David Noel Way

Raised so far


In 1946, David Noel Way (November 26, 1925 – September 27, 2018) moved from the UK to the narrow valley of the Chilliwack River in Sardis, BC. There he fulfilled his dream, lovingly creating Auchenway Farm with its verdant fields, the towering cedar, and the river roiling at its edge. David was a successful farmer, a respected member of the community, and an inspiration to three generations of family.

David’s love for the hardy Ayrshire cow began on Macqueston Farm, in Dumfriesshire, Scotland in the early 1940s. His meticulous research into attaining his own herd included much correspondence with the Young family at UBC.

David was an active volunteer within varied communities: Weather Observer Environment Canada, Ayrshire Breeders Associations, Fraser Cheam Regional District, and the Chilliwack River Ratepayers, among others. His prudence, discernment, tenacity, and wit made him a key member on all committees.

David gently encouraged everyone to move beyond comfortable boundaries and seek adventures of the heart. His delight in the accomplishments and achievements of others were demonstrated through the warmth of his character and his words. David’s proudest legacy is his family; he often said with wonder, “And to think I started all this.” He will be deeply missed by his four children and their spouses, his ten grandchildren and his six great grandchildren.

The impact of your support

In David’s memory, family and friends invite donations to the John and Mary Young Scholarship at UBC. John was a manager of the UBC Farm and Dairy from 1929 until 1951, and the Young family provided David with invaluable support as he created Auchenway Farm.

The scholarship was endowed in honour of John and Mary Young for a graduate student with an interest in dairy cattle research. Your gift will pay tribute to David’s life, and will support graduate students who are pursuing careers in the area that was closest to his heart.

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