"You can never do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon is too late."
Honesty, Integrity, Compassion, wits, were just a few of the traits that David Badger portray on a regular basis. David was also a leader, team player, and "strong community minded kid". Tragically on Thursday November 3/ 2005 David was participating in a routine gym class when he suddenly fell into cardiac arrest and shortly there after he died. Unlike most kids in today’s society Dave was active, he loved to ride his bike and go hiking. Hanging out with family and friends was a huge part of his life as well as his duties as a member of 105 Lonsdale (Royal Canadian Sea Cadets). David’s up beat and constantly positive personality made working with Dave really enjoyable, and that’s why we were pretty good friends. When given a task or a job to do, that’s when you got to see Dave's true colors. His leader ship skills were also strong as well as his ability to explain the more complex points involved in a task. Yet the one thing I noticed most about Dave was his ability to stay positive no matter what and to be able to do that is truly amazing. As a member of the elite guard at Lonsdale Dave had earned many awards, all thou Dave’s life was short but he defiantly made his mark on those he served with and he will never be for gotten.
David was born on April 18 th 1990 at Lions Gate Hospital, North Vancouver. In June of 1990 he moved with his parents to Cedar- by- the- Sea, Nanaimo. It was in these first formative years of his life that his love of the sea developed and he spent many hours up to his chest in the water looking for fish, or playing on the beach. In 1995 he moved back to North Vancouver with his parents and brother, Jonathan. It was this same year that he started in Kindergarten at Westover School. From Jan 2001 to Jan 2002, David was a member of the BC Boys Choir. During this period he began to develop his voice and skill as a singer. In 2003 he entered Argyle School and shortly after joined the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets, Lonsdale Corp..
David had many passions including sailing, skiing, camping, singing, snorkeling and travelling. He visited England, Wales, Mexico, the US and Cuba. He found Cuba fascinating and was awed by the spirit of the people. When he was not travelling abroad David spent his summer vacations camping with his family. Most of his favourite camp sites where on Vancouver Island and in particular Kin Beach at Comox and Horne Lake; named after a relative, Adam Grant Horne, who was a Hudson’s Bay Explorer and the first European to cross Vancouver Island.
David was an ardent conversationalist. He would often be seen deep in discussion with either adults or peers on a wide range of subjects from cars, to ships to engines to politics. More recently his favourite topic of conversation was the Sea Cadet Corps. With this group he continued to take sailing courses, he also successfully completed is Padi diving course, as well as enjoyed a full range of activities including the YAG trips from Victoria, OAT and sporting weekends.
In the summer of 2005, he was thrilled to be picked to attend the six week “Bosun 2” training course at HMCS Quadra in Comox. He came home tanned and fit and very proud to have completed the course. He was in close contact with the many friends from the course and making plans for the next year.
Although David’s life was short, he packed a lot into it. He lived life to the fullest. He loved his family and he loved his friends, particularly Alysha Martins and Casey Schmidt.
Message from the family:
“David loved sea cadets and one aspect he particularly enjoyed was the weekend spent on the YAG's in Esquimalt. He always came home after this trip full of enthusiasm and stories about the fun and accomplishments of all the cadets”.