Our friendship goes back 40 years ago when we met in our first real jobs at the Milk Marketing Board in England. David and Susan already had a clear vision of their future life together mapped out in Australia - and realised. David always talked up Leeds United ( hard in recent years) and talked down Manchester United - my team ( again hard in recent years with their successes). The exchanges of course moved on to England v Australia in cricket,rugby and anything i.e.the Olympics - which were brilliant in Sydney. We met up again all too briefly last May. I am proud to have called David my mate from 'Down Under'.
I only had the privilege of knowing David in a business capacity, but I was impressed by his professionalism, gentle nature and attention to detail. I extend condolences to David's family and friends from all of us at Eco Logical Australia. Vale.
I will remember David for many things but perhaps a willingness to be accountable for all aspects of his position as Council's General Manager, his wonderful knowledge of (and passion for) the Southern Highlands, a great sense of humour and absolute devotion to his family are just some qualities that come to mind.
We remember Sue and David from our university days at Swansea and went to their wedding. Though we have not met since they left for Australia,we have kept in touch with the annual exchange of Christmas newsletters! Our prayers and thoughts are with Sue and her family at this sad time. A personal letter is in the post. We hope to come over and meet Sue in the near future. Sue and Charles Morris, Bridgnorth, U.K.
When David met with other council excutives and Mayors from the southern NSW councils, his strength of character was always evident.. He didn't speak to hear the sound of his voice, he spoke with meaning and intent, with a passion and sincerity for the Southern Highlands. He will be missed. Vale. Mike Hyde