HARRISON, DAVID de PLEDGE
1934 – 2016
David de Pledge Harrison died at home on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the age of 81.
Dave’s life began in Victoria in 1934 and he grew up in Kimberley. He was an accomplished athlete, participating in many sports. His curling took him to the Briar twice and his running put him on Canada’s Olympic Team.
David met the love of his life, Bonnie Chlopan, at age 17 on the tennis court. Married in 1958, Dave and Bonnie continued to play competitive tennis and badminton until they were 60. They also travelled extensively and spent half the year in Mesa, Arizona for 21 years.
David’s greatest pleasure was playing duplicate bridge. In 1987, he and his partner became world masters when they placed third in the world and first in North America against 100,000 players from 77 countries all playing the same hands.
David started his career in banking at BMO and became the youngest bank manager. Laurentide Finance hired Dave to develop their mortgage branches across Canada. For McDonald Douglas in Toronto, Dave started and ran Telecheck Canada, a cheque-guaranteeing company which he built from two employees to five hundred.
Dave is survived by his wife of 57 years, Bonnie, his two sons, Michael (Joanne) of Mississauga, Ontario and Lincoln of Kimberley, BC; daughter, Tannis of Dawson City, Yukon; granddaughters Samantha and Leigh and great-granddaughter, Sofia. Also left are his brother, Michael (Pat) of Kimberley, BC.
A memorial for David will be held in the Green Room at Joseph Creek at 1901 Willowbrook Drive on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember David may make a donation to the Kootenay Haven House, 39 – 13th Ave. S., V1C 1V4. Cheques should be made payable to CMHA.
Condolences may be left for the family at
Mark Memorial Funeral Services in care of arrangements (250) 426-4864