It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of David Russell Dickinson at home in Courtenay on June 30, 2015. Born in New Westminster in 1945, David came to Comox in 1950 where he grew up exploring the shoreline and the wide open spaces of Comox as it was then. After completing a Bachelor of Science at Victoria University, he qualified as a teacher in 1968, and began his teaching career in Sparwood, BC before travelling to New Zealand where he met and married Christine. After returning to Canada, David and Christine moved to Northern British Columbia where they lived and taught for 34 years. David thrived on the northern lifestyle and spent years exploring the mountains, lakes and rivers with his children, students and friends. He retired in 2003, and in 2007 David and Christine returned to the Comox Valley where David was actively involved in the community and particularly with Comox Valley Elder College. He also enjoyed travelling, tending his large garden, and time spent in boats. Building memories for his grandsons was important to him and he delighted in challenging them, providing them with new experiences and chances to explore the natural world.
He is survived by his wife, Christine, his children, Joanne (Derek Spriet), Rebecca (Scott Morse), and James; grandchildren, Luke and Samuel Spriet, and Seth and Nathaniel Morse, his brother and best friend John (Robyn), and his sister, Joan. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Earl and Dorothy Dickinson, and his sister Lynne Hansen.
His energy, kindness, generosity, creativity and sense of adventure will be missed by his extended family and his many friends. As a husband, a father, a brother and a granddad, his free spirit, and his love and support will be forever treasured.
A Celebration of Life will be held on at Piercy’s-Mount Washington Funeral Home on Friday, July 17, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Green and the nurses of Comox Valley Home Nursing Care for their excellent care and their compassion for David and his family in his final days.