C-FAX Victoria Veteran Dave Shearer Has Died


It popped up today in the Times Colonist’s obituaries .. sad word from the UK that longtime C-FAX announcer/engineer Dave Shearer has passed at age 89.

SHEARER, David William Edward Born January 25, 1929 in Greenwich England. Passed suddenly on October 24, 2018. Predeceased by his first wife June. Dave will be sadly missed by his wife Carole Brown, stepdaughter Susan (Matt), stepson James (Lynn) and grandchildren Miles, Olivia, Ava and Hayley.

David also leaves behind his sister Elizabeth along with a large group of wonderful friends who meant so much to Dave.

Dave was involved with the Esquimalt Lions club for over 50 years. He also had a career with CFAX Radio spanning 25 years.

Dave had a passion and a gift for building model air planes and boats and was a history buff with an amazing amount of knowledge.

Dave had a fulfilling life and will be most remembered for his memorable radio voice, his sense of humour, generosity and most of all his ability to make you feel loved.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Glen Meadows Golf & Country Club, 1050 McTavish Road, Sidney BC on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Memorial donations can be made directly to CFAX Santas Anonymous.

Thanks for all you did to inform and entertain our community, Dave, with your warm and welcoming radio personna.   You have left a lot of admirers behind.


  1. When I was 14 years old, I used to visit Dave Shearer in the CFAX studios, top floor of the Central Building on View Street. Having built and launched my closed circuit radio station in our neighbourhood, Dave took a keen interest in my project and would give me the promo 45 RPM records which CFAX would never play, certainly not at that time…. the last time I saw Dave was visiting his home when he lived on Rockland, or one of the side streets near Government House, with his first wife, June. I liked and admired Dave, a very nice man, and I would die for his set of pipes. Such a Beautiful voice.

  2. Agree with Michael, Dave S. was one of the great traditional voices of radio in Victoria. Also worked at CJVI. His announcing with CFAX was in the very early days of that station.

  3. Dave was the first morning man when C-FAX when on the air, I believe in 1959. The station was a dawn-to-dusk operation then, sharing 810 kHz with KGO San Francisco. He remained at the station through its various ownerships until early 1990’s, spending the most time in the engineering department. His precise craftsmanship was evident in the many many devices that were custom-built by C-FAX during this time. You might as well say “Dave-built,” as it was basically Dave that did all the shop work … various others in engineering did some designing (including me 1982-1988), but it was Dave’s work that brought everything into fruition. An endlessly patient man, a gentle spirit, a great lover of cats and of Gilbert and Sullivan; I think of Dave often. He will be missed!

  4. Dave was my Step Dad, Thank you all for the stories…Keep them coming!
    Dave Came into my life after his first wife passed and he met my mom around 1999, My Dad had recently passed When Dave and my mom first met. I was protective of my mom at first(I was only 22 yrs old) but quickly found many common interests with Dave, First being I was drummer playing in a band and he helped with our early recordings with old equipment he had! The second common ground we had was Motorcycle’s. I learned a lot from this man and he truly become a great friend and a father to me. He will be missed
    James Brown


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