We Remember

Harder David

HARDER, David

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.

If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

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Okanagan Rail Trail (for David Harder, in memoriam) Link: www.okanaganrailtrail.ca

 


 


Condolences

  • Dear Sandra and family,
    So sorry to hear of David’s
    Passing. So sad to lose a love one.
    Just remember all the wonderful
    Years with David and the blessing of
    Your children. Love Gail and family


    Condolence sent by: Gail Davies on May 8, 2017 at 11:16 am

    • Dear Sandra & Family

      Sorry to hear the news of David’s passing. David was always such a positive person and he had a great sense of humor. Remember all the special times; your in our thoughts.

      Love Bill Reid & Family


      Condolence sent by: Bill Reid on May 8, 2017 at 1:14 pm

  • Linda and I send our condolences to Sandy and the rest of Daves Family.
    We remember him as a respected Orthopedic colleague and all round good guy.
    We enjoyed lots of good times together at Klub Kal.


    Condolence sent by: Terry and Linda O'Farrell on May 8, 2017 at 1:12 pm

  • Dear Sandy and family,
    So sorry to hear of David’s passing. Our family has wonderful memories of being at the lake, many of which were made possible by David- and you, Sandi — your generosity and your kindness. We will miss him very much.
    thinking of you, Karen, Ross, Jasper and Cody


    Condolence sent by: Karen Kallweit on May 8, 2017 at 2:01 pm

  • We are very saddened to hear of David’s passing. He will be remembered as a caring man who was always positive and upbeat. He was a wonderful man who will be missed by many.


    Condolence sent by: Linda and Gary Borger on May 8, 2017 at 4:11 pm

  • Dear Sandi, Glen and family. We feel so privileged to have known David, if only for a short time. Even in the brief time that our friendship was developing we were aware that he was a special and unique man. We will miss him. Please accept our sincere condolences.
    Cath & Paul


    Condolence sent by: Catherine Moss and Paul Sweatman on May 8, 2017 at 4:54 pm

  • Dear Sandi and family,
    So sorry to hear of David’s passing. He was an amazing man and the best husband and dad. He will be sorely missed by all. We truly regret not making the trip to Kalamalka to see all the family as we had been planning for many years.
    Best wishes to all the Harder generations from Lisel and Wendell ( as named by David).


    Condolence sent by: Pat & Roy Blackshaw on May 8, 2017 at 5:28 pm

  • Dear Sandi and family, so terribly sadened to here of David’s passing. We feel so privileged to have known him and your whole family. You are all in our thoughts. Much love. Pam and Wayne.


    Condolence sent by: Pam Wayne Anderson on May 8, 2017 at 8:35 pm

  • “Tonight, when you look up, don’t think of them as stars… think of them as porch lights welcoming your loved one safely home.”

    Love to all,
    Janet


    Condolence sent by: Janet Love Morrison on May 8, 2017 at 10:21 pm

  • Dear Sandy, Glen and the rest of the gang:

    So very sorry to hear of your loss. David was loved by many, including our family. Our many years at Klub Kal, are among our most treasured memories as a family. So many laughs and good times, so much fun, the performances, the regattas, the tennis tournaments, often with David orchestrating and facilitating all the fun. He will be missed but never forgotten. David + Jeanne Burgess + Family


    Condolence sent by: David +Jeanne Burgess + Family on May 9, 2017 at 7:20 am

  • Hi Sandi:
    I have just read the news of David in the Vancouver Sun this morning…..very meaningful poem for the energetic soul I remember.
    I pray for your & family’s comfort & peace.
    Blessings
    Bev


    Condolence sent by: Bev Feick on May 9, 2017 at 7:31 am

  • Dear Sandy and family….so sad to learn of David’s passing. He was a wonderful teacher, mentor and colleague. And also a good friend and such a wonderful positive personality – all of life was a delight to David, and he embraced it with such enthusiasm. Will miss his smile and wonderful little chuckle!


