David Duncan Penfold passed away in Williams Lake, B.C. on August 14, 2005.
Dave was born in Deer Lodge, Manitoba, now part of Winnipeg, on November 20, 1920.
He spent his younger years in the Vancouver area attending Gilmore Avenue School and graduating from Burnaby North High School.
Dave worked in the forest industry in Mission, Hope, Harrison Lake, and along the B.C. Coast before moving to Quesnel in 1950. Dave later returned to Mission and then in 1961 moved to California where he was owner/operator of a service station. In 1963 Dave ventured back to the Cariboo, where he spent the rest of his life.
Dave continued his career in the logging and trucking industries working for companies such as T&H transport, Public Freightways, and Schaeffers Mill in Lac la Hache. The happiest times for Dave were when he was behind the wheel of a big rig. Even after his retirement he was always willing to lend a helping hand to his trucking buddies.
Dave also volunteered his time at the Summit Opportunity Centre as well as the Summit Workshop.
Dave was a very vibrant and humorous man who always did his best to be considerate and respectful of others. He lived his life by his belief in honesty and integrity with his word being his bond. In a lifetime there are only a few people we aspire to imitate, and Dave was certainly one of those.
Loved and respected by many friends, employers, workmates, and neighbours alike, Dave could always be depended on for assistance and friendship. One of the men Dave called his best friend was Nestor Johnson. After Nestor passed away Dave remained close to Nestor’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and always remained a part of Nestor’s family.
You could find Dave at the A&W every morning at 6 a.m. having coffee with his buddies and telling tales of the old days before heading to the Foreign Car Centre to lend a helping hand to his friend Walter. He would then set out on his “morning mile” walk, becoming a familiar sight each morning along Mackenzie Avenue.
Dave will be deeply missed by his four closest sidekicks: Walter Zrinski, Mike Cotterman, Dave Dunnington, and Paul Lockwood.
Dave is survived by his children Janet (Richard) Meza and Stephen (Karen) Marler of California, his two grandchildren Stephanie and John, brother-in-law Richard Northorp of Langley as well as seven nieces and nephews.
Dave’s family and friends would like to extend thanks to the nurses in ICU at Cariboo Memorial Hospital (Darla, Josephine, Pamela and Marlene) for being so kind and caring and always treating Dave with respect. We would also like to extend our thanks to Dr. Magnuson, Dr. Kachope, and Dr. LaBossiere for their care and compassion.