Canadian Author, Columnist Dies in White Rock, B.C.

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Sports fisherman, outdoor adventurer, travel writer, photographer and author of the Living Rivers of BC books, Gordon Davies died November 25 in White Rock, BC, at the age of 85, after a three-year struggle with Alzheimer's Disease.

Sports fisherman, outdoor adventurer, travel writer, photographer and author of the Living Rivers of BC books, Gordon Davies died November 25 in White Rock, BC, at the age of 85, after a three-year struggle with Alzheimer's Disease.

Davies wrote travel and outdoor stories for magazines and newspapers in Canada, the US, and Mexico, from the 1960s to the 21st century.

A native of New Westminster, he served in the Canadian Army overseas in World War II, where his artistic and musical talents put him in the Army Show, keeping up the morale of our troops during many a bombing raid in England. After he came home and married his childhood sweetheart, Pauline MacKenzie, he worked in the printing business in New Westminster, Kelowna and White Rock. He also worked in the Vancouver area newspaper industry before taking up his second career as a writer and photographer.

His love of nature was evident in his intimate writing style, in the many moods of his photographs, and in his devotion to causes such as the Semiahmoo Fish and Game Club's fish hatchery near White Rock as well as, on a larger scale, the World Wildlife Federation.

Gordon and Pauline Davies, most often accompanied by their youngest son, Rob, traveled from Canada to Mexico's Baja Peninsula every winter for more than 20 years, taking time to explore rivers in the states of Washington, Oregon and California along the way. Many of these side trips led to stories in American publications, just as the trio's travels in Mexico inspired articles for the Baja Times.

His many readers drew inspiration from Davies's work, and from his rare insight into these regions.

Over the years, friends accused him of contributing to the influx of tourism in Mexico, especially to the transformation of Baja's San Felipe from a sleepy fishing village to a destination hot-spot. Davies would reply, "You're right, and now there aren't enough fish to go around."

Gordon Davies was a man who cared about the environment long before it became a popular agenda for politicians and the general public. When his long-distance travel days were over, he and Pauline settled by the sea in Fanny Bay on Vancouver Island.

Pauline predeceased him in 2007. They are survived by their two sons, Clint and Rob Davies, two daughters, Kay Davies and Ann Main, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

For further information contact thedavieshouse(at)shaw(dot)ca

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