    Condolence sent by: Peter and Marla Gropper on May 9, 2017 at 8:42 am

  • Dear Sandra, Glen & Family, so sorry to hear of David’s passing, he was always a gracious host with a smile and a laugh when the boys showed up to Klub Kal to cause some trouble. Great memories from those summer visits up there to the Harder’s beautiful place that David spent so many years sharing and enjoying. Awesome poem capturing the essence of his life and loves, David certainly shared some of his talents. Darryl Yea


    Condolence sent by: Darryl Yea on May 9, 2017 at 9:05 am

  • Dear Sandy….Remembering early years at RCH when we were techs and David the ever competent orthopod! You will have many happy memories to cherish. Much love and condolences to each.
    Phyllis


    Condolence sent by: Phyllis Olson on May 9, 2017 at 9:35 am

  • Dear Sandi,
    We were so saddened to learn of your loss. Dave was such a generous, outgoing and positive man and always willing to help. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Love, Gord and Bev


    Condolence sent by: Gord and Bev Bennett on May 9, 2017 at 9:36 am

  • Dear Sandi and family,
    Sincere condolences. I will always remember how wonderful David was.
    Will never forget the time on the lake or visits to Whistler! He was the best boat driver ever… taking us tubing – never to be matched!
    Blessings,
    Greg Phillips


    Condolence sent by: Greg Phillips on May 9, 2017 at 10:37 am

  • Our sincere condolences to the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow.


    Condolence sent by: Nancy & Jeff Denomme on May 9, 2017 at 10:40 am

  • Dear Dave – our lunch, drinking, musical, golf, philosophy partner. We had such good times at Klub K. and many other venues. Religious debates ( we never did know which side he was on) sing-songs, food and drink – what else is there in this life? We miss him now and evermore!


    Condolence sent by: Ron & Judy Louden on May 9, 2017 at 11:15 am

  • Dear Sandi and family. I first met David when I became President & CEO of Royal Columbian Hospital and he was Chief of the Department of Orthopedics in 1988. My first impression of him was that he had no time for less than first class quality patient care. We soon developed a very close relationship, and through his support and leadership, the reputation of RCH became a more attractive place to work. His presence, leadership and reputation will be sorely missed. All my best to you all. Jim Fair


    Condolence sent by: Jim Fair on May 9, 2017 at 11:27 am

  • Sandi and family: We have shared so many memories (Italy!!) of so many good times and these are what keep you going when a dear soul leaves you. As I type, I’m nursing my knee replacement which, of course, I didn’t get done until David said it was a necessity. He was a wise man with many talents. So glad we had that visit last year. Thinking of you often.


    Condolence sent by: Judi Lees on May 9, 2017 at 1:58 pm

  • Dear Sandi, So sorry and saddened to hear of David’s passing…Our hearts are with you.


    Condolence sent by: Lesley & Peter Werry on May 9, 2017 at 5:14 pm

  • Sandi and Family,
    It was with great sadness that we heard of David’s passing. Both Cheryl (as an RCH intern) and I as a UBC Ortho resident learned so much from Dave. His love of surgery, his love and admiration of his patients and his tireless contribution to community will always be remembered. May you gain strength from all the wonderful memories.


    Condolence sent by: Ric Kendall and Cheryl Nagle on May 9, 2017 at 5:31 pm

  • Sandra and family
    We are saddened to learn of David’s passing. Although it has been several years we remember fondly our great next door neighbours on Huckleberry Lane, and always recall the great time at Kal Lake.
    We are thinking of you.
    Pauline and Jim Garton


    Condolence sent by: Pauline and Jim Garton on May 9, 2017 at 6:36 pm

  • Dear Sandi and family:
    We are sad to hear our courageous friend passed away. Ben has known Dave since childhood spending many good times with him as neighbors and college roommate We have enjoyed many dinners as “the 8″ of us when in Vancouver. Our times with you at Kal Lake were also enjoyable listening to Dave’s jokes, stories and playing the piano.
    Our prayers are with you during this difficult time of adjustment. love ya, Ben & Viola


    Condolence sent by: Ben & Viola Unger on May 9, 2017 at 8:26 pm

  • So sad to learn of Dave’s passing. He sure fought the hard fight with such a positive attitude. We feel honored to have known him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


    Condolence sent by: Dick & Carol Nason on May 10, 2017 at 7:14 am

  • Sandi and family, no greater man has lived on this earth. Initial contacts with golf at Point Grey and then later on in Molokai.
    We know Dave will be missed and no words can describe what a wonderful man he was.
    Sincerest condolences,
    Dick and Connie Farris


    Condolence sent by: Dick and Connie Farris on May 10, 2017 at 7:36 am

  • Sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. He will be missed.


