David Bouvier

November 1941 – April 2024

It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of David George Bouvier, on Gabriola Island, on Wednesday 10 April 2024. Davy’s family and his many friends knew him as a fierce advocate for social justice, as a trenchant raconteur, as a dedicated scholar, teacher, and poet, as an avid reader and book collector and etymological sleuth, as a carpenter, a gardener, and a dog lover, and as a proud father and grandfather, honest neighbour, and kind friend. 

David was born in November 1941 in Bexleyheath, England, where he grew up. He attended the London School of Economics, studying philosophy with several leading lights of the field, and later moved with Helen Gilfillan, to San Diego California, where his studies continued at UCSD. He moved to BC in the early 1970’s, where he met Maureen Watty, and they and their daughter Anna lived for several years in the home he built on a small farm in Lund, BC, until he and Maureen separated. Moving to Vancouver in 1977 and taking a job with Social Services, he married and had two more children with Diana Bouvier, daughter Jennifer and son Jesse. From 1982 to 2009 David taught ESL to multitudes of new Canadians, with great sensitivity and effectiveness, at Capilano College in North Vancouver. 

In 1990 David and Diana bought property on Gabriola Island on which David began to build a vacation/retirement home. David and Diana separated in 1996. David retired to Gabriola in 2009, where he lived until his death.

David is survived by Diana Bouvier, by his three children Anna Bouvier, Jesse Bouvier (Andrea Renaud-Simard), and Jennifer Wong (Curtis Wong); and by his five grandchildren: Emma Richards, Maeva Poliquin, Owen Wong, Sam Wong, and Luke Wong.