My apologies in advance if this is not an appropriate way to post this news, but it seems important to me to inform fellow C&V members that a good friend of mine, David, who posted here under "Bikingbritinmex" sadly passed away on Monday.
David and I 'met' on C&V some years ago through his posting about a Holdsworth Equipe he was buying in the UK whilst living in Mexico. Through PM's and then e-mails and phone calls a friendship developed based initially on our shared enthusiasm for classic British bikes. David returned to his native England and settled in Hungerford Berks, where he set about the full restoration of his 1947 Hobbs, which he bought whilst living abroad but which stayed in the UK awaiting his return. He finally completed the job some weeks ago and was enthusiastic about riding it but was having some health issues. We planned to meet up soon and have a gentle ride together.
Then two weeks ago, on the eve of my departure for Thailand to attend my son's wedding, David e-mailed me to inform me that he was having to go to hospital urgently for emergency abdominal surgery. I replied with encouragement as he really had no choice at all and looked forward to speaking to him again on my return.
Tragically he was called to a higher place whilst I was on the return flight. His son phoned to inform me of the sad news today and my thoughts go to his family at this difficult time. I know I'll really miss him. I'll always be indebted to him for the effort he put in on my behalf whilst having his frame repaired by Mario Vaz in London. David doggedly quizzed Mario, who used to work at Holdsworth and as a result positively identified my 1954 Holdsworth Typhoon. We also used to post each other free parts for our respective projects and e-mailed jokes every day or so. A true gentleman in the real spirit of C&V in every respect I hope he finds smooth roads and decent tailwinds on the spiritual plane.
Sorry to be the bearer of such sad tidings, but I felt that others should know.