Via KnowBC, Rick Antonson writes: Chuck Davis Passes. Excerpt:
A great man has passed away this morning. He had more admirers than the number of pages in all his (17 and counting) books. He leaves us a legacy of history-as-wit, and of our own stories internationally told. He touched every nook of our city; he gave us memory.
He was my friend, and a friend of Tourism Vancouver. He made the time to come to one of our staff gatherings some years ago to talk about new found film footage of old Vancouver, to help shape our collective pride of this place we invite the world to visit, and to make sure we knew where we'd come from.
A few years ago our board of directors honoured Chuck with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his unique contributions which include the first-ever 'guidebook' to Vancouver.
In his mid 70's, Chuck was still writing - compiling a massive website on this destination's past one hundred+ years, and preparing another book on Vancouver (yes, one day it will be published) that in scope and ambition exceeds any book that Canadians will have seen. It was the culmination of his life's work, and with that life now over, others will help to complete his project.