It is with broken hearts that the family of David Franklin Packer announce his peaceful passing on December 8, 2022 at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital at the age of 86. David was born on August 30, 1936 in Libau, Manitoba and was the son of the late Herbert David and Irene Packer.
David is survived by his loving wife, Donna (Fulton) Packer and his children, Susan (Mike) Jackson, Leslie (Les) Dagg, Janet (Bruno) Basoni, Melissa Hicks and Sean Packer; his step-children, Wade Pangburn (Fiance Mona), Michelle (Jeff) Hatfield and David Bishop. David will also be missed by his nieces, nephews, several grandchildren and his two sisters, Joyce McCrae and Ardith Basham as well as many friends.
David joined the military on September 16, 1954 with the Royal Canadian Engineers and attended the Royal Canadian School of Engineering. In 1955 he was transferred to the 3rd Squardron in Victoria, BC. While with the 3rd, field Squadron he passed with Winter Warfare, Junior NCO Cadre course as a wireless instructor and group 1 and 2 Field Engineering courses and was promoted to lance Corporal. In the spring of 1955, he was moved to what is now known as Camp Gagetown to build and prepare training areas. In the fall he was transferred to BC and then back to Gagetown. In 1956 he applied for the position with First Radiation Detection Unit. (1RDU) in Barrie, Ontario. In the early summer of 1957 his unit moved to Camp Desert Rock, in Navada. During his military career he was involved with AVON Military Trials. He retired from the military in September 1957 and started working at AECL in Ottawa.
David was a retired veteran of the Canadian Military and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion #4 in Fredericton, NB since 1987. He also worked at the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station, Lepreau, NB. He enjoyed farming in his earlier life and was an excellent carpenter. He was an avid reader of fictional and non-fictional books. He enjoyed playing golf and playing pool. He enjoyed playing cribbage and bridge card games and most always won his game. He enjoyed being with friends and meeting new people. He loved telling stories, reciting poetry and telling jokes. His laughter was contagious.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Brian price and the nurses on the palliative care unit at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital who took good care of David. At David’s request there will be no visitation or service. David has been cremated and burial will take place at a future date. If you wish to make a memorial donation in memory of David, we suggest the Royal Canadian Legion or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements are in the compassionate care of Chipman Funeral Home Ltd. & Crematorium. (339-6612) Memories and condolences may be shared through www.chipmanfuneralhome.ca.