David Losey

Feb 13th 1971 — Oct 12th 2022 (51 years)

Biography

David Leon Losey February 13, 1971 - October 12, 2022

We, the family, are broken-hearted to share the passing of David Losey. He peacefully passed in Halifax Hospice October 12th surrounded by his family. David is survived by his wife Toni Losey and children Eliya Losey and Quinn Losey; by his parents Dan Losey and June Losey and his sister Dana (Losey) Brierton. He also leaves behind in-laws Nigel and Collette Lacey, Tabitha Burr, Christopher Lacey, Megan Lacey and so many well loved nieces and nephews, friends, colleagues and extended family in not only his hometown of Dartmouth, NS but throughout, Calgary, Edmonton, Ontario, Quebec, Canada and the US.

David wanted me to start this by saying “to make a long story short,” definitely David’s humour. Pretty sure he started every story this way and trust me none of them were ever short! David’s story is no different, he filled his life with all the love, joy, growth and kindness he could manage; he made his short story as long as he possibly could by filling it with what mattered most to him.

David loved being around people. He always enjoyed interacting with them, hearing their stories and what was going on for them. His friends, coworkers and family all knew this about him. But it was David’s family that was everything to him. He put us above all else. Those who were close to us throughout David’s cancer journey saw his grace and bravery as he faced his diagnosis and also his resolute desire to help his family face and accept his sickness and eventual death.

Through love and consideration, he helped us all accept the loss of this man we all continue to love so much. What strength of character it requires to guide your family and friends through your own life’s last journey. So often the narrative surrounding cancer uses the metaphor of losing the battle to cancer. David did not lose, David was triumphant. He ensured that the time he had left focused on what he cared about most, he spent this time with his family - he gave us everything he had. His final weeks were spent in hospice, such a strange place to be. The care is beautiful but knowing the intent is to spend your final days there as others pass away around you is a difficult reality to come to terms with. I remember saying to David, “how is it possible that this place we were so scared to come to has somehow been filled with so many moments of joy and laughter?” This was David, he made that happen, just as he always had in all parts of our lives, this was his goal always, he made all of us better for knowing him.

Shortly before David passed, I asked him what he wanted his obituary to say. He very quickly moved off of listing the standard accomplishments the world tends to prize (though of those he had many). It was so simple what he shared but it was so absolutely David, and it is what made his life so beautiful.

“I love being active, hiking, biking, running… I found so much joy from just being outside and being with my family. The best times I had was when my family was with me. Walking the dog (Cooper), going on hikes, really loved biking with Toni, because it was something we could do together, and we love being together. If there is a theme to my life it is connecting with my family.

"Really proud dad, I’m really excited to watch my kids grow, make their choices, decide what they want to do with their lives, discover who they want to be. I have loved every minute with them and know they both are such incredible people.

"Even though these last few months, weeks, days have been difficult, by really focusing on the time we have to spend as a family, to connect, to be together, it has been such a gift to have this time to say goodbye.

"I am very thankful to have a strong family to help support me through this time. I am so sad to miss the opportunity to see how they grow and what they are able to accomplish because I know it will be so much.” -David



In lieu of flowers, it would be appreciated if donations be made to a fund for David and Toni's children, Eliya and Quinn Losey, as they navigate this new world without their dad.

Donations can be made through email to Losey.fund@gmail.com

Notes of Condolences about David

Jason Dubé

a month ago

My condolences to everyone that had the fortune to know David.

David was one of my first friends in elementary school ( Rundle, Calgary) . David defined the word Friend for me. I still remember his unique walk that seemed more pronounced the faster he moved. It resembled him crossing speed bumps in the road.

RIP My friend.

Rhonda

a month ago

It was my privilege to have had the chance to interact with David in both work and social settings. He showed caring and concern for everything and everyone that he was involved with and exuded positivity always with a smile for all. My sincere condolences to Toni, Eliya, Quinn and all of David's family. Rest in Peace David , you will be missed .

