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Official Obituary of

David Stewart Grabatin

June 27, 1963 ~ February 19, 2024 (age 60) 60 Years Old

David Grabatin Obituary

It is with very heavy hearts and the utmost love, that we share the shocking news of the passing of David Stewart Grabatin on Monday, February 19, 2024, at the age of 60. He was born in Calgary on June 27, 1963. David is survived by his loving parents, Arthur and Dianne, and his sweet sister, Kendra.

David's school years were spent at Stanley Jones Elementary, Westbrook and Cochrane High School. He attended SAIT and earned his International Journeyman Ticket in heavy-duty auto body mechanics. On Graduation, his instructor said, “this fellow is amazing, his fingers can feel ripples in glass”.

It's always been a smiling point as David's interest in cars comes down through his father Art and Art's family - the Grabatin Boys were all interested in antique car restoration therefore cars were in his DNA. David was 16 when he purchased his first car, a Dodge Charger, that he restored in his high school shop class to get extra credit. He also restored a 1964 Chevrolet Malibu Super Sport Convertible in the color red with a white top - he enjoyed driving this baby for many summers, no winter roads for this one!

He was an avid gardener, loved the outdoors especially the mountains, gold panning in BC, hunting, fishing, and his beloved animals – his Siamese cats, Sultan and Sequel, and his last love, his Rhodesian Ridgeback, Tucker, who's waiting for him at the Rainbow Bridge. He also provided a constant food buffet for multiple species of birds in his backyard.

Sometimes David had a big bark, but it was usually with a small bite – his mother always said “he was like a marshmallow or a big old teddy bear”. David would give anyone the shirt off his back. He was a man of his word and an old-fashioned handshake.

We are honouring David's wishes, there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, if you choose to make a donation to honour David's love for his 4-legged friends, please consider a donation to the Calgary Humane Society at

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