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POLL, David Milton

August 18, 1948 – November 1, 2011

After a “very good life” spent gardening, camping, bird-watching, dancing, doing crossword puzzles, building projects, horseback riding, painting, enjoying country music, imbibing a good single malt, indulging his sweet tooth, playing with his grandkids, caring for Canada’s wild places and wildlife and working at being the best son, brother, husband, father, “poppy” and friend he could be, David passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family following a courageous and optimistic battle with cancer.

David was fortunate to have had a career he loved and was happy to go to everyday. He graduated from NAIT with a diploma in Bioscience Technology and then went on to earn his Bachelor of Science, with honours, from the University of Alberta in 1983. David loved Canada and its wildlife and worked throughout his career to preserve and protect it, first with the Canadian Wildlife Service and later with Parks Canada where he finished his career as Western Regional Wildlife Biologist. David was proud to be instrumental in the creation of the Species at Risk legislation just before he retired.

David was blessed to have a remarkable family he was proud of. Left to cherish his memory are his wife and partner of forty-one years, Carole; four children and their spouses, Kirsten (Dale), Maeghan (Jeff), Graeme (Lindsay) and Evan (Tasha); his eleven beloved grandchildren, Tyler, Jin, Vivian, Quinn, Freyja, Jocelyn, Thane, Aila, Kai, Kaiya and Lily; mother Norma; sisters Susan and Karen (Richard); sisters-in-law Linda (Laz) and Brend; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins, friends and colleagues. David joins his beloved grandfather David and his father Orval in his eternal rest.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. During his battle with cancer, David and his family were blessed with much love and support from his friends and extended family. His family would especially like to acknowledge the support of the Palliative Care team for Homecare, particularly his nurses Doreen and Norma and his caregiver Flora, and thank the staff of the Tom Baker Cancer Centre for their compassion and expertise, especially Drs. Wu and Pulowski. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Friends of the Bar U Ranch Association (www.friendsofthebaru.ca) or to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email donorservices@cancer.ab.ca.

When you think of David remember these lines from one of his favourite songs, “The Dance” by Garth Brooks: “I could have missed the pain but I’d of had to miss the dance.”

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

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  1. Stephen Woodley :

    I have such lovely memories of Dave and enjoyed working with him on wildlife conservation in Parks Canada. He was so easy to be with because he was was so content in his own life.

    Well lived, but gone too soon. I will miss him too.

    All best wishes to his family

    Stephen Woodley

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  2. Carole and family
    I was shocked and saddened to learn of David’s passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult of times. I know you have wonderful memories of him and your lives together to cherish and sustain you.
    With deepest sympathy
    Russ & Donna Piche

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  3. Jillian Roulet :

    Dear Carole and family

    I was so sorry to hear that Dave had passed away. I always enjoyed working with him. No matter what role he had at Parks Canada, he was so very professional, helpful and positive. He continued to provide that helpful and supportive companionship after he retired. It was always a pleasure to spend time with him.

    I was enjoying seeing Dave at the various Parks Canada retiree events, and will miss him.

    The Garth Brooks quote you included in Dave’s obituary is ‘right on’ and so very reflective of the Dave I knew.

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

    Jillian Roulet, Canmore

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  4. Sandi & Randy :

    Dear Carole and Poll Family-
    Words cannot express the sadness we feel for you at this time in your lives. May the many cherished memories you have comfort you.
    You are all in our thoughts-
    Sandi & Randy

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  5. Cornell Wynnobel :

    I was very sad to hear about Dave’s passing. My heart goes out to Carole and family. Dave was one of the “good guys” in the Calgary Office of Parks Canada. I have known Dave over 25 years and he will be missed. Rest in Peace.

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  6. Gene and Susan Steacy :

    Dear Carole and family:
    We love you and are so sorry for your loss. David was a remarkable man and we were so blessed to have shared some wonderful moments and events with him.
    Memories of him will forever be present in your lives and I truely hope that they can bring you some comfort.
    The dance will continue with those memories
    With our deepest sympathies,
    Gene and Susan

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  7. We’ll miss your smile and that sparkle in your eye.
    I’ll catch up to you at that rodeo in the sky.

