It was the summer of ’53 when Dave arrived, he was the long-a-waited son that his mother, Bud had promised his father, George and new toy brother to his sisters, Lorraine and Pat. He started his journey in Hamilton, Ontario and came with his family to Victoria as a one year old to settle in Esquimalt. Dave attended Lampson Street School and was a ‘greaser’ at Esquimalt Secondary. He swam competitively and taught swimming at the Crystal Pool in the 60’s. He worked in New Westminster and ‘up north’ for a few years, before he met his first wife, Lynda on a trip with his mum and dad to Hawaii. They married a few years later and had 7 wonderful children. Locally, he worked for Taylor Lowbed Service moving everything that needed to be moved, drove a gravel truck for Nixon Brothers, hauled produce in his own long-haul truck until their oldest outgrew the sleeper. As the family grew, he took on the job of dispatcher for Grassick Transport. Then he crushed rock for E. Nixon Ltd before he went into his Mac Tools era.

Dave will be so missed by his big sister, Lorraine (Ron); wife, Stephanie and children, Steven (Erika), Jodie (Darryl), Jessica (Jesus), Nicole (Cameron), Aara (Lucas), Andrew (Kaitlan), Marty (Kailah), Jonathan, Casey (Nathan), and Lucas (Amanda). Grandchildren, Lily, Cristian, Karsyn, Bison, Adelyn, Hunter, and Sebastian, along with his dogs Chella, Daisy and Dozer.

He listened, he helped, sometimes he directed and sometimes he protected.  He was a great father, a wonderful brother, a strong provider and a hard worker.  He had grunt, as his father would say. Dave cared deeply about the people around him, and they knew it. He had broad shoulders and allowed many to borrow them. For the last decade, some used them for a few minutes every two weeks, but he did not begrudge it, he just did his best and kept on going, “making new friends”.

On the morning of Saturday January 4, 2020 he died quietly in his Metchosin home, only days after an oncologist confirmed the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Dave is predeceased by Lynda (Calnan), his mother and father, his sister Pat and many dogs and other pets.

Lynda had a caring and dependable husband and father to their children for almost 20 years with Dave. He worked hard and provided well for them, especially on the farm on Sooke Road. Her tragic death created a new man with a different outlook on life. One that Stephanie and all 10 of his children and his grand children got to benefit from for the next 25 years.

A Service and Celebration will be held at St. Mary of the Incarnation, 4125 Metchosin Road, on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 2:00 pm.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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  • Yousef

    As we say farewell to the flesh, your spirit and smile will carry on through all of us who had the good fortune of meeting you.
    It is with the utmost love that we send you on to continue your journey. As you now rest without the limitations of this realm, feel no more pain or hunger, roam free and watch over us. As we who love will honour your legacy.
    Until we meet again, keep that beautiful smile.

  • Rossana Pallot

    I share your sadness in loosing Dave. I met Dave when he volunteered to help with VIPC. I remembered that he was a quiet and gentle man. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family.

  • Eileen Hall


    I had the privilege to meet Dave, Lorraine and Pat in the early ‘90’s. Throughout the following years, Lorraine and I have remained steadfast friends. Love to you, Stephanie, and to all the children and grandchildren.

  • Dale Peltier

    Dave was one of the good guys

    Forever remembered, forever missed

    My thoughts are with Stephanie, Casey and Family

  • Gert (Van Dinther) and Jim George

    I am so sorry for your loss. This goes out to the entire family members. I met David back in the day when his dad George was a resident at Sandringham Care Centre. What an amazing family. I continue to chum with dear Lorraine whom I feel so saddened for. I hope you can all find comfort in each other and let the fond memories get you through these tough times. Bless you.

  • Allan Kent

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Being in the automotive industry, I had the pleasure of know this gentle giant. Dave would come into my work and we would shoot the s**t about anything and everything. I am honored to have had the pleasure of knowing Dave for along time. See you on the other side my friend.

  • Cony Alva

    Sr. Longstaff, con una historia hermosa, deja un gran legado, sus hijos a quien les dio la vida y amor. Ahora cada uno con su familia y nietos. Estoy segura que está con Dios y desde allá seguirá cuidando y ayudando a todos. En lo personal guardo un grato recuerdo y siempre estará presente en nuestra familia

  • Debra

    My condolences to his family. You will find strength in each other to start the next journey without Dave and he will be watching over all of you. Remembered from Metchosin Elementary days.

  • Myrna & Wayne Forland

    We are so very sorry and saddened to hear this extremely sad news. Our sincere condolences to all of Dave’s wonderful family. What a terrible loss!

  • Audrey Smith

    Words are hard to find that express my thoughts. My heart aches for Dave’s family and dear ones experiencing this loss. The time was too short to prepare for the separation. May you find peace even in your sadness. Dave was a part of your lives and will continue to be an influence even now. My thoughts are with you.

  • Anne Bell

    I am so sorry for your loss – condolences to all, and you are in my thoughts. Cherish your collective memories.

  • Karen & MJ Boggs

    Thank you Dave for your kindness, words of wisdom, I will miss your sparkling blue eyes and smile.
    This man, will be missed.

  • Mark C Havers

    Sorry for your loss Stephanie , Dave was a great guy and i know he was a caring man .

  • Charlene, Ryan & Jarryd Burles

    Stephanie and family,

    We are so sad to see the passing of David. From meeting him through banking, trucking, Ryan, my father and you he was always the kindest man. David was so warm, funny and always appearing so calm. He just had a lovely way about him which shone through his beautiful eyes and soul.

    RIP David – our hearts go out to you Stephanie and your family

  • Damian P.

    Condolences to the family. Knowing Dave for several years, he was always willing to help when needed, people were always happy to help Dave when he needed it. Dave is missed already at our shop with his visits every 2 weeks.

  • Carol Hagel Allan

    Stephanie I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you and your families at this very difficult time. Sending you my deepest sympathy. Carol Hagel Allan

  • Sheila Mackay

    So sorry for your loss.

  • Judy mcdonald

    my Thoughts and prayers are with the family. Deepest condolences. God bless and help you through this very difficult time. ❤️

  • Sheila Morgan

    I am so very sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayer go out to Stephanie and the whole family. He was such a kind and funny guy and I will miss him deeply! ❤

  • Erica

    The few times I was around Dave I saw him as a “Gentle Giant”.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    Erica Peltier

  • Marg. Paton

    You will be greatly miss Dave especially at our New Year’s Day game night. Rest In Peace

  • Vanessa

    My deepest condolences to all the people whose life has been touched by this man. My heart bleeds for his family. Sending healing thoughts and love.

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