In Loving Memory of Dave Speight

April 4th, 2021  |  Published in News

Things are currently difficult for us to put into words but thanks Judo BC for honouring our Sensei Dave Speight.

To Mrs. Speight, much love. We all owe so much to you and Mr. Speight.

Judo BC announces with great sorrow the passing of  David Speight on March 22nd at his home.

Dave had a special connection to all that knew him and will be sorrily missed but not forgotten.”  ~ Grading Board member, Ron Kuramoto 

Judo BC is pleased that Rick Blanchard, Dave’s longtime colleague at the Port Coquitlam Judo Club, and close friend, was able to present to Dave the Judo BC Lifetime Contribution Award on behalf of the Judo BC Board the day before he passed away. We’ve been told that this was an unexpected surprise for Dave  and was well received.

Below is a message from Dave’s wife Glenda

Dear BC Judo Members,
With respect and gratitude, I am reaching out to you today with heartfelt appreciation.
Thank you for the kindness and connection  you have shared recently through cards, letters, e-mails, phone calls and of course, “the crane project”.  I have read Dave all of the messages of support and encouragement that came our way, which he really enjoyed.  The reminders of those happy memories buoyed Dave’s spirit.
Your response to the crane project was beyond my imagination when initiating the project.  I had hoped to receive 1000 cranes, but instead, we received over 4000 cranes…each one carrying a special wish for Dave.
When I brought him home from the hospital, and he saw all of the cranes in our living room, Dave was both humbled and amazed, exclaiming: “UNBELIEVABLE”!  This was a testament to the connection that each of you had with Dave over the many years that you have shared a love of Judo, and a love of life.
As per Dave’s wish, we will not be holding a service at this time.  However, just as soon as we can all gather once again, we will honour Dave with a “wake”.  This will be a nod to Dave’s maritime/Irish heritage as well as to his love of a good party with friends and family.  Be sure to save up your stories to share!
With sincere appreciation,

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