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David Hart

April 21, 1928 - January 16, 2014


Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather David Ritchie Hart passed away peacefully Jan.16, 2014, age 85, after a lengthy illness.

He was predeceased by his mother Janet (Jean), father Lawrence (Smokey), siblings Derek, Larry, Betty and Johnny.

David is lovingly survived by devoted wife of 63 years, Isobel, son Glenn with wife Heather, grandchildren Eryn and Jonathan with wife Rosa, great-grandchildren Daniel and Victoria, brother-in-law Les with wife Celia, and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins in Canada, the U.S.A. and Scotland.

” In every human heart there is a void that only God can fill. David was drawn to the Lord as a very young child, going to the Salvation Army Sunday School in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Now he is at peace in his Saviour's love and protection. He will be with God for all eternity. We take hope and quiet joy from this though we will miss him terribly here on earth.

He is a good, brave and faithful man who loves his family dearly. Belief in God has led David in his choices so that his life has been richly blessed, with both challenges and abundant rewards. – his loving wife Isobel.”

David was a humble man, completely dedicated to family, industrious, loyal and resourceful. Born in Regina (1928) and raised in Swift Current, his family moved to Vancouver. At age 14, David started work in the shipyards during WW II, taking a place beside his own father to contribute as his own man, supporting the war effort. This work eventually led to a career as a journeyman electrician and ultimately launched a second career teaching industrial electricity and electronics in Vancouver. He built his own house by hand, owned a hobby farm, tinkered with and repaired numerous cars. What he didn't know, he learned. What he couldn't fix, he built anew. He shared what he learned with others and started many students on their own career paths. He traveled extensively, having circumnavigated the globe on a year long trip. He retired in 1984 after a major heart attack, determined to enjoy his life with family and friends, and strengthen his faith.

Moving to Osoyoos in 1991 allowed him to achieve those goals. He loved the desert sun, the mountains and the lake. He contributed to many church endeavours, always seeking to give rather than receive, to help rather than ask for help. When his own time of need appeared, his family, and friends here, proved to be the most compassionate and supportive in sustaining him.

The family wishes to extend sincere thanks to Dr. M. DeVries, the SOGH Oliver Palliative Care Unit nurses, WeCare personal care aides, Barry Ennis of Worksafe BC, Dr. D. Wadhwa of the BCCA Kelowna, and his Grace Lutheran Church family, for their support and compassionate care of David.

A funeral service will be officiated by Pastor Darren Siegle at 1:00 P.M. Friday January 24, 2014 at Grace Lutheran Church. Interment and committal will follow at the Osoyoos Lakeview Cemetery. A reception in the church lower hall will follow the committal.

Condolences may be directed to the family by visiting

Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be sent to SOGH Oliver Palliative Care Unit, 911 McKinney Road, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 or the Grace Lutheran Church, Po Box 203, Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V0.

Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos




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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Yvonne smyth
Relation: He is my uncle

Isabel and Glenn

I will not be there in person but will be in spirit. Uncle dave showed his generosity taking in our family of 10 after we returned from Africa. He always made us feel welcome and most importantly safe in our new country. He has always been there to help and support all family members and was a wonderful husband and father. I will say a prayer for him and think of him Friday.


From: luke comber
Relation: relitive

thanks dave for driving my vw combi from Sydney to perth across the nullaroor into the bull dust and road trains no more bull dust the fosters is on me luke

From: Jean Reynolds
Relation: Neighbour

Please accept my deepest sympathy on your loss.

From: Les Smyth
Relation: Uncle

To Isobel and Family: Our deepest respects and condolences for your loss. I was sorry I could not attend to pay my respects but our thoughts are with you all. Dave was a kind man who had a good sense of humour and had a passion for life. He will be missed by all.

From: Carolyn Holt
Relation: Friend and Neighbour

Dear Isobel, David was such a lovely man and we will all miss him so much. All of our family sends it’s love to you. Carolyn, Tim, Deryck, Alex, Dallas, Megan, Carter, Flo, Janet, Brenda, Barry, Cathy and all of the grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

From: Denis & Lynda Chartier
Relation: Snowbird Friends from Manitoba

So sorry to hear of your loss Isabel, we are so glad that we stopped by to see you both in September. Our thoughts are with you and hopefully we will see you again.

From: Roderic Lloyd Olsen
Relation: I was one of his very fortunate students

I hope that this message can still reach Dave’s family. I was one of his students at Vancouver Tech, graduating in 1960. I send my sincere albeit belated condolences. Dave was an exceptional influence, the best of all my fine teachers there. Although I knew I wanted to study engineering at UBC, his course almost certainly influenced my choice of electrical engineering. He knew this when we met while I was a summer student at Lenkurt Electric and he was guiding a student tour there in 1965. I went on to a PhD in EE at UBC and a career as a microwave propagation researcher/applied meteorologist & climatologist at the federal Communications Research Centre in Ottawa, among other things representing Canada over 25 years at the International Telecommunication Union in Geneva. Amazingly, the electrical and associated climatic & mathematical backgrounds have led in retirement to a second career mathematically modelling measures of disease & wellness, and from there to a simultaneous third mathematically modelling the solar-electromagnetic geological & atmospheric processes governing volcanism & earthquakes, climate change, population dynamics, and almost certainly our several agricultural-technological revolutions. Stay tuned!

See also message sent to family through Grace Lutheran Church.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
January 24, 2014
Beginning at 1:00pm

Grace Lutheran Church
6 Finch Crescent
Osoyoos, BC Canada

A funeral service will be officiated by Pastor Darren Siegle at 1:00 P.M. Friday January 24, 2014 at Grace Lutheran Church. Interment and committal will follow at the Osoyoos Lakeview Cemetery. A reception in the church lower hall will follow the committal.

6 Finch Crescent
Osoyoos, BC Canada

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