David Schneider

1 February , 195430 March , 2019

Dave Schneider, 65, of Minaki Ontario, died suddenly on March 30th, 2019, in the place he loved the most.

He was born to Phyllis and Sam, on February 1st, 1954 in Winnipeg. He left at the age of 18 to start his life’s adventures.

He leaves behind the love of his life, Jane Campbell, and his sons Andy (Petra), and Kevin (Meg). Dave touched many lives in Minaki and the entire community will feel his loss.

Saying that Dave had a love of the outdoors would be an understatement. He loved to share in all the beauty and wonderment that this land had to offer. His limitless enthusiasm and open mindedness drew people to him; he could find common ground with anyone he met. From hunting trips, to job sites, to campfires, to family dinners, a silly joke was never far from his mind. Dave created opportunity around every corner, every day was a new business venture. Dave will forever be remembered as a fiercely loving father and a legend in Minaki.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday the 7th of April at 1:00 pm at Gunn Lake Lodge in Minaki. Minaki casual attire and boots please.

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  • Celebration of Life Sunday, 7 April , 2019

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Ken Heshka

11 April 2019

A part of my life will be empty. I so enjoyed every moment that I shared with Dave. His abilities and interests were unlimited and I know I only had a small glimpse of all he was, but what I saw was always an inspiration ( tinged with envy ). He was always my " go to guy " when a new project arrived. His talent and vision as a carpenter was unrivaled - and it was all self-taught! ( And the clients always loved him ). He made my job a joy - and easy! Your legacy will live on at every turn and bend along the water's edge.
Stay strong, Jane.

Heather Boatman

9 April 2019

Jane, Andy and Kevin,
We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Heather, Alyssa and Geoff Boatman.

L Akong

8 April 2019

Dave would always walk in with the greatest smile at my work. Everyone loved his humor and jokes. We would stand there talking nonsense about anything and everything laughing hard so much so everyone wanted to join. He pretended to be in a rush ......but never was at all. I will sure miss your smiles, grey beard, glasses and the red checkered shirt. . Good luck L he said to me when i last saw him at work. You are strong and you can do this. High fifed me ......walking backwards to the door waving with his great smile. Who would have known I wouldn't get to see you here on earth again. Dave see you on the otherside. One day Dave!! One day!!!

You are already missed.

L. A. Minaki

Jake MacDonald

7 April 2019

I can't speak for anyone else but I don't feel like Dave is gone. He's still very much alive - he lives in the hearts of his family and his countless friends. He built so many beautiful places in this area and by doing so he changed everyone's lives for the better. For many generations to come people will say, "Who built this beautiful place?" He's alive in the bold and adventurous sons that he and Jane created together and he will live on in the blood stream of their kids and the many generations to come. None of those people would ever exist if it wasn't for Dave and Jane. So to me, Dave is still alive, and will be for as long as we remember him.

David Nash

6 April 2019

So profoundly sad to hear about the loss of my friend David. Although I haven't seen David in years he was a larger than life person and lived a life I so envied. Summers I spent at Minaki were filled with adventures of David. I still keep a fond memory of David in that great Readers Digest article written by his friend Jake. I’m sure theres enough adventures for a book now! Lastly David taught me and friends how to dance the Sulu warrior dance which we laughed so hard at and brings a chuckle even now. My heartfelt condolences go out to his precious circle of family and friends.
David Nash
White Rock BC

Shawn Parker

6 April 2019

Things I loved doing with Dave Schneider: 1970 Manitoba Centennial Canoe Trip from Kenora to Winnipeg. Fishing for Walleye and enjoying a shore lunch cooked up by Dave. Learning about pigeons and their ability to always find their way home. Learning about building house boats with scrounged materials. Those are a few things I loved about you Dave, may you Rest In Peace !!

Sofia and Doug Cumming

6 April 2019

Dave will always be thought of not only for his kindness, wit and generosity of spirit but also his amazing craftsmanship. His legacy or rather should we say legacies will be appreciated by many cottagers for decades if not generations to come. He will be sorely missed but we are grateful for what he has left us to remember him by.

Russ and Chris Canfield

6 April 2019

Jane, Andy, Kevin and families. So very sorry for your loss. We will always remember his wonderful smile and genuine friendship whenever we met.

Genevieve van Oers

6 April 2019

Our thoughts are with you, the family and all that knew him. It is with saddened hearts for he will be missed this summer and there after in Minaki, so many fond memories.