David Alexander Warke

In Memorial

October 5th, 1955 – July 8th, 2011
It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of David Warke. He leaves behind his loving wife Iris, his children Jaclyn (Kris), Jeffrey (Brooke), Raymond (Mel) his beloved granddaughter Sienna, Sister Lucinda, mother Elaine and numerous extended family members and friends.
David’s career as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer gave him the opportunity to travel and work around the world making numerous friends along the way. A celebration of David’s life will take place at Garden Hill Funeral Chapel 11765 224th Street, Maple Ridge on Sunday, July 17th at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation
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  1. I knew Dave form his time here at CHC. He was always honest and upstanding. The world is a less special place without him. He was missed at CHC and will be missed by others as well.

  2. A great shock to hear about the loss of such a great colleque. I mad Dave when he attended a course with me in North Denes UK. I experienced Dave as a fine and warm person. I wish all Gods strength to his wife and family for to carry this sadfull loss. Rest in peace, Dave!

  3. A very good friend.

  4. Dear Iris and family,

    Please accept my sincere condolences at this very sad time. I may have met you in Calgary in 1984 when Dave and I worked for Dome Petroleum. We have worked numerous jobs together over the years, all around the world. He was always the professional engineer, a perfect gentleman and a lot of fun! He will be sadly missed by everyone he came in contact with.

    Randy Klohn

  5. I worked with Dave in Tuktoyaktuk , NWT, Canada in the Mid eighties. He was always a pleasure to work with and an all around great guy. Most recently, we bumped into each other after approximately 20 years, in of all places, Miri , Malaysia. We were able to pick up right where we left off after such a long absence. He was that kind of a guy, friendly, funny, good at what he did and a real gentlemen at all times. I was very sorry to hear of his passing. My sincere condolences to Daves family and freinds. He will be missed by a great many members within the Aviation community at large.

  6. Chris Dingey/Sarah Wright

    Our condolences to your family at this sad time. I am in Turkmenistan until 15 November so I will not be able to attend the service. Over the last 20 years, Dave had been my colleague, my boss, my instructor, and always my friend: he was like a brother to me and I am going to miss him terribly.

    Chris Dingey

  7. Dave and Sue Foster

    We are saddened by your loss. It brings to the forfront the value of day to day love, friendship and companionship. We wish your family a measure of comfort at this difficult time. Susan and I will be attending.

  8. A neighbour, friend and part of our extended family. We loved him too and will be a huge void in our lives as in yours. Much love to you all.

  9. Dear Iris, Kris, Jeff & Ray; My favourite memeories of Dave are his great sense of homour. He used it so well at dinner parties to enhance his already funny stories. We, like you, shll miss him.
    Donna & Michael Hansby

  10. Sharri Sawle/Sergio Moreno

    Our sincerest condolences to Iris and family. Our thoughts are with you.

    It was a real pleasure working with Dave at CHC. He was such a warm, caring person and would never hesitate to lend a hand. He always knew how to make us laugh and his emails and stories of his travels made the day just a little brighter. He will always be remembered and will truly be missed.

  11. To Iris and her wonderful family
    To Iris and her wonderful family:
    Dave made such a difference in so many lives. And while nothing can make this time any easier for you, maybe it will touch your hearts to know that while we mourn the loss, we also celebrate the gifts we never would have known if we hadn’t known such a great guy.
    I am deeply saddened by Dave’s untimely passing but as his Mother Elaine’s close friend, please know that I feel my life was enriched by just knowing Dave even for a while.

  12. Very sad news to hear, i didnt know Dave but only met him once a few weeks ago at his daughters wedding to my childhood friend Kris and was an honour to of met him and to talk to him for a short time and had a few laughs together

    I know that he was very, very proud to have seen his daughter get married and to be with his family and many friends

    such very sad news and i send players and many thoughts to his family and extened family at this tragic and difficult time

  13. It was with great shock that I heard about your loss, please accept my deepest condolences.

    The first time I met Dave was in Songkhala, Thailand February 2007, one of my early jobs at CHC. Dave showed up at my hotel on a scooter and said ” Jump on I’ll show you around town” I was thinking how the heck am going to fit, two big guys on a tiny scooter. Well we had a great afternoon and went from Monkey Mountain to the Markets, it is one day that will always sticks in my mind, ” that grey bearded smiling friend on a scooter”

    Ian Davenport

  14. I knew Dave for a few years, but only worked with him the last few months at SFS Aviation out here in Thailand.
    He was a true gentleman, very good at what he did, and fun to be around.
    We were all shocked and saddened when we heard the news.
    Our condolences to all the Family, our thoughts are with you.