Aunty May

a month ago

I am David's Aunt Mayruth. His Dad's youngest sister. So my memories of David are mostly of when he was very young, with tons of energy, dancing eyes and an impish grin. As a aunt, I fell in love with this little fellow. So much so that I wanted him to be my ring bearer at my wedding. To this day I can remember that 4 year old cutie looking up at me with adoration through the wedding ceremony. At one point during the vows I made the mistake of looking at him. The look on his face was priceless. I almost dissolved into laughter. That fun loving sweet little boy grew up into a wonderful, caring, polite, handsome young man. We appreciated his humor. We loved his determination to be a great father and loving husband. We are so proud to be related to him.

To Toni and the kids, our hearts are aching with you. We are praying that God will bring you peace, comfort and strength during this valley in your lives.


Paul

a month ago

David was a member of our local Toastmasters Group. It was evident from the outset that he was a leader. He also loved having fun! He had a wonderful ability to make up a speech on the fly ... we were all envious of that gift :). He was valued in our group & loved as our friend. He will be missed.

Heather Lane

a month ago

I have started to type this note several times over and could not quite find the right words. I have been blessed and feel privileged to have known David. Infact, maybe even a better person for it. There are many people that come into our lives but few that make the profound impact on so many that David has. He was always happy and exuded such a positive demeanor. He made each person he interacted with feel as though they mattered. David's eyes always lit up when he talked about his family. David, your Manulife family will never be the same. We miss you! Toni, Eliya and Quinn my thoughts are with you. May you find comfort in all of the wonderful memories you have, and the memories others have shared of your husband and Dad. xo

Philip Carr

a month ago

I am sending my sympathies to David's family from Calgary, AB. In 1992, David was a student intern at Grace Baptist Church in Calgary. He gave a wonderful message from Romans chapter 6 on August 2, 1992. (I have the notes in my Bible). I send you love, peace, and condolences.

Curt Hendrix

a month ago

I met Dave through his absolutely wonderful wife, Toni. I was drawn to her quickly and am thankful that she introduced me to her husband. Dave's kind spirit and sincere warmth brought such joy to the room. Whether we were chatting on the elevator at work or laughing over happy hour drinks, Dave was definitely a highlight of any day. He will be missed greatly. I hope Toni and their children will draw comfort in the memories they cherished with him.

Kit

a month ago

David was a leader/mentor I wished for when I joined the Continuous Improvement Team. Being new to this line of work, he taught me the way of things by experiencing it. He guided me when I no longer know what to do through effective coaching. I will never forget his favorite question related to improvements. It took me three instances to finally understood what he meant. And on top of that, he always has a smile on his face. Though faced with problems, his positivity and optimism are contagious that you will end your day happy of the work you've done. I will cherish the short time I worked with him, and I will forever be grateful to have cross paths with him. May you rest in peace. No more pain. Rest well, my friend.

Cathryn

a month ago

I feel priveldged to have worked with David at Manulife for several years and my memories of him have very little to do with work. He was so kind and enthusiastic that my spirits were always immediately lifted when I was around him. He often spoke about Toni, Eliya and Quinn with tremendous pride and a huge smile. I admired his perspective, knowledge and passion. He will be missed. Toni, your words are so beautiful, thank you for sharing this with all of us. My thoughts are with you.

Cecile Leverman

a month ago

I met David working on the United Way Campaign at Manulife. He brought so much cheer and optimism to everything he did and everyone he met. He truly was a shining star and will be remembered fondly by many people. My life is richer for having met David. I will keep all his family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Amanda

a month ago

David was a wonderful coworker - charismatic, quick witted and always had story. Always so positive and ready to help. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts go to the family during this difficult time.

Kristen

a month ago

David was such a joy to know and work with. I'm grateful to have met such a kind soul and he will be very missed.

Olivia

a month ago

I only briefly had the chance to work with and speak to David this year, but his strength, humour, and kindness made a lasting impression on me. Our conversation was no doubt the best one I have had in my time at Manulife- namely, getting to chat about our shared love of bikes. David and his family and friends have been in my thoughts and helped fuel my 160km Ride for Cancer a few weeks ago. I cherish the ability in getting to know David even briefly and will carry the lessons learned from his character onwards through my Manulife career and elsewhere.

