DAVID (Dave) GEORGE AKERS January 5, 1947 – October 10, 2019
UPDATE with information about the service.
It is with deep sadness and sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of David George Akers at the age of 72 after a brief battle with cancer. Dave passed away with his best friend and wife, Violet (Vi), his stepson Darren, his brothers Wayne, Gary (Dawn), his sister Lorraine (Doug), his nephew Lonny (Rachel), his sister-in-law Pearl, by his side. Dave was born in Prince Albert on January 5, 1947 and died in Victoria Hospital on October 10, 2019.
Dave attended Queen Mary School and Riverside Collegiate, summer vacation was spent in the family’s “cabin tent” in Waskesiu.
Dave coached the Sandlot baseball team for six years, played fastball for many years in the Sportsman Softball League, and received the Sportsman’s League All Star Catcher Award in 1973.
Dave’s first job was as a courier at CP Rail, then as a tractor-trailer driver at CN Rail where he obtained the Sask. Trucking Safety Council Driving Award. From there he worked as a chemical plant operator at Weyerhaeuser Canada for twenty-five years until his retirement at the end of December 2005. A special memory, while working at Weyerhaeuser, was training in North Carolina. for the start-up of the new plant as well as the start-up itself. Dave couldn’t wait to sleep after 4:00 am when he retired.
After a few years of retirement, Dave became an occasional commissionaire for a few years.
Dave was an avid bowler, loved golf, had a ‘hole in one’ at Kachur Golf Course, fished with family and friends in Prince Albert National Park, Waskesiu Lake, Heart Lakes and the Kingsmere Lake.
Dave was an avid major league baseball enthusiast, his favorite was the American League and the Toronto Blue Jays. He had a friendly family rivalry with his father who was a National League fan. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Prince Albert Branch, and the Army & Navy Veterans Club. Dave has dedicated countless hours to the Legion delivering poppies and wreaths for Remembrance Day, delivering cookies to veterans and was a sergeant-at-arms for several years, presiding over many veterans functions and funerals. . Dave had also served in the Canadian Armed Forces (Militia) for several years. His retired Militia rank was Gunner. Unsurprisingly, Dave was surprisingly familiar with the history of the World Wars, his grandfathers and uncles all served in wartime.
Dave and Vi made eleven trips to the Dominican Republic during the winter months. After retirement, winters were spent in Southern California. Golf and many happy hours were enjoyed with friends of snowbirds, both Canadian and American. Dave liked to build models, mostly American aircraft carriers. While in California, he enjoyed a tour of the “Midway” aircraft carrier, which is now a museum in the Port of San Diego, as well as a Hornblower tour of the Port of San Diego.
Dave was a reserved, genuine and honest person; honest, consistent and with strong and uncompromising moral and ethical principles and values.
Dave was so special to me, kind, caring, considerate and gentle. On Friday afternoon, before his illness, he would ask me if I wanted to go out somewhere and “where would you like to go?” He was my constant companion, my friend and my soul mate.
Dave will be forever missed by his wife and best friend Violet, stepson Darren (Heather) Vallee and their children Nathan, Brandon, Andrew, stepdaughter Tammy Vallee and children Kelsea, Zachary and Jorjia. The death of his twin brother Wayne, his son Lonny (Rachel) Akers, their children Faith and Braden, their sister Lorraine (Douglas) Brassard, their children Shannon (Keith Durie) and Brent, their children Brynn and Bauer , is also survived. and younger brother Gary (Dawn) Akers, their children, Chrystal (Brandon) Mayer, their children Drayden and Jackson, Jessica and Michael Akers, sister-in-law Pearl Kora (Terry Caudle) and their furry friend Lady Dog. He is also survived by aunts, cousins and extended families.
Dave was predeceased by his and Violet’s two toddlers, son Layne and daughter Heidi, parents Edward (Ted) and Margaret (Peg) Akers, sister-in-law Ella Akers (mother de Lonny), his father and his stepmother. Act Alex and Magdolene Kora, brother-in-law Alex Kora, Jr. He was also predeceased by his grandparents, many aunts and uncles.
Memorial donations can be made to Rose Garden Hospice or the Royal Canadian Legion 002.
The Celebration of Dave’s Life with Reception and Fellowship will take place on September 25, 2021 at 1 p.m. at the Prince Albert Royal Canadian Legion Lounge: 133 – 8 Street East, Prince Albert
In loving memory of my dear husband
David George Akers
When God made husbands from what I can see –
He made a special soul mate especially for me.
He made a perfect gentleman, compassionate and kind –
With more love and affection than you could ever wish to find.
He gave my darling husband a heart of solid gold –
He gave me wonderful memories that only my heart can hold.
He was someone I could talk to and no one could replace –
He was someone I could laugh with until tears rolled down my face.
Next time we meet, it will be at Heaven’s Gate –
When I see you there, I won’t cry anymore.
I’ll put my arms around you and kiss your smiling face –
Then the pieces of my broken heart will fall back into place.