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David de Pledge Harrison

November 1, 1934 - March 5, 2016


David de Pledge Harrison died at home on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the age of 81.  Dave’s life began in Victoria in 1934 and he grew up in Kimberley.  He was an accomplished athlete, participating in many sports.  His curling took him to the Briar twice and his running put him on Canada’s Olympic Team.

David met the love of his life, Bonnie Chlopan, at age 17 on the tennis court.  Married in 1958, Dave and Bonnie continued to play competitive tennis and badminton until they were 60.  They also travelled extensively and spent half the year in Mesa, Arizona for 21 years.

David’s greatest pleasure was playing duplicate bridge.  In 1987, he and his partner became world masters when they placed third in the world and first in North America against 100,000 players from 77 countries all playing the same hands.

David started his career in banking at BMO and became the youngest bank manager.  Laurentide Finance hired Dave to develop their mortgage branches across Canada.  For McDonald Douglas in Toronto, Dave started and run Telecheck Canada, a cheque-guaranteeing company which he built from two employees to five hundred.

Dave is survived by his wife of 57 years, Bonnie, his two sons, Michael (Joanne) of Mississauga, Ontario and Lincoln of Kimberley, BC; daughter, Tannis of Dawson City, Yukon; granddaughters Samantha and Leigh and great-granddaughter, Sofia.  Also left are his brother, Michael (Pat) of Kimberley, BC.

A memorial for David will be held in the Green Room at Joseph Creek at 1901 Willowbrook Drive on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.  In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember David may make a donation to the Kootenay Haven House, 39 – 13th Ave. S., V1C 1V4.  Cheques should be made payable to CMHA. 


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From: Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff

Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Terry & Barb Leal
Relation: friends of his brother Mike

Our condolences go out to Mike and Pat Harrison and their families.

From: Evelyn Gray
Relation: bridge

I was very fond of Dave. He will be greatly missed at our Duplicate Bridge games.

My deepest sympathy to Bonnie and family. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

From: Terry & Barb Kushniruk
Relation: Duplicate bridge

We have enjoyed playing bridge with both of you and will miss Dave’s presence. Unfortunately we will not be able to be there on Saturday but we will be thinking of you. God Bless Terry and Barb

From: Donna Wilson
Relation: bridge club

My deepest condolences Bonnie. You are in heart and prayer.

From: Karen Macdonald
Relation: Friend

My deepest sympathy for your loss, Bonnie. We shared many bridge games over the years and Maggie and I enjoyed your company in Mesa. See you in April, Karen

From: Dale Allen
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

Thinking of you and your family, Bonnie. You and David had many good years together. With sympathy,

From: Johnny and Lyalla Lancaster
Relation: Bridge club

We were greatly saddened to receive the news of Dave’s passing. We will always remember him as a formidable opponent at the bridge table… such a fierce competitor! Our thoughts and sympathy go out to you and your family, Bonnie. Dave will be missed by all who knew him.
Johnny and Lyalla

From: George & Darlene Noble
Relation: Old Neighbour & school friend.

Bonnie & family: We were saddened to hear of Dave’s passing. The Nobles lived beside the Harrison’s in Lower Chapman Camp & I have many fond memories of our youth. We last saw you at the Kimberley Golf Club in 2007 along with G. Ingstrup, the Grants & the Dolighans. Thinking of you & your family at this sad time. George & Darlene Noble, Ottawa

From: Jill Jeffery
Relation: friend

Bonnie and Lincoln
So very sorry to hear of David’s passing. I enjoyed his humour and the chats that we had. I pray that you will find comfort with your family and friends. Do miss seeing you both.


Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
March 12, 2016
Beginning at 10:02am

Joseph Creek Village
1901 Willowbrook Drive
Cranbrook, BC Canada

1901 Willowbrook Drive
Cranbrook, BC Canada

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