Brenton Robert Davey
Palm Springs - "A Soo Boy"
October 17, 1941 - March 21, 2021
Born in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada and passed in Palm Springs, California at the age of 79.
Brent lived a very fulfilled life starting in the Soo, hard at work at a young age beside his father, Robert Davey. Learning, hands-on, the life of an entrepreneur. His beloved mother, Kay Davey, also hard-at-work providing a beautiful home in the Soo. Kay was Finnish by heritage and Brent's Finnish roots were always a great source of pride. Soon Brent would be venturing on to his own dream, owning an automotive service center for Shell and Texaco Corporations and raising a family with Phyllis Davey, and two beautiful children - JoAnne and Jarrett Davey.
Life-changing circumstances prompted Brent to venture to B.C. Canada where he laid roots in beautiful Sunshine Hills in the outskirts of bustling Vancouver and took over Robson and Bute Texaco Service Center in downtown Vancouver. Hard-work, entrepreneurship, and family was Brent's life for many years. Following a devastating divorce, Brent moved down to the states - Anacortes, Washington his destination. In a profound pivot, highlighting his diverse talents as an extraordinary businessman - a new career as restaurateur, purchasing Charlies Restaurant, located at the Anacortes Ferry Terminal - the gateway to the San Juan Islands and Victoria, B.C. Upon surveying the crew that sat before him, he pondered, "So many mouths to feed". Brent did indeed, feed those souls with leadership, understanding, and revered work ethic. His personality, quick wit, and people-skills served Brent well in the hospitality industry. An "Island Gal" named Diane (fondly known as Dee) caught his eye during that first meeting at Charlies, they would eventually marry and work diligently alongside one another at Charlie's for twenty-nine prosperous years. During the vibrant Charlie's era Brent and Dee welcomed a baby girl, Lynsey Katherine, who was whisked into the fold of work, play, and travel.
Life moves on to winter in Palm Springs, California, where Brent was able to enjoy bicycling, walking the family dog throughout the neighborhood every star-filled desert evening, and daily games of tennis. In work and play Brent was steadfast in keeping fit and staying active.
Summer months brought the busy season at Charlies, but he could and would sneak away to go fishing all around the Puget Sound, which brought such pleasure.
Brent swore he stocked the restaurant with salmon so fresh, " It was indeed swimming in the Sound this morning!" Always the jokester, always on stage to bring laughter and a smile to someone's face.
Palm Springs adventures led to owning and operating a new-to-be dining "Hot Spot", formerly Alfredo's, now Davey's Hideaway. Brent loved the spotlight, in any situation and it was as if Frank Sinatra was singing of Brent in his hit song "My Way".
Another notch in his belt, retirement was on the horizon and Charlie's Restaurant and Davey's Hideaway became an everlasting, sweet memory. His remaining years were spent between the contrasting beauty of the Pacific North West and stunning desert landscapes of Palm Springs. While navigating his fair share of health tribulations in recent years, Brent still always managed to break out into song or crack a witty joke.
Deeply missed and remembered by his wife of thirty-eight years, Dee Davey. First love Phyllis Davey. Beloved children, JoAnne McBain, Jarrett Davey, and Lynsey Katherine Davey.
Loving brother, Dennis Davey and precious grandchildren, Stephanie, Jennifer, Anna, and Niklas.
Brent talked of claiming his "Cloud",
Brent is watching over his family with colors, shapes and forms of his heavenly cloud. Look Up, he is with you....always and forever.
Published in The Desert Sun from Apr. 1 to Apr. 3, 2021.