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A light to the world who loved life, and family and Christmas, leaves the season a little less bright this year.
Dave Scott, founder of Dave’s Fish Chips in Steveston, died Nov. 20 of pancreatic cancer.
Dave started his shop 40 years ago on Chatham Street as mainly a take-out place with two tiny tables in the window. As business grew, Dave secured the former post office at 3460 Moncton St. During renovations, he found old letters, undelivered, stuck in the boarded-up wickets. At first, Dave’s used those wickets to pass food from the kitchen.
It is a café where the chips were hand-made and the coleslaw fresh, from scratch. Dave bought from the local fishers. He made batter daily. In summer, their take-out window always had a line-up. The generous cones of fish and chips came piping hot in newspaper. Patrons learned not to order a large serving unless they were sharing or feeding a ravenous teenager.
One hallmark of his kindness and wisdom was the little dish with a tiny package of crackers, about 4 french fries, a carrot stick and a celery stick the moment a family sat down with a child. He knew kids were hungry. There was no charge for this snack.
Dave gave many Richmond teens their first jobs. They could work full time in the summer but he let them know, come fall, he wouldn’t let them work as many hours, saying they needed time to do homework.
This reporter first met him doing a news story with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) in the 1980s. Before the home technology existed to do so, the CNIB would print a restaurant’s menu in clear braille and bind it with their print menu showing underneath.
Dave Scott leaves as his legacy children, treasured grandchildren and a better community. The Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, of which he was a founding member, remains as lasting reminder of this soul of Richmond. Think of Dave Scott when you hear its whistle blow.