David Charles Ellison
June 6, 1937 – April 15, 2022
On April the 15th, we lost our best friend Dave Ellison: husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Dave was a good man who had a love for people and animals. He married Margaret, his high school love, and they were together for 39 years. Dave moved in 1971 to BC from Ontario, with Margaret and their three daughters, so he could follow his passion of sailing throughout the whole year. He owned a sail shop until the BC Tel hiring freeze was over, after which he worked for BC Tel for 24 years. In 1980 Dave and Margaret move to Kamloops on a transfer with BC Tel. A few years after arriving in Kamloops, Dave designed and built the farm house in Cherry Creek and began his life as a farmer. He raised and trained Border Collies and Dorper sheep. He also helped train the dog owners, along with putting on many Sheep Dog Trials in the Kamloops area. He imported and trained the best dog in the world, Jim, who won many trophies and ribbons. Dave always made himself available to anyone and was a midwife for any sheep or dog owners in Cherry Creek. Margaret passed suddenly, a few months after Dave’s retirement from BC Tel. In 1998 Dave married Janet and was happy again for 23 years. He loved to tell jokes, stories and was a great singer. He had accomplished many things in his life from being an official in the Calgary Olympics in 1988 for cross country skiing, to helping start the Overlander Cross Country Ski Club. He was also part of the BC Stock Dog Association and Canadian Sheep Breeders Association.
Dave was predeceased by his wife Margaret, his mother Margaret, father Charles and oldest brother Edward. To love and remember him is wife Janet, his daughters, Ann (Cam), Nancy (Bob), and Pam (Mike). His stepdaughter Linda-Jane (Steve), stepson Alan (Lisa) and Ian (Ola), six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. His brother Charles (Janice) and sister Sue (Fred).
We will have a celebration of his life when it warms up and all the baby lambs are born and before the sheepdog trials start. Please no flowers, but if you so wish to give a donation, please give to the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice.
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So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. He was an early influence in my border collie passion. He put on some great trials. My condolences to family.
Frank and Anna Brewer
Our sincere condolences to the Ellison family. It was always a pleasant and entertaining day to be in Dave’s company.
I heard of Dave’s passing with sadness. He was a major contributor to the development of cross=country skiing in Kamloops and was one of the first directors of the Overlander Ski Club when it began in the early 1980s. He was the chief organizer of two national level events and several early Overlander Loppets at the old Lac Le Jeune ski trails, Dave also served as a volunteer sport administrator at the provincial level. The club old-timers remember his energy and enthusiasm for the sport.