Despite being a big guy, well built with a lot of tattoos, a friend of David (Glen) Dominie says he had a heart of gold.
The former resident of Stephenville died in a single-vehicle accident in his pickup truck on the highway near Vegreville, Alta., July 2.
Bernard Smith, a tattoo artist who operates Peek-a-Book Tattoo in Stephenville, said he befriended Dominie when he began frequently coming into the shop to get new ink.
“I’d estimate he spent close to 100 hours in my chair over the years, so I got to know him well,” said Smith. “He loved family members, friends and animals.”
While his favourite tattoos were skulls and flames, things Smith said are more often biker related, Dominie’s peronality was the opposite of the rough-and-tumble image. Smith says his friend was a good-hearted man.
“When I first heard of the accident I thought it might be a prank he was pulling off, since he was a bit of a joker, too,” said Smith. “It was pretty sad when I found out for real that it was no joke and that he was gone.”
Smith said Dominie, who he described as a jack of all trades, was by no means a lazy man. He said Dominie did contract work, and did his best at everything at which he tried his hand.
Smith can attest Dominie was well loved by his family — he also did tattoos for Dave’s mom and his sister and brother. When they were in the tattoo shop, 90 per cent of the conversation revolved around Dave, Smith recalled.
“He was loved and will be missed.”
The funeral service for the 35-year-old Dominie takes place today at 2 p.m. at St. Augustine’s Anglican Church on Hillview Avenue in Stephenville.
As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Bay St. George Animal Shelter.