David John Fream
November 2, 1964 – January 26, 2020
On January 26, Dave Fream took one last detour off the beaten track in search of his next grand adventure. Without a doubt, he took the scenic route.
Those who knew Dave, knew a man who relentlessly pursued his dreams and was never afraid to aim his sights on the impossible and chart his own course. Dave was an innovator and an entrepreneur; a visionary who saw potential in everything. He had a brilliant mind and an adventurous spirit, and he was full of fiery resolve, unbound passion, and great curiosity.
Dave started companies, studied international organizations and cultures, travelled to foreign lands for education and business, coached and connected with kids, tackled obstacles with unyielding optimism, and never stopped devouring information so he could understand things and connect dots.
Dave’s love for business was trumped only by his love of family, which was profound and boundless. He was his mother’s most precious and only son. He was Pat’s first and forever love and he was a great source of wisdom and guidance for his kids, and for many others.
Dave’s loving memory will forever be etched in the hearts of those he leaves behind: his mother, Greta; his wife, Pat; his kids, Sydney (David) Morin, Ben and Tom; his sisters, Cathy (Brian) McCloskey and Karen (Reg) Beck; his sisters in law, especially Nancy Poncelet; and so many treasured nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. Dave was predeceased by his beloved father, John Fream in 1997. Dave’s family wishes to single out and praise those who went to extraordinary measures to care for him during his cancer journey. Specifically, Dr. Dowden & Cara Sephton; Dr. R. Patel, Dr. Vyse and the incredible nurses at the High River Cancer Centre; and at the end, the spectacularly compassionate and remarkably skilled cast of angels at Foothills Country Hospice.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Hillhurst United Church (1227 Kensington Close NW), on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations being made in Dave’s memory to Foothills Country Hospice or Wellspring Calgary.
- Celebration of Life Saturday, February 1, 2020
David John Fream
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February 3, 2020
I met Dave some fifteen years back when our youngest boys were in soccer together. Dave was their coach, I was the equipment manager. We had so much in common; both our fathers were RCMP. He loved his wife Pat; I loved his wife Pat. Our two youngest boys were in elementary school, soon to be lifelong friends. My oldest son and Dave’s oldest daughter carpooled for a while. Dave’s daughter putting on makeup, curling her hair while talking and driving made my oldest nervous. I can drive, he’d say. No, I’m fine, she’d say. And they were.
Dave knew all the ins and outs of soccer: I knew that soccer wasn’t played on an ice rink. Dave knew how to formulate and institute plays that our boys executed like pros. They even won one game that sacred season that I got to know and love coach extraordinaire: Dave Fream. I knew that at the end of the third period, no wait, that’s baseball or hockey, I knew that the net bag I hauled around in the back of my car had to contain eight soccer balls at the end of every game or someone was going to be in trouble. Likely Dave. Dave knew that the minute he introduced me to his wife that he’d lost his equipment manager. Pat and I spent every game talking and laughing, drinking Tim Hortons, cheering for our boys while Dave manned the practices solo, then coached solo from the sideline, cheering, directing, shouting out encouragement as our boys ran up and down the gym floor like a pack of seagulls after a bag of discarded Doritos.
Dave was unflappable. Win or lose (mostly losses, we were 0/8), Dave gathered the boys after every game. He told them how great they were and that given the right day, they might conquer the world. Our shared sons looked at Dave. They believed him.
Final game, my son who’d not scored a single goal all season, scored a hat trick (whatever that is). Dave’s son also kicked it up a notch and on this right day, they won. They/we couldn’t have done it without Dave’s unfailing belief in our shared children.
February 3, 2020
Dear Pat and family
I am so sorry to hear of Daves passing Pat ..such a wonderful, kind man and Loved by all who knew him ...may Dave find peace on his spiritual journey and may you and your family find comfort and peace during this sad time. Hugs and blessings to all and I have not forgotten caring for your beautiful children.
February 1, 2020
Dave was a great guy and a fantastic business mentor to me. I am so sorry to hear that he passed away.
To this day, when I am dealing with business challenges, I think, "what would Dave do?"
His humor, intelligence, and kindness were qualities I will always remember. I feel very lucky that I had the opportunity to learn from him.
My sincere condolences to all of his family and friends. He will be missed by many.
February 1, 2020
Dave was one of those people you meet in your life that leaves a lasting impression from the very first introduction. I had the pleasure of working with Dave and witnessing his exceptional work ethics and zest for life firsthand. He was always someone you could confide in, a quiet listener and observer, but also someone you could count on and who always made you feel important. If there were more people like Dave, the world would be a better place. Pat and family, our thoughts are with you all. Please know Dave's acts of kindness and mentorship will live on forever.
February 1, 2020
Dave and I met by pure coincidence through Kijiji in April of 2017. When we met to finalize our deal; I could tell that there was something special about him. His demeanor, honesty and character in that moment made an impact on me that turned into a friendship.
Dave and the boys spent within our organization from Alberta all the way to Mayo, YT. He provided me with a tremendous amount of support from a distance that even my closest lifelong friends wouldn't have done. Dave never flinched, never batted an eye to say no. He was a great member of our crew and multiple employees have passed on their condolences for his family.
In today's world we all have daily turmoil in life and business; I often called Dave to escape from that. His calm voice and joyful laugh did wonders for me. He always talked about his family with love and compassion. He encompassed many qualities I have yet to see i another man. Before David's passing; thankfully he introduced me to Pat. I wasnt surprised to see that Dave has such a remarkable partner in her. Pat we are here for you in any and all capacities. I hope I can repay the debt I have to Dave for all his help; but in knowing him well he would rather settle for breakfast or trade talk on cars instead.
Until we meet for coffee again my friend. You are deeply missed but never forgotten.
January 31, 2020
We were so very saddened to read of David's passing. Please know that we are thinking of you, Pat, and your family. May all the wonderful memories you have comfort you and your loved ones.
Cynthia and Rebecca Dakin
January 31, 2020
Years ago I remember coming to visit Pat Dave and family at their DeWinton home and as I came into the house Dave and Sydney were laying on the floor in the entrance, squaw wrestling and laughing. It made me want to be like that with mine... ❤
January 29, 2020
When I think of Dave, I think of a soft spoken, easy going, easy to talk to, down to earth guy that wasn’t afraid to stand up for what he believed in. There isn’t a word to describe the love Dave had for his family and you could see that when he spoke of them.
Pat, Sydney, Ben, Tom and Nancy, my heart breaks for you, but your incredible sense of family and love for one another will be there through this journey. Hold on tight to one another and know you have so many family and friends to give you a shoulder or an ear.
Laura and Wayne Porterfield