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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.

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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