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OBITUARY

David Thomas Athey

April 28, 1944July 29, 2020
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David (Dave) Thomas Athey April 28, 1944 – July 29, 2020

To his family, his many friends, his former team mates, and his beloved Sole Brothers:

David (Dave) Thomas Athey, aged 76, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on July 29, 2020. Born and raised in Vancouver, Dave was a pioneer in the western Canadian seafood industry, founding Albion Fisheries Ltd. in 1963. With little more than a pickup truck, an unwavering commitment to quality and, as he often emphasized, “the best people the industry had to offer”, Albion grew into the largest seafood distributor in Western Canada.

Dave loved to travel, especially in the company of good friends and family with whom he was grateful to have shared many such experiences. Those who knew Dave knew of his kind heart, thoughtfulness, generosity and selfless devotion to those he held dear.

But above all, Dave was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. His wife of 39 years, Jeanette, was the love of his life. He also found great joy in his grandchildren. Not just their Pappy, Dave was their teacher, playmate, number one fan and best friend.

And so, it is with the heaviest of hearts that we say goodbye to the man who will forever be our Favourite Dad, Happy Pappy, husband and dear friend.

Dave was preceded in death by his son David Jr. in 2013. He is survived by his wife Jeanette, brother Bob, sister Eldeen, daughters Deneen and Amanda, sons Bobby and Justin, his many grandchildren, and his bulldog George.

A small, private service will be held in remembrance of Dave. Livestreaming of the service will take place via: https://www.facebook.com/phil.fredette

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George Zarrelli

August 11, 2020

I met Dave when he played football for the Merloma Junior Football Team and I was the Water boy (1963). He was one of the Great Guys on that team.

In Later years when I played Dave helped With the management of the team was that always a great experience when I got to talk to Dave. Since we’ve been having the football alumni Days it was nice to talk to Dave and reminisce.

My condolences to Dave his family and friends I know he will be missed.

Marilyn Hoskins

August 8, 2020

Thinking of you all at this sad time. Our memories of Dave are centered around the hockey team that Nathan played on with Bobby. What a great group of parents we had! The highlight I guess would be 1995 when the team traveled to Colorado to play in the Pikes Peak Tournament. The boys worked very hard to raise $11,000 for that trip. Dave recognized their hard work and bought the boys Burnaby Minor Hockey jackets. That was so generous of Dave and much appreciated by the boys to wear at the Tournament. The trip was lots of fun and the nights the parents spent together telling stories etc provided many laughs! Dave made friends wherever he went. A great man who we feel very happy to have known. Gary , Marilyn, Brent & Nathan Hoskins

Hans Lehmann

August 7, 2020

My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Dave. As a supplier to Albion Fisheries for many decades, I was always treated with utmost respect and dignity by Dave. His door was always open and cherish the memory of those lunches we shared at Nick’s Italian restaurant. I am forever grateful for his support and friendship. Having witnessed the growth of Albion from a 2 man operation to the leading seafood distributor in Vancouver, speaks to the wisdom and ambition that Dave always projected.
Thank you for your kindness and friendship
RIP Dave

Cari Taylor

August 7, 2020

I have no words to express the deep sadness to hear of Dave passing. I am forever grateful for all the years I spent with him at Albion, first in Victoria, then in Vancouver. We sat side by side in purchasing and he always offered me some great insights, generosity of spirit and he taught me many life lessons in those years we spent together. I am the person today because of a lot of that learning that Dave freely offered me. He was a great man and a beautiful human being. My heart goes out to the family at this difficult time. My best and thoughts go out to you all - Cari Taylor

Jack Tasaka

August 6, 2020

So saddened to hear the passing of Dave. It has been many years (1963 and 1964) since I had the pleasure of coaching Dave as a member on the Meraloma Junior Football team. He was a dedicated player who wore # 23 while playing fullback. I also remember him since I played with his brother Bob on the championship Meraloma team in 1961.
My condolences to you, Bob, and Dave's entire family.

Alan Irvine

August 6, 2020

My deepest condolences to Jeanette and family.

I was privileged to have worked for Albion back in the good old days as the saying goes. The time when Dave would organize hockey at the Burnaby winter club and we could go and poke fun at the boss over a cold beer.

What I remember about Dave and the Albion experience was that he was a kind and generous man who cares about those around him and those who he employed. He was always willing to share his knowledge and had desire to teach others.

To this day many years later, the 13 years I was employed at Albion were some of the best years of my life. The friends made and family environment that was there existed because of what Dave had cultivated in his people and he rubbed off on many. I still feel that in many ways it was the best job I had ever had.

Thank you Dave

Debbie Davis

August 4, 2020

To Jeanette and family,
Sending our love and condolences with the loss of your dear Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Mentor and Friend. I shall always remember Smiling Dave with a warm smile on his face. He was a pleasant, easy going, and generous Friend. May you all find comfort in sharing so many wonderful memories of your loving David!
Love Debbie and the Davis Family❣️

Julie Labelle

August 4, 2020

My deepest condolences to the family. I will always remember the fun we had at the Boston Seafood show for years.
Dave had such a sense of humor and always made time to see me when I went into Albion.
When he retired it never felt the same visiting the office.
Dave, RIP, you were an angel in life, now an angel in heaven now.
Cheers to you my friend.

Julie

Rick & Carol Harris

August 4, 2020

Very sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. Met Dave initially through minor hockey and have to say he was a wonderful man with a great big heart! Condolences to all the family.
Rick and Carol Harris and family

Cory Siegner

August 3, 2020

This man gave me a chance at making everything I have come to reality. My success in the seafood industry was directly because I worked for a company built by a caring, honest, and family Orientated man like Dave. God bless.

Thank you Dave for everything you helped me achieve in my life.

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