Ipswich Branch

David Swale

It is with much sadness that we report the passing of David 18 April 2013, shortly after his 80th birthday, in Monmouth Court Care Home following a heart attack.

Born in Leicester, he went with his parents to Australia at a very young age returning after a few years when the family set up home in Nottingham. After leaving Mundella Grammar School David was employed, until 1959, by Wm. Rigley & Sons, a railway, mining and constructional engineering company where he qualified as a mechanical engineering draughtsman. During National Service he was based at Parkeston Quay with the Royal Engineers dealing mainly with troops travelling across the North Sea to the near Continent. David was later employed by the National Coal Board and the The Post Office (now British Telecom) serving in Nottingham, Glasgow and finally at Martlesham (Ipswich).

David was a very active member with East Midland Branch of the Society and following the Nottingham Railway Exhibition, an in recognition of his work with said Exhibition, was awarded Honorary Life Membership of the Society by the Chairman at that time, John Sweet. Following his move to Glasgow David was a regular attendee at meetings of the Scottish Branch. There was no branch at Ipswich when the family moved there in the late 1970s, however, when he saw an announcement in the RO inviting members interested in forming a branch at Ipswich David was one of the first to respond. His invaluable experience led to him becoming the first Ipswich Branch Chairman. Through the ensuing years, along with his wife Maureen, they were an integral part of branch activities at meetings, on the sales stand at exhibitions as well as taking part in national society events.

David is survived by Maureen, two sons, Kevin and Richard and five grandchildren. The Society was well represented at Seven Hills Crematorium on the outskirts of Ipswich for his funeral on 13 May 2013. It is pleasing to announce that the Society have passed the honour of Davidís Life Membership to Maureen who continues to take an active interest in the Ipswich Branch.

last updated: 27/01/14