January 26, 1953 – September 28, 2013
We sadly announce the passing of Dave on the evening of September 28th. Dave was born and raised in New Westminster graduating from NWSS ('71). He continued his studies at UBC earning B. Comm ('76) and J.D. ('80) being called to the bar in July 1981. While at UBC, he served in student government and as a UBC Senator, and later served as president of the UBC Alumni Association (91-92). He began his career practicing law with Clark-Wilson for eight years, followed by ten years as an arbitrator with the BC Government. But Dave found his real career calling in teaching when he joined the faculty at Kwantlen University teaching law as part of the business program, and ultimately being appointed Associate Dean of their Business School. Dave had a real passion for serving his home community of Delta. He was appointed as a Parks and Recreation Commissioner, proudly serving 20 years, the longest in Delta's history. He loved living in Delta, fitness, and the outdoors, and was pleased to take part in planning and bringing to fruition many parks facilities in his community. He was most proud of the work he did to bring the expansion of the Sungod Recreation Centre to reality. He spent several years serving as Chairman of the Delta Police Board. He was honoured to receive recognition for significant contribution to Delta and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for his community service. Fitness was very important to Dave. He held a 4th Degree Black Belt in Nisei Karate and taught karate in Vancouver and Delta for 25 years. He enjoyed swimming, and trained with the Delta Retreads Masters Swim Club. He was a beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend and will be missed so much by his family: wife Sandra, children Michael and Rachel, mother Eileen, brothers Bob (Dee), Barry (Debbie) and Ron (Carol), nieces Kimberly, Suzanne and Bekah, and nephews Gavin, Christopher and Stuart. Dave was predeceased by his father George Allan Coulson in 2012. He valued family above all else and was completely devoted to his children supporting all their endeavors and loved cruising the West Coast with his son Michael and seeing his daughter's midget hockey team win two Provincial championships. We loved our time together and made family holidays a priority and especially cherished our time spent every summer on the beach in Comox. Our family wishes to acknowledge the care received by the Fraser Valley Cancer Centre and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance during his incredibly courageous battle with Merkel Cell Carcinoma. Dave never gave up hope and the nurses in the Surrey Memorial Palliative Unit helped make his final days easier for Dave and our family. A celebration of Dave's life will be held on Friday October 11th at 11:00 AM at the Harris Barn adjacent to Kirkland House in Ladner (4140 Arthur Drive, Delta, BC). www.kirklandhouse.ca In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Cops for Cancer Charity Ride, or a charity of your choice.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Oct. 4, 2013