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Letter: To everyone at the Black Bear Pub, you will be missed

The favourited North Vancouver watering hole closes for good on Thursday
Owner Ron Slinger ran The Black Bear Neighbourhood Pub for 27 years. | Paul McGrath / North Shore News

Dear Editor:

To everyone who works at The Black Bear Neighbourhood Pub, Lynn Valley is losing its community gathering place this week.

Big development and money continue to be the priority instead of keeping our individuality and authenticity. We have lost our bookstore, our toy shop, and our artisan store and replaced it with more banks and more cell phone stores.

So we wanted to take a moment to thank all the staff at the Black Bear Pub. You will be missed.

Thank you for the many times you have brightened our lives with your smile over the past 25 years. For getting our meal orders right every time – especially when we have a boatload of dietary issues. For bringing our glasses of wine just as we sit down. For remembering our names and welcoming us each week.

The Black Bear is where we have celebrated birthdays and anniversaries, graduations and many, many happy times. It is also where we have fought over politics or which team was winning or who said what. It is where we have met to remember and grieve for family and friends we have lost over the last two and a half decades and for the wars that keep occurring around the world. It is where we ordered dinner during COVID in hopes of ensuring this special place survived the shutdown.

The Black Bear has been our community’s “kitchen table” where we have gathered together for more than 25 years. Thank you each and every one. You will be missed tremendously. May all of your new paths bring as much joy to your lives as you have brought to ours.

Love and hugs,

Joy and David Fai
Lynn Valley, North Vancouver

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