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DAVID BLAIR SCHOFIELD (published on April 29, 2009)

DAVID BLAIR SCHOFIELD With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our son and brother David Blair Schofield, aged 44 of Selkirk, MB. David was born in Selkirk on July 23, 1964. He was predeceased by his father Chester and niece Desiree. He leaves to mourn his partner Karen and children Jay, Shannon and Candy; mother Betty (Donnie); sister Debbie (Ernie) daughter Jacqueline; sister Brenda and children BJ, Ashleigh, Robert and Cody; brother Brian and daughters, Kristie, Nicol; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. David also has two children Kelly and Dillian that he had so hoped to get to know. We hope that through us they may get to know the man he was and how much he cared for them and tried to see them. David attended school in Selkirk. After leaving school he got his first job with the Department of Public Works working on the dredge where he worked for 17 years. His love for the outdoors and water made this the perfect job for him. He spent all of his time on the ship doing weekend watches as they dredged all over lake Winnipeg and area. David was an avid fisherman and hunter. Not something difficult to do when you grow up on the banks of Netley Creek and the Red River. The End of Main where David grew up was a popular resort owned by his family. As a kid David could be found on the dock or in a canoe with a stringer full of fish and would always offer some tips to the anglers sitting along the shore line of Netley Creek. As he grew so did his love for hunting. Come fall he would disappear into the bush and surfaced when he would return with a big buck and whoever was fortunate to be hunting with him. Some of his best times were spent hunting moose in Manigotagan with Barry and Wesley Bell. His love for hunting also led him North where he worked at Bolten Lake Lodge, Knee Lake Lodge, Gods Lake and Elk Lake. He spent the last few years at Knee Lake where he became known as the top guide with many guests requesting him to be their guide. He spent the last few winters on his trapline on Selsby Lake, and always returned home with stories of being alone in the bush surrounded by moose, elk, wolves and all the other wildlife he was fortunate to see. He was at peace in the bush. He has taught his nephews about hunting and when they knew he was about to head in the bush there was always one of them standing there in full gear, gun in hand hoping they would be able to come along. This past fall David hunted with his nephews BJ and Robert. Although he was struggling, he was there every morning and with his hunting skills and sense of humour they were all good days that ended with lots of laughs and teasing about all the mistakes BJ and Robert had made. No one could have known this would be the last hunting trip they would take. He has left us with a lot of great memories. We will never stop missing him. We will do our best to go on without him and with all our hearts we pray he has found the peace each and everyone one of us deserve. A celebration of David's life will be held on Friday, May 1st at 11:00 a.m. in the Good Shepherd Church on # 9A (just south of the Mill.) A private family interment of ashes will take place at a later date. Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements.

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