Mr. David John Skea of Thunder Bay passed away peacefully in his sleep at Bethammi Nursing Home on March 15, 2022.
During his life, David had many pursuits and loves that filled his days. He enjoyed camping with his family and friends at Birch Beach and Loon Lake all of his life. He loved fishing and boating. In his teen years, he became obsessed with cars and planes. David received his pilot’s license in October 1947 and bought his Tiger Moth airplane. His first car followed shortly after – a Ford Coupe.
The Fort William Ski Club soon became the rage for downhill skiers. David went through many pairs of skis enjoying this hobby.
David was employed in the retail businesses of McCartney Jewelers, GH Burke and Birks – still jewelers. He joined the Great Lakes Paper Company and later retired from MacMillan Bloedel where he was Plant Fire Chief.
In his early years, David joined the Conservative Party and became President of the “Young Conservatives” in Thunder Bay. It was at one of their meetings that he met the love of his life, June Marchant. They married in October 1955 and celebrated 66 years of marriage in 2021.
Together, David and June became interested in horse breeding and showing horses. They moved to Pennock Creek in Paipoonge where they could pursue these interests. Here they took part in many of the activities of the area. The Paipoonge Council asked David if he would establish a Volunteer Fire Department. Rising to the challenge, he became the first Fire Chief in 1973 with 37 men enlisted at that time. In addition to Paipoonge, they established fire centers in the areas of Rosslyn, Slate River and Stanley.
David was a past member of the Ontario Fire Chiefs Association, Thunder Bay District Mutual Fire Aide Association and the Assistant Fire Coordinator Zone One.
Since David retired from MacMillan Bloedel, he pursued his hobbies of target shooting at the Fish and Game Range, volunteering at the 55 Plus Center and many days traveling with June, east to west and north to south, throughout Canada and the USA.
David is survived by his loving wife June; his brother Dr. Gerald Skea (Marlene); his brother-in-law Robert Marchant (Colleen) and 9 nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his father and mother, David and Muriel Skea; Father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gordon and Marg Marchant and sister-in-law Peggy Spence of Kingston, Ontario.
A private service was held for David, on a beautiful sunny day at Mountain View Cemetery. He was surrounded by his family and remembered by his loving wife June with the presence of yellow roses.
David’s family would like to express their thanks to St. Joseph’s Care Group, particularly Bethammi Nursing Home, where David lived for the past two years. The management and staff of these two institutions were not only his excellent caregivers, but during that time of “Covid Restrictions”, they became his close friends as well. We are all grateful for their service.
Should you desire, donations to the St. Joseph’s Foundation or the St. Joseph’s Foundation – Bethammi Nursing Home would be greatly appreciated.
Published by The Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal on Apr. 9, 2022.