Former City Councillor known for his love of life passes away

By Doug Collins
August 27, 2017 - 8:27am Updated: August 28, 2017 - 5:52pm

KAMLOOPS —UPDATE — A former Kamloops alderman known for his infectious laugh and big smile has passed away.

Dave Gracey was a council member from 1999-2002.

 He was involved heavily with youth, and the needs of the more at risk people in the community.

He loved the arts and sports, was involved in musical endeavours, and was one of those responsible for bringing junior football to Kamloops with the Kamloops Cowboys.

Former Mayor Mel Rothenburger remembers Gracey as someone who was always willing to promote local groups, and someone who loved life.

Rothenburger says, in his Armchair Mayor column this morning on CFJC Today, that Gracey was the first to promote expanding the Tournament Capital of B.C. brand to include all of Canada.

For the past several years, Gracey had been working in Japan, teaching English and working as Executive Director at Phonics in Japan.

He had studied Journalism at Thompson Rivers University. Gracey enjoyed being on air, and co-hosted a programme called Facing Chaos, a popular show he put together with Broadcast Centre's Richard Woods.

Originally it was believed Gracey passed away from cardiac-related issues, but later information indicates that he passed away suddenly and unexpectedly last Monday, August 21st, from diabetic ketoacidosis. The diagnosis isn't expected to be confirmed until government paperwork is complete.

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