It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father and grandad, David Reid Burritt, on Monday, May 5, 2008 at Chilliwack General Hospital, British Columbia at age 82.
He was born September 3, 1925 in Grandview, Manitoba.
Dave is survived by his daughters Dawn Thorpe and Bunny Burritt, grandchildren Michael and Candace Thorpe, and sister Dalmir Bumstead.
He was predeceased by his parents Melvin and Annie (nee Wolins) Burritt, and sister Tina Langlois.
As a young and adventurous man Dave served his country in WWII, first in the Army and later in the Merchant Navy. On his sailing voyages Dave circumnavigated the globe many times with his shipmates and served in the Battle of the Atlantic. During the 1950s and 60s, known as the Golden Age of construction in BC, Dave worked as an Ironworker on the major projects that contributed to the growth and prosperity of BC and western Canada, including bridges, dams, pulp mills, mines, and microwave towers. After more than 35 years as in the trade, Dave retired but never stopped contributing to the growth and conservation of our country.
As a grassroots environ–mentalist Dave supported the preservation of our wildlife and natural resources. Of the many causes that Dave supported he was most proud of actively participating in 1984’s Project Wolf in Northern BC.
Over much of his retirement, Dave was on the move throughout Western Canada in his various vans, visiting friends and family.
His trips often induced stops at thrift shops and garage sales where he used his haggling skills in search of a good bargain.
A friend to many, Dave will be remembered as kind, humble, and a proud Canadian in every sense of the word.
He will be greatly missed, but we know he’ll be “alright.”
A celebration of Dave’s life will be held on Monday, May 12, 2008, 2:00 p.m. at Henderson’s Funeral Home located 45901 Victoria Ave, Chilliwack, BC., with tea and refreshments to follow.
We invite everyone to attend and share memories of this very original and free spirited man.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made towards an environmental or wildlife conservation project or charity of your choice.