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WPCA Saddened By The Passing Of Former Driver/Outrider Roy David


Roy David
Green Wagon On Left, Competing In The 1984 Calgary Stampede Championship Final

December 8, 1938 - July 30, 2018

The World Professional Chuckwagon Association was saddened by passing of former chuckwagon driver and outrider Roy David on Monday, July 30, 2018 after  struggling with advanced dementia at the age of 79 years.

A second generation chuckwagon competitor, Roy started his career in 1958 as an outrider for his father Wilbur David, the same year he won the Alberta Lightweight Boxing Championship, and even competed as a saddle bronc rider as well. Roy started driving his own wagon in 1970 and made his first appearance at the Calgary Stampede the same year. Affectionately known as "Swede," Roy had a long and prosperous career as a chuckwagon competitor lasting nearly 40 years.

He won numerous buckles as an outrider, with his most prestigious wins coming in 1973 at the Cheyenne Frontier Days with Ralph Buzzard, 1974 and 1978 at the Calgary Stampede with Kelly Sutherland, 1976 at the Calgary Stampede with Ralph Vigen, and 1979 at the Battle of the Giants with Kelly Sutherland. As a chuckwagon driver, Roy set the track record at Vulcan in 1984 which still stands to this day. Heading into the 1984 Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby, Roy David was having the best year of his career. With 2 firsts and a second in the first 3 days, and even despite 4 seconds for a stove not being loaded on day 4, Roy David qualified for the 1984 Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby championship final and finished second by just 56 one-hundreds of a second to Dallas Dorchester. Roy was presented with an Active Supporter Award by the World Professional Chuckwagon Association in 1988, and retired from the sport following the 1996 season.

Roy is survived by his wife of 54 years Pearl, his 3 daughters Wendy, Wanda and Shauni and his 3 grandchildren Toryn, Amanda and Tyson. Roy also has 3 surviving brothers Les, Ron, Larry and his sister Lorraine.

As per Roy's final wishes he has requested that there is to be no service and his ashes are to spread on his land in a private family only gathering. He also has requested in lieu of flowers, service etc that in his memory please make a donation to The Boys & Girls Club of Calgary at donations@bgcc.ab.ca or call 403 276 9981. This is where he got his start as a boxer when he was a young man and believed that it is a much needed organization to help kids out.

Roy will be missed by all in the WPCA, and we extend our sincere condolences to the David family.

Billy Melville


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