A statement from the Wood and Macdonald families

Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Uncle, Cousin, Friend — our dear David Wood died in Antarctica on January 12, 2016, living the life he dreamed — full of adventure.

For over 35 years Dave spent his working life in environments that most only experience in documentaries. He flew helicopters in the Arctic, Antarctic, South America, China and the South Pacific as well as working many seasons in Australia and Canada for exploration and bush (forest) firefighting operations.

Along his travels Dave made his way into the hearts of people throughout the world, many of whom we have heard from already, giving us much strength.

Our heartfelt thanks go to his colleagues at the Australian Antarctic program, particularly those at Davis station who placed their own safety at risk in the rescue operation. We would like to acknowledge the tireless and dedicated effort of the medical personnel in Davis, supported by specialists from Hobart and around Australia. We are indebted to you for those hours spent working for a better outcome and we mourn with you.

David leaves behind much loved family in Canada and Australia and a legacy of a life lived to its fullest. There are no words to describe our sorrow at his untimely death. He had so much left to give, so much left to share.

A service is being planned in Winnipeg, Canada.

We ask that you please respect the family’s privacy at this time.