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Dave Milbourn RIP

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Bob Abell05/03/2021 14:27:32
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Rest in peace, Dave

Bob Abell

neil howard-pritchard05/03/2021 15:17:47
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I loved Dave like a brother, and we had many traits in common and would laugh at them together.

I will miss you terribly, especially the abuse you gave me many times Dave, for being so thick and stupid regarding electronics, and also the times when you offered me kindly words of wisdom when life wasn't always running so smoothly.

God bless you mate and RIP.

Eddie Lancaster05/03/2021 19:01:02
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I would just like to add my condolences and echo all the feelings expressed in the previous posts.
I did meet Dave and Colin briefly at the last Mayhem meeting at Wicksteed Park, where he was trying out the latest Fairey.
My Huntsman that I built last year will mean even more to me now, and I will remember the help that he gave me even though he must have been quite poorly.

R.I.P. Dave.


neil howard-pritchard05/03/2021 21:30:50
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if any of you had never met Dave, or didn't know he was, on the right, in happy times. long may his memory live on.

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Colin Miller06/03/2021 07:26:33
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I am speechless after reading this.
I always enjoyed having a laugh with Dave when I saw him at the shows.

my thoughts and condolences to liz and the family

redpmg06/03/2021 08:56:26
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Very sad news indeed - had been in touch with him over the last year or so - never a mention of anything wrong - always willing to help . He will be sorely missed .- a great loss for the MB community.

Colin please pass on condolences to his wife .

Malcolm Frary06/03/2021 10:07:03
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The hobby and model boating community has lost a giant.

Deepest condolences to Liz.

Colin Bishop06/03/2021 16:31:42
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I have just heard from Liz, she says it was lovely to read all the tributes to Dave. His funeral will be live streamed and there will be a video link as well. I will put up the details when I have them.


neil howard-pritchard07/03/2021 01:00:15
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Paul T07/03/2021 14:08:37
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Like most of the model boating family have know both Dave and Liz for a long time, I found out early on that he didn't like to burden his friends with his problems.

Whilst a few knew about the cancer we were all sworn to secrecy about it as Dave didn't want sympathy or worse still he didn't want people avoiding him just because they didn't know what to say.

Even though Dave knew that his condition was terminal he kept looking on the bright side and planning his next build. We exchanged emails on a regular basis, I called him Grumpy and he called me Double Doc, both slightly irreverent nicknames but we shared the same slightly warped sense of humour

It was difficult watching him carry on as if everything was normal but I knew that he took a great deal of comfort from his involvement with this forum, where despite being grumpy at times he enjoyed helping others by passing on the fruits of his deep knowledge and experience.

The world is a slightly darker place now but I know that his memory will live on and he will be thought about every time somebody see a model Fairey on the water.

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