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Piercy's-Mt. Washington Funeral Home

440 England Ave, Courtenay, BC

OBITUARY

David Thomas Freeman

August 21, 1969October 29, 2019

Dave died peacefully at home, surrounded by loved ones, after bravely fighting an aggressive cancer for 16 months.

He leaves his wife of 27 years, Claire, daughter Melissa, sons Graham and Reid, father Tom (Inge-Lore), brother Andy, aunt Anne (Brian), cousin Hannah and a large extended family. He was pre-deceased by his mother Linda Freeman in 2000.

Dave grew up in Powell River. From a very early age, flying was his passion. At 17, he got his private pilot's license, and bought his first plane. Right after high school, he got his commercial pilot's license in 5 months, and started flying commercially as soon as he reached the legal age of 19. He flew for several different airlines, ending with Air Canada (his dream since age 12), and flew all over the world.

He moved several times after leaving Powell River, finally settling on a farm in the Comox Valley. Dave loved his farm, initially raising beef cattle, and each year growing and selling hay. The pasture also served as an airplane landing strip!

During a leave from Air Canada, he became a car salesman at Sunwest VW, and found an unexpected talent for sales, quickly becoming their top salesman. After leaving Air Canada, he became a partner in Atlas Manufacturing, which he helped to grow into a thriving business, selling their products around the world. He had found his new passion.

Dave always had projects on the go, including construction, car restoration, and plane-building. Growing up he was involved in competitive badminton and BMX racing. Later, he enjoyed water-skiing, skiing and mountain biking, and recently discovered the thrill of drag-racing.

He was active in the Catholic Church, and had a strong faith. Dave deeply loved his wife Claire and his 3 kids, of whom he was very proud. He also had many relatives and friends in his life. He packed a lot of living and loving into his 50 years on earth, and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

A Christian Mass celebrating his life was held at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Chapel in Comox.

Services

  • Vigil of Prayers Sunday, November 3, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, November 4, 2019

Memories

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Michael Martin

November 5, 2019

I will miss knowing that Dave is out there making the world a brighter, better place.

Bob Schuh

November 4, 2019

I am shocked and sadden to hear the news of Dave.I am sorry I couldn't make it to his service.We flew together on the Embraer many flights,and had some great times on layovers.We talked about our common passions of Planes,Cars,Farms,Airline flying,and Real Estate on the Island.I missed Dave when he left Air Canada, but understood the reasons why.Dave was a great pilot,and a fantastic person to work with,I will never forget him.My sincere condolences go to his family.
Rest in peace Dave.

QUINN JONES

November 4, 2019

Dave was a joy to share the cockpit with. A fantastic pilot and an even better person. A man of the highest quality by all possible measures.

Dave, I will miss you. You have slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the very face of God. See you on the other side.

Quinn

Jay Quo Vadis

October 31, 2019

Claire & Family,
My deepest condolences to all of you on the loss of such a great man. I remember mentoring Dave as a young pilot when I was Captain on the Twin Otter years ago at Air B.C. I lost touch with Dave over the years but I can only imagine the huge void he has left all of you and I am deeply saddened by his passing.

RIP Dave

Bert and Myrna Sundberg

October 31, 2019

We are so sorry for your loss. Many fond memories of the Freeman family and David growing up in Powell River and his love and desire for flying.
I recall his mother having to drive him to the airport in the dark and cold of winter to pick up his papers and he'd always linger and help with odd jobs just to be around the planes!!

May he rest in peace......on "the wings of a dove".

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY