John David “Dave” Gould

November 10, 1943 – October 16, 2016

Dave passed away in Victoria, BC after an 18 year battle with cancer.  Born in Westlock , AB to Otis and Virginia Gould, he grew up and attended school in Barrhead and Hinton, AB.  Predeceased by his parents and step-mom Jennie Gould, Dave is survived by his beloved wife Sandi; his daughter Terra (Bert) Warmerdam and his son Shannon Gould; grand-children Destiny and Justin Warmerdam and Mariah, Tori and Darcy Gould and Lena Borle; his siblings Jim Gould, Marg St. Jean (Darrell Harris) and Beth (Art) Brochu; brothers-in-law Tom (Loveron) Zibin and Larry (Nina) Zibin and many nieces and nephews.

Dave joined the military at 17 years of age serving with the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry in peace-making and peace-keeping roles in Germany, Cypress and Egypt, retiring at age 40.  His second career with The Co-operators and Sovereign General Insurance Companies brought him to Kelowna, BC where he met and married his soul-mate Sandi launching the best 22 years of their lives.

Dave loved running, cycling and sailing.   His zest for life, travel, and learning took him many places; a family wedding in Bulgaria, a life-changing trip to Israel; a local community college where he was the “old guy” in class learning how to service the diesel engine on his sailboat.

A life lived full throttle became a life lived completely when Dave passed from our presence into the arms of his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  We would like to thank the wonderful doctors and nurses at the BC Cancer Agency, Victoria Hospice and Community Health.  Rest in peace my darling.

Cremation will be followed by a Celebration of Life at Bethel Mennonite Church, 24687 56 Ave., Langley, BC, at 1:30 p.m., on Saturday, October 22, 2016.

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  1. Dan and Loverna Chursinoff

    May Dave rest in peace in Gods eternal heavenly kingdom. May Sandra and and all Daves family be blessed and find strength and comfort during this time of sorrow. Our deepest Sympathies to all Dan and Loverna Chursinoff

  2. God bless. No more pain,for you just the beautiful joy and love you spread upon those who had the pleasures of being a part of your life.My heart goes out to Shannon the family and many friends.Rest in peace…

  3. Don and Debbie Herring

    Saddened to hear of Dave’s passing but so grateful we were able to see Dave one last time and say good bye at the reunion in Hinton this summer. Sending love to family and friends. All the best Don and Debbie Herring.

  4. Phil & Tina Davis

    Out deepest sympathies and wishes for God’s enduring care and love for the family and others left behind in this time of loss and sorrow. Happy for Dave in his graduation to his eternal reward. “… concerning them which are asleep, … sorrow not, even as others which have no hope”. 1 Thessalonians 4:13.

    Terra and Shannon, if you are ever in Calgary, look up your second cousins. We’d love to meet and get to know you. Ditto for Sandi.



  6. Shirley Galenkamp

    Hey Sandi,,,,so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing….keeping you and the family in our thoughts and prayers.
    Shirley Galenkamp and Randy Nagel

  7. Will always remember his sunny outlook, and love for cinnamon buns, cancer is just so unfair! Rest in peace Dave, we will miss you.

    Sue and Jack

  8. Sandi, So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bev & Udo Hennings

  9. Marilyn & Brian Beveridge

    So sorry to hear the sad news about Dave. Our love and prayers are with you Sandi – knowing he is at peace now with his Lord and he has no more pain and suffering.
    Our deepest sympathy.
    Marilyn & Brian Beveridge

  10. Chuck Stipchick

    May the warm memories of Dave’s life console the sadness that is present. Rest easy; stand down soldier your time is complete.

