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Celebration of Life set for former Spall councillor

Dave Brew will be remembered on what would have been his 85th birthday, Thursday, May 19, in Vernon
Former Spallumcheen councillor Dave Brew, who died at age 84 on Jan. 27, will be remembered with a Celebration of Life in Vernon at the Schubert Centre on Thursday, May 19, from 1-4 p.m. Brew would have turned 85 on May 19. (Contributed)

On what would be his 85th birthday, stories, instead, will be shared reflecting the individual Dave Brew was.

A Celebration of Life for the former three-term Spallumcheen councillor will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at Vernon’s Schubert Centre.

Brew died Jan. 27.

He served as councillor in the township from 2002-2008, all under former Mayor Will Hansma, who described Brew as “dedicated, hard-working and committed.”

Brew ran against Janice Brown for Mayor in 2011, losing by only 90 votes.

He immigrated to Canada from his native Isle of Man and settled in Alberta, working as a farmer. He joined the Red Deer Fire Department in 1960, serving the community for seven years.

Brew pursued many business endeavours in the oil and gas industry before returning to his love of farming when he settled on Larkin Cross Road in the township.

Brew also was a huge support of community sports, donating his time and knowledge. He loved watching his kids and grandchildren in their various sporting activities.

Brew is survived by his wife Elaine, to whom he was married for 61 years; three sons, Terry (Janet), Don (Kristina) and Jamey; his siblings who all reside in Isle of Man, Donald (Wendy), Arthur (Pauline), Irene, Averil (Ken), and Brian (Linda); cherished grandchildren, Tiffany (Scott), Nichole (Dylan) and Bryan; three great-grandchildren, Madalyn, Lydia and Harrison; two step great-grandchildren, Westley and Anders; numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Tracy May in 1964; his parents, Henry and Elsie; beloved grandmother, “Ma”; and two sisters, Kathleen and Sandra.

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Roger Knox

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