David Richard Way

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WAY _ David Richard December 26, 1940 - June 8, 2007 It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of David on June 8, 2007 in Vancouver General Hospital ICU after a lengthy battle with pulmonary fibrosis which he fought with his usual courage, grace and stoicism. He leaves behind to love and honour his memory his wife and true love Lorraine, her children whom he dearly loved, Andrea Davis (Tyler) and Dan Tutte (Tammy), his three grandchildren and his in-laws, the Audrey and Ron Benn family. Also survived by his son Geoffrey, brothers Graham (Linda), Rob (Sheila) and their family and the Stu Gardner family. Born in Powell River, Dave grew up in Vancouver where he attended Lord Kitchener Elementary, Lord Byng Secondary then on to UBC to attain a Bachelor of Commerce followed by Law School, graduating third in his class in 1966. Dave was called to the Bar in 1967, joined Volmar Nordman to become Nordman & Way and then established his own highly regarded practice in Burnaby for many years, retiring at the end of 2005 due to illness. Dave's long and illustrious basketball career included starring for UBC and representing Canada at the Pan American Games and the World Nationals. He also spent two summers playing for the "Opposition" to the Harlem Globe Trotters on their European tours. Dave continued to be involved in basketball as both a player and organizer of many Masters Tournaments, which is where he met Lorraine. He also played in masters tournaments in Denmark and Portland. Dave had many lifelong friendships and will be enormously missed by a huge circle of friends, particularly the Yellow Point Lodge/Lord Byng Gang (the nucleus of which began in elementary school!), the Three Amigos who have lost their fishing and hearts partner, as well as the Senior B Basketball Community. Dave's favourite pastime was boating, the ocean was the balm to his soul. The most peaceful and happiest time of his life was once he began living with the love of his life Lorraine in North Saanich five minutes from the marina where he moored the second love of his life, his Bayliner the Break-A-Way. Many happy hours were spent in the waters around Sidney with great times spent taking friends and family to Todd Inlet to enjoy the fireworks every Saturday night all summer, except for the week he spent at his "second home" Yellow Point Lodge in the company of his best friends. This would have been his 43rd year there. Many many thanks to all the family and friends who came to support Dave and each other during his final week but special gratitude from the Benn family to Juanita and Sandy Tucker for their hospitality, love and kindness without which the week would not have been manageable. There will be a Celebration of Life on Tuesday, June 26, 1:00 to 4:00 at the University Golf Club. In lieu of flowers do something thoughtful for someone to commemorate Dave's generous caring spirit. He was a truly wonderful man.
Published in Vancouver Sun and The Province from June 16 to June 17, 2007
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