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Wiebe, David Michael

Wiebe, David Michael

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of David Michael Wiebe on September 26, 2016 at the age of 69. David passed at his home in Kaslo, BC. 

David was a beloved father, brother, uncle, grandfather and a dear friend to many.  He was born in Winnipeg Manitoba on February 25, 1947 and was the first child of Jack and Martha Wiebe. David spent his youth in various cities as the family followed his father’s military career throughout Canada and abroad.  After leaving home, he did not pursue a traditional form of education; rather, as he would often say, he broadened his cultural, intellectual and spiritual education by traveling the world. After years of traveling, his love of music brought him to Edmonton, AB where he opened and operated two well-known used music stores, Sound Connection and Southside Sound. Eventually, while seeking a quieter life away from the big city, David discovered the Kootenays.  He first owned property in Ferguson, BC, a small ghost town near Trout Lake. He finally settled with his family in Kaslo, BC in 1993.  During this time he also opened Local Motion Music in Nelson, BC.  After selling his music businesses, David spent his time in Kaslo doing various contracting jobs and developing his masonry skills.  Many of his beautiful rock walls can be found throughout Kaslo and the surrounding area. 

During David’s 69 years and in the many cities he lived in, he left a lasting impression on many people.  David will likely be most remembered in the community for his passion and advocacy for Kaslo’s youth, specifically for his involvement with the Kaslo Youth Centre as well as the immense time and effort he put towards fundraising, planning and constructing the Kaslo Skate Park which opened in 2007. To his friends and family he was always the guy that would lend an ear and provide support if someone found themselves in a tough situation. To many, he was like a second dad.

David will be remembered and deeply missed by his daughters Marlena Paul (Kevin Paul) and Sarah Pradl-Wiebe and their mother Gabriele Pradl, his brother Ron Wiebe (Deanna Ramsey), his granddaughter Ellie as well as extended family and his many friends in Kaslo and elsewhere across the country. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, October 8, 2016 in the Upper Hall of the St. Andrews United Church in Kaslo.

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