David Anderson

October 29, 1932March 20, 2013


David F. Anderson passed away peacefully at Riverview Health Centre with his family close by on March 20, 2013. David battled his cancer very hard these past months and thankfully was visited by many friends and family during his final days. Our loving father and grandfather is now at peace and free of pain. We are thankful to all the staff at Victoria General Hospital and especially grateful to the staff at Riverview E3 Palliative Ward for their support and attention during this difficult time. David is survived by his son Ian - wife Kim, son Brett, and daughter Dorothy - husband Don, son Dustin. David was predeceased by his wife of 53 years Ann Cameron four years ago. David is also survived by his sisters Gabrielle Bieber, Evelyn Lamont, brothers Jeffrey and Paul Anderson. David was predeceased by sisters, twins Marie Mackle and Angele Taylor. He had a great many loving nieces and nephews and their families - David and Karen Bieber, Michael and Diane Taylor, Michelle and Doug Cook, Marcie Taylor and James Stoyka, Andrew Lamont, Madeline and George Lennox, Maria Lamont and Wauter Koeken, Michael and Katia Anderson, Jeff and Elise Anderson, David and Isabelle Anderson, Corrina, Naomi and Fraser Anderson. On Ann's side of the family he is well survived by sisters-in-law Dorothy Wilson and Betty Spence, and nieces and nephews - Kathryn Coulls, Eimear Cook, Angus Spence, and Fiona Robb. David was born in Winnipeg, MB on October 29, 1932. David's father was the well known composer W.H Anderson, who was married to Marcelle. David grew up in Winnipeg and graduated from Gordon Bell High School in 1949. David went to the University of North Dakota on a football scholarship. After one season there he was recruited by the UCLA Bruins where he played out his college career and graduated with his teaching degree. David returned to Winnipeg in 1955 to begin his teaching career at Tec Voc High School. While at Tec Voc David attended a meet and greet for exchange teachers from Scotland, where he met Ann Spence. David and Ann returned to Los Angeles and UCLA in 1957 where David joined the coaching staff, worked on his Master's degree and had their son Ian. Returning home again in 1960 David began teaching physical education and coaching football and track at Gordon Bell High School. Two years later they had daughter Dorothy. David moved over to United College in 1964 as their first athletic director for the soon to be University of Winnipeg. In 1972, the family began their time in Denver, Colorado where David completed his Doctorate at the University of Northern Colorado. At the University of Winnipeg David pioneered the athletic programs that are still a growing part of the university today. David's legacy to athletics and education are no where more prominent than at the institution he loved and remained proud of. From the beginnings of running teams in the basement gym in Riddell Hall and developing the academic courses for the new department, to establishing the Golden Boy Basketball Tournament (now the Wesmen Classic), to the development of the University's first athletic scholarships he continued his dedication and involvement in the growth of the university by seeing his dream complete through his involvement in the design, funding and completion of the Duckworth Centre. David was very proud of the continued development of his early actions in the establishment of the new Faculty of Kinesiology. The recent recognition announcement of the naming of the David F. Anderson Gymnasium left David humbled and honoured. David was a happy, caring, loyal man who always put family and friends first. He was especially proud of his grandsons, Dustin Ross and Brett Anderson. He spent many special moments with Dustin and Brett and was always eager to watch them play hockey, volleyball and golf. He loved being around his grandsons. The boys will truly miss their "Poppi". He was also a very respected and proud educator, coach and mentor. When thinking of David people will recall fondly his love of music; his love for all sport but in particular football at his alma mater and his beloved Blue Bombers; his love for his precious Siberian Huskies; his passion for golf at Elmhurst Golf & Country Club; his attraction to the Colorado mountains and Winter Park; his love, with Ann, of Sidney, BC; his dedicated commitment to the International Peace Gardens & Athletic Camp; and his love for Ann's homeland, Scotland. During his career and his adult life, David was always a great mentor, educator and coach to youth in our community. He touched many, many lives and he left us all better and stronger people because of his influence. He was a leader at all he did, when he spoke people listened and when he had a dream people believed. David's memory will live large and his legacy is left to many. David's commitment, dedication and loyalty to the University of Winnipeg never waivered and we invite everyone to join the family in the University Duckworth Center for a combined Celebration of His Life and Dedication of the Dr. David F Anderson Gymnasium on Saturday, April 13 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. In honour of our father and in lieu of flowers, the family invites you to make donations to the University of Winnipeg Athletic Scholarship Fund, 515 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3B 2E9. Cremation has occurred. Thomson Funeral Home, 669 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB R3C 0X4 204-783-7211


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