It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of David (Dave) Spink Jr. on May 2, 2020 at the age of 87. David passed away at the Ponoka Care Centre with his daughter Linda and son Jack by his side.
David was born in Lacombe, Alberta on November 10, 1932 and was the eldest of two children born to David Spink Sr. and Edna Spink (Daily). He lived his entire life in Ponoka remaining active in the community throughout. As a teen he was active in the Air Cadets and worked at Hinkley’s grocery store, had a local paper route, and did odd jobs for neighbours and friends. After graduating from Mount Royal College with his Business Administration certificate, he worked in Human Resources at Alberta Hospital Ponoka until he retired in 1988. David had a long-standing affiliation with St. John Ambulance becoming a cadet at the age of 12 and later becoming a trainer and in 1965 received a certificate of special thanks from the Priory of Canada. David and Blythe provided first aid services for the Ponoka Stampede for forty years. This was a family tradition every year. He would tell you that back in those days they got to get down on the infield to help injured cowboys and cowgirls as well as the fans in the stands.
David remained involved with both the 65 Squadron Air Cadets and Royal Canadian Legion Branch 66 and in October 2019 was honoured to receive his 55-year membership to the Legion. He enjoyed doing research about various military operations involving Canadian troops. David was honoured to be invited to present this information to school children during Remembrance Day ceremonies. He also presented Remembrance Day ceremonies at Northcott Care Centre in Ponoka. He was also very involved with the Alzheimer Society and Ponoka Alzheimer support group.
David and Blythe loved to travel. They had many grand adventures traveling throughout North America, Great Britain and Europe visiting family and making friends from all over the world. David had also traveled to each of the Canadian provinces and territories. In recent years, he was able to check off one of his bucket list wishes by visiting each capital city in the country. He was very proud of this accomplishment.
Family was very important to David. He enjoyed visits with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and loved sharing his stories with them as much as they loved hearing them.
David will be forever remembered and missed by his children Elaine (David) Brown of Campbell River, British Columbia, Audrey (Art) Pope of Regina, Saskatchewan, Jack of Ponoka, and Linda (Marc) Richard of Ponoka; eight grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Blythe in 2015 and sister Margaret Beesley in 2019.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the 65 Squadron Ponoka Air Cadets, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 66, Canadian Diabetes Society, or any charity of your choice.
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