    Condolence sent by: Betty And Brian Bortis on May 10, 2017 at 10:06 am

  • Sandy, thinking of you and your family, at this time of loss.
    Remember, someone so special can never be forgotten.


    Condolence sent by: Lisa Kwasnek on May 10, 2017 at 11:23 am

  • Sandi and family,
    We’re so sorry to hear of David’s passing. He was a true gentleman and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with you.


    Condolence sent by: Bob and Penny Birmingham on May 10, 2017 at 12:01 pm

  • Dear Sandy and family,
    We are so sorry to hear that Dave passed away.
    I first met Dave in 1947 in Yarrow when we both were Grade 8 high school students at SMCI [Sharon Mennonite Collegiate Institute] prior to Dave being a MEI student in Abbotsford. I had just arrived in Canada as a refugee and Dave was a helpful classmate who helped with my struggling English. We became good friends.

    Our paths crossed again in the fall of 1956 when we both were Med. Students at U.B.C. Dave was one of the top students in our class and always pleasant and helpful. We all appreciated his great sense of humor, and he was one of the most popular students in our class.
    A few years later Dave and his older brother Fred invited me to join their clinic in New Westminster, near the R.C.H.
    After his training as an Orthopedic Surgeon Dave settled in the same medical building that his brother Fred and I were working in. He was respected by his patients and peers as he was an excellent Orthopod.
    Dave was a good high school student, a good Med. student, a good G.P., a good Orthopod, but most importantly, Dave was great human being. We will all miss him.


    Condolence sent by: Gus and LaRee Bruehler on May 10, 2017 at 2:21 pm

  • Sandi
    We were really sorry to hear about David’s passing. I have such great memories of my time as a resident with Dave at RCH and St Mary’s, and Kathie and I both have great memories of our time in New Westminster when Dave was retiring and I was just starting. His support and encouragement were wonderful. Our thoughts are with you.


    Condolence sent by: Mark & Kathie Spangehl on May 10, 2017 at 3:24 pm

  • In the early 1970’s I was a young student nurse at RCH in New Westminster and spent a lot of time on the orthopaedic ward. (1 South). I will always remember fondly Dr. Harder and his way with the patients and other staff. Although I didn’t know him in later years, when I happened to see the obituary in the Vernon Morning Star, I was transported back to another time and place. Although I am sorry to hear of his passing, it sounds, from your poem, that his life was pretty wonderful. Please accept my condolences.


    Condolence sent by: Kathleen Cameron on May 10, 2017 at 6:10 pm

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Even though we only knew Dave for a short time he made a big impression. Klub kal will not be the same without him. We know your strength and positive outlook will get you through this hard time.
    Sincerely,
    Larr and Tanya Elliott


    Condolence sent by: Tanya Elliott on May 10, 2017 at 8:40 pm

  • Sandi and family,
    What a beautiful tribute to David. One line stands out and resonates with me “a finer human being, you never will find”.
    David was a gentle man and a gentleman, he will be missed by many but especially by his wonderful family.
    Myrna


    Condolence sent by: Myrna Hastings on May 11, 2017 at 6:16 am

  • Dear Sandi, I am sorry to hear of David’s passing and my thoughts are with you at this time of loss. Memories live forever. With love, Caryll Dyck


    Condolence sent by: Caryll Dyck on May 11, 2017 at 8:49 am

  • Sandi we were so sorry to hear of David’s passing. We so loved our time with the both of you in Kelowna and especially Borrego Springs. Much love to you and your family.
    Sharon


    Condolence sent by: Sharon & Joe Gosse on May 11, 2017 at 12:33 pm

  • Dear Sandi,
    We will always feel lucky to have met you and David at Borrego Springs, and over the course of several winters, get to know you both. You struck us as so genuine, easy going, smart and fun, that we felt a kinship right away. Thank you for extending your hands in friendship to us! As fellow doctors, Kory and David had a special understanding for the joys and challenges of the profession. Kory enjoyed sharing that with him. David also made a HUGE difference in the quality of Kory’s life with a couple of injections into Kory’s shoulder, easing the pain from a twice-torn rotator cuff. I’ll always remember David injecting him. He warned Kory that it would smart quite a bit, and I let Kory squeeze my hand. That shoulder does not bother Kory nearly as badly as it used to. It was pretty amazing. So another thing we thank you for. We also sent an e-mail to your address, Sandi, but let me reiterate that we are thinking of you, look forward to seeing you, and have fond memories, very fond, of David. All the best, Kory and Candee