  15. I was lucky enough to see Dave in our hangar not that long ago. It was refreshing to see another “one of us” visiting. There are so few left in the business now. Dave was very well respected and a wonderful human being. I am still in shock. Unfortunately I will be away that day as well.

  16. I join with so many others who knew Dave in offering my deepest sympathy on his sudden passing. Dave was more than just a friend to us… he was a wonderful person who we welcomed seeing at every opportunity. He is going to be deeply missed.

  17. I never Got To know Dave but the the Time I got to Meet Him At Jeff And Brook’s Wedding Was Wonderful I am Offering My deepest sympathy In his Passing and I was blessed to Have Him A part of our Family. He will be Missed.. God Bless All

  18. I first met Dave at Helijet in the early 90’s. He has been one of the most honest and sincere persons I had the pleasure of knowing, it was always a joy talking and working with Dave. He will be missed by everyone. My thoughts are with the Warke Family.

  19. To me Dave was a man in every essense of the word. A man that all others could emulate and look up to. He seemed truly unselfish and always put his family first. A man that loved his wife and loved his children and of course loved his granddaugter. He also cared about all the people that came into his life and when you were around him you never had a doubt otherwise. Dave was the kind of person that they were talking about when they say “the world would be a much better place with more people like him” I know that he is the kind of man that I look up to with the way he truly loved life and the way he treated people with such kindness and the impression that he left will never be forgotten. We will all miss you and my deepest sympathy goes to his family at this emotional time.

  20. Sharon MacLeod

    I only met Dave once many years ago during some PAC activity at your place in Hammond. He was clearly a great Dad ,trying to keep the kids out of our way,and seemed like a cool guy. I lost my husband three years ago and I can tell you, it doesn’t get better but it does get easier. Take care of yourself Iris. That is the best way to honour his memory

  21. Geoffrey O'Brien

    I only met Dave in January’11 during his recruitment to SFS Aviation, I immediately liked him, he was genuine and I enjoyed talking to him. He made a lasting impression.
    My sincere condolences to his family.

  22. Al Laframboise

    Iris: Lucia and I want to send our sincere condolences at this time to you and your family . Dave was a pleasure to have here when he came to Macae, Brazil.

    My first time meeting with Dave was in Trabzon, Turkey in 2005 where we worked together there. Then again in his many trips to Brazil where I am currently stationed.
    Is a shock to us all and will miss him.

  23. Wow, very sad news indeed! My sincere condolences Iris and family.
    We went to SAIT together, had a lot of fun and he was a great friend in the industry. Helped me a lot up in Tuk when he was with Dome and I was there with Shirley. I was just telling a collegue the other day of some of the times we had while at SAIT.

    I will not be able to attend as am up in the NWT…still after all these years.

    My thoughts and prayers at this time for your well being Iris and your children too.

    Daryl Neis

  24. Emma and Randy Webb

    We were so very sad and shocked to hear about Dave. He was a very warm, genuine and generous person and he will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his family – just know he is now your guardian angel, watching over you and giving you the strength to get through this difficult time.

  25. I have worked with Dave over the years with CHC and most recently here in Thailand with CHC/Thai Aviation Services. The Expat and Thai crews I talked to over the past few days were asking how we could pay our respects. Dave was well known by all the crews here and highly respected for not only his ability to pass on knowledge as an instructor but as a true gentleman. Please accept our sincere condolences.

  26. Thankyou for loving my sister and showing it in so many ways. Thankyou for showing love and appreciation for our mother-she so loved you. Thankyou for being such a loving and supportive father-I know my neice and nephews will continue that example for each other and their mother.Thankyou for all you brought to family gatherings, both at your home and away. You will be truly missed- you will be lovingly remembered.

  27. Deeply shocked.I worked with Dave for far too short a period at CHC. My lasting impression will be of a warm, generous, humourous person. Excellent company and a genuine good guy.
    My most sincere condolences to all of his family.

  28. To Dave’s family my deepest sympathies for your loss.

    Dave and worked for the same company (Okanagan Helicopters) and way back, sometime in the 80’s, Dave and I flew a Sikorsky S76 from Shanghai to Bombay, India via Hong Kong (on a boat to Singapore)then Bangkok, Rangoon, Calcutter, a couple of other small refuelling stops which I cannot remember, and on to Bombay. we flew with another S76 piloted by Glen Patterson – not sure who the engineer was on that machine.

