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handfuls of Skittles. Dave would not compromise in struggle. He kept his
spirits up and was unfailingly gracious to visitors, grateful they had seen in
him the generous man he was right to the end.
Dave was born on August 21, 1955 in Guelph, Ontario to Ruth and Steve
Fushtey. He attended Centennial High School in Guelph, where he is
remembered more as a star athlete than a scholar. Count the sports: basketball,
football, volleyball, track and field, swimming and rugby. Dave was the
school’s athlete of the year two years running until he injured his knee,
bringing his competitive athletic activities to an abrupt end. He took to golf
in early middle age, then devoted himself to snooker. His friends would say
in fairness that in these two matters he did not particularly excel—but not
for lack of zeal. He was avid, for want of a better word.
He “fell” into landscape architecture by accident and guile: he was picked
up by the school’s vice principal while hitchhiking with a friend outside the
school. They needed a good alibi and they mustered one: they claimed they
were going to the university to apply for the landscape architecture program.
It was not a total fib; his friend was serious about this. As life would
have it, the friend did not get accepted, but Dave did. This started Dave’s
on-and-off education as a designer, which was sometimes interrupted by
trips to the Arctic to work on oil rigs or to London to spend a semester igniting
his love of stone sculpture. He completed his landscape architecture
degree and used his considerable organizational ability (Dave was certainly
a detail man) in his first “job” to project manage for a large landscape contracting
company in Calgary.
Dave and Moura met at an International Federation of Landscape Architects
conference in Vancouver in 1981. Dave’s innate generosity surfaced as
he decided to buy a truck and drive Moura and her belongings to Berkeley,
where she began graduate school. Dave moved to Vancouver and worked
for a variety of firms to get his professional credentials in landscape architecture.
This led to one of the highlights of Dave’s professional design life:
being a senior planner at Expo 86, responsible for contract management of
the design consultants. He left his position at Expo in 1985 to fulfil his longtime
dream to study law. Back in 1979, Dave had written as he pondered his
Law? Law is everything I believe in: discipline, justice, consideration of
others … yet could I survive the disappointments and emotionally handle
the stress and rarified atmosphere? I’d like to try … but I won’t compromise
my values for acceptance.
In 1985, Dave was accepted into UBC Law School at the age of 30 and
loved every minute of his legal education. While there, he was the senior