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David John Wickstrom

June 25, 1951 - September 7, 2022


On Wednesday September 7, 2022, David John Wickstrom – loving husband and father – passed away at the age of 71.

David was born and raised in Nelson BC and spent most of his life in the surrounding area. He went to school at Selkirk College and later attended BCIT with a focus on forestry. Later in his career, he proudly earned his Registered Forest Technologist designation.

David worked with Slocan Forest Products for many years and later helped manage the 63,000 hectare Darkwoods Conservation Area in the West Kootenay for Darkwoods and the Nature Conservancy of Canada. His passions included skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, and countless hours spent enjoying nature with family and friends in tow. He loved music and good food.

Dave will be missed by all who knew him but most deeply by Cathy, his beloved wife of 48 years, and cherished daughter Colleen (Ian). He also leaves behind his young granddaughter, Dylan, his twin brother Donald (Donna) and sister Mary Jean Searle (Peter), as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and their respective families. David was predeceased by his parents, Herbert and Christina Wickstrom, who passed in 2009. All who knew him will surely miss his gentle presence, sense of humour, optimistic personality, and kind and loving spirit.

His family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all staff at Jubilee Manor for their incredibly compassionate, and almost familial, care during his time there.

A celebration of life will be planned at a later time. In lieu of flowers, donations made to Parkinson’s research such as Pacific Parkinson’s Research Institute or Parkinson Canada would be appreciated.


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Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Bonnie Bell
Relation: Friend

Deepest condolences Cathy and family. My heart is with you. 🙏😢

From: Jude milne
Relation: Friend

My deepest condolences Cathy and family. How sad to have lost your David so young. Haven’t seen you for sometime. Nor Peter at the ski hill, if I did, all wrapped up in our camouflage I don’t recognize. This winter we’ll be free to see and visit again. Bert and Chris were the best neighbours ever and I think of them and the ones of you I’ve met, every time I hear the Wickstrom name. My love and hugs to all. Blessing Jude Milne on eighth st💖🌻💫

From: Adrian Leslie
Relation: I worked with Dave at NCC, and was hired to take over when he retired.

Cathy, I am very sorry to hear of Dave’s passing, and wish to pass on my deepest condolences. I only new Dave for the last few years he worked at NCC, but was lucky enough to spend much time driving around Darkwoods with him just before his retirement, soaking up his knowledge, appreciating his dedication to care for the land and thoroughly enjoying his company. Even after his retirement, he was always willing to help me when I had questions about the job and of Darkwoods. I think about Dave and his wisdom every day I am in these woods. He will be deeply missed.

From: Maureen Butcher
Relation: Friend

My deepest condolences to you Cathy and all the family. I was so saddened to hear this news. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

From: Sharon and Brian Henderson
Relation: work

We are so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing! We enjoyed our work with him on the Darkwoods property so much. He was always encouraging, fair and very knowledgeable about the plants, birds and wildlife on that vast piece of property. He also loved a good story and a laugh and that is how we will remember him. So sorry for your loss!

From: Isa and Doug MacDonald

So sorry to hear about Dave’s passing.
Our deepest condolences to you, Cathy and family.

From: John Pollack and Kathy Howard
Relation: Friend and neighbour

Our heartfelt condolences to your family. Dave was a fine man and neighbour with a great sense of humour. He was missed on the Hill…….

From: M Joey Gatchell
Relation: Friend

Cathy, Colleen, Don & Donna and family, I am so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. He was a great guy. Big hugs to all of you!

From: Alan Craft
Relation: Friend

Brenda and I are so sad to hear of your loss of Dave! Our heartfelt condolences to you Cathy and your family.

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