    The thing I remember about Dave was he had a great sense of humour and although he was not a pilot he had a great pair of hands and hogged all the flying I could give him on route. I think I almost had him hovering on landings. Since then I have only met him a few times but we always remembered that trip as some thing special.

    We’ll all miss him.

    Kind regards, Owen

    SEA Regional FSO, CHC Operational Auditor.

  29. Stan & Sandy Pyne

    Although Sandy and I never got to know Dave overly well, we had running comments from our children Tanya, Yolande, and Aidon, about how much fun Dave was, and how much they looked forward to visiting the Warke Family, My Son Aidon & Ella spent a good deal of time out there with Iris & Dave and Family, and were always bubbling when they got home about what a great time they had. We recently spent some time with Iris and Dave in the Dominican Republic at Tanya’s Wedding, and we got to spend some time in the Sun, and have a couple of meals together, we enjoyed our time with you both.
    God works in mysterious ways, Dave at least got to see his Daughter married a few weeks ago, and I am sure he was gratefull for that.
    I am sure everyone that Dave came into contact with will miss him, some more than others, Iris, Linda, Pat, Peggy and the rest of Family, we offer our deepest heartfelt condolences, God Bless you all.

  30. This was quite a shock to see this morning. Dave and I worked together many times. Vancouver, Thailand, and Malaysia are the main ones that I can recall. My sincere condolences to Daves family and friends. He certainly will be missed by all his friends within the aviation community.

  31. Michelle Prefontaine

    Dear Iris, Jaclyn, Jeff and Ray,

    I thought of it, and I guess it’s been around 20 years since I’ve known your family. I will remember Dave as a warm, friendly, and funny man. I have many fond memories of growing up as your neighbour in the Maple Ridge cul-de-sac, from summer water-fights, to Halloween fireworks. We had many great times. Dave will be sadly missed. Take care of each other.



  32. For David Warke

    I first met my ‘cuz’ in 1955 when he and his sister, Cindy, and their folks returned from Caracas. He was born 5 days before my ‘little’ sister, Janet, and because of that they had a special bond. I was 5 yrs. older than them and, as such, didn’t have much to do with Dave while he was growing up.
    However, I DID see a good kid in his younger days become a ‘solid’ student at Queen E. in Calgary who then went on to S.A.I.T. to learn how to work on ‘choppers’. (No! Not Harleys!!!)
    Dave’s father, grandfather, and one of his two uncles (on his dad’s side) were all petroleum engineers, but this was not Dave’s path. He chose helicopter systems and went on to become an expert in ‘his’ domain as the others were in the oil patch.
    I still remember the love & pride in his dad’s & his granddad’s eyes as they related to us how Dave had been chosen to go down to Cornell University in the U.S. to learn about a new model of Sikorsky that had just ‘come over’ from Europe. Like his forbearers, Dave is still remembered by those he worked with – at H.B.O.G. (in ‘Tuk’), STARS Air Ambulance (in Calgary), and Okanagan (all over the world!) and in the lower mainland, where he built up his own business – twice!
    Throughout his life, as a young man, a husband, a father, a grandfather, Dave demonstrated a love of family & friends, a great sense of humour, and integrity in dealing with others. He earned the respect of all who knew him.
    When Janet phoned me earlier this week to tell me the tragic news, all I could think was, “Too soon! Too soon!”
    Over the past few days, as ‘the news’ has sunk in, I’ve been reminded of the slogan: “You can pick your friends, but you can’t pick your family.”

    To that I would say, “If I could have picked my family, David Warke would have been at the front of the line!!!”

    We’ll all miss you, Dave!

    In loving memory,
    Ron Hair

  33. I worked with Dave at BCIT aerospace He was a fellow instructor. I enjoyed working with Dave and I know the students did as well.I found Dave to be a sincere and helpful man.I am very sorry for the lose. Don Nelson

  34. susan macinnes

    Dave what a pleasure it has been getting to know you and the rest of the Warke family over the past few years.
    Special events of the Kashubas have also brought our family together and we are very thankful for the friendships we have made from that. Easter parades(your wife is very competive:)summer bbq’s, birthdays, anniversary and especially the one that brought us together Christmas eve. We will miss you friend.
    Love The MacInnes Family

  35. My condolences to the Warke family during this most difficult time. It was with great sadness that I heard of Dave’s passing away. I was most fortunate in knowing and working with Dave, He will be missed by all that have had the same fortune. Rest in peace Dave.

  36. All the guys and myself here in Port Harcourt, Nigeria would like to extend our sincere condolences to the Warke family at this very sad time. Dave was a great guy, engineer and teacher. He was liked very much by everyone and will surely be missed.