    Condolence sent by: Kory and Candee Kondo on May 11, 2017 at 12:49 pm

  • I first met David at RCH in the late 60’s or early 70’s, and as a technologist, had many interactions with him over the years. He was such a likeable character, a true professional and so well respected by staff, physicians and his patients.
    If my memory serves me correctly he was the surgeon that cared for you after an early 70’s Whistler ski accident.
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Our condolences to you and your family.
    Love Randy and Sharon Harker


    Condolence sent by: Randy Harker on May 11, 2017 at 1:55 pm

  • So sorry to hear of David’s passing. Our social events were always more enjoyable when he was in attendance. Borrego Springs will truly miss David, as will we.


    Condolence sent by: Tom and Irene Schaible on May 12, 2017 at 8:17 am

  • Betty and I send our deepest sympathies to Sandi and family. Dr Dave will be greatly missed. I first met Dr. Dave about late Jun 1977 when Dr Meth had phoned him to make an appointment for the same day which caused abit of a flap when I walked in about 15 minutes after the phone call. Dr Dave did my left hip 1998. He also did my carpel tunnel He was a wonderful doctor who will be missed


    Condolence sent by: Ken McIntosh on May 12, 2017 at 12:09 pm

  • Dear Sandi and family,
    What a shock it was to read about Dave’s passing. He was a real standout in all his endeavours that I was aware of in premed and med school as well as general and specialist practice. I wasn’t aware of the mischiefs he got into in his younger days which probably make a good story or two.
    I wish you all peace at this time of sadness.
    Cecil


    Condolence sent by: Cecil Sigal on May 12, 2017 at 2:04 pm

  • Dear Sandy and Family,
    David was such a sweetheart. Always friendly, smiling and knew everyone’s name. He was interested in our lives and had good advice to give! We will miss him this summer riding his bike, or on the tractor. Chewing bubble gum at kids day or watching the tennis tournament. Rest in peace Dr. Harder. Thank you for sharing your beautiful space with us. Xo


    Condolence sent by: Leslie smith on May 12, 2017 at 3:31 pm

  • Dear Sandy and Family,
    Sorry for you loss. Dr. D Harder operated on me (Magda), on my back in 1972. Our family Dr. E.S Hutchinson referred my to him.
    Dr. Harder used to say Magda, you and me have something in common, which I never knew what is was. Now I know what he meant. We had a farm in Yorrow, 2 acres on Walnut Street, close to Wilson Street. Whenever i go to RCH and see the doctorsnames on the wall it make me proud to say that he operated on me and made me a lot better, and he took care of me. I am sure he has done this for many patients and so did his brother.
    We are very sad to he that he is gone, but as I read his obituary, he seem to have had a wonderful life and a beautiful family.

    From: Magda, Steve, Steven and Helen Jozsa


    Condolence sent by: Magda/Helen Jozsa on May 13, 2017 at 9:48 am

  • Dear Sandy – I was shocked and sorry to read of David’s passing. It brought back so many fond memories of the friendships and good times we shared backin the VGH days. How blessed you both were to find each other and to build a wonderful family and life together. Sincerest sympathy and fond thoughts, Sheila.


    Condolence sent by: Sheila King (Shearer) on May 14, 2017 at 7:38 am

  • Sandi and family,
    Every month a few of us at Predator Ridge write a poetic toast (an extension of our annual Robbie Burns celebration). We then share them over a wee dram of scotch on various/numerous occasions. David Harder was certainly a worthy “bard” and someone who I am proud to forever call my friend. I dedicated this month’s poetic toast to him (see below) and have written something more personal that I will share with you when we next get together. Colleen and I cannot express the level of appreciation we have for the love and laughter that you, Dave and your family have allowed us to share. But, rest assured, we will cherish the opportunities to demonstrate that love and respect going forward.

