David Tomasson - A Passionate Manitoban

On Friday March 7th, a number of us from Freshwater attended a memorial service for David Tomasson.

David, who was the Chair of Freshwater’s Board of Directors since August 2010, passed away on February 14, 2014.

During the service, we heard how David was passionate about his family, his many friends, his career in the Manitoba government, operating his own consulting business, and as a fourth generation commercial fisher. 

David certainly showed this passion in his leadership of Freshwater’s Board of Directors and the handling of many Corporation issues during his tenure as Chair.

I, for one, will miss his deep understanding of the fishery and the part that Freshwater plays in its success.

A graduate of the University of Manitoba (MA) and the University of Winnipeg (BA), David held various Deputy Minister positions with the Manitoba government and served as the Deputy Minister of Natural Resources from 1992 to 1999.

He was also employed by the Province of Manitoba in various economic development and natural resources capacities for over two decades, and was a self-employed economic development consultant for five years. 

At the memorial service on Friday, many of David’s life stories were told but one was missing - David and I shared a passion for flying and as pilots, enjoyed a few flying stories together. 

Last summer, during one of our afternoons working on Board business, I mentioned that there was a newly-restored, 1930’s era Tiger Moth sitting over at the Lyncrest airport ten minutes from the office. 

There was an instant twinkle in his eye and (as I had hoped) a request to go over to Lyncrest as soon as our meeting was finished. 

I will never forget the smile on David’s face when I opened the hangar door and he had the opportunity to get up-close and personal with this icon of Canadian aviation history.

David’s positive outlook on life resulted in a “cup” that was never just “half-full” but always brimming over and pilot to pilot, I wish David well on his last flight.