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Amaral, David Michael

(May 13th, 2021)

Sept. 29, 1949 – May. 3, 2021

David passed away peacefully at Jubilee Manor holding hands with his beloved wife & life long partner Liz Amaral following a long journey with Fronto-temporal Dementia and Cancer.

Family came first for David and Liz.  They were a powerful parenting duo creating a safe and vibrant space for their children to thrive.  Papa to his kids and grandkids, David was always ready to play and teach.  He made a game out of building rock walls and fences on the farm. Though he wasn’t as convincing with other chores! He loved to laugh and would share many a groaner, the precursor to today’s Dad jokes.  Papa will be remembered for his bear hugs and kind, encouraging words.  He gave us our roots and our wings.

David has been an active member of the Nelson community for 49+ years.  He was involved in the community co-op, environmental committees, church work and social justice. David was an avid cyclist.  He rode his bike to work, even in the winter, before bike commuting was cool. He will be remembered fondly by those he nursed and worked alongside at KLH.  He shared his love of music as a drummer with Second Wind and the house band for Mountain Lakes Assisted Living.  He enjoyed many forms of art – painting, drawing and had carved a jade heart for each member of his family.

David is survived by his wife of 50 years, Liz , their 3 children Marcia (Kurt Gervais), Naomi (Cory Crowe), and Joe (Jayme Amaral) and 4 grandchildren; Hayley, Brenna, Penelope & Sophia and his brother Anthony and nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by parents Manuel and Dorothy and his brothers Dennis, Michael and Craig.

In keeping with the current COVID-19 situation, a small family funeral has been held. Thank-you to the outstanding Nurses and Caregivers at Jubilee Manor and Mountain Lakes for the grace and compassion they showed our much loved Papa in his stay with them.  We have a deep appreciation for Dr. Kirsten & Dr. Janz for their excellent medical care and attention.

The family also thanks David’s many friends for their messages and notes of support.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to KLH.

Be still and know that I am God.

Psalm 46



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