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David Kevin Newans

June 15, 1960 ~ December 4, 2021 (age 61)

Obituary

On December 4, 2021 David Newans passed away at The Red Deer Hospice Society - the end of a long road with a progressive illness.

Predeceased by his father, Delbert Newans, stepfather Henry Nelson, his beloved Uncle Byron Newans, and Aunt Ada. David leaves to mourn him his mother Madeleine Nelson, siblings: Deb (Doug) Neis; Donna(Lou) Valckx, Dianne (Eddy) Carless; Ernie (Alice) Newans & Steven (Kimiko) Newans; his children Tanner (Jaclyn) Newans; Skylar Newans and Kayla Newans; numerous nieces and nephews whom he adored and grandchildren Asher and Emmett.

Born in Moose Jaw, SK, it was his father’s military service that saw the family relocate to the Red Deer area when David was still an infant. David attended Fairview Elementary, Central Middle School, and Lindsay Thurber CHS; a Red Deer boy through-and-through. After graduation David joined the oilfield and spent over 40 years working for various companies- spending over a decade in Saudi Arabia, where he made lifelong important friendships.

It is impossible to speak of David without speaking of the Hansens. David spent many of the summers of his boyhood out at the farm of Gunnar and Edith Hansen, who were close family friends. In his time at the farm David met and forged his greatest friendship with Dwayne Hansen, a man he unreservedly called ‘brother;‘ these two boys would see each other into manhood and through many of life’s milestones and curveballs.

Time in the wild open of the Hansen farm grew David’s love affair with horses and the natural world; whether it was a furry creature, the fruit from his beloved berry bushes or apple trees, the growth of seasonal gardens, or a natural landscape, David lived with a playful wonder and deep appreciation for nature’s rhythm and bounty. David loved music, singing and of course dancing- and boy could he dance! He would take any opportunity to stir up the dust on a dance floor.  David loved to be with people and made friends wherever he went. He loved to socialize and loved to laugh: an unmistakable sound that reverberated through a room, and that was easy to love - even if his sense of humour carried with it a certain degree of notoriety.

David was a proud father and grandfather- his greatest joys were in seeing the people his children have grown into, the lives they are building for themselves, and the time he got to spend with his mother in the last of his years.

His family and friends would like to thank all the staff at the Red Deer Hospice Society- who were there for every milkshake, every tech-assist, every late night, and who never once wavered in their delivery of the most gracious care. We extend our thanks also to the  Red Deer Regional Hospital- Unit 33- and especially Dr. Forlani and Rautenbach.

David’s talent for play and laughter will leave a lasting impact in those whose lives he touched- an irreplaceable presence- he will be missed dearly.

A Celebration of Life for David will be held at Wilson's Funeral Chapel - due to the present Covid restrictions it will be by invitation only.  Thank you for your understanding.  A Video of the Celebration will appear on this site in the evening of Saturday, December 11, 2021.

If friends so desire memorial tributes may be made directly to the Red Deer Hospice at  https://www.reddeerhospice.com/donate.html, or 99 Arnott Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta  T4R 3S6.

 

 

 

 

 

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