Passed away peacefully on May 28th, 2004, at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, with his loving family at his side. David was born March 1, 1921 in New Tredegar, Wales. In 1929, he emigrated with his family to Fawcett, Alberta, where they had purchased land for homesteading. It was near there that David met his life-long love Ione (nee Finstad); they were married on November 9, 1948, and in 1954 they relocated to Victoria. David worked primarily as a meat-cutter in various stores throughout BC and Alberta, before he and Ione purchased their own store in Saltair on Vancouver Island in 1966. He retired at the age of 55, and lived most of his remaining years in Ladysmith. David never stopped learning. He read voraciously; taught himself to play various musical instruments; earned a Black Belt, and later instructed others, in the martial art of Judo. David was also an avid golfer and fisherman. He was passionate about nature and the great outdoors, loved to fly-fish, and became so renowned for his fly-tying that the BC Outdoors magazine ran an article on him. He was also fond of doing crossword puzzles, had a flair for cartooning, was a skillful Hearts player, and a constant joke-teller. But above all else, David was a devoted and loving husband and father.
David Stone, you were forever youthful, even in your final hours. Your boundless energy, sparkling brown eyes, brilliant smile, and exceptional wit enriched the lives of many. Your passion for life was unquenchable, your strength of mind and body truly remarkable, and your iron Will unconquerable. Always stoic in the face of pain, you met death head-on and accepted it with grace and dignity. We will miss you deeply, and we will never, ever forget you. David is survived by his wife Ione, four children – David and wife Joanne of Genoa Bay; Wade and wife Tracy of Mill Bay; Faye and husband Tim Hollett of Ladysmith; Kevin and wife Dana of Mission, ten grandchildren – Teressa, Aaron, Jaime (Dorey), Ryan, Angella, Natasha, Justin, Seth, Trenton and Marcus, and two great-grandchildren — Ekow and Ashton, as well as by his sister Phyllis in Wales, and by numerous nieces and nephews. As was David’s wish, there will be no service, just a family gathering after his cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to his favourite society, the BC Wildlife Organization. Many, many special thanks to the nurses and doctors at Royal Jubilee, especially to those in CVU, for their extraordinary care and support throughout David’s last days.