TANKARD, David -

Passed away peacefully at the Mildura Base Public Hospital on February 27, 2021 aged 81 years. Beloved husband of Marilyn for 58 years. Loving father and father in-law of Andrea; Kevin and Karen; Sarah and Michael; Richard and Katherine; Daniel and Melissa; and Lisa (dec). Adored Pop and Great Pop of many.

Family and friends of the late Dr. David Tankard are respectfully informed that his Graveside Funeral service will be conducted at the Mildura Lawn Cemetery Nichols Point Lawn 2, on Friday March 5, 2021 at 2.00pm.  


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  • Kaye Matthews (Kilpatrick)

    Dear Mari, Andrea, Kev, Sarah, Richard and Daniel. Our hearts are with your hearts as you farewell a giant of a man. I will always have fond memories of rowing club events, traveling backwards with Andrea in the yellow Volva to Noosa Heads, his mother being horrified at his methods to cool off under the kitchen air conditioner outlet at 911 🤣, lots of family gatherings, laughter and oh yes, dentistry. Much love. Let’s hope he’s now with Lisa again🍷💕😎

  • Vince & Lena Leonardis

    Condolences on sad loss of David, our thoughts are with you at this very sad time.

  • Sam McDermott

    Dear Marilyn and Family,

    My sincerest condolences for the loss of David.

    David welcomed me to the rowing club as a 6yo coxswain, treating me as part of the team and making the many 5:30am winter morning training sessions on the water fun.

    I’ll never forget the things he used to do to lighten up my life as a boy amongst men, such as gifting me a Liverpool FC shirt or trophies when we won, plus my favourite, rides in his Jag, even if Pat and Paul weren’t so keen on that last one. He also occasionally took care of my teeth :)

    His enthusiam and passion for life’s enjoyments were a positive influence on me and will be sadly missed, yet never forgotten.

    Love, Sam.

  • Mike and Brenda Sanderson

    Mari and family, we are greatly saddened to hear of David’s death. We have so many memories of enjoying his inimitable hospitality. He was such great company, the sort of man you only meet once in a lifetime, and will be sorely missed.

  • Cecily, Stan Woods & Family

    Many years ago David became our rowing friend and dentist. We got to know him a lot better when he was rowing with Wentworth. David had an awesome sense of humour and a heart of gold. Marita bought David’s wooden scull when he said he was selling it as he had grown out of it!. The scull is still in the Woods family lovingly looked after and has many trips out on the water. Over the years we have all gained many special memories of times spent with David. Sincere condolences and love to all the family from Cecily, Stan,Trent, Loriann and Marita. 💞