In Memory of Our FriendSuddenly on January 6th, 2014 David Andrew Markus, of Niverville, MB, brother, uncle and husband passed away at the age of 58.
Predeceased by his father, Sam and mother, Ruth, sister Darlene and close friend, Lalah Casselman, David is survived by his husband, Rob Lindey, sister, Donna (Reg) Forester, brothers, Ernie, Alex (Terry), Kevin, Derek, mother-in-law Helen Lindey, Aunts Sandra (John) Unger, Flo (John) Barbour, Jackie Brignall, Vera Halbert, Uncles Don Allen, Ted (Sandra) Allen, brothers-in- law Brad Lindey and Murray Lindey, nieces and nephews Melissa Forester, Shawna (Brent) Forester Smith, Brandy (Sean) Sylvestre, Chantelle (Len) Markus, Brendan, Katie, Jade, Taime, Drake Markus and Bradley Lindey.
David found the true love of his life in his husband, Rob Lindey on a warm July evening in 1979. Early in their relationship David insisted that Rob go back to University and attain his dream of becoming a lawyer. David, who well known as a "planner", supported Rob through that journey and saw the dream come true when Rob was called to the Bar in 1996.
Mentored by his friend Sue-Ellyn Rempel, David successfully operated his own dog grooming shop in Elmwood for 29 years. He and Rob fell in love with the graceful lines and temperament of the whippet and founded Aikerskaill Kennels in 1984 and bred, raised, and exhibited whippets for 30 years. With the guidance of Dr. Barbara Henderson of Maryland and in partnership with Harriett Nash Lee of Virginia, their presence in the Best in Show ring was definitely felt. Many Canadian and international champions whippets carry the "Aikerskaill" prefix.
David took his love of dog's to the next level by becoming an "All Breed" Canadian Kennel Club judge. This journey allowed David and Rob to travel extensively as David was asked to judge at dog shows in the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and the Philippines. David was well respected both at home and abroad for his innate ability to find outstanding dogs.
David was the President and Show Chairman of the Manitoba Canine Association, founding member and Treasurer of the Assiniboine Kennel Club, founding member and first President of the National Whippet Club of Canada, member of the Canadian Kennel Club and the American Whippet Club.
His family expresses their deepest thanks to Dr. Brian Malcy and staff of the Selkirk Mental Health Centre and Dr. David Willems of Nine Circles Community Health Centre for their compassionate care of David; as well as the assistance and professionalism staff of the St-Pierre-Jolys RCMP and District 4 Winnipeg Police Service.
A celebration of David's life will be held Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg, 603 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg, MB. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association Winnipeg (www.cmhawpg.mb.ca), the Companion Animal Health Fund, University of Saskatoon (www.usask.cahf), the Whippet Health Foundation (www.whippethealth.org) or a charity of your choice.