David Broeska

Obituary of David Alexander Broeska

David Alexander Broeska June 30, 1946 - June 11, 2020 It is with deep sadness that the family announces the passing of David Alexander Broeska on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at St Boniface Hospital at the age of 73 years. David was born on June 30, 1946, just 2 months after his mom, dad, and big brother Bob arrived back in Winnipeg from Victoria, BC after the war. David, like his brothers, were named after the ships on which his father worked in the engineering branch of the Esquimalt Naval Yard in Victoria. As a child, David developed a deep love of nature, wildlife, and the cycle of the outdoors. His family held his 2nd birthday party at a roadside picnic on the then gravel road (Hwy 44) to Kenora. His love of nature began there. At the family island at Lake of the Woods, David began his lifelong attachment to the animal kingdom. It was there that he scuba dived with trophy fish in the boathouse, studied the habits of ducks, eagles, loons, snapping turtles, beavers and deer. He became a go-to authority on the birds of North America. Birdwatching was one of his favorite early hobbies. Not only could he easily identify hundreds of migratory birds by their plumage and songs, but also imitate their songs by whistling. David was raised in the Norwood Flats, and attended high school at Nelson McIntyre Collegiate. Here, he excelled at just about anything he tried. His love of outdoor field sports translated to his participation in organized team sports. David played hockey, baseball, and badminton, winning the Winnipeg High School Doubles Badminton title. His love of sports carried over to his following of professional sports. He was a knowledgeable authority on the teams and players in the CFL, NFL, NHL, American/National Leagues (the Jays were his team) and the PGA. He could quote any stats on all of them (current and historic) and cite their credits over the past 6 decades. He was also a gifted and accomplished musician, taking top spot in the 1962 Winnipeg Music Festival in his category for the Accordion. David was gifted in his ability to recall dates, times and details of his life on any given day. For example, he would always note the date of the return of Canada Geese to Fort Whyte each Spring and could cite them for the past 3 decades. In later years, just for fun his family would name any date from his past and he’d tell you what he was doing, who he was with, and even the weather conditions! His ability to remember details forecast his chosen vocation of accounting. His career as an accountant was varied and eclectic. He began articling in the mid-60s for Bromberg and Company. He gravitated to a position in the automotive industry beginning in the mid-70s. That career moved him briefly to Montreal and Kelowna and finally back to Winnipeg where he was Secretary-Treasurer of McNaught Motors for almost 20 years. David’s childhood love of Lake of the Woods brought him back there in the mid-1980s, this time as a father. With summer-long cabin rentals at Devil’s Gap and Beach Road in Keewatin, he and his children enjoyed boat trips and snorkel adventures at Coney Island, Scotty’s Island beach, and the sandbar at Camp Stevens. Summer wouldn't be complete without nearby visits to Channel Island, where big brother Bob, his wife and their two children also had a cabin. BBQs would go on into the evenings and might include kielbasa, relaxing on the dock and listening to the nighttime sounds of the loons. Helping family was extremely fulfilling for David, and volunteering as the family chauffeur was something he truly enjoyed. He generously offered his “services” to drive to and from the airport: “Never mind the 3AM arrival time!” In fact, he would be insulted if he was not asked. And boy, you had better be on-time, as there wasn’t an event in his life where he did not show up at the exact minute he confirmed he would! David regularly expressed to his children how proud he was of them and of their many accomplishments in life. He was very proud of their academic achievements and chosen careers, and especially of their own expanded families, having become a grandfather of five. He enjoyed surprising his daughter, Valerie and daughter-in-law, Sara with bouquets of flowers for Mother’s Days and birthdays, further demonstrating his undeniable sweet spot. He loved a family dinner or BBQ, often arriving with a shrimp ring in hand. As David liked to joke, “It’s not a party until someone brings a shrimp ring!” And for birthdays, you can bet he picked up the Jeanne’s cake! David was not only inspiration for laughter, but also inspiration for doing the best you can, whatever the limitations. In more recent years, David’s mobility issues worsened, but his resilience was steadfast. Not once did he complain about his physical limitations. Up until 2018, he continued in his part-time career providing accounting services. As David valued family above all, he was determined to continue to show up for family birthdays and BBQs. He was grateful for numerous supports of his tight-knit Broeska family. He had daily phone calls with sister Linda and brother Doug and Cindee in California, as well as brother Bob and Rosanne in Winnipeg, his children Matthew and Valerie, and his grandchildren. David also raved about Rosanne's delicious home-cooked meals, delivered with love right to his door. Through those last difficult weeks, David was still effortlessly able to make others belly laugh like no one else. He was, after all, a master of inappropriate jokes, and no one could tell a story better. It was an extraordinary and rare gift that he possessed throughout his life. His gift of humor, his enormous heart, and his love of family will be forever missed. David was the loving father of two children, Matthew (Sara), and Valerie (Francisco). Proud grandfather to Nora, Adeline, Camilla, and twins Dylan and Mateo. Brother to Bob (Rosanne), Linda, and Doug (Cindee). He was very much cherished by his many nephews, nieces, and lifelong friends. David was predeceased by his mother Mary, father John, and sister Marcia. Cremation has taken place and due to Covid, a private family celebration of life will be held at a later time. Our family wishes to thank the dedicated allied health team of St. Boniface Hospital for their compassion and care of our dear dad.
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