David John Stoker
24 October, 1951 – 8 July, 2021
David was born on October 24, 1951 in Indian Head, SK and lived out on the farm North of Wide O Wake School overlooking Lake Katepwa. He was the youngest member of the family with an older brother (Clint) and 4 older sisters (Annette, Delores, Evelyne and Clarretta).
From an early age he had curious mind on the inner working of things and loved to take anything mechanic apart to understand how they worked. This eventually led to him into trouble when he took apart his mom’s iron and dad’s tractor apart but was unable to put them back together. Over the years his knowledge had grown and was able to take things apart, understand their functions and eventually put things back together usually without the aid of instructions or a manual.
The family eventually sold the farm and moved into Indian Head where he continued school. He eventually started working at the Indian Head Esso as a mechanic and tow truck driver. During his time at the Esso he had created some great memories and even landed him in the Indian Head paper when he managed to buckle the tow truck while trying to pull out an over loaded grain truck from the ditch.
Later on he had furthered his education by completing a heavy duty mechanic school in Moose Jaw. At the same time his interest in electronics started to show and he eventually took an ICS Course and ended up building the families first colour TV, which was used for many years. His hunger for knowledge never stopped which led him taking a refrigerant course that helped create a side line business “Stoker’s Refrigeration” that he kept up until he physically was unable to.
With all the knowledge collected over the years he had saved many people costly air-conditioning bills by fixing tractors, combines, trucks, etc. while most companies only wanted to replace units with brand new systems. He serviced the surrounding communities and was always willing to take a look at old equipment and tried his best not to charge huge service call prices and kept his labour relatively low.
David married Colleen and together they had two boys (John and Steven). He spent lots of time taking them to the mountains the US and various other parts of Canada camping and touring. As the kids became older he put together a mini bike and developed 3 different generations of Go-karts for the summer months. During the winter he involved the kids in repairing and maintaining the snowmobiles.
John was more on the mechanical side and eventually started cattle farming. With the mechanical trait, it led them getting evolved into building race cars and later on fixing farm equipment. During the retirement years David enjoyed helping out on the farm by bailing and hauling cows to market for John. John married Carla and they have two kids (Mila and Keiara). Dave enjoyed spending time with his oldest granddaughter biking to the store for ice cream and taking her to local events. It is too bad that he passed before he could enjoy taking Keiara to do the same things.
Steven took more of the electronic path which landed him in the oil field servicing sector which has taken him all over the world. He enjoyed talking to people about where is son was working especially when mentioning countries like Iraq, Ethiopia and many others.
A funeral mass for David will be celebrated in St. Joseph's R.C. Church, Indian Head, Saskatchewan on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. by Rev. Francis Hengen.
- Wes Spurrier, Pallbearer
- Bill Jones, Pallbearer
- Clifford O'Brien, Pallbearer
- Doug Arnelien, Pallbearer
- Bradley Braithwaite, Pallbearer
- Glen Runge, Pallbearer
- Sharon O'Brien, Honorary Pallbearer
- Dianna Runge, Honorary Pallbearer
- Garth McCullagh, Honorary Pallbearer
- Ron Wittmaier, Honorary Pallbearer
- Bob Ferguson, Honorary Pallbearer
- Van Quach, Honorary Pallbearer
- Gordon Adler, Honorary Pallbearer
- Rance Amyotte, Honorary Pallbearer
Saturday, 31 July , 2021
David John Stoker
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6 September 2021
We are very sorry to learn of David’s passing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Roxanne and Keith Young
3 August 2021
I worked with Dave when I first started part time at SaskEnergy in Weyburn. I so enjoyed dispatching calls to him. He was always so pleasant and helpful. He was one of the sweetest people I have met. He will always be there in your hearts. On angels wings Dave, until we meet again.
