David Mollison Findlay passed away peacefully at Hospice House in Vernon on Monday, January 2nd, 2017 at the age of 85.
He was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Roseline in 2014. He is survived by his daughter, Sandra (Mike) Bacon of Enderby; son, Andrew Findlay of Calgary, AB; granddaughter, Alexandra Bacon of Vernon; grandson, Niles Bacon of Enderby; and brother, Alexander Findlay (Davina) of Scotland.
Dave was born on April 11th, 1931 near Stone-haven, Scotland. As a journeyman carpenter, he immigrated to Canada in 1955 and met his wife, Roz, on the boat over. They were married in Moose Jaw, SK in 1956 and this was where Dave built their first home. He completed his teaching certificate in 1961 and taught carpentry at the Saskatchewan Technical Institute. From 1973 to 1975 he taught carpentry in Kano, Nigeria, W. Africa for CIDA. In 1978 they moved to Calgary where he taught at SAIT and then in 1988 they settled in the Okanagan. He taught at Okanagan University College until his retirement in 1996. As a hobby, Dave raced cars, becoming rally champion from 1961 to 1972 and Formula V champion 1968-1969. In 1986 he built and flew his own ultralight airplane but he preferred driving. He drove across the Sahara Desert, all over Britian, Canada and the US. His last trip was in July of 2016 when he drove the Dempster Highway to Inuvik.
At Dave’s request, there will not be a memorial service.
Those friends wishing to make memorial contributions in memory of Dave may do so to the North Okanagan Hospice Society, 3506-27th Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 1S4.
Arrangements have been entrusted to PLEASANT VALLEY DIGNITY FUNERAL HOME, 4303 P.V. Road, Vernon, B.C. V1T 4M4 Phone: (250) 542-4333. Condolences may be offered at pleasantvalleyfh.com