We are heartbroken to announce the sudden passing of a thoughtful, kind, and humble man, David Samuel Locke, 52, of Upper Tantallon. Born on August 29, 1968, Dave was a proud Newfoundlander, spending his early years in Buchans with his parents and sisters. When Dave was 10, the family moved to Elliot Lake, ON where he spent the remainder of his youth enjoying many activities including gymnastics and breakdancing to his beloved 80”s music.
After graduating from Elliot Lake Secondary School, he joined the military which brought him to CFB Cornwallis in 1988 where he met long-time friends Doug, Ray, Mark, Pete, Daryl and his closest buddy Tom who was by his side when he passed away. Dave retired from the Navy in 2017 as Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class, then moved into a civilian job with DND, his latest position being Senior Electrical Technologist at the Fleet Maintenance Facility, Cape Scott. Throughout his career, his work ethic, knowledge, and can-do attitude, made Dave the go-to guy, the one you could always count on; he was very well-respected by his peers.
Of course, it was here in Nova Scotia where he met and married his best friend and the love of his life, Michelle, where they built a loving home and family together. They were meant to be from day one and would have been married 23 years this June. Michelle and Dave settled in Upper Tantallon, creating a wonderful home life, and raising their three beautiful children, Jacob, Chloe, and Lydia. He spoke with immense pride about them all, and he was the cool, ultimate Dad that every kid wanted.
Dave enjoyed life and had many hobbies such as golfing, ATVing, and cooking. Thanksgiving Dinner will never be the same. He was talented, too, often playing the guitar for his family, what he modestly called humming and strumming; and he could fix and build anything he put his mind to.
He was incredibly giving and was known for his willingness to help friends and family at the drop of a hat. He also spent many years organizing the military’s annual Christmas Hampers and Toys drive for the Salvation Army, receiving the Queen Elizabeth II medal for outstanding contributions to his community.
In addition to Michelle, Jacob, Chloe and Lydia, Dave is survived by his parents Clarence and Shelia Locke; sister Debbie LeCoarer (Paul); sister Denise (Emy Song); mother-in-law Rose McCracken; brothers- in- law Mark (Jackie), Jeff (Tracie), and Peter (Lori); 6 nieces and nephews; as well as best friend Tom Levesque (Nikki, Hailey and goddaughter Emma). He was predeceased by his father-in-law Tony. May Dave’s compassionate and caring soul shine down on us all forever.
A family celebration later in the year will take place when Covid restrictions allow. Online condolences to the family can made at www.rawalker.ca Donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.