David John Tambellini

January 26, 1947 – September 4, 2020
It is with great sadness that the family of David Tambellini announces that he passed away peacefully in Moog Hospice House in Penticton, on September 4th, 2020, at the age of 73. He was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer in 2012 and fought a long valiant battle until his death.
He appreciated the quality of care at Moog, where doctors, nurses and support staff were so attentive and caring.
He will be sadly missed but never forgotten by his wife Mimi, sons Paul (Stephanie) and Dennis (Miriam), and grandchildren Matthew, Anna, Emily, and Luca. As well as brother Rob (Mariana) and his many cousins, in-laws, and friends.
David was born and raised in Trail BC and spent his summers at the family cabin in Christina Lake where many memories were created.
He enjoyed a long career teaching high-school (primarily Math and French). First in Grand Forks, then in Burnaby, where he taught at the Maples Youth Services Center, and finally at Burnaby Central Secondary where he retired in 2002.
David was an accomplished piano player with a fervent love of music. In the 60’s, he played in a rock band in Trail and continued to play occasionally with local bands in the Kootenays, and the coast through the 70’s and 80’s. In his retirement, he loved impromptu jams with neighbors and former bandmates at Christina Lake.
He enjoyed reading, gardening, and travelling. He made several trips to Europe, always including a visit to see relatives in Tuscany.
After retirement, his favorite winter getaway was Zihuatanejo MX, but also liked Costa Rica and Hawaii. In recent years he could no longer travel, and his rescue dog Toby was his constant companion and fierce protector.
David was well loved for his patient and gentle ways, as well as his quick wit and dry sense of humor. Family visits and playing with his grandchildren were his greatest joys.
At his request there will be no service.


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