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  8. Erna Soderberg :

    Dear Carole and family, Norma, Susan and Karen

    I was shocked and so very saddened to read of Dave’s passing. I knew Dave in high school and through our church, and there never was a nicer guy. I have fond memories of Dave and his family, their home in Sunnybrook, and his dad’s giant car – the Fury! He was funny, fun, and kind. I know he cherished his family more than anything, and I know you will be sustained by your memories of this gentle giant who graced our lives for too short a time.
    Erna

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  9. I had the privilege to meet Dave in the 80’s in Kootenay National Park and from time to time over the years with Parks Canada. A gentle man and a gentleman, whose like we don’t often meet. My deepest sympathy to his family.

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  10. Auntie Carole and cousins

    I love you and I am sorry to hear about uncle David. Uncle was an outgoing, remarkable man with a huge heart. Memories of him will always be cherished in my heart.

    He will be greatly missed bur never forgotten
    Love Becca Karasz

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  11. Dave was not only the kind of man people wanted to be, he was the kind of man people would be proud to be.

    His wisdom, passion, and integrity shaped everything he did, and set an admirable example for all. I will treasure memories of him as a colleague and a friend.

    With the Fondness of Memories, Garth joins me in extending our sympathies.

    Patricia Benson

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  12. Evelyne Middleton :

    Deepest sympathy to the family.
    Evelyne

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  13. Don and Alice Thomas :

    Carole and family,
    Our sincere condolences at the loss of Dave, an outstanding person whose life was too short. We remember him as a gentle person whose company we enjoyed before the move to Calgary. Our best wishes to you and your family.

    Don and Alice Thomas
    St. Albert

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  14. Dave’s genuine caring nature for people will be sadly missed. Advisor, councelor and teacher to many including myself, his insightful outlook in the consevation arena will be missed.

    My deepest sympathy to Dave’s family

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  15. Brad, Fiona and Lachlan :

    Our hearts and thoughts are with all the family. David was a wonderful person full of love; may there be some comfort knowing that he will never be forgotten.

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  16. Heartfelt thoughts go to Carole and your family with the loss of David. Your strength[including David’s] and your compassion was so admired by all the staff. God bless you

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  17. George Sigvaldason :

    Marianne and I both want to offer our deepest condolences and our thoughts to Carole and family.

    Dave had so much to offer and was a great person to work with. He will be missed.

    With deepest sympathy.

    George & Marianne

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  18. Janet Schimmel and Patrick Loyer :

    Carole and Family
    We have gotten to know and love David as a friend, family member, father to his children and grandfather to his grandchildren. He excelled in all his roles in a caring and loving manner. He was a wonderful person.
    With Caring
    Janet and Patrick

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  19. Friends of the Bar U Ranch NHS :

    The Friends of the Bar U sends deepest sympathies to your families at this time.
    Sincerely, Avril Chattaway, Chair of Friends of the Bar U.

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  20. Diane & Rick Roy - Lethbride :

    Carole and Family:
    It was a great privelage to know such a wonderful and caring person as Dave. He and I shared many recipes, gardening tips and jokes through our many years together at Parks. He always had a big smile and a bigger hug for me. I will truly miss the “gentle giant”. May God give you the comfort you need at this time of sadness. Be sure that Dave is happy in that big barn dance in the sky.
    Diane & Rick Roy

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  21. Lisa Karasz Andersen :

    Dearest Carole, Maeghan, Evan, Kirsten and Graeme….I was sooooo saddened to hear about David’s illness and death. I wish you comfort. I wish you strength, especially during the Christmas season, where such loss is often felt the most. Memories are so precious, and nothing can ever take those away. May those memories, the love of family and friends and your faith in God carry you through. With deepest sympathy, Lisa

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