    Chuck Stipchick – President Airborne Social Club Edmonton

  11. Beth Novokshonoff

    So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. May he rest in peace. Condolences to all of Dave’s family. May God’s arms comfort you all. Beth

  12. Warren Stefanuk

    Deepest condolences to the family. As a young infantry officer trainee, Dave was our Sergeant Major. He was deeply admired and respected by us all. When I was transferred to 1 PPCLI, I had the good fortune to be posted to the same company as Dave. He offered wise counsel and guidance whenever required. Our company had high morale and strong discipline under Dave’s leadership. We were on the colour party together during a trooping of the colours. We had many laughs.
    Dave was a soldier’s soldier. Rest in Peace Sergeant Major

  13. Barb and Grant Paulson

    So sorry to hear about Dave. Our thoughts are with the family.

  14. Sorry to hear of Dave’s passing on. Condolences to Sandi and all in the family. We served together in 1 PPCLI and I will always recall that unique “Dave Gould” smile when he spotted you and couldn’t contain himself any longer. A better man we could not have.

    Rest in Peace, Dave

  15. Ben Murdock Cpl (RET)
    RIP Dave, we had good times in the Airborne Regiment
    Our prayers are with you Sandi, and the family


  16. Sandi, so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Dave’s family at this difficult time. Take care – love, Bobbi

  17. Sandi we send our deepest condolences to you and your family. His warm smile will always be remembered. Our thoughts are with you.

  18. Met Dave at Ranger School in 1972 and what a brave and determined soldier he turned out to be. It turned out that he had broken his foot and had to be sent back to Canada in a cast.
    We met again at the Canadian Airborne Regiment and what a leader he turned out to be. I wish that we had more stand up soldiers like him.
    Met him again in Airdrie, got together a few times and told a few lies and then lost track of him.
    To Sandi and the family I am most sorry for your loss and the death of a great soldier who served our country well. My thoughts are with you.

  19. I only knew Dave for a short time However in that time I saw his zest and compassion fore life as well as his love for for his wife Sandi.
    Dave has opened up my eyes to taking every opportunity the world gives you and live it to the fullest. He was positive and sensitive to the end and I know he will be forever remembered,by all who had the opportunity to know him.
    Rest in peace Dave we know you are running through the fields of heaven and remembering the joys you shared with loved ones family and friends.

  20. Bob, Joanne Brenda, Shelley

    Our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with you on the passing of Dave. We will always remember his zest for life. “When somebody you love becomes a memory….. the memory becomes a treasure.”

  21. May I add my sincere sympathy to that of many who knew Dave? Dave and I served together with First Battalion Princess Patricia’s, in 1968 in Cyprus.
    Dave and I were in the same tent in HQ Company on the hill. Dave was a life Guard at 5 mile Beach, During that time as life guard Dave saved our Padres life who was drifting out to sea, as he had got out of his of his depth and could not make it back to shore. Dave and I crossed paths from time to time during our service he will be missed..
    Please accept my heartfelt condolences in this hour of sorrow.
    Very Sincerely

  22. Barry & Sheila Davis

    Our sincere condolences to Sandi and all the extended family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. May you find strength and comfort in the arms of Jesus!

  23. Al and Miriam Nelson

    Dear Sandi

    We send our deepest sympathy to you and all of Dave’s family and friends. Dave was a wonderful man and he will be missed!!

    May God’s Love and Grace comfort you now and always
    Al and Miriam Nelson

  24. Sandi I am so sorry for loss. I know there is nothing I can say that will make you feel better but I am sending hugs and prayers.
    Love from

  25. Gladys and Barry Konkin

    Our deepest condolence and love to Sandi and all the family.
    Dave – We salute you, Captain of Antares, to a life well lived, with an adventurous spirit, a generous soul and a loving heart. We will miss you!

    “A few who watched me sail away
    Will miss my craft from the busy bay
    Some friendly barques were anchored near
    Some loving souls my heart held dear
    In silent sorrow will drop a tear
    But I shall have peacefully furled my sail
    In mooring sheltered from the storm and gale
    And greeted friends who sailed before”
    – by Elizabeth Clark Hardy –

  26. Lynda Chivildave

    May the memories you have keep your soul full and family helps your heart heal. Thinking of you Sandi and all of your family. May Dave rest in peace and shine’s down on you in tough times, letting you know you are going to be okay.
    Love from

  27. Sandi we are wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. You are in our prayers and thoughts. From the Grahame family.

