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PALSAT, David Paul

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of David “Dave” Paul Palsat, on December 20, 2023. He passed away at home with his family around him, after a short, but courageous and hard-fought battle with cancer.

Survived by his wife of 48 years, Frances; children Bryan (Jessica) and Kevin (Olya); grandchildren Nolan, Madelyn, and Aaron; siblings Mariann Skoreyko, Janice Palsat, Ed (Lynda) Palsat, and Lawrence Palsat (Kathy); and many nieces and nephews.

Dave spent his career working in the field of engineering.  A graduate of the University of Alberta’s Civil Engineering program in 1976, Dave quickly became a leader and industry expert in the field of asphalt technologies.

To friends and colleagues, Dave was known for being kind and compassionate, with a great sense of humour.  Dave particularly appreciated the outdoors and nature.  An active member of the Central Okanagan Naturalist Club, he could often be seen out birding in the Okanagan Valley.

Dave loved his family most and was happiest with his children and grandchildren around him.

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  • Gloria Choma says:

    Fran we were so sorry to hear of the passing of Dave. Thinking of you and your family.
    Steve and Gloria Choma.

  • Sherrell Davidson says:

    So sorry to hear of David’s passing. Dave certainly was a great part of CONC.
    Sincerely Sherrell Davidson

  • Michael Allen says:

    My deepest sympathies on the passing of your husband and father. I came to know Dave through the Kelowna Newcomers men’s golf group. Dave was thoroughly enjoyable to golf with – always joking and making fun of himself regardless of how he was playing. I’ll miss seeing and chatting with Dave at the driving range on Benvoulin Rd before we went to play.

  • Randy Schmidt says:

    To Frances and family it was always a pleasure for me when the tee sheet came out to be in the same foursome as Dave he was so passionate about nature it was so awesome to know such a wonderful person . I will see you on the 19th.⛳️⛳️⛳️

  • Mike Thomas says:

    My condolences to Dave’s family.
    I played golf with Dave on many occasions with KNC/KNA. We had many memorable rounds together and I really enjoyed his friendship. He took time out to show me so many birds that we saw on the course and educated me on their behaviour. He was such a lovely man and I will miss his quiet humor.

    Mike Thomas

  • Douglas Bellamy says:

    So sad to learn of Dave’s passing – his thoughtful and cheerful presence will be greatly missed among the KNC/KNA golfing group.

  • Steve Matthews says:

    Going to miss conversations while on the golf cart and seeing Dave appear at Hidden Lake with the bird binoculars.

  • Jon Bradbury says:

    Please accept my sincere condolences. I only knew Dave for a few years but always enjoyed his company on the golf course and amazing knowledge of the local bird life. He will be missed

  • Sandra Dickie says:

    My sincere condolences to Frances and family. The Palsat family were our wonderful neighbours in Edmonton and we always enjoyed chatting about travel plans. It was so encouraging to see them thrive in their new community of Kelowna.

  • Maureen (Maday) Linkiewich says:

    Sincerest sympathies to Frances and family.

  • Brian Sveinbjornson says:

    Please accept my condolences on Dave’s passing. Peace be with you.

  • Gary Atterbury says:

    I offer my sincere condolences for your loss. Although it has been a very long time since I last saw Dave, our time together at the U of A provides many fond memories. We spent a lot of hours studying and playing bridge. I remember Dave as one of the truly “good” guys. Thanks for the memories.

  • Craig Fowler says:

    I knew Dave through KNC golf and played many a round with him over the last 8 years. My favourite memory was riding a cart with him and having him pull out a set of binoculars and become lost in sighting down a bird he had heard call from a tree. There were occasions I had to remind him we were still playing golf! His unique presence will be missed! RIP Dave.

  • Greg and Peggy Goth says:

    Peggy and I were saddened to hear about the passing of Dave. I got to know Dave through many road trip inspections and as my boss at EBA. I enjoyed his leadership style and his sense of humour. He always seemed to have a smirk on his face when listening to someone tell a joke . He was a good friend and always made you feel comfortable while in his presence. He will be missed by all that knew him. Our condolences to Frances and family.

  • Roy Southby says:

    My deepest condolences on the passing of Dave. We will miss him as he was always fun to play golf with. and was always cheerful and so knowledgeable about the birds on the course.

