We Remember

LAING, David Gary

December 6, 1944 — September 28, 2023

It is with sadness that our family announces the passing of David Gary Laing, peacefully with his daughters by his side, on September 28, 2023 at the age of 78. He was the father of Marnie, Stacey, Holly and Catherine Laing of Kelowna, sons-in-law Danny and Bradley, and he will be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren, Zoe, Snow, Robin, Jax, Marin, Grace, Kaiden and Alina. He will also be missed by many nieces, nephews, extended family and numerous friends.

David was born in Regina, SK, the second eldest to Thomas and Rita Laing. He grew up working with his brothers as the third generation of the Laing bottling business in Weyburn, SK. Following university, he continued to work in the family business in Weyburn and Brandon, ultimately moving to Winnipeg as company president of what became the largest privately owned Coca-Cola Ltd. franchise in Canada. He loved to talk about the history of the business he shared with his grandfather, father, and brothers. He missed his days of running the plant and his relationships there.

His fondness for poetry and literature was contagious, and he nurtured this love during his years at Western Ontario University, graduating in Journalism. David was an avid believer in fitness, which was a pivotal activity in his life. A huge hockey fan, he was part owner of the Brandon Wheat Kings in the 1980-90s and a corporate supporter of the Winnipeg Jets.

David loved fishing and hunting when he was younger. He enjoyed the camaraderie of friends and time spent with his best hunting companion, Magic, a black lab. Salmon fishing became his passion later in life, and he loved sharing trips to Haida Gwaii and Vancouver Island with friends and his daughters. He adored Maui, always in awe of the ocean and the whales, sailing with Captain Gene on the Scotch Mist during most of his years there.

He will always be remembered for his incredible generosity. He loved sports, boating off Grand Cayman, going out for dinner, everything Christmas and answering the door for trick-or-treaters. David’s greatest love was his daughters and grandchildren. He proudly shared the love and stories of his children with anyone who listened. If his grandchildren were in a music recital, dance production, soccer or volleyball game, he was there. We love you, Dad.

There will be no service, instead a private family gathering.

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