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.Print This Obituary & Condolences