Surrounded by loved ones, on the fourth of May,
David passed peacefully, at the end of the day.
He was born in Yarrow, near Chilliwack, BC,
On a cold winter day, in nineteen thirty-three.
Along with five siblings, raised on a farm,
Got into some mischief, but no serious harm.
At MEI high school, he attended class,
Knocked the establishment, flat on its ass.
But the religious lore, he did not jettison,
Just changed his focus, UBC’s School of Medicine.
Became a doctor, a talented GP,
After five years, he chose a specialty.
The field of orthopedics, was calling his name,
His ticket to happiness, fortune and fame.
Respected surgeon, the best one around,
Patients loved him, their accolades abound.
Of knowledge and wisdom, he was eager to share,
With new younger doctors, he taught them to care.
For family at home, he strived to make time,
Weekend activities, were always sublime.
His interests were varied, but usually outside,
Ski, golf, hike, tennis, and a bicycle to ride.
He bought Klub Kal, a campground to stay,
A safe place, for young families to play.
On the shores of Kal Lake, summers were spent,
While at Klub Kal, RVs replaced tents.
Retired to Oyama, in ninety-eight,
A beautiful dream home, on the shore of the lake.
Where outdoor activities, always abound,
Fun and frolic, all year round.
He’s survived by wife Sandra, his true soul mate,
And five grown children, who inherited his best traits.
Also four grandchildren, and as of today,
Nine great-grandkids, and more on the way.
We miss David dearly, so caring and kind,
A finer human being, you will never find.
We’ll celebrate his life, and properly remember,
Stay tuned for details, it’ll be in September.
The Harder family sincerely thank the staff on 4West, the Medical staff and the Oncology team at KGH for the wonderful care they provided over the last few years. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Okanagan Rail Trail would be greatly appreciated (for David Harder, in memoriam) – www.okanaganrailtrail.ca.
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