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Richard Kenneth AVERY

October 20, 1959 - November 13, 2013

Richard, 54, died suddenly and unexpectedly at home.

He was born to the late Joan and Duke Avery in Victoria, B.C. where he lived most of his life.  Many happy summers spent at the family cottage at Shawnigan Lake, B.C.

He excelled at many sports.  A knee injury cut short his basketball career at the University of Washington.  The upside was he met Val, a physiotherapist, and they married in 1988.

Richard became a sports agent working in hockey and went on to start his own sports agency for international basketball players, developing a large network of international clients, colleagues and friends.  He was passionate about making a difference in the Iives of young athletes who were following their dream.

In addition to his wife Val, Richard is survived by their son Sasa Devic, aunt Shirley Ellis and her children Debbie Battler (Michael), Cathy McKinstry (Ken Waet), David Ellis (Catherine), Barb Gardiner (Doug), Pat Ellis.  Also, Val’s brothers Mark Mahovlich (Noreen), Clarence Mahovlich (Debbie), Wally Mahovlich (Bev), and much loved nieces and nephews.  Richard also leaves behind great friends many of whom go back to his childhood.

In lieu of flowers Val has requested that you hug your loved ones, and enjoy every moment of this life; our time here is short. Donations to the charity of your choice.  A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.  Expressions of condolence may be sent to