David Alexander van Driesum, BPE’84

1961 – 2012

In Prince George, on September 29, 1961, God blessed the van Driesum family with a most precious gift – a son, David Alexander. First and foremost, David loved God profoundly. Each day, he lived his motto for his life with his words and actions: love God, love family and love others. He taught us the art of living life to the fullest, as well as serving God and others wherever and however we can. David was and will always be the rock of our family. David spent his childhood roaming the forests and fishing along the banks of the Nechako River. In 1984, he married Mary and was blessed with two daughters, Emily and Alison. He loved all “his girls” dearly. No mountain was too high, no task too great – anything to put a smile on their faces – they were the centre of his being. After receiving his degree, he worked as a social worker in Prince George, later returning to school to pursue a career that became his passion for the rest of his life. He received a Bachelor of Rehabilitation and Medicine degree at the University of Alberta, establishing the Hys Centre Physical Therapy clinic shortly thereafter. David sold the clinic to LifeMark and became a regional vice president of the company, managing clinics in Alberta and Manitoba. David was a man with numerous hobbies and interests who travelled the world. He loved being with young people and touched the hearts of many during Serve trips to Mexico and El Paso, and while coaching teams and leading youth groups. His playful mind games always left kids shaking their heads, scheming for their chance to retaliate. David always said that he would be forever young. He will live on in the hearts of those who knew him. We love you, Dad.

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