By Matti Antilla
July 6th, 2015
David (Ruby) Rubenstein
Dave Rubenstein, Broadcaster, passed away two weeks ago after a short bout with cancer.
I met Dave when he was Sports Director at CKDA in Victoria and I was a lowly newsguy in 1974. He was fresh off a stint as Sports Director at CHEK TV Victoria.
We and two other roustabouts decided to try to unionize CKDA, something that had never been done before at a private radio station in Canada. Richard Hughes was our CUPE contact and troublemaker
We went down in flames, garnering 6 votes for, Dave, myself, the others (Jim Paymar and Roger Fossey) and two others who probably felt sorry for us.
Dave got fired. I took him to the Bengal Lounge at the Empress Hotel and we got royally soused. I resigned before they could fire me and exiled myself to Canada’s Siberia, Toktoyaktuk on the Northern Coast working for Northern Transportation.
Dave, ostracized from working in radio now, bounced back and found employment at CKRD in Red Deer, Alberta. There, he reinvented himself as a salesman, though never losing his passion for sports.
We crossed paths once again at CKAY Duncan in the late 70s, early 80s. He kept his sales role and also broadcast the morning sports weekdays during my morning show.
Later, he moved to the Citizen newspaper where he spent 29 years starring in his sales role. All this time, he continued his devotion to sport, his passion for all teams in Boston. He also had passion for horse racing, being a partner in a harness horse, which did clock in one win.
In recent years, he transformed himself once again, spending a number of summers covering the womens’ tennis at Eastbourne in the UK. He never tired of showing me his work, both the photography and the interviews.
Possibly his greatest passion, though was for his beloved Pompeii, the Portsmouth Football Club, which he supported by buying shares.
I like to think he is now directing that club to its eventual promotion to the next division.
Dave succumbed to cancer recently. He inspired me to do all that I do with passion, to give it all my heart, to smile and have a firm handshake and to have fun doing it all.
David ‘Ruby’ Rubinstein
Born: January 2nd, 1948
City: London, England
Died: June 22nd, 2015
City: Duncan, British Columbia
About Matti Antilla
Radio career in the 70s and 80s…Duncan CKAY, Victoria CKDA, Calgary CJAY and back to CKAY.