Mr. David Wayne Samphire passed away peacefully at Bastion Place in Salmon Arm, at the age of 74, with his wife June at his side.
Dave was a Composing-Room Foreman for the Albertan and later the Calgary Sun, retiring to Blind Bay B.C. in 1995.
He was an avid sports fan playing hockey and soft ball but his love was curling. He skipped a team for the media league in Calgary for many years.
He took joy in the wonders that the Shuswap and BlindBay had to offer, loving the outdoors. Dave enjoyed camping, carpentry, the birds, gardening, walking, campfires, and quiet moments at the lake. He was creative and handy around the house.
Visits from family and friends brought him happiness. The coffee was always on at Dave’s place. He loved to laugh, enjoyed a good joke and had a friendly smile for everyone.
The past 20 years he faced many health challenges, with a positive attitude and a great sense of humour, never feeling sorry for himself.
He is survived by his wife June of 55 years, 3 daughters, Sandra (Brad) Baillod, Laurie (Ray) Meaney, Jodi-Lyn (Gord) Vass. Dave was very proud of his grandson Jamie Meaney and great-granddaughter Kaylee Meaney. Also survived by his brother Bob (Helen), his sister Barbara Andreychuk and many wonderful nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by parents Vi and Les Samphire, sister and brother-in-law Maxine and Dave Osborne, brother-in-law Bill Andreychuk.
Dave was loved very much and will be missed dearly.
A very special thanks to the caring and compassionate nurses, care aids and staff at Bastion Place, Special Care Unit. Along with Dave’s loving and dedicated wife, they truly were his angels. Thanks also to Dr. Breugem and Dr. Gow.
A get together of family and close friends will be held at a later date in Calgary.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Bastion Place, 2nd Floor, Special Care, 700 – 11th St., N.E., Salmon Arm, B.C., V1E 2S5.