dave’s sense of humor growing up in Goose Alley (Kettles Street). Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

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  29. Margaret & Ken :

    Donna, Michelle , Toni and families, We were shocked to hear of Dave’s passing. We have fond memories camping with all of you. May your Memories bring you comfort as you go through this difficult journey.

    -Margaret B & Ken Reed

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  30. Donna and family,

    I am so sorry to hear of David’s passing. I have warm memories of our school years at St. Michael’s. My sincere condolences to all of you.

    Nadine (Sorge) Hall

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  31. Elaine Larson :

    Donna and Family,
    So sorry to read of Dave’s passing, Remembering all the good times had with you and Dave as hockey parents when Tony and Dean played together. Sincerest Sympathy.

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  32. Donna, Tony and Michelle
    I wish so much I was closer to home, you are all in my thoughts everyday this last week and with Dave in spirit even now. I cannot imagine how much you all will miss him, he will never be forgotten and you all hold a place in my heart that very few can claim to have.

    -Mike

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  33. Donna, Tony, Michelle, and family,

    So shocked by your loss of my other brother, David. The satisfaction to know is that his strength and spirit will continue to be at your side to help guide you through whatever the future has for you. It is sad when the world loses such a benefil and powerful man. Our hearts go out to you.

    JR and JoAnn

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  34. Lynn Revering ( MacLennan) :

    Donna & Family,
    I was so shocked to read the news of David’s passing. He was way too young.
    may God give all of you the strength and courage you need in the days ahead.

    Lynn

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  35. Jim and Karen Burns :

    To the Gareau Family:

    Shocked and saddened to hear of Dave’s passing. Our thoughts are will you at this sad time.

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  36. Larry Sagriff :

    Donna and Family:

    I am so sorry to hear of the sudden death of Dave. He was such a wonderful man. I will never forget that joyous laugh. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help going forward.

    Your neighbour.
    Larry

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  37. Donna, Tony and Michelle,
    I’m so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. He was such an amazing man. You are all in my prayers.

    -Kori

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  38. Lots of love to all the family, sending peace and healing. Uncle David….please give mom, Damien, and all our family a big typical family squeeze for me and mine. We miss you all. Xoxoxo

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  39. Leigh-Anne Orzeck :

    Dear Donna, Michelle and Family,

    My thoughts are with you during this tragic difficult time. Take comfort in knowing all those special memories you have shared will help guide you in the days and months ahead.
    Sincere condolences,
    Leigh-Anne
    xoxo

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  40. Doreen and Vic Jones :

    Dear Tony,
    We were very sorry to hear from you of your father’s passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with you over this very difficult time.
    With sincere condolences,
    Doreen and Vic

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  41. Pat &Darlene McCulloch(Nicholson) :

    Donna, Michelle and Tony: Just learned of Dave’s passing and wanted to send our sincere condolences to you and your families. I can’t believe he is gone but do remember all the great times we had together during the boys hockey careers. Also remember Dave was the one who tracked down Bill when he went to Houston for heart surgery. Take care all and hope our paths cross again soon.

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  42. Troy Dorscheid :

    Mrs. Gareau, Michelle and Tony,

    I just learned of Dave’s passing today. My deepest condolences to you all. Donna, you and Dave opened your house to me to stay while Tony and I took our board exams. Those few days I stayed there have always been fond memories of mine. I thank you again for being so kind and inviting and the memories of you and Dave will live on with me. You all will be in my prayers.

    Take care.

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