  28. Sandi,
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved husband Dave. Please accept my deepest condolences. May he live on in your heart and memories.
    Think you of you,
    Lulu Hall (OC).

  29. Sandi, We are so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. He was such a wonderful man who helped us through the trauma of the Kelowna fire by being so respectful and fair. You truly were soulmates . “There are those who shape their lives by the fear of death, and those who shape their lives by the joy of life. The former live dying; the latter die living.” Our deepest condolences,
    Deb Matheson and Dave Harris.

  30. Sandi, I was so saddened to learn of your terrible loss. Dave was such a kind and nice guy – and so darned handsome!
    I have often thought of the day, shortly before your retirement, when you and I chatted in the sun outside the Business building. You told me that you and Dave were going to spend as much time – and as much quality time – together as life would give you. I thought then, as I think now, “What a great decision, and what a great couple.”
    Steve Koehle

    P.S. If you ever need a break from Victoria, we’re just up the road in Nanoose. Come and see us.

  31. Sandi – So sorry to hear that your husband has passed away. Keeping you in our thoughts. Clara and Andy Poitras

  32. Sandi and family. My name is George Collier. Dave and I went through Basic training together in 1960 in Edmonton and transferred to Victoria in May of that year. Marcel Borle was also a friend of Dave. Marcel and I want to extend our thoughts and prayers to you on his passing. We had been talking about him just recently and where he ended up. We were all young men who formed a bond that lasts forever even though we became separated as life takes its course.
    Marcel lives in Edmonton and I live in Nova Scotia.
    We are so sorry for your loss

  33. I just wanted to say how much I loved Dave…he still is and will always be one of the most authentic human beings I have ever had the great pleasure to call a friend. His honesty and integrity and above all his love for his beautiful wife Sandy eminated from him.
    Words cannot describe the sadness I am feeling now. I have been thinking about Dave for quite sometime and today I decided to google his name and found out about his passing, Dave was a man I believe that didn’t need anyone’s sympathy and was good with whatever God’s Was for him.
    Dave will always have a special place in my heart and the greatest of memeries never forgotten. I truly have been one of the benificery’s from Daves positive outlook on life no matter how tough things can be in this world at times.
    And to Sandy, you were the shooting star in Daves life since looking in your eyes for the first time, I hope one day I will be in such a loving relationship as the two of you shared together.
    Love from one “old guy” to another, going to miss you brother from another mother ?
    God bless you Sandy ❤️


    Is there a charity that Dave or the family were aligned with? If so I would like to make a donation on Daves behalf. Thank you

    • Ken, Thank you for your kind, thoughtful words. I think Dave would choose the BC Cancer Agency for a charity. God bless you too.


  34. Sandy and family. My deepest sympathy to you and all your loved ones. Dave! He was really my best friend. We served with the 1 P.P.C.L. in Germany 1963. One of the greatest human beings I have ever met. See you Dave, in the Kingdom… I will always love you…

  35. Thankyou for sharing that! You’ve warmed my heart! He was a great Dad also and I miss him terribly.

  36. Sandi
    I just heard about Dave’s passing. As you know he and I had a long professional relationship that I treasure to this day. I was sad when he left the insurance business but envious of the life he and you shared. I am truly sorry for your loss.
    Kindest regards

  37. Sandi, so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. I just heard today but wanted to send my condolences to express that it was an honor to have worked with such a wonderful man. Glad to see Dave enjoyed his well deserved retirement. Take care of yourself Sandi.

  38. I met Mr Gould when I was too small to even see over his desk, my mom worked with him at Co-Operators and the Sovereign General for many years. I am so very sad to hear of his passing, I have and always will remember him fondly. My sincerest condolences to all of Mr Gould’s loved ones.

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