Loss of Pat means less interesting Qualicum Beach

Very sad to read about the loss of Pat Ziebart (‘Man dies in downtown fire,’ The NEWS, Oct. 25).

Very sad to read about the loss of Pat Ziebart (‘Man dies in downtown fire,’ The NEWS, Oct. 25).

I have been frequenting his Remember That Collectables warehouse in Qualicum Beach for years. It was a “we buy junk and sell antiques” kind of place, but I only went in to peruse the several thousand dusty record albums on shelves and in boxes. I loved his filing system, a whole shelf of “brothers” for example: Aimes Brothers, Smothers Brothers, Everly Brothers.

His pricing was always a mystery. The first time, I walked out because he was asking $40 for a used album that I could find elsewhere for $8 or $10. It was Pat’s quaint marketing technique, as it turned out. The real prices were a fraction of the sticker price but Pat reasoned that everybody loves a bargain and that his customers would delight in eventually discovering the real price.

I was in there the day before the fire for a couple of hours — you have to put in the time when looking for a gem or two amongst all the Mantovani albums. I put aside Randy Newman’s Sail Away, a Duke Ellington recording of A Drum Is A Woman and a Buck Owens to play for Yukon visitors.

But, I digress. He was a great guy and I loved hanging out with him and his little dog. He will be greatly missed. And our community is just a little less interesting with the loss of his wonderful eccentricity.

Paul Kyba

Qualicum Beach