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DAVID CHRISTOPHER PUNDYK (published on July 30, 2009)

DAVID CHRISTOPHER PUNDYK 1983 2009 It is with broken hearts that we announce the death of David Pundyk. At the age of 25, David was cast into the waters of Minaki, Ontario, on Saturday, July 18, 2009. He was found on Saturday, July 25, 2009. David is lovingly remembered by his Mom and Dad, John and Brenda, his brother, Mike, Mike's partner Sheri Bullman, their daughter and his niece Emily, his girlfriend Chelsea Solmundson, grandmothers Helen Cochrane of Fisher River and Abby Pundyk of Ottawa, his special aunt, Sr. Joanne Pundyk of Sao Paulo, Brazil, his many aunts, uncles, cousins of Fisher River, Winnipeg, and Ottawa, and his many good friends in Minaki and Winnipeg. David was born in Winnipeg on December 23, 1983. At this time, David lived with his parents in Fisher River for two years where they taught. They moved into Winnipeg where he lived for the remainder of his life. David spent many summers since birth in Minaki, Ontario at the family cottage. Volleyball was one of David's passions and he honed his skills by attending many volleyball camps. David played on school teams at all of the schools he attended St. John Brebeuf, Sargent Park and Kelvin. At Kelvin, David found his calling in the Industrial Arts Room. He built many pieces of furniture with pride that brought joy to his Mom and Dad. After high school graduation, David went to the Red River College and The University of Winnipeg's five year Industrial Arts Teacher Education Program that he thoroughly enjoyed. He graduated in 2007. During his time at Red River College, David was captain of Red River College's Rebels volleyball team. David was selected as The Central Plains Athletic Conference League All Star and after graduating from Red River College and the University of Winnipeg, he continued playing in the Senior Men's Volleyball League in Winnipeg. David began his teaching career at Fisher River Cree Nation as a term teacher in Industrial Arts and from there he assumed a permanent position at Sisler High School in the fall of 2007 and remained there for two years. His dream job was to secure a position in the wood shop as an Industrial Arts Teacher. When David secured a position at Grant Park High School to begin in the fall of September 2009, this dream became a reality. Prior to his teaching career, David spent his summers working as a fishing guide at lodges in Minaki, at Plummer's Lodge in the NWT, and at his brother Mike's Lodge at Oliver Lake in Northern Saskatchewan. David loved going to the cottage in Minaki with the family, where he spent many hours with his friends; fishing, camping and hanging out at Big Sand Lake. He enjoyed inviting his Winnipeg friends to Minaki where he could share Minaki life. David's life was far too short but we will cherish the many precious moments that we shared with David both at the cottage and in Winnipeg. He always enjoyed Sunday dinners with his Mom and Dad's close friends. Our hearts ache and we will truly miss David. His smile, teasing and laughter will always be with us in our hearts. The family wishes to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the powerful support, love, and comfort of their friends of Minaki; family, friends and Band Council of Fisher River Cree Nation; family and friends of Winnipeg and across Canada, Shaughnessy Park Staff, Winnipeg School Division, and the OPP. As well, a special thank-you to all who searched for David in the days following the accident. David has been cremated and a Mass to celebrate David's life will be held at St. Ignatius Church at Stafford and Corydon on Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to charity of your choice in David's memory.

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