June 22, 1931 – January 18, 2014
Born to Charlie and Effie Glackin, Dave was the youngest of 4 children. He was an athlete and musician during his school years and at Colorado State College (now University of Northern Colorado). He taught band and choir music at many schools through-out northern Colorado. Concert band, marching band, pep band, jazz band and concert and jazz choirs all contributed to the success and enthusiasm of the many students he had the privilege to teach.
Dave was instrumental in the establishment of the Colorado Bandmasters’ Association as well as many band and choral festivals in Colorado. He met and married his wife, Pat, in 1963.
In 1970 Dave and Pat immigrated to Canada where he taught English, band and choir at Trafalgar Junior Secondary School until his chosen retirement in 1989. His groups brought many honours obtained at competitions to Nelson and Trafalgar School.
Along with fellow music teachers in School District 8, Dave worked hard to build the Nelson Band and Choir Festival which was attended by music groups from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Washington, Idaho and Montana.
Following retirement from Trafalgar, Dave started the Band Instrument Repair business (at that time the only repair between Vancouver and Calgary). He enjoyed connecting with students, former colleagues and the public. He sold the business in 2001.
Through the intervening years he was a staunch fan of the Denver Broncos, BC Lions, Vancouver Canucks and Nelson Maple Leafs.
Dave’s professionalism and love of teaching was fueled by the enthusiasm, humor and willingness to learn he received from all of the many students, colleagues and friends he had the privilege to work with from 1948 onward. His thoughts included “if it isn’t fun, it isn’t worth doing”.
Dave is survived by his wife, Pat, his brother Chuck and sister-in-law Marge, many nieces and nephews as well as many relatives on his wife’s side. He felt fortunate to have close friends who would help him smile a lot.
By family request, no service will be held. Donations can be made to the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation, 3 View St, Nelson BC, V1L 2V1, or to the Osprey Community Foundation, Suite B8, 625 Front St, Nelson BC, V1L 4B6.
Arrangements are under the direction of
Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.
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