David Chick was born on Sept. 4, 1948, the first child to Harold and Velma Chick. He spent his younger years in the Halkirk and Gadsby areas, attending school at Gadsby, Apremont, Halkirk and Stettler. While attending school in Stettler he stayed with Auntie Margaret and Richard Strandquist.
His working life began at the Manix Coal Mines. During this time at the mine, he earned his welding certificate.
He married Linda in 1969 and they resided in Gadsby for the first few years of their marriage before moving to the house in Halkirk where they resided until his death.
During their time in Halkirk they welcomed four children: Tanya (1974), Chireen (1976), Mandy (1981) and Kurt (1984).
David enjoyed change; he held various jobs during his working career including farming, Engel Construction, Sunrise Construction and Chick’s Welding. David never wanted to leave home while the kids were young but was eventually convinced there was work outside Halkirk. He enjoyed many years working on the road including Nova Pole, Transwest Maintenance and Diavik Diamond Mine.
David enjoyed the time he spent playing sports including basketball, curling, hunting and ball but the best times were spent coaching, watching and socializing while Kurt was playing.
In 2008, David received his first cancer diagnosis, thankfully he survived surgery and radiation.
The cancer returned in 2010. This encounter was a bigger fight involving a brain biopsy, chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant. A lengthy recovery lead to his retirement. This was his final battle with cancer as it never returned.
During the last 12 years, retirement allowed for more travel, cooking and relaxation. He spent many hours making bread and cinnamon buns, collecting eggs at “the farm,” cooking gourmet meals for anyone who visited, working at Durabull on his favourite project, the Dodge 5500 flat deck, winters in Osoyoos, B.C. entertaining new friends, fishing with Jerry and Janey, watching his grandchildren at the rink or the ball diamond and harassing the coffee crowd at Gwen’s.
David is survived by his loving wife Linda of Halkirk; daughters Tanya (Troy) Slemp of Castor, Chireen (Rory) Shipton of Sherwood Park, Mandy (Dale) Gonda of Halkirk; son Kurt (Erin) Chick of Halkirk; grandchildren Geri, Landon, Parker, Boston, Sophie, Leah, Sage, Casey, Riley, Hunter and Brexley.
Also sisters Connie Jackson, Dolores Mason, Chriss Chick and Mel Elliott (Remi); brothers-in-law Jimmy Creasey and Richard Creasey; sister-in-law Cathy (Greg) Gabert; other family and many dear friends and neighbours. Forever loved.
A celebration of David’s life was held on Thurs. Oct. 6, 2022 at Knox United Church, Castor followed by a “safety” meeting and luncheon at Halkirk Community Hall, Halkirk. David was laid to rest at Halkirk Cemetery, Halkirk, Alta. To send condolences to the family, please visit www.stettlerfuneralhome.com.
Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium were entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements, 403-742-3422.