“The mind of God may be glimpsed in the eyes of a cat.” – Celtic saying
It is with great sadness that we announce David’s passing after a long illness.
David is survived by his brother, Doug Younie; sister, Janet Nesby; nephew, Jeff Nesby, and his former wife and beloved, Julie. He leaves behind many cousins. He will also be missed by his dear friend, Carol, and lifelong buddy, Jim.
David was predeceased by his father, William (1988) and his mother, Margaret (2009).
David was an extrovert. Indeed, at an early age, a neighbor regularly referred to David as “the friend of the people”. David’s sociable nature was accompanied by a desire to help others and by a strong sense of justice. These attributes were exhibited throughout his life, from an early job as a shoe salesman to his final job as an employment counselor for the Government of Alberta. David also applied himself to ensuring the rights of his co-workers as a union representative.
David had a passion for music and cars. He loved to dance and he loved his Acura Legend. But his ultimate love was for cats. He was predeceased by his final cat, Koben, who died at age 22. David went on to befriend the resident cat, Shadow, at the Strathcona Care Centre – and both David and Shadow were featured in an Edmonton Journal article in 2009.
David accepted the many challenges of Alzheimer’s disease with bravery and grace. He was a devoted brother and uncle and a good friend.
The family extends gratitude to the staff at the Dr. Gerald Zetter Care Centre for their compassionate care of David over the last four years.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home 10011 -114 Street.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Edmonton Humane Society – 13620 – 163 street, Edmonton, AB, T5V 0B2.