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David Gerard Gardner (RCMP Staff Sergeant Ret’d) passed away February 18, 2014 at the Kelowna General Hospital after a brief illness.

Born December 15, 1955 in Jasper, Alberta, he was predeceased by his parents Edward and Genevieve Gardner and his beloved dogs Frankie and Buddy. He is survived by sisters Ann Lavender (Ken) and Jean Gardner (Steve Habel) of Calgary.

After completing high school at Bishop Carroll, Calgary, he graduated from RCMP training in 1975, Troop 29. He was posted at various locations in B.C. He was the volunteer Head of Security for the Athletes’ Village at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. Dave was athletic; he enjoyed baseball, golf and was a talented hockey player. Dave was a friendly, kind person with many friends who will miss him. Dave will be buried at the Sale’ family plot in Athabasca AB.

In memory of Dave donations may be made directly to the Kelowna SPCA.


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  • Mark Gilliam says:

    So saddened to here of David’s passing. I worked with him in Burnaby B.C. back in the 70’s. He was always there for back up and support. Good sense of humor, dedicated and loyal to his friends.

  • Henry Thompson says:

    I was sad to hear of Dave’s passing. Though I was in Depot in 1975, I first met Dave in 1977 when I was transferred to Burnaby Detachment. He was a fine policeman, who had a good sense of humour and was fair in his dealings with me at work and at social gatherings attended by my wife and I. In 1979, I transferred from Burnaby to Toronto and lost contact with Dave. My wife, Donna, and I offer our condolences in this difficult time.

  • John Burke says:

    Somewhere in the hereafter there is hockey tournament that just got better, a baseball tournament more outrageous or a game of Trivial Pursuit that had the “Gardner Rule” implemented. Dave was one of a kind, that will never be duplicated. I know I am a better person for knowing him. I will miss you but I know you and Harold are on the back 9 somewhere above concocting some outrageous wager.

  • Gerald Otterman says:

    Dave was a good,trustworthy colleague, a memorable friend and great sailing partner (partier). May you be at Peace Dave

  • Carol Lawrence says:

    I started at Burnaby detachment in late Nov. 1986 in Records, Dave was my boss, he was very good too all the civic staff who I was one of. Sorry to hear of his passing. We will miss you.


  • Donna Kopp says:

    I met Dave about 10 years ago. We visited/laughed together many times over the counter where I worked. I found his optimism encouraging. I still use the gravy boat he found for me at a second hand store. Dave was a bright spot in my life. So sad to hear of his passing.

  • Dave Lindsay says:

    RIP Dave. I can only guess that you’re resting with your two dogs. I know they were the love of your life.

    I first met Dave at Burnaby Det. in the summer of 1976. I’d see him off and on since then, but lost touch until about 1999 I think it was. I was walking on Bernard St. in downtown Kelowna, when I heard someone yell from their vehicle. Hey Dave Lindsay!
    From then on, we’ve met for coffee many times and you came for Xmas dinner in 2012.
    Dave’s witty comments and great sense of humour will be missed. Also, the gifts he gave to our dog Lucy will always be remembered!

  • Don and Lori Merkel says:

    We both knew Dave from Burnaby detachment. A fun loving fellow and great hockey player. We can still remember returning from a hockey tournament and watching Dave go around and around on the luggage carousel at the airport. He told us the fellows loading the luggage didn’t even bat an eye when he went by. Dave kept us laughing. He will be missed and remembered.

  • Carol Marquardt says:

    When my husband Garry was admitted to hospital in December, he became David’s “room buddy”. David kept an eye on him and we would sit and talk about various subjects. In no time, he had me scurrying around town looking for his favourite type of liquorice. He had a unique style of humour which was enjoyed. May the road you walk now be peaceful.

