David R. Geddes is a writer who not only examines history but has lived much of it.
He was born and raised in Scotland and left school at the age of 14 to find work. In his early years he worked as a fireman for British Rail in Scotland. He was drafted into the British Army at the age of 18 and sent to London. During his 18 months of mandatory service Dave was posted to Egypt where he helped guard the Suez Canal.
Following his military service Geddes moved to Canada accepting a job as clerk in the fur trade with the Hudson’s Bay Company. He worked throughout the Northwest Territories before switching jobs again to work in a gold mine north of Yellowknife. Another opportunity found him working as an aircraft dispatcher on the DEW Line airlift north of the Arctic Circle.
At the age of 25, Dave decided to go back to school for upgrading. So, he started taking evening classes, then day classes. Somehow he made it and was admitted to the University of Alberta graduating in 1966. He accepted a job at the new Paul Kane High School in St. Albert, Alberta as teacher and librarian, a job he held for 30 years.
Dave is past president of the St. Albert Historical Society and has a passion for writing about history.
n 2005, Geddes was awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal, honouring outstanding Albertans. In 2011, he was recognized by the City of St. Albert for his contribution to the Arts.
David Geddes has lived in St. Albert since 1966. Dave has two children and four grandchildren. He enjoys writing,
travelling, watching old movies, meeting old friends and living in St. Albert.