Gordon and Audrey Stopanski
31 July 2021
Colleen, John, Steven and families
May you find comfort in your faith and in knowing that many thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
30 July 2021
You might get two messages from me, because I already thought I had sent one! No matter, my thoughts & prayers have been and are with you Colleen, John & Steven... this is your 'old' friend & neighbour "Mr. Beattie"... at 906! Let's have tea together again, OK?
Rhonda And Darryl McGregor
24 July 2021
Dear Auntie Colleen, cousins John, Carla Steven, Mila and Kiera
Our deepest condolences and blessings of comfort to all of you in this chapter of your lives. We never really know what life has planned and death almost always shakes us.
When I/we think of all the wonderful memories of Uncle David there are so many to try to capture. He was a genuine, kind, helpful, hardworking individual-ALWAYS there to lend a hand to so many no matter who they were or what the task was. He shared his many mechanical talents and conditioning/refrigeration knowledge with the town of Indian Head and for towns all around the area. He had a very good work ethic with the many years of service with saskpower and sask energy never once did we hear him complain about going out on a call to restore someone’s power in the cold of a winters night. (Auntie Colleen you often going to keep him company 😌)
Uncle David will always be remembered for his gentle laid back style getting things done one by one steady and forward-be it cutting 20 turkeys, spit roasting pigs, helping to cater an event, KofC breakfasts and fundraisers he was there with a smile and a steady helping hand!
In particular Uncle David enjoyed the simplicity of life family gatherings, camping, wiener roasts and fires, wrapping unique Christmas presents, trains and mechano sets(anything to build), music, shows, little road trips, good meals, and of course driving round stopping for a quick coffee to show off pictures or stories of his boys or his precious granddaughters or simply watching the farmers and their growing crops. Lastly, but definitely worthy of mention his outstanding Won Ton soup, and campfire breakfasts-which auntie Colleen you helped with along side-we truly loved it all-and will sincerely miss him-He was a WONDERFUL Uncle and his memory will be played on! He is at peace and his light will shine the way for you all!
Love and hugs
Darryl and Rhonda McGregor
23 July 2021
Deepest sympathy to Colleen, John, Steven and family and friends. So sorry to learn of Daves’ passing. Treasure your memories. RIP Dave.
20 July 2021
I am so sorry to hear of David's passing. We worked many years together. He was one of the kindest people I knew. Thinking of you all at this time. My deepest sympathy.
19 July 2021
Deepest condolences to Colleen and the boys on Dave's passing. He was the happiest, easiest going guy that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. He will be missed by all.
16 July 2021
Condolences to Colleen and family for the loss of Dave.sending hugs
Harold and Marianne Gill
16 July 2021
Our deepest condolences Colleen, John, Steve and families. Dave will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. May your memories get you through this most difficult time. God Bless 🙌
15 July 2021
Colleen and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Dave will be missed by the whole community. May you find comfort in the love and friendship of those around you.
Garth and Joy Inouye
15 July 2021
Sorry to hear about your loss Colleen and family. I had a lot of fun at work with Dave. He could fix anything! Oh he loved ice cream. Dave was an easy going guy. We will miss him. Cherish the memories.
Russell and Annette Lang
15 July 2021
My deepest condolences Colleen and family. I am so sorry for your loss. He was such a kind man. I have very fond memories of the Christmas’s and times you visited the farm. He will be sadly missed. Hugs to all of you xo love Bobbi Jean
15 July 2021
My deepest sympathies to Colleen and family. Dave will be missed.
13 July 2021
I’m going to miss him a lot. He has been our go to guy for years. I’ll miss him at our church breakfasts just dishing out those sausages like crazy! You couldn’t just have a couple of sausages for breakfast it was like six when he was dishing out. He was such a pleasant, kind man. To Colleen and family I’m so sorry for your loss! His shining grand daughters were his life! I will remember him fondly. Rest In Peace Dave
13 July 2021
I’m so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. Colleen, John, Steven & family my deepest condolences. Dave was one of a kind and it was a honour to have known him as a neighbour and a friend. Dave will be greatly missed , but never forgotten.