    Jay Deering

  37. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Dave from when I first started at Helijet in 1996. It was always enjoyable to work with and learn from Dave. He truly had a teaching spirit.

    You’ve been a great friend, and you will be missed. My deepest condolences to family and friends.

  38. Stuart MacInnes

    We met the Warke family through the Kashuba’s and have spent numerous holidays celebrating events with them over the years.
    I always enjoyed talking to Dave and hearing his stories of his travels. He was always quick to laugh and I always enjoyed seeing him at these get-togethers. I will miss those chats!
    It was much too soon to lose a man like Dave.
    My condolences to Iris, Jaclyn, Jeff and Ray; I am very sorry for your loss. I am always ready and willing to help should you need me.

  39. Dave was a dynamic character and I will miss him dearly. He was full of bizarre travel stories that had the attention of everyone in the room, but he still managed to ask personal questions and share heartfelt sentiments when you got him alone. It was clear how much he cared for his friends and family, and I think we will all feel his loss tremendously.
    My sympathy goes out particularly to my Aunt Iris, my Cousins Jeff, Jackie, and Ray, and his immediate family. I hope that knowing how special we found him gives you some comfort. I will continue to share his stories and aspire to be the kind of man he was, and he will live forever in my heart.

  40. I am very saddened by the news of Dave’s passing. I wouldn’t have this great career in aviation if it wasn’t for him. In the early years he kept me going with his support, his humour, and kindness and belief in me. He was my instructor, my boss and my mentor and he will be remembered with great fondness and respect. My deepest condolences to his family and friends, he was a great light in this life!

  41. My deepest sympathy to the Warke family. A true shock to hear of Dave’s untimely passing. Unfortunately I did not know Dave for long but during our time at CHC I truly enjoyed getting to know and work with him. He really cared about people.

    I remember how he would invite all his instructor colleagues to his house for a BBQ during our get togethers in Vancouver. We would all invade his home and he and Iris immediately made everyone feel at home. We got to meet his family and realize first hand how proud he was of all of you.

    You are a wonderful family and while he will be terribly missed I am sure Dave will always be remembered for his love and devotion to you. Again I am so sorry for your loss.

  42. Peggy and Don Sheppard

    Dear Iris and family,

    Don and I would like to offer you our sincere condolences on the loss of your husband and father. Through the years on the baseball diamonds, watching Ray and Chris, we enjoyed your company and that of Dave, when he was ‘in town’. As a family you will mourn your loss and as a family you will continue to live with his memory, always present with stories and nuances passed on, giving honour to Dave’s life as a husband and father.

    Our hearts go out to you,
    Peggy and Don Sheppard

  43. Tisanu Ratanarat

    Since my first interview with Dave prior to joining his last job post at SFS, I had a very good impression about him. I found him honest, enthusiastic, and willing to work with the management on company’s big picture….the type of person a small developing company like SFS need. His passing is a real shock for me because Dave was truely becoming a big contributor to the development of a small company such as SFS. His teacher-background was reflected in the good ‘mentoring’ relationship he had with his Thai staff. He was always professional in all his thoughts, decisions, recommendations, and actions. Ultimately, without Dave, SFS would not have become the first company in S.E. Asia to operate offshore AW139.

    My heart goes to Dave’s friends and family. All of us at SFS will miss him.

    Tisanu Ratanarat
    Accountable Manager & Owner
    SFS Aviation Co., Ltd., Thailand

  44. Dave and I shared some time at BCIT while teaching our trade to the newbies in aviation. We shared that love of things that fly and we sometimes would run into each other at one of our other favourite things. The blackjack table. As he was friends with my niece Patrice, I would also see him at some family gatherings. We sometimes exchanged emails and it was always interesting to see where in the world he was working. I recently found a photo that had a group shot of the staff at BCIT’s Aviation Campus and there is Dave in the back row right behind Trevor Castle. It’s hard to accept that he has left us but I’m sure he is flying on the ultimate level now. My condolances to Iris and family.

    Brian Lockwood

  45. My sincerest condolences to the Warke family; I regret I could not attend the memorial in person.

    Dave was my supervisor when I began my aviation career at Helijet in 1996; he was always good for a laugh and reminded me that everyday is an opportunity to learn something new.

    Dave had the best “stories” about working overseas, and it seemed to me then that the background story was usually more interesting than the work! 15 years later, I realize everyday that he was right.

    God’s speed, Mr. Warke.

