THE ADVOCATE 271
VOL. 78 PART 2 MARCH 2020
By R.C. Tino Bella
David Stewart Fushtey
David Fushtey was a lawyer, a sculptor and a landscape
architect—a Renaissance man who loved
music, art, ideas and argument. Dave died on October
8, 2019 at St. John Hospice in Vancouver at the
age of 64. Dave’s sisters, many friends and his wife,
Moura Quayle, were beside him during his final days
in his room at the hospice, which was complete with
a sound system, countless recollections of a life well lived and excellent
Dave’s end-of-life journey started when he had a seizure in the Hong
Kong airport en route home after a fruitful week discussing governance
with representatives of Huawei in Shenzhen (along with students and colleagues
from the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs at UBC). He had
long dreamed of going to China; he studied Mandarin and Cantonese sporadically
over the years and could for sure be classified as an avid Sinophile.
In fact, his favourite quote was the universal adage: “One is never too old to
learn.” Dave always expressed it in Mandarin: “活到老, 学到老” (phonetically:
“huó dào lao, xué dào lao”).
Dave was perturbed by the vilification of the telecommunications giant,
and he made it a mission to understand the company and dispel the common
critique of it. In this regard, and in many others, Dave was a contrarian,
never content to accept conventional thought.
After spending three weeks in a Hong Kong hospital, he returned to Vancouver.
In mid-August, when his seeming recovery began to slip, a CT scan
revealed an aggressive brain tumour. Surgery followed, but to no avail.
Shortly thereafter, he settled into his end-of-life journey. Throughout he
kept his sense of humour, requesting his favourite treats: Twizzlers and