    RIGHT NOW

    May the days ahead be long to unfold
    But if tomorrows are short and faced with uncertainty
    Fear not this journey as in truth it may be told
    We’re all just heading back, to a place called destiny

    Life is a lesson that cannot be left behind
    Its purpose is clear and with us it must stay
    Departures and arrivals are all the same kind
    They’re gifts of our spirit that happen each day

    So wave to yesterday with the fondest good bye
    Farewell to the past, now take a good bow
    Lift up your glass, lift it up high
    Today is the day and our time is right now

    (Here’s to right now, here’s to you Dave)


    Condolence sent by: Randall Scott on May 14, 2017 at 8:56 am

  • Sandi and family,
    Randall and I have so many wonderful memories of the years we had the pleasure of David as our dear friend. What a mind! But more importantly, what a heart! While we will hold onto the happy memories, this quote from Joseph Roux best described our feeling of loss. He is speaking from a man’s perspective, but it truly embodies us both.

    “We call that person who has lost a father, an orphan; and a widower that man who has lost a wife. But that man [or woman] who has known the immense unhappiness of losing a friend, by what name do we call him [her]? Here every language is silent and holds its peace in impotence.”

    Our love and thoughts are with you all.


    Condolence sent by: Colleen Scott on May 14, 2017 at 9:59 am

  • Hi Sandy, I just read Dave’s obit and wanted you to know that I was thinking of you. So many memories flooded back from our fundraising days together and how much fun we all had at the wrap up parties! Dave and his antique car going for ice cream with all the guys going along for the ride….funny sight!
    I lost Russ a year and half ago so I do know something of what you will be going through…it is really hard to lose your best friend. I know you have lots of support…..to old friends….a toast….Uldeane


    Condolence sent by: Uldeane Fountain on May 14, 2017 at 12:46 pm

  • Sandi,
    Having read the obituary, you and David certainly shared a special life and we know that you will cherish those times together forever. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Hugs, Rae and Brian


    Condolence sent by: Brian and Rae Jensen on May 14, 2017 at 2:57 pm

  • To the entire Harder family….Dave was a father to us all. He laughed with us, scolded us, taught us to spit watermelon seeds on kids days and the indelible image of him on that balloon covered red Massey Ferguson will forever be etched in our memories. He told us stories and taught us how to love the Lake and share in the amazing culture that is Klub Kal. He will be missed and may his spirit live on through all who share in his memories and moments. Our hearts are with you all during this difficult time. Sincerely Jeff And Kate Edwin and Eli Johnson.


    Condolence sent by: Jeff and Kate Johnson on May 14, 2017 at 3:05 pm

  • We were all saddened to hear of David’s passing. He will be missed but not forgotten. RIP
    Sincerely,
    Kelly, Joan, Taylor and Morgan


    Condolence sent by: Kelly and Joan Vandergaag on May 14, 2017 at 3:13 pm

  • Dear Sandi – I was so sorry to read of David’s passing. It brought back many fond memories of fun and friends we shared during our VGH days. You and David were a special couple and blessed to build such a wonderful family and life together. My sincerest sympathy and kindest regards. Sheila.


    Condolence sent by: Sheila Shearer-King on May 14, 2017 at 3:35 pm

  • Our deepest sympathy’s to the family in this time of sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


    Condolence sent by: Dallas and Jennifer Maximuik on May 14, 2017 at 6:04 pm

  • Dear Sandi and family,

    Scott and I were so saddened to hear of Dr. Dave’s passing. He was a wonderful, gentle man and a beautiful soul. He will be greatly missed at Klub Kal riding around the campground on his bike always taking a moment to say hello and chat with each camper. Our deepest sympathy to the whole family.


    Condolence sent by: Christine and Scott Findlay on May 15, 2017 at 9:56 am

  • Dear Sandy and Family,

    I fondly remember our many morning hikes in the hills around Klub Kal with Dave and Dwayne exchanging so many interesting stories that covered many varied subjects!
    I remember also Dave giving out valued information on the birds and bees as Jeremy, Laurie and the other kids awaited their turns on Kids’ Day at Halfway House Resort and Klub Kal. Dr. Harder was always there to fix owwies and boo-boos as well as more serious wounds. We have so many good memories of our summers at the lake.

    Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.


    Condolence sent by: Lin and Linda Keehn on May 15, 2017 at 10:09 am

  • Sandi and Family
    So sorry to hear of David’s passing. I remember my days at RCH fondly. Many an excellent experience. David was a kind, compassionate leader with a thirst for knowledge and a drive for excellence. He helped many people. Our thoughts are with you during this trying time.
    Richard and Mina


    Condolence sent by: Richard and Mina Claridge on May 15, 2017 at 12:09 pm

  • Sandy & family.
    We are sorry to hear of David’s passing.Our thoughts & prayers are with you. Thinking of you both sure brought back some very pleasant memories of when you lived across the street.


