David John Lisle

March 13, 1946 - October 18, 2023


Obituary For David John Lisle

On Oct 18th, 2023, David John Lisle passed away at the age of 77 years. Predeceased by his wife Maria two and a half years ago, and due to subsequent moving and surgeries, David has fought tooth and nail with his health to continue to do ALL things that inspired him in life. Electronics and Mechanics were his forte as skills but always as a means to an end in furthering his art; whether for printmaking, bookbinding, tailoring, and fabric dying, most especially painting and painted sculptures. David was creative and engaged to his last moment. David's brother Stephen put it best when he said that David was a larger-than-life personality.

David will be lovingly remembered and missed by his Son Alan, daughter-in-law Yoko and grandson Yuhiro. David is survived by his loving Brother Stephen, and nephews Jon(Allison and Rowan) and Dan(Andrew).

A private ceremony will be held, where David will be laid to rest next to his Wife. A celebration of life will be held at a later date, to be announced as soon as details can be arranged.

A short litany of David's life path follows; written largely in his own words. They don't do his varied and interesting life justice, but will have to suffice for this space.

Art was on David Lisle's mind at age 13. "But what good is that?" he was told. "How do you expect to make a living?" So, two years later, at age 15 David left his family and home in England and went to sea with the British Merchant Navy. Seeing the world was an adventure and an education. They sailed around Africa numerous times; and sailed to China, Japan, and many other countries carrying grain and merchandise.

His Captain ran a tight ship and controlled all seaman's activities. David said that was good for him as it kept him out of trouble. While in Vancouver on one of those voyages, David met and fell in love with a young lady, so when he left the sea, he came to Canada on July 1, Canada Day in 1966 to be with the girl he fell in love with on a previous voyage. Finding work was not easy. Every place he applied for employment he was told the same thing; "We don't need you Brits coming here telling us what to do." Finally, David took an electrician course and was sent to the Peace River Power Project which was under construction.

When the project finished, he was out of work. He enjoyed the north and its natural beauty, but it was a boom-and-bust place. His daily meal was wild fowl always readily available. Once again David tried to follow his dream and enrolled in the third-year, fine arts diploma program at the Okanagan College in Kelowna, and then moved to Prince George with his wife and son. He found employment in a sawmill, which he found very interesting and fulfilling. On weekends David and his wife, an artist always found a great place to paint.

When his wife left him with their son, David moved to Vancouver. Here he got into costume designing for the movie industry. Working from a script he met with actors and directors to get their input and then ordered or created the costumes that were needed for the movie. Diagnosed with fibromyalgia, David found that work too taxing. He was then hired by the union and worked for them until his retirement in 2007. When his parents arrived from England and settled in Surrey, David joined them there. His father who was a businessman in England passed away some years ago, and his mother died just recently.

David remarried a woman from the Philippines and it was good, a relationship that lasted 30 years. They traveled all the main roads in BC, some in Alberta and SK, with one trip to Ontario. David cared for her for the last four years of her life, until her passing. David's son is a businessman in Vancouver. He is married to a Japanese lady who had come to Vancouver as an exchange student. They have one son, age 15, and a very bright student. They are all a great delight to David. His nephew Jon and wife Allison have a son Rowan whose pictures and videos light up his eyes and brighten his everyday.

David's goal was to be successful in painting and printmaking, to assemble 20 to 30 paintings and find a way to exhibit them in his home as a gallery.

It is my hope to achieve David's dream of having a show of art, at some time in the future I will host a celebration of life, one at his home and again in Vancouver or Surrey


3 Nov


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  • November 06, 2023

    David got me my first costume job in film. He was generous and helpful to a newbie in the film industry. So sad to hear of his passing. Now he is off to his next adventure. Debbie Winston

  • November 03, 2023

    I am sorry to hear of David's passing. We worked together on the movie K2. It was a wonderful and challenging experience, living in tents, on a glacier. David was always fun to be around with his dry sense of humour and cheery personality. Sending love to his family. I posted two photos from K2; one of David with me and one with Richard, both of us were ADs on the show. Kenna

  • November 01, 2023

    Rest in peace David


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    Patricia uyeda planted 5 trees in memory of David John Lisle . - November 10, 2023

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