  • Maureen Ungarian , Pamela Woolger says:

    Our deepest condolences to you Frances and the boys. When Dave and I were on St Martha’s school council together. Before our meetings he would always talk about you and the boys. He was so proud of all of you. He loved his family

  • Jo Shostak says:

    I was so sad to read the obituary for Dave in the Journal today. I know how lost you will be for awhile and miss him so much. Just focus on the wonderful life you shared together for 48 years.
    Hugs and take care.

  • Ray Denis says:

    Please accept my sincerest condolences on Dave’s passing. Like many others, I also had the privilage of experiencing Dave’s quick wit and his love of nature while enjoying a round of golf with him. His presence within the KNC / KNA golf group will be dearly missed by all who had the privilege of getting to know this wonderful man. I will miss him dearly.

  • Patricia Mathew says:

    My sincere condolences to Frances and family.
    Dave , Frances and family were close neighbours long ago in Edmonton. I always remember Dave as a man who treasured his family. My heartfelt prayers for Frances and family .
    Blessings to all.

  • Kathleen Pedersen says:

    Dear Frances and family. So sorry to hear the news of Dave. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

  • Hamid Soleymani says:

    This is a sad news. I worked with Dave for several years and not only enjoyed working with him but also, learned many things from him. My condolences to his family and rest in peace, Dave.

  • Chris’ charlesworth says:

    Frances. I’m so sorry to hear about Dave’s passing. Seems like we were just in Washington. I always really enjoyed having you and Dave on my trips. I will miss him.

  • Daryl and Barb MacLeod says:

    Dear Francis and Family. We are so sorry to hear about Dave’s passing. Barb and Daryl

  • Elaine Thompson says:

    Earlier today, while holidaying in Honolulu, I spoke to new friends about Dave’s kindness and then a few hours later I read about his passing in the CTAA report on the 2023 conference. My deepest sympathy goes out to Dave’s family.

  • Allen Balser says:

    Our apologies for taking so long to send our condolences. Needless to say we are feeling deep sadness for Frances, Bryan Kevin and their families. You were the greatest neighbours anyone could ever ask for and David will always be remembered by Lori and I for his dry and unassuming sense of humour. He once told me that he would tell others that he drove a Vette to work……what he didn’t tell them was that it was a Chevette!! Dave was a great husband to Frances a tremendous father to Bryan and Kevin and a great leader in his own right. The Balsers send their love and healing to the Palsat family!!

  • Jim and Kathie Gavin says:

    We were so sorry to hear about Dave’s passing Fran. Our condolences on this very deep loss for you and the boys and the whole family. Words aren’t enough. He was a special man, leader and character.. Sound like your post retirement years in Kelowna have been well lived and that is a blessing. Take good care of yourselves. Jim and Kathie

  • Don & Heidi Medhurst says:

    We are extremely saddened and shocked to read of Dave’s passing. Our thoughts are with you Frances, Bryan, Kevin , grandchildren and family. I used to tease Dave about the various little animals that he would have on his polo shirts (crocodile and horses mainly). Our family has so many memories of the time and events that we shared with the Palsat family in Lymburn. Frances, I still pull up a recipe card that you so kindly shared with me. It sounds like you have a lot of memories in Kelowna and your friends will help you thru this darkness and loss. With sympathy and lots of hugs, please know that our thoughts are with all of you.

  • Rudy and Virginia Rode says:

    We are so sorry for your loss, Frances. Dave was always so pleasant a friendly. He will be greatly missed by so many. May your wonderful memories sustain you throughout this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Rudy and Virginia

  • Bob Thiesen says:

    Frances, I am so sorry to learn of Dave’s passing. You are both wonderful neighbours and I always enjoyed our friendly conversations. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Ron Fraser says:

    Very sorry and surprised to hear about Dave’s passing. Dave was a groomsman at our wedding, and was always a lot of fun to be around as well as so knowledgeable about roads and pavement. Will seriously miss Dave. God Bless!

  • FUMIE from Japan says:

    Dear Frances
    I happened to come across this page today and so shocked. I still can’t believe it. I miss you and David very much.
    I wil never forget the time I spent with you and David’s smile. I wish you health and peace.

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