David Murray WALTON

David Murray Walton passed away peacefully September 1 2005, surrounded with love, family and friends. David battled cancer throughout his adult life for the past 26 years but he lived every day of his life with joy and courage. Pre-deceased by his father Les and brother George Walton, David is survived by his mother and stepfather Eileen and Harold Kyle, family, and wonderful friends who provided great comfort, strength and laughter throughout his journey. David lives on in the heart of his dear partner and love of his life, Anisa Kassam-Walton, with whom he discovered so much, and who added such zest and texture to his every experience, and joy to everyday. Although short and sometimes painful, David’s life was rich with love, friendships and great experiences, from stimulating conversations, to puttering in the garden, to local outdoor adventures, to travels in Cuba, Mexico, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Kenya. Born in Squamish on April 5, 1959 and raised in 100 Mile House, David lived his adult life in Vancouver, a country boy who enjoyed the great cultural diversity of the city. David graduated from Peter Skene Ogden Senior Secondary where he spoke at his senior high graduation as class valedictorian. He went on to study at Cariboo College, and received his Bachelor of Arts with top marks from Simon Fraser University, where he was the recipient of the Terry Fox Gold Medal and Award for courage in 1986. David’s work was very enriching to him, helping to investigate work-place safety, supporting progressive public policy while in government, and helping in the not-for-profit sector to secure resources for families and youth in need. Over the last 20 years David was involved in politics serving as a Constituency President, Election Planning Committee Chairperson as well as Voter Contact and Volunteer Coordinator in numerous election campaigns. David was the Executive Assistant to the Attorney General and Ministerial Assistant to the Premier. His many friends and colleagues in the world of politics will miss his wisdom, kindness, generosity and election campaign organizing skills. Political discourse and volunteerism was David’s fascination, sports and outdoor activities his passion. He was a devoted BC Lions and Canucks fan and he took great joy in activities such as gardening and going for walks with Anisa. David has and will continue to be an inspiration to all who knew him, for his courage and dignity. He will live on in our hearts forever and we are grateful and humbled for the opportunity to have shared in his short time in this world. David and Anisa thank Dr. H. Majeed, David’s family doctor for her care and support, the doctors, nurses and staff of the BC Cancer Agency and St. Paul’s Hospital Palliative Unit for their incredible dedication, support and special care. They thank the home care nurses from Raven Song Community Health Center who provided encouragement, support and loving care over the past two years and the shift care nurses who cared for David in his final days allowing him to pass away at home surrounded by people who love him. A celebration of David’s life is planned for Sunday October 2nd at 6:00 p.m. at Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street (at 15th Avenue). A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in David’s memory to: BC New Democrats, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Amnesty International, Oxfam Canada or the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.