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SEMMENS – David Nelson

November 29, 1944 – February 18, 2010

David Nelson Semmens beloved husband of Judy Semmens of Calgary, passed away on Thursday, February 18, 2010 following a lengthy and courageous battle with Alzheimers Disease at the age of 65 years.

Dave was born in Vancouver and went to school in West Vancouver, and later UBC where he earned his degrees in Economics and English. He began his career with The Bank Of Nova Scotia in Montreal on June 6, 1966. His career with the Bank took him to Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton and finally Calgary from where he retired in 2002. Following his retirement, Dave and Judy enjoyed extensive travel to many countries. Dave was active in the Parkland Community where he had served as President of the Community Association. He was also active with his son’s sports activities, including hockey and soccer. Dave will be remembered as a kind, thoughtful and considerate man with a great sense of humour, who was respected by his peers and business associates. He will be deeply missed by his family, especially.

Dave is survived by his wife Judy, two sons and daughters in law, Chris and Krista; Dan and Keri-Ann; five grandchildren Kiara, Trystan, William, Jack and Aubrey. He is also survived by two brothers Rick and Roger; a sister and brother-in-law Sandra and David Camp, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Dave was predeceased his parents Harold and Audrey Semmens and a brother John.

A private family gathering will be held at a later date.

The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to their many friends who provided wonderful support and encouragement during Dave’s struggle.

Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. 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, www.alzheimercalgary.com.

In living memory of David Semmens, 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. Judy- Joanne and I were shocked at hearing of Dave’s death. Dave worked for me in Edmonton as you know and he was one of the most capable people I have ever met. Our sincere sympathies to you and your family. We are out of the country, or we would provide our condolences personally… Ron and Joanne

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  2. Dianne and Kelly Young :

    Dear Judy, Chris and Krista, Dan and Keri-Ann –
    Please accept our heartfelt sympathy and understanding at this difficult time. Dave has left a wonderful legacy of family in you all.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Dianne and Kelly

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  3. Dear Judy,
    My deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your beloved husband David. As you know, I never met David but he must have been one great guy because he had you for his wife.
    Memories live forever..
    Carol Harvey

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  4. My sincerest condolences, Judy & family.
    I was absolutely shocked to hear of Dave’s passing. I have many fond memories of my association with Dave over the years. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  5. Judy & Family,

    It was with sincere regrets to learn of Dave’s passing through mutual friends and collegues. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Dave was a passionate friend and mentor throughout my career as well and will be duly missed by all.

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  6. Brian and Rita Williamson :

    To Judy and Family

    Judy it was with utmost sadness that we learned of Dave’s passing. Dave was always the epitome of integrity, honesty, and always so friendly and respectful. It was our honour to know him. Judy our hearts go out to you and your Family. Dave will be sorely missed by so many. Our kindest regards.

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  7. Deborah Rawlinson :

    Dear Judy,

    Words cannot express my sorrow on learning of Dave’s passing. He was such a fine gentleman and a pleasure to know. David and I extend our very deepest sympathy to you and your family during this most difficult time.

    Deborah and David Rawlinson

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  8. Adrienne Brooks :

    Dear Judy & Family,

    I am very sorry for your loss of such a wonderful man. I had the privilege of working with Dave during his illness. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

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  9. Dear Judy and family: I remember my days working with Dave at Scotiabank Main Branch. He was the most gentle, polite, soft spoken lovely man and an absolute pleasure to know. My heart goes out to you and your family.

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  10. Linda O'Donnell :

    Judy, Chris and Dan,
    My thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time of great sadness.

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  11. Audrey & Kolja de Regt, Lisa & Mark :

    Kolja and I were deeply saddened to hear about David. Always enjoyed meeting up with you & David; David was such a kind man.

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  12. Hi Judy, so sorry to learn of Dave’s passing after his long illness. He was just one of those super persons that eveyone was proud to know.
    Don McArthur

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  13. Judy, Chris and family, I was saddened to learn of Dave’s illness and passing. Dave was a mentor to me and helped me advance my career. He will be deeply missed. My thoughts go out to you and the family.

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  14. Patricia Rutley and Cameron Barr :

    Judy, Chris, Dan and family, Our hearts were filled with sorrow when we heard of Dave’s passing. He was such a wonderful man, with such a great sense of humor. You are in our thoughts and prayers. He’ll be missed by many people.

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  15. Dear Judy,
    I was so shocked to hear of Dave’s passing. He was such a nice person to know and to work with. My deepest sympathy to you and your family

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  16. Dear Judy,
    Please accept my condolences on the passing of Dave. Upon his arrival in our offices in Calgary, he was immediately liked by all the staff. He was always very professional, but combined that with his warm personality and quick chuckle – truly a fine banker and gentleman. Despite being very talented & bright, there wasn’t the slightest hint of arrogance in the way he related to his colleagues. It is a pleasure to have had the privilege of working along side of him at Scotiabank.

    Bob Erickson
    Thailand

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  17. Judy: Penny and I were so sad to hear that Dave had passed away. He is remembered as a true gentleman; one who was always quick to help others with his sage advice and council. As a young banker I looked at Dave as a role model and through my career tried to emulate the values he portrayed. He will be missed and remembered by many.
    With our deepest conolences,
    Penny and Alex Connolly

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  18. Helma & Jim Davis :

    Judy, Chris, Dan and families
    Our deepest condolences in the passing of Dave. I didn’t realize that his disease was that far advanced. He was a terrific person. Treasure your memories of him, of which I’m sure there are many wonderful ones. He was a great man.
    Helma & Jim Davis

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  19. Don and Darlene Teslyk :

    Judy, our heartfelt sorrow to you and your family. Dave was a real gentleman and was liked by all as he was an example to everyone. Our prayers go out to help you and your family at this time of need..Our deepest sympathy to you and family as we remember David and your life together.
    Don

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  20. Keith and Joyce Conley :

    Dear Judy,

    To you, Judy and family, Keith and I express our deepest condolences with the passing of Dave.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Joyce and Keith.

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  21. Scott Bracko :

    Judy, Chris & Dan,

    I am sorry to hear about the loss of your husband and father. I had immense respect for Dave and I know these sentiments were shared by many in the community. Our thoughts are with you and your families.

    Scott Bracko & Family

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  22. Cyndi Corscadden :

    Judy, My sympathy is with you and the family. Dave was a wonderful individual who brought the best out in people. I will always remember him as a warm hearted gentlemen.

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