  • Gary Bailey says:

    While together in Troop 29, Dave was a one of those rare mates that continuously showed a sense of humour and always felt a very sincere caring for his fellow troop members. His attitude and personality made it an experience that many of us will remember with pride and a smile. Thanks Dave. RIP

  • Art Simpsom says:

    I was shocked when I heard of Dave’s passing. Dave and I worked together in PIRS Field Operations at “E” Division HQ for many years. He was smart, a fast learner, full of common sense and dependable. He was always so funny both on and off the job. At our functions he would keep us all in stitches. I often think of our small unit and the hard work, the good times and what we accomplished. We had Dave over for Xmas dinner one year and my “crazy” aunt fell in love with him. LOL.

    I last time I talked to Dave was in Kelowna many years ago. He was a good man.

  • Cal Corley - Ottawa says:

    I haven’t seen Dave in many years. We were RCMP troop mates in 1975 and I have nothing but fond memories of his wit, charm and ability to get everyone in good spirits. My sincerely condolences to Ann and Jean.

  • Christine Wozney - Robert Cardey says:

    Dave, my favourite person! So many “Dave” stories to tell. One on the best is Dave calling my answering machine and filling the space with recordings of “The Shadow knows!” From then on, he was “The Shadow” to me. So my friend, I wish you well. Smile down on me from Heaven. You would have liked my husband Bob Cardey and you would have REALLY liked my daughter Jessica! Love you always – Christine “The Woz”.

  • Wes Luloff says:

    I was posted to Burnaby Det out of recruit training in 1972, Dave arrived a little later and we both patrolled the south side. I left Burnaby in 1976 and that was the last I saw him. We also played on the Burnaby hockey team for a while, and remember how fine of a player he was, plus his sense of humour. RIP Dave.

  • Shirley says:

    I am saddened by Dave’s passing I have thought of him often over the years.

  • Wilma & George Andres says:

    We were so saddened to hear of Dave`s passing. We as a family have many great memories with Dave at our house for all those years in Burnaby. We saw him too were ever he was stationed at , like New Denver and Alexis Creek, and when he moved to Kellowna. Now we have pictures and Memories. You will be so missed Dave.

  • Wilma & George Andres says:

    So sorry to hear of Dave`s passing. You will be missed by our family ,as we had many great times together at all our family gatherings over many years in Burnaby. Dave was a big part of our family, pictures and all.Dave loved his Frank and Buddy and they were beautiful too.Thanks for the good times.

  • Colin Derwyn Grinstead says:

    Very sad to hear of Dave’s passing. We worked Burnaby together in the late 70s and early 80s. We also worked a few bars along the way and played hockey together. RIP my friend

  • Barry Stark says:

    The Starks are saddened by Dave’s passing with our deepest condolences. He was definitely a great team mate and a great guy. Until we meet again.

  • John Henderson says:

    My Troop mate, My Team mate, My Room mate and Zone 3 backup…so many memories Davey! Never a dull moment…so many laughs…I think about you often. RIP buddy! John & Penny Henderson-London Ontario

  • John Burke says:

    Dave was laid to Rest at RCMP Depot, Regina Saskatchewan on the 7th of September 2014.

  • John Burke says:

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  • David Lees says:

    A photo of Dave came up on my FB group Sue Zowty’s Growing up in South Burnaby, and must add that we as crazy teens in the 70’s, respected Dave and his liaison with youth, We are saddened to learn of his passing. Our condolences to all his family, friends, and fellow members. He indeed made a difference.

  • Carol Cade says:

    It was a terrific shock to learn of Dave’s passing-as the info came via a Christmas card on December, 2017.
    I worked in the 1980’s in Burnaby Detachment and Dave was my boss.
    A wonderful individual who brightened our staff’s days. I was in the Records Department. He had a wonderful sense of humour and taught me wel.
    My deepest condolences to his sisters with the loss of their brother.
    For all that knew him, he will not be forgotten.
    RIP Dave…I bet you are keeping them laughing where you now are. Give your two dogs a hug from me.

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