    Jeff Nagy

  46. To Iris and the Warke Family, Yvonne and I send our deepest sympathies and condolences, our hearts go out to you. Apolgies for not being able to attend the service in person.

    First Met Dave in Jan 08 even before my official start date with CHC. He was ‘the’ story generator of the week.

    Ended up as my S92 Instructor in Miri, Malaysia for 4 weeks and worked a couple of gigs with him in Richmond too. He was great for advice and still came up with the stories to keep one entertained. He will be missed.

    our prayers are with the Warke family.

    Kirk Waugh & Yvonne van den Brink

  47. Dear Iris and family,
    I was shocked and saddened to hear of Dave’s passing. I wish you all the strength and courage in the days ahead. I’m sorry I could not be out there with Larry and Gord but rest assured you and your family are in our thoughts. Wishing you all the best in the days to come.
    Len and Cindy

  48. Melissa Schauermann

    I am so grateful that I was given the gift of having Dave be such big part of my life. Over the last four years he has been someone I looked up to, valued his opinion and loved being around. Ray and I, always looked forward to the day he would come home.. to hear the funny stories and pictures he would have. Dave always took great pleasure in teasing me; he got a real kick out of how gullible I am.. I don’t think I ever had the courage to tell Dave how much I loved him, and how much he meant to me. I am thankful for the time I have had and will continue to have with the Warke family, that goes without saying he will be missed more than words can express.

    To one of the best Husband, Dad and Grandpa I have ever met! Cheers.

  49. I have been overwhelmed by the entry’s that have been left here for Dave and his family. I met Dave 10 years ago, one thing that has always stood out to me was when I asked Jaci “What do I need to know about your dad” before my first dinner at there house. Jaci said “Don’t worry about my dad. Worry about my mom” That I soon learned was what Dave was made of, patience love and understanding. I am grateful to have known him for the short time I did. I will never forget your smile your laugh and the way you made me comfortable no matter what. Being part of the Warke family has been a blessing in disguise. I had lost my way Family wise and began to think that family wasn’t the most important thing in life. The Warke family has shown me that family once again is very important and vital to our survival. I have never seen a family come together as the Warke’s did over this sad time. Dave I never had the chance to tell you what you meant to me, no I did have the chance but didn’t take it and I regret that each day. Dave rest in peace I know your sitting up there with a beer in one hand and a wrench in the other. I will never be the person you were but I promise that I will do my very best to come close. Lastly I need to acknowledge the rest of the Warke family, Jaci, Ray and jeff for how they came together as a family to help Iris and others through this difficult time.

  50. Garth Harrington

    Iris and family, I often think back to the Dome days and working with Dave in Tuktoyaktuk. I remember crashing at your place in Calgary when I couldn’t get home . I still appreciate your hospitality from then. I hadn’t seen or talked to Dave since those days but I was always proud to hear of his accomplishments, just because I knew him. I will always have good memories of Dave.
    Kindest regards from Afghanistan.

  51. Merrick Wilton

    Iris, I was so sad to hear about Dave and I send my deepest condolences to you and your family. As so many others, I was proud to know Dave as a friend and a colleague. I got to know you both at the same time when Dave came to work at Dome shortly after I did. As I was a single man in those days I was cultivating as many married friends I could get who were willing to occasionally invite me to stay for supper. I remember your new home in Calgary and you starting your family there. You were friends I introduced my fiance Karen to. Daves career and mine paralelled each others for quite a few years and we even worked occasionally at the same company after Dome. As our careers slowly separated, somehow we seemed to always bump into each other somewhere. Although I hadn’t bumped into Dave for the last few years, I would inquire about him through the aviation grapevine, so I at least knew what he was doing workwise and felt assured that we would one day cross paths again. Dave was not just another guy that you work with. He was a friend I worked with and a cherished friend at that. I will miss him.

  52. Ammy, there’s Kidville in Englewood, but I think you have to be a member first. I heard another place in opening in Englewood, something like Jump U on Grand or Broad Avenue and I think it’s going to be drop in.

  53. Paul Stephenson

    I hired Dave at Airlift while I was a young Director of Maintenace.Dave taught me more than I taught him and we worked very long hours in Calgary on BK 117’s.I wanted another adventure so I taugh Dave to be the new Director of Maintenace and left 6 months later.Dave was always there and his honest integrity showed he was a real person.Over the years I always called him just to see how he was doing.His stories of overseas work enlightend me and wished for that but couldnt go.Dave, you will always be a mentor me .Love to you and your family .Paul and Halina

  54. Lucinda my belated condolences. I know how much Dave meant to you.

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