With a heavy heart, I report on the passing of Dave Roels on June 13, 2017 following a very short battle with cancer.
Dave was an integral part of BC Shipping News. For regular readers and website followers, Dave's work will be very familiar. It was through his photography over the past six years, that the magazine's personality shone through. His talent was self-evident; his enthusiasm and passion for the industry and, more importantly to Dave, the people within it, knew no bounds. I think of all the times he called after an assignment -- the excitement in his voice as he described the people he'd met that day and the things they did. It was so obvious he loved what he was doing and, for me, it was motivational.
To work with someone like Dave was a gift. From his knowledge of the craft and his ability to be as comfortable shooting a tug crewman coupling up a boom as he was to positioning Presidents and Prime Ministers for an official handshake shot, he treated everyone with the same respect, politeness and cheer. He was a true professional.
But for all of his contributions to the magazine and the pleasure of seeing a true artist at work, it is his friendship that I value and will miss the most.
My heartfelt condolences to Georgina, Dave's wife and love of his life for 33 years. I think I can safely speak on behalf of the entire marine industry that Dave's passing has left a hole in all of our lives and the world seems a bit less colourful today than it did yesterday.
A service will be held for Dave on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Broadway Church, 2700 East Broadway, Vancouver, B.C.
To honour Dave and illustrate just how much he contributed to BC Shipping News, follow the links below for displays of his work.
BC Shipping News
Photo galleries (and there are lots more at: http://bcshippingnews.com/photo)
Tugs & vessels: