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WOODWARD, Dave Joseph

June 7, 1922 - December 3, 2017


Dave slipped peacefully into the presence of his Lord and Saviour in the early hours of Sunday morning.  Dave spent his early years in the Vancouver area and at an early age surrendered his life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.  In his early twenties he was part owner of a trucking company and spent a lot of his time delivering produce to outreach ministries.  During this time he responded to God’s call on his life while ministering on East Hastings and began taking Bible courses by correspondence.  In 1951 he married Frieda and together they pastored in a church in Burnaby while living in New Westminster.  In May of 1954 Marilyn was born followed by Eunice in 1956 and Mark in 1958.   As a family they moved to Esperanza where Dave worked as the administrator in the hospital and Frieda nursed.  On weekends they would board a small boat and head over to Thasis and move into the basement of the church.  Dave would hold Bible studies and Sunday services for the loggers and other inhabitants and then head back over to Esperanza Sunday night.  Dave’s next ministry opportunity took him to Neilburg Saskatchewan where daughter Joy was born in 1968.  They then moved to Foremost Alberta and then to Merritt BC.  It was while in Merritt that their son Mark was killed in an accident while making his way home from a weekend in Edmonton.  Shortly thereafter Dave and Frieda moved to Saskatoon and then to Kelowna.  After his official retirement he and Frieda spent time volunteering overseas and then returned to Kelowna.  Over the next few years Dave and Frieda made there way to Yuma each winter where Dave helped with church services in the mobile home park.  They were delighted to be part of and loving community in Yuma.  In 2000 his loving wife Frieda was ushered into her Master’s presence.  Dave continued to fulfill his calling in the Kelowna area by doing pulpit supply and leading a service at Fernbrae Residential Facility until August of 2017.  Dave loved to garden and spent many hours tending to his plants and vegetables.  He also enjoyed the water and during the summer months spent many hours at the beach.  He was also generous and when he saw a need he would do his best to meet it, even on his limited income.  When Dave gave his word to do something you knew that it would be done even if he wasn’t feeling well.  ‘Calling in sick’ was not in his DNA.  Even though he struggled in his later years physically, his keen mind and memory remained sharp.  Greater than all of these things though was Dave’s love for his Saviour and his desire that all would know that they were loved by God and it was this that gave purpose and meaning to all he did.  As one granddaughter put it, ‘he was a pillar to the generations’.  Dave is predeceased by his loving wife Frieda (2000) and his son Mark (1977).  He is survived by daughters Marilyn Anderson, Eunice Freeman (Ron), Joy McHargue (Lawrence), nine grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren and his nephew Ron Woodward.  A service of remembrance will be held at Bay Community Church,1105 Pritchard Road, Comox, British Columbia on Saturday December 16th at 4:00.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Eric Toneff.


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From: Toneff Funeral Services

Toneff Funeral Services Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Doreen Best
Relation: Friend

Sincere condolences to the family. My husband and I enjoyed many bible studies under Dave’s teaching in Yuma. He was a great man of God, and a great friend.

From: Elizabeth Joy Grandbois
Relation: He was my uncle through marriage.

Today our family is remembering 27 yrs. ago when our dad gently and silently closed his eyes and was ushered in to the presence of his Savior and Lord. We are also thinking about your family and how you will be gathering to celebrate the long and fulfilling life of your Dad, grandfather, and great-grandfather. How much I, my sisters, (Carol, Nancy and Nancy) and brothers (Bob & Dan) would so much want to attend this service, and show you our support. None of us are able to do this at this time. I personally want to share a few thoughts and memories. In Psalm 139:16 are these words” You saw me before I was born. EVERY DAY of my life was recorded in your book. EVERY MOMENT was laid out before a single day had passed. Those moments and those days recorded for Dave Woodward ended on December 3, 2017. This verse comforts me so much. As the oldest now Of our family, I have had more interaction with your parents and you kids, when you were still kids. I remember being at your parents wedding , on the very damp and foggy night. There were many candles burning, and thought your mom looked just like a beautiful angel in white, and your dad like her prince charming. I was so impressed. When you were born Eunice, I came to help your mom in any way I could. I sure hope that I truly did . Even back then, I often hurt my toes when walking. Your dad told me that I should put a sign on my toe saying “this is the end of my toe.” When I bump a toe, I still think of that. He had a funny sense of humor, and laughed easily. When I went through my sad, and very difficult time during my pregnancy, birth and adoption of my first-born Norm, your parents were so kind. Your mom wanted to help me, but your dad didn’t have to agree, but he did. They took me in to your already small home, and made room for me. Your dad took me to the hospital for Norm’s birth, and was there to pick me up almost 10 days later, when I made my painful walk past the nursery, and out the doors, leaving my baby boy there. Your dad was not a sentimental man who easily showed his emotions, but he knew I was hurting bad. He said to me “This is pretty rough for you right now kid, isn’t it?” About 6 weeks later, they played such an important part in finding he right parents, and the subsequent adoption of my son. Years later when they lived in Merritt, I went to stay with them for a few days. I had just had surgery, as well as a broken heart. Once again your dad told me something I never forgot. He said “Liz, so often I see you start anew and you really are following Jesus with all your heart. You believe God for his promises, but you give up too soon.” I made a determination that I was going to walk with Jesus one day at a time, and just keep on walking. Not give up. Your dad also impressed me at how hard he could work, when he had a project. Like building that terrace behind their patio, on the house up on the mountain. It literally was dug out of the side of the hill. He loved the heat, and worked at it, till he could grow a garden. That impressed me. Like the rest of us, he too was very human, and didn’t get everything right. He had his quirks, and yes, failures. But when it came to knowing God’s Word, and filling his heart and mind with what he read, he would share with anyone, and anywhere the Good News, about Jesus. I do believe you will miss his prayers. I am sure that his greatest heart’s desire was that every one of his descendants would also know Jesus as Savior and Lord. He has slipped away from time and is now in eternity, reunited with precious Frieda, Mark, his parents and so many who have gone before. Let these truths comfort and sustain you. This is not good-bye. We are thinking of you and praying for you now and in the coming time. With our love.

From: Les and Julie Wall
Relation: Les would love to be present when you meet in Kelowna next summer. He said he'd love to meet some more cousins.

Thank you for letting the family know. Uncle Dave is well remembered by my husband Les Wall and has shared many memories with us. God has need of another angel in heaven.

From: Jean Wall (Ken son of Ben and Irene)

My sincerest condolences to the family. And my last site readin my sincerest condolences to the family. Reading about uncle Dave’s history was fascinating and I have fond memories of Dave and Frieda. He led a good long life and he will be missed by so many people

Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
December 16, 2017
Beginning at 4:00pm

Bay Community Church
1105 Pritchard Road
Comox, BC Canada V9M 3s8

1105 Pritchard Road
Comox, BC Canada V9M 3s8

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