David John Waversek born April 4, 1932 in Walthemstowe, England passed away peacefully on the evening of May 20, 2014 after bravely battling cancer.
Dave came to Canada with his father William Wilfred Waversek and his younger brother Leonard Arthur Waversek in 1954 from England on the M.V. Georgia. The three of them landed in Halifax and took the train out west to Smithers B.C. Dave, his brother and father worked at an experimental farm for a season until they decided to move to the coast and became floor layers. Working as floor layers they had the dream of earning enough money to buy a farm of their own. They managed to buy land at Buffalo Lake near 100 Mile House where they farmed from 1968 to 1995. The three of them had all kinds of critters from cattle, cats, dogs, pigs and the occasional moose. Dave and Len really enjoyed the sense of community farming brought especially in the 100 Mile area. Dave always spoke fondly of all their neighbors especially Ted and Rita Pincott and their 4 boys. Barry and Lynn Bush, Lilly Waller, Anne Bashall and the Horn family. They were always more than happy to lend Dave and Len a helping hand, which they are eternally grateful for.
After selling the farm at Buffalo Lake in 1995 to Ainsworth Lumber Company they moved to Little Fort. This was going to be their retirement farm, which was supposed to be a 5-year plan. They farmed there from 1995 to 2013 with the last few years having some help from a very dear friend and neighbor Michelle Hauser.
They finally did retire, sold the farm and moved across the river. They then had time to go on the ocean fishing trip they always dreamt about and just enjoyed not doing early morning irrigation.
Some of Len’s fondest memories with Dave included laying in one of the cow pastures in the shade on a hot day with the cows coming over to them and I’m sure the cows were saying “hey, why aren’t you busy making us hay?” Or last summer going on the salmon fishing trip together and constantly bugging each other by saying “keep your tip up!”
Dave is survived by his brothers Stanly William Waversek, wife Doreen Betty Waversek (England), Leonard Arthur Waversek (Little Fort), niece Dawn Florence Mary Waversek, and husband Tony, great niece Gemma, and great nephew Jamie, nephew Mark Waversek. (England)
Dave is predeceased by father William Wilfred Waversek 1984 (100 Mile) and mother Isabell Mary Waversek (White) 1952 (England)
Len Waversek and Michelle Hauser would like to thank all the staff at Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital for their unwavering support in attending to Dave in his time of need, of which we are eternally grateful.
A service will be help for Dave on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at the Little Fort Cemetery at 11:00am with a celebration of his life at Len Waversek’s home to follow. All friends welcome to attend and tell stories of their fond memories of Dave.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Dave’s name to the BC Cancer Foundation.