René

a month ago

Reading the tribute and all the comments warmed my heart and made me realized one more time that we do not need to know someone to feel the pain. It's regrettable seen such a good person with that such on impact leaving this world so early. My heart goes out to the whole Family - all my condolences

Alexandra

a month ago

David was the one who interviewed and hired me at Manulife 6 years ago. I was lucky enough to be on his team, where he always pushed me to better myself and work on my career development. Coincidentally, I also met one of my now closest, life long friends in the process. We talked about how if it hadn't been for David, her and I would have never met. Thanks Universe for crossing our paths, and thanks David for always filling up the room with your presence, kindness, and humor everywhere you went.

Brian

a month ago

So very sad to hear of David's passing. He was a great person with a genuine heart. He was my first leader when I started at Manulife. He was always so upbeat and cheerful. I will miss seeing his smile around the building.

Marcus

a month ago

David was always ready to welcome you with a smile, warm conversation and a good laugh. His ability to tell a story and entertain a table of friends over a beer was unmatched. His passion for life rubbed off on all around him, even hearing him talk about his hobby's would make you want to get on a bike or start trying to run a marathon. You will be greatly missed by everyone that was lucky enough to get to know you.

Chris

a month ago

Still hard to believe... David was such an exceptional person. It never ceased to amaze me at how he would navigate challenges with positivity and his amazingly (self-admitted) corny humour. I actually owe my newfound joy of cycling largely to David and will think of him each time I ride. I will try to smile & laugh at a few memories together when I do so, as that would have been David's approach. Rest peacefully my friend, and my sincerest condolences to Toni, Eliya, Quinn, and the rest of the family.

Jill

a month ago

David brought the laughs and could always take a joke. His smile was so huge and was always willing to help anyone. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to all of his family.

Sheldon

a month ago

David was a wonderful friend and coworker who truly had a passion for everything he did - especially talking about his family, an active project, charity work or hobbies he enjoyed. He lit up a room when he was with us and his presence is missed. Your family is in our hearts ♥️

Amy Lindsay-Merry

a month ago

So incredibly sad to hear this news. David was so inspiring and one of the best public speakers I have ever heard. I always enjoyed our time together in Toastmasters. Sending my condolences to family and friends.

Michelle

a month ago

Such a great man , leader and coworker. He was never without a smile or a kind word. He will be truly missed by all who knew him

Dustin Larade

a month ago

Beyond that warm smile was a brilliant mind. I had the pleasure of being part of a Toastmaster group with David for some time. What I remember most was how he could take a random topic (termed table topic) without notice and talk and talk and talk and it was so natural and brilliant. You would swear it was rehearsed but it wasn't, David was just that smart and quick to come up with something meaningful. I use to tell him I could listen to him for hours, I think we all could and some of us had the pleasure of doing so. We are all better for knowing you. You will be missed.

Chris Tanner

a month ago

David was an absolutely wonderful person! For the few years I was lucky enough to work with him, he was always encouraging, open … and fun! Work meetings never took long, leaving time to chat about our families, and Toni, Eliya, Quinn (and always Cooper) were his happy go-to each time! My wife and I send our sincerest condolences to the family at this time - David will definitely be missed.

Lisa

a month ago

David was a wonderful colleague who I learned a lot from. My biggest takeaway is that I left every interaction that I had with David with a smile. Thinking of everyone that is mourning David, he will be missed by many.

Heather Delo

a month ago

David was my first manager at Manulife when I started and was incredible- his humour was a great part of our day! He was a huge influence and great at advice and encouragement. A beautiful write up and fun words for a man who truly was a kind soul

Johnny

a month ago

Dave was a tremendous companion on long runs, hikes and rides where we’d contemplate life, laugh until it hurt and often celebrate and loathe the qualities of our ever evolving middle-agedness. Much more than this, Dave was a beloved friend and confidente. Always willing to lend an ear, his time and well-considered insight, he was there for me during some challenging times in my life, in ways only Dave could be.


To Toni, Eliya and Quinn, my deepest condolences for your profound loss. I think of you all as family. Should you need anything, ever, I am here.

Danille

a month ago

David was a wonderful, kind Leader. He was always upbeat, smiling and positive. My condolences. My thoughts and prayers out to the family.

Denise

a month ago

David was always so kind, patient and funny. To work with he was a fearless leader and will be missed.

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