Obituary of Dave INGRATTA
February 18, 1971- July 4, 2020
‘Accomplished, intelligent, witty, gentle, compassionate and humble, Dave knew the test of a truly strong man was FAMILY ’
It is with profound sadness, we announce the peaceful passing of Michael David Ingratta following a resilient and brave journey with cancer on Saturday, July 4, 2020 at the age of 49 years. Dave is survived by the love of his life and wife of 24 years, Jillian; his cherished children for whom his pride was immeasurable, daughter Laine and son Cade. Dave will be lovingly remembered by his parents; Mike and Pat Ingratta, his mother Kathryn Weston; his siblings, Tom (Diane), Michelle (Blake) and Chris (Ashlyn). Dave was a treasured brother-in-law to Jillian’s siblings, Leslie (Gary) and Gordon (Assunta); and son-in-law to Bill. Dave truly loved and was loved by all of his nieces and nephews, Laura (Jasica), Leah (Luke), Alex, Sam, Ally, Claire and Brendan.
Dave was born in St Catharine’s, ON, and was raised on the family farm in Okotoks, AB where he and his three siblings were active in 4H, sports, travel, and antics of which some have now become famous.
He graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Commerce and went on to obtain his CMA designation. Dave had a lengthy and distinguished career in Alberta’s oil and gas industry spending the final 15 years with TC Energy. Dave loved all sports, was a natural athlete and avidly followed hockey and football.
Once Jillian captured his heart, his true passion was family. With their children, they became an example to us all, enjoying innumerable family events, travel, life experiences, laughter, learning and unity. Dave was a father who gave freely and completely; his time, encouragement, support and love. He embodied the true meaning of strength, respect, dedication and integrity. All who met Dave were touched by his calm gentle nature and genuine kindness.
The family wishes to thank all staff at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and the Palliative Home Care Team for their exemplary care and support. In Dave’s memory if you wish, donations can be made to Lung Cancer Canada, https://www.lungcancercanada.ca. Dave used his situation and surprising diagnosis to raise awareness that “anyone with lungs can get lung cancer” and that the related stigma has contributed to severely underfunded research.
Honoring Dave’s wishes and due to Covid there will be no formal service. A family oriented Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Dave’s obituary at www.McInnisandHolloway.com.