It is with great sadness that the family of former CBRM Police Chief, David Damien Wilson announces his passing on Monday, July 26, 2021, after a brief illness.
Dave was 68 years old. He was born in Sydney to the late Jack and Roberta (Inness) Wilson.
Dave joined the City of Sydney Police Department in 1973. In recognition for his dedication and commitment to his community, he was promoted to the rank of Corporal in 1983 and was placed in charge of the drug squad. Through his efforts, an integrated approach in drug investigations was initiated leading to the area’s first joint Forces Operations between the RCMP and the local police department. In 1985, he was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division. Later, he was transferred to the Patrol Division.
In 1990, Dave was promoted to inspector. He was the youngest inspector ever on the force. In 1993, he was promoted to Chief of Police for Sydney. He was the last Chief for the City of Sydney. In January 1995, Dave was named Associate Chief of Police for the newly formed Cape Breton Regional Police Service. It was the first time in Canada an officer was named Associate Chief.
Working closely with then Chief Edgar MacLeod, they began the difficult challenge to replace seven municipal police departments into one. On August 1, 1995, the Cape Breton Regional Police Service assumed full policing responsibilities in CBRM. Dave’s leadership was instrumental in negotiating a collective agreement for wages for the new police service. This is viewed as one of the most difficult assignments in the history of Nova Scotia Labour Relations and was accomplished without a police strike or binding arbitration. In June 2007, Dave led negotiations for policing on Membertou First Nation.
Dave’s police career was accomplished with respect, compassion and integrity.
His interests outside of police work were hunting, fishing and spending time at his cabin, in what the locals call “the glen” in rear Boisdale. His favorite time was the start of partridge season. He entered the woods accompanied by one of his cocker spaniel bird dogs, Carlos, Brandie and Ringo. The latter was a gift, as a puppy, on his retirement by his police colleagues. He was also fond of gardening.
Dave is survived by his wife of 46 years, Ruby (Gaslard); only son, Damien (Holly), of whom he was so proud of his business success; grandson, Colton; brothers, Robert, Sydney, John (Johanne), Portage, William (Bernice) Stillwater Lake, Halifax and Thomas (Marie), Sydney; sisters, Elizabeth and Mary, Sydney; and the extended Gaslard family.
Besides his parents, Dave was predeceased by his mother-in-law and father-in-law, William and Louise (Coles) Gaslard.
A private family service will be held. Visitation will take place at Sydney Memorial Chapel on Saturday, July 31 from 2-4 p.m.
Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.
Words of comfort can be sent to the family at www.sydneymemorialchapel.ca or e-mailed to email@example.com
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Chief David D Wilson OM 2021..
Death notice for the town of: Sydney, Province: Nova Scotia