David George Michael Tracey

05/01/1943 - 11/03/2021

Obituary For David George Michael Tracey

Dave was born on January 5th, 1943 in Stellarton, Pictou Co., Nova Scotia. Dave, at the age of 18 years old, met his soon to be bride Marion Crosby. They were married 5 years later and started a family. After having 4 kids, Dave bravely left his life in Nova Scotia with his young family and headed to Alberta in hopes of a better life. Dave was a coal miner in Nova Scotia, and continued to do so in Grande Cache, Alberta. After their 5th child was born, and buying their first home in the mountains, he quickly fell in love with our little community never getting tired of the mountains and wildlife that was all around us. Dave loved to sit at the lake and fish the day away, or hike local trails holding his wife’s hand with every step. He was a gentle man, a loving and caring husband, and the world’s best father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Dave will be forever loved, dearly missed, and never forgotten.

Dave is survived by his loving wife Marion Tracey, sons Glenn, David, and Kelley Tracey, daughters Kim Tracey and Shelley Shea, grandchildren David and Krista Howell, Adrian Payette, and Katherine Bradley, great-grandson Peter Chartrand, brothers Johnny, Billy, and Pat, and his sister Nancy.
Dave is predeceased by his loving grandson Nathan Payette, parents David and Georgina Tracey, sisters Yvonne, Lillian, Joyce and Joan, and his brother Bobby.

Lonely is my home without you,
Life to me is not the same.
All this world would be like Heaven,
Just to have you back again.
We wish that we could see you Dad,
Just for a little while.
We wish that we could hug you and
See your lovely smile.
But wishing gets us nowhere,
And longing is in vain.
So we will hold you in our hearts,
Until we meet again.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742

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Loving you always and forever the world's Greatest Daddy
- Shelley Tracey/Shea and Katherine Bradley
Marion & Family. I am so sorry for the loss of your Dear David.May God give you strength at this time, Audrey( King)Rose
- Audrey Rose

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a funeral?

A funeral is a ceremony for a deceased person prior to burial or cremation. A funeral gives the opportunity for family and friends of the deceased to gather and mourn the passing of their loved one, to share cherished memories and celebrate their life. A funeral is a vital first step to help the bereaved heal after the loss of someone special.

What type of service should I have?

If no pre-arrangements have been made, the type of service is entirely up to you.  Services are usually held at a funeral home, community hall, or a place of worship. There is a wealth of different services, ranging from a traditional religious or military service to something a little more non-traditional. Our funeral directors are more than happy to work with you to figure out what would be the most appropriate.

Who are Funeral Directors and what do they do?

Funeral directors are in charge of all the logistics following a death. They complete all the necessary paperwork, make arrangements for the transportation of the body, and put into action the choices made by the family in regards to the funeral service and the final resting place of the body. Beyond the logistics, funeral directors are there to provide moral support and guidance for someone coping with death.

What if a death occurs away from my home town?

We are here to help, we can arrange to have your loved one transported home from anywhere in the world. We will assume responsibility and make the proper arrangements to have them returned to the community. We use the same organization that brings our military home when needed.

What is embalming and what purpose does it serve?

Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body; it also slows down the decomposition process and enhances the appearance of the body damaged by traumatic death or illness. Embalming gives time to the family of the deceased to arrange a service, and allows the family the option of having an open-casket viewing.

What do I do if I am not satisfied with the way a funeral was handled?

Funeral homes and funeral professionals in Alberta are licensed by the Alberta Funeral Services Regulatory Board. If you are unhappy with the way a funeral was handled or the actions of a funeral home in Alberta, you may speak with or proceed with a complaint process to seek resolution of the matter. More information is found at  or by phone at (780) 452-6130 

How much does a funeral cost?

The cost of the funeral varies depending on the wishes you have. The average cost of a funeral is between $5,000-$7,000, however, it varies greatly depending on the kind of service you desire. In general, cremation tends to cost less than burial. The costs include professional services including transportation, embalming and other preparations, the use of a facility for the ceremony, and the purchase of a casket or urn.

Can I personalize a funeral?

Of course you can, in fact, more and more people are opting for a more non-traditional personalized service. There is no right or wrong way to celebrate somebody’s life. There are many unique ways to celebrate life, let the funeral director know exactly what your desires are and they will honour your wishes.

Do we need to have an obituary notice and what is included in one?

It is highly recommended to have an obituary notice that’s either placed in a local newspaper or placed online. An obituary lets the public know that a death has occurred, and gives them information about the service. Obituaries generally include the deceased’s full name, age, city, and date of birth and the city they were living in when they died. It also includes the name of the deceased’s spouse, along with the names of anyone else significant in their lives, such as parents, children or grandchildren. Space may be limited in a newspaper obituary, but you may include a little blurb on the life and legacy of the deceased. An online obituary or memorial website offers you the chance to add a lot more about the deceased.

What happens if the death occurs in the middle of the night or on the weekend?

We are here to help, funeral directors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.

Do I need to have an embalming

No, embalming is often an unnecessary expense, even if a viewing is desired. There are times when we would recommend embalming, especially if there is an extended gap between death and burial or cremation.

Why are funerals so expensive?

Funerals are labor intensive and require a lot of work from a lot of people. The cost of a funeral goes beyond merchandise such as caskets, it includes the services of a funeral director in making the necessary arrangements, filling out forms, and dealing with all the other people involved in the death (doctors, lawyers, insurance companies). Funeral directors work an average of 40 hours per funeral. The cost of operating a funeral home is factored into the cost as well. Funeral homes are a 24 hour operation, with extensive facilities that need to be maintained and secured.

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