    Condolence sent by: Joyce & Doug Peters on May 15, 2017 at 2:29 pm

  • We were so saddened to hear of David’s passing. He was such a leader, role model and mentor for the Orthopaedic community. On a personal note he had a profound influence on my development. I am glad that we will be able to continue to honour him with the annual “David Harder Visiting Professor” program.
    While he will be remembered for all he did, our thoughts and prayers are with you Sandi and your family.


    Condolence sent by: Bob and Sue McCormack on May 16, 2017 at 8:00 pm

  • Sandi and family
    Please accept our condolences. So sorry to hear of David’s passing. I have clear memories of David, from my time as a resident working in the OR with him 4 days a week (amazing skills and judgement), and then as a colleague (amazing vision, leadership and mentoring). Sally and I spent a great week with our young children at Klub Kal. We remember David with fondness.


    Condolence sent by: Shafique and Sally Pirani on May 17, 2017 at 4:05 pm

  • Lorraine and I were so sorry to hear about the passing of Dave. Although we only knew him for a short time, we savor every minutes were were together either at the camp or in your home. We always felt so comfortable in his presence and just to keep the tradition, I’ll have a single malt … Cheers my friend ….


    Condolence sent by: Gil & Lorraine Loranger on May 17, 2017 at 4:07 pm

  • We are sad to hear of David’s passing. We have good memories of Sandi and David visiting us here in New Zealand.


    Condolence sent by: Linda and Gary Allen on May 17, 2017 at 9:10 pm

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this saddest of times. Dave’s presence will be missed at Klub Kal.


    Condolence sent by: Jerry Crystal Bailey and Jake Thompson on May 18, 2017 at 5:49 am

  • Sandi
    We are so sorry to hear of David’s passing. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We have many great memories of times spent together. Take care.
    Dale and Nadien


    Condolence sent by: Dale and Nadien Haneman on May 19, 2017 at 7:23 pm

  • Sandi & family,
    We’ll remember:
    A kind and considerate man,
    Hip, Hip, Hooray at Queen’s Park,
    Saturday donuts and coffee, we made the coffee Dr. Harder brought the donuts,
    Phone calls to the Coquihalla,
    Farewell friend and excellent Doctor.
    St. Mary’s Family


    Condolence sent by: St. Mary's Family on May 21, 2017 at 12:01 pm

  • My husband, John Adrian, is a cousin of David, and a classmate of brother Fred in the 1st medical class at UBC. I read David’s obit to John and he wanted me to send his condolences to the family.

    John had great respect for David professionally and thought highly of him as a person. I am sure he will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

    May you feel David’s presence with you through the many memories of the precious time he was with you. Comfort and peace to you as you mourn his passing.


    Condolence sent by: John and Anne Adrian on May 23, 2017 at 6:52 am

  • Over 45 years ago, as a young girl with a hip disease, I was a patient of your father’s. I remember him as an extremely caring man who put me at ease with his ever-present smile and warm ways (my mother remembers, too, how handsome he was!) He was an innovative physician who conceived a new type of surgery to treat my condition. After years of regular visits and being deemed “all better”, I remember feeling sad knowing I would no longer get to see the wonderful Dr. Harder.
    Your husband and father was a gifted physician and exceptional man who made a tremendous difference in my life and the lives of so many others. My sincere condolences on his passing.


    Condolence sent by: Rochelle Sevigny on May 23, 2017 at 8:46 am

  • We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun… So many memories, 5 decades of laughter, jokes, discussions, controversy, delicious dinners, poems… We miss you Dave.
    Love Wendy and Gord


    Condolence sent by: Wendy Thomson on May 30, 2017 at 1:15 pm

  • Dear Sandi and family,

    We are so deeply saddened to hear of Dave’s passing. He will always be in our fondest memories at Klub Kal. When he rode his bike throughout camp reaching out to people, always with a smile and a chuckle, a little story to share or as he engaged with kids and people, or lent a medical hand, always involved with all the Klub Kal events always happy and always positive. He will be deeply missed by many people. Our very deepest condolences go out to you.
    We will be there in September to honour him.

    Greg, Jan, Matt and Nick Pallone


    Condolence sent by: Jan & Greg Pallone on June 7, 2017 at 4:04 pm

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