H. David Read

Date of Birth

August 3, 1937

Date of Death

June 21, 2019

David died peacefully surrounded by his family at his home in Vancouver, BC. He was proud to be a 3rd generation Vancouverite and often told that his grandfather Hugh Davis came to Vancouver before 1900. David’s father was Frank Read, Canadian Hall of Fame rowing coach and his dearest mother was Beatrice Davis. David attended Shawnigan Lake School where he played and developed a love of rugby. Encouraged by his father, David was an avid sportsman, who excelled at skiing and racquet sports.  At UBC, he majored in Commerce and completed his MBA at Stanford University class of 1962. Trained as a security analyst, David loved economics, statistics and all things to do with securities. He was a man with many interests and talents. In 1974, he moved to Santa Barbara, California with his family and began to design and physically build exceptional homes with a colleague architect. In 1989, after a divorce, he met and married his beloved, Dr. Judith Schoenholtz-Read. In 2003, they returned to Vancouver.

David’s happy times were building and spending time at his cabin on Sonora Island, BC, fishing, driving his boat fast, reading, and hanging out with family and friends. Most important to David were his surviving family including his wife Judith and his daughters Andrea (Read), Zoe (Read), Susan (Read), Kara (Read) and her husband Mark Stevens, his stepson Jared Lazerson and his grandchildren Shea Read Drake, Cole Stevens Read, Noa Stevens Read, his stepgrandson Joshua Lazerson and his brother Charles  Anthony and sister-in-law Diane “Li” Read.  A private celebration of life will be held at the end of the summer. In his memory, donations can be sent to Prostate Cancer Research Institute at pcri.org.


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