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GROVE, David John

August 28, 1927 – April 25, 2013

David Grove of Calgary, AB, passed away suddenly on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at the age of 85 years. Dave was born in Sedgewick, Alberta and moved to Red Deer with his family at the tender age of six months. Dave had many happy childhood memories with his twelve siblings, growing up in Red Deer. When he was nine years old the Scott family moved next door, and Dave met the love of his life, Norma Scott. They were married in 1949 and enjoyed sixty years of love, laughs and adventures together.

Sports played a big part in Dave’s life, as a hockey player and later as a hockey and baseball coach. After a career in Auto Body work, he became Assistant Recreation Supervisor in Red Deer, a position he greatly enjoyed. Dave was instrumental in setting up organized sports in Red Deer. He had a positive impact on the lives of many, many young people as a coach, mentor and friend. Dave also conducted hockey schools, and in 1971 was named Sportsman of the Year in Red Deer. In 1976 he wrote a popular book called “The Puck and I” about the history of hockey in Central Alberta, and this book as well as a number of his other sporting artifacts are featured in the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. In 1979 Norma and Dave moved to Victoria, B.C., where they spent 23 wonderful years. When Norma developed Alzheimer’s, they moved to Calgary, where he lovingly cared for her.

Late in life, Dave had time to cultivate his artistic side, and became an excellent landscape painter and woodcarver. He also took up running, and competed in many marathons, half-marathons and other races, with no intention to stop. Dave came in first place in the 85 and over Age Category in the GoodLife Fitness 8K Run in Victoria in 2012, and was planning to pull off the same feat this fall. He had a special love for singing, and did a charming Frank Sinatra imitation. Dave was not only a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, but was also truly an inspiration. Words cannot express how much he will be missed. Our family’s many wonderful memories of him will be cherished forever.

Dave is survived by his four children, Charles Grove (Patricia), Sandra Sager (Dan), Laura Locke (Bill), Gordon Grove; grandchildren, Scott Lipka (Lauri), Jennifer Rees (Paul Tomlinson), David Grove (Charlotte Potot), Jesse Locke (Marki Sveen), Meghan Konditi (Tim), Jonathan Grove, Peter Locke, Brenan Grove; great-grandchildren, Brandon and Kyle Rees and Katherine and Emma Lipka. Dave is also survived by his sisters Nora Nelson and Dorothy Tatton, his brother Doug Grove, his sisters-in-law Lois Grove and Patsy Cathro (Bob) and brothers-in-law, Bjorn Pedersen and Ned Burgess, as well as many nieces and nephews. Dave was predeceased by his beloved wife Norma in 2010.

A celebration of Dave’s life will be held in Red Deer in August 2013.

Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Alzheimer Society of Calgary, Suite 201, 222 – 58th Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 2S3, Telephone: (403)290-0110,

In living memory of David Grove a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Diane Lowden and Paul Jensen :

    Charlie, Sandra, Laura, Gordie and families,
    We were so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. He was such an inspiration with his sporting abilities, beautiful artwork and community spirit. Paul and I send our sincere condolences to you all.
    Diane Lowden and Paul Jensen

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  2. Jonathan Grove :

    Grandpa had the spirit of a 20 year old yet his jokes remained older than me since he stole them from the Ed Sullivan show before I was born. He had a heart of gold and we all benefited from his positive spirit. I can only hope to be the type of grandpa that he was to me when I have the opportunity. Thanks Gramps!

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