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Dave Ling

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Dave passed away in relative comfort on June 25, 2024 at 80 years of age.

Dave is survived by his husband, Tim Preston; brother Peter and wife Ann; brother John and wife Carol; nephews, Tim, Roger, and Trevor, who is also Dave's godson; never forgetting his beloved Caseley cousins and their families, all in the UK. The Preston family diaspora all embraced and loved “superDave”. Dave is also survived by his chosen family, Chris and Susan Garner and their son Scott and his family, wife Robin and children Rayanna and Cameron. He will be sorely missed by so many, including the “Cullen Crew”: you know who you are! Other, dear friends and loved ones are grieving his passing. He loved you all. Dave was predeceased by his parents, Gladys and William Ling; the Garner's daughter Jennifer; and his niece Elizabeth, daughter of Peter and Ann.

Dave was born in Luton, Bedfordshire, England during the second world war. His father was a carpenter at the “Mosquito” aircraft manufacturing and assembly plant in Luton. After the war, the Ling family moved back to their home town of Lowestoft, Suffolk, the easternmost point in the UK, where Dave was raised.

Dave attained his journeyman plumber ticket by age 20. Dave and Chris Garner met as fellow teenage apprentice plumbers and have remained lifelong brothers. Dave and Chris visited Canada during Expo 67 and it wasn't too long after their return to the UK that they decided to emigrate. Dave worked as a plumber throughout Canada until 1975, when he joined the Grace Hospital. In 1985, he was appointed as the Assistant Director of the Physical Plant at the Grace and in 1992, he became the Director, until his retirement in 2000.

The Garners embraced Dave as an integral member of their family. Dave always thought of Susan as the sister he never had. Over the years, Dave and the Garners shared many trips to the UK and throughout western Canada.

Dave and Tim met later in life in 2005. They married in 2007 and have enjoyed 19 years of true love and laughter.

Dave had many interests: jazz, theatre, hockey, baseball, cycling, current events, history, any form of public transportation, especially trains! Dave and Tim's 2022 train trip through Switzerland was a pure pleasure. Since 2018, Dave lived with prostate cancer, but that never stopped him from living life to the fullest, travelling the world and enjoying all that Winnipeg has to offer with Tim, but in November of 2023, he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, which was ultimately untreatable. Yet, to the end, Dave continued to make wine, attend concerts, dine with friends and generally embrace every day.

Thanks to every one of you nurses at HSC Cancer Care, especially Dr. Brett Houston and Nurses Dawn Runke and Lisa King. Dave's journey was made so much more pleasant by you all. Thanks also to the Palliative Care Team at St. Boniface on Dave’s last day.

Everyone who knew Dave liked and respected him. He was thoughtful and wise, gentle and very witty!

With characteristic humour, he recently shared this pearl of Lingwisdom: “No one was hurt in the living of my life, but if they were, they probably deserved it.”

A Celebration of Dave's Life will take place sometime later in the year. Dave has been cremated according to his wish. Please donate to a charity of your choosing in his memory.

The family expresses gratitude to Ethical Death Care for their touching photo-biography video honouring Dave’s life, accessible through the 'tributes' link at the bottom of this obituary.


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Margaret Kasak

July 4, 2024 at 7:27 PM

Sympathy to you Tim. May your great memories bring a smile to your face and I am sure a tear now and then. Dave was a gentle kind person!!


Sympathies to Chris and Sue. Dave left a hole but may your memories be of comfort!



Marg kasak

Donna, Gary & Chloe (Tyler-Garner Clan)

July 3, 2024 at 1:28 PM

The UK Caseley crew are going to miss Super Dave so much.

He brought fun and joy to all the family gatherings whenever we could get together. Even though the Atlantic ocean separated us, the love we had for each other spanned the miles, the years and all the generations of our family. The memories we created with Dave, and you Tim, will be treasured forever.


We will hold Dave forever in our heart, as love is a gift that last forever - and the love we have for Dave and you will never dull.

Jim Chapryk

June 30, 2024 at 5:20 PM

Dear Tim, sorry for the loss of your kind and gentle husband.

Doug and Darrin

June 30, 2024 at 3:13 AM

May a thousand memories of all the wonderful times you shared, sustain you, Tim.

Richard Kennett

June 29, 2024 at 11:31 PM


Really sorry to hear that your husband has passed away. When you feel up to it, contact me at and I love to take you out for lunch

Bev Plett

June 29, 2024 at 11:12 PM

My condolences, Tim. I remember Dave for his friendly smile. Love and hugs

Rory Grewar

June 29, 2024 at 10:14 PM

He was your Superman Tim, and a true friend to many who had the privilege of knowing him. His presence will be missed but, his spendid smile will remain in our hearts.

"We are all diminished when a simple man of honour passes from our midst." Frederick Douglass

Gene and Daniel

June 29, 2024 at 8:52 PM

We're so very sorry for your loss, Tim


Ted Cunningham

June 29, 2024 at 7:08 PM

Tim, I was shocked to learn of Daves passing having just had lunch with him only a couple of weeks earlier. He was truly a humble and unique friend and will be sorely missed by so many people. My deapest condolences to you and all his extended family.

Ray and Val.

June 29, 2024 at 5:34 PM

The Cullen Group send love and hugs as Uncle Dave has been part of our lives for many years now. Always enjoy our dinners, breakfast, and all the fun times we had together. The New Year's Eve parties and who could forget all the Halloween parties we went to. Such fun and we will miss you Uncle Dave you are such a kind man and but you will be in our hearts forever.

Barb Bazilewich

June 29, 2024 at 4:55 PM

Tim, I was so sorry to read of Dave's passing. My deepest sympathy to you at this most difficult time.

Rocky Pollack

June 29, 2024 at 4:01 PM

Dave Ling took on cancer with toughness - and occasional irreverence. That is just one way in which memories of Dave will be for a blessing.

Nancy Revel

June 29, 2024 at 3:32 PM

My deepest sympathy to you Tim in the loss of your beloved Dave.

Jan and Shell Murray

June 29, 2024 at 2:06 PM

The Cullen group, do know who they are and it's been a pleasure to have had "Uncle Dave" as we knew him, in all of our lives.

From one, I loved talking to him trying to solve the world problems. He was very knowledgeable in world affairs. Lately with my own health problems, Dave would phone me to ask how I was doing. This shows how caring he was. Miss you Dave.

From another, I remember Dave at Halloween Parties , New Year's Eve parties, even to having His parents from England sitting at my dining room table sharing a meal with us. we were all very lucky to have had Uncle Dave in our lives. Yes he will be missed beyond words. Love you.

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