Official Obituary of

David Lionel Terrence Sine

May 27, 1955 ~ March 17, 2024 (age 68) 68 Years Old

David Sine Obituary

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David Lionel Terrence Sine was born May 27, 1955 and passed away, surrounded by loved ones, on March 17, 2024 at the age of 68.

David was born in Yorkton, SK, grew up in Calgary and moved to Brooks in the 1980s where he met and married his wife Emma.  In 1992, David began what he would say was the most important role of his life when he and Emma adopted their son Codi.  David’s number one priority in life was family and he would want to be remembered, above all else, as being a dedicated father and grandfather.  He was lovingly referred to as ‘the butler’ when it came to Codi and later his grandkids because he would do anything for them.  As Codi grew older and pursued a career in mechanics, David’s role of ‘butler’ took on a new focus as he became Codi’s personal ‘parts guy’; chasing down parts as Codi was in the garage working on vehicles.  David was kind and loving, he displayed his love through acts of service (Emma often joked that she hadn’t been to a gas station in decades).  He was a good friend to many and was dedicated to doing the right thing.  He volunteered for years in the church and, after retirement, at the local food banks where he displayed the same commitment and dedication to each role he took on.  David loved vacationing with Emma and Codi and many times those trips included family and friends. There are many fond memories over the years from Disneyland, Las Vegas, Columbia Falls and some less fancy places when money was tight.  These trips were always a priority, yet sometimes were as simple as a day trip with a portable BBQ and hotdogs but always included an investigation of the closest Costco.  David was an avid football fan and he was able to realize his dream of attending an NFL game this past October when he and Emma returned to their favourite vacation spot in Las Vegas after several years of staying close to home due to his dialysis schedule.  This final trip was afforded to him by the generous donation of a kidney, his second in 8 years.

David received the diagnosis of polycystic kidney disease at 39 years old which set him forward on a path to manage his disease through will and determination.  If you knew David, even only well enough to know him by his beloved work nickname ‘Costco Dave’ you probably knew him to be consistent, dedicated and disciplined.  He approached his disease with the same dedication and effort he put into being a dad, grandpa and husband.  He committed himself to eating a healthy diet that avoided anything his doctor said was off limits and he began a regimented approach to exercise.  He and Emma joined a running club where they made many friendships and many wonderful memories.  Few of us have the self-discipline that David had and he combined this with an admirable will to live that allowed him decades of years before requiring dialysis and eventually two transplants.  David was fortunate enough to receive two donor kidneys from family friends, Lana Walsh and Carol Heggie.  He had many others volunteer to be tested and even make it deep into the process to be screened as a possible match.  It was very overwhelming for David to think about the number of people that came forward to offer him a chance at a longer life.  These amazing gifts were not taken for granted by David as he would become very emotional and choked up when talking about it.  While he didn’t always come up with the words, you could see the gratitude in his eyes through the tears.  David’s mind and spirit carried his will to live right until the end when his body could no longer.  The exact cause of David’s death is not yet known, as the second donor kidney was still functioning well at the time of his passing.

David is survived by his loving wife Emma Goerzen Sine, son David Codi Gray (Sabrina) Sine, grandchildren Parker, Jameson-Jay, MariJayne, Parker’s mother Taylor Dick, mother Jean Sine, brother Bernard (Maxine) Sine and numerous beloved brothers and sisters in law and nieces and nephews.  He is predeceased by his father Terrence Sine and sister Barbara Marshall. 

Both the Kidney Foundation of Canada and the Lethbridge Food Bank were near and dear to David’s heart and in lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider donating to these organizations.

A Memorial Service for David will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 4105 Forestry Avenue, S. Lethbridge at 12:30pm on Monday, March 25th.



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Memorial Service
March 25, 2024

12:30 PM
Forestry Ave Chapel, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
4105 Forestry Ave S
Lethbridge, AB T1K 4Z6


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