Dave was born in Kamloops Sept. 19, 1917. The only child of Herbert and Isabella Price, Dave spent his entire life in the Barriere area, all but a short while after the house burnt down, on the farm.
He grew up with a love of the farm life, especially horses. In his younger days Dave loved the challenge of riding unbroke or spoiled horses, then when they weren’t any fun anymore (wouldn’t buck anymore) he would sell them and get a new one.
His love of horses lasted a lifetime. He took up the sport of chariot racing at about the age of 60 and raced his last chariot in September 2001, just days before his 84th birthday. Twice Dave was named sportsman of the year by his fellow drivers.
Very community-minded, Dave was a member of the cemetery board until just a year ago and “could always be counted on to be there.” For many years he was an active member of the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association and a supporter of High School Rodeo.
Dave passed away at home on the farm May 5, 2003 with his family and a few close friends, under the special care of his grand-daughter Lynn. Dave is predeceased by his daughter Marion Bryant on Feb. 23, 2003 and is survived by his wife Jessie Price, sons Ed Bryant (Elaine), and Jim Bryant (Helen), son-in-law John Proulx and daughter Sharon Price, grand-children Gary (Stacey) Bryant, Lynn (Ken) Raddis, Sherry (Jade)Eagle, Carrie Bryant and Lyle Bryant, and 7 great grand-children.
Dave will be remembered for his love of horses, his inspiring “can do” example as a very senior chariot racer, his love of auctions, rodeo and dancing. And who can forget his sense of humour, caring and pride? Remembered to the family by those who knew him as “an inspiration,” “a wonderful, kind and helpful soul” and a “living legend,” he will be sadly missed by his loving family and many good friends.
A memorial service will be held in Dave’s honour 6:30 p.m., Saturday, May 24, 2003 at the North Thompson Fall Fair Hall in Barriere.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.