David Friend

Very sad news that our very good mate and trustee David died suddenly at home.

David was a founding member and trustee of BH-Shed and has always been very helful in providing advice, guidance and support throughout. He was an acknowledged leatherworker and had run a very successful company in Brighton for many years. Lately he was able to pass on a little of his extensive know-how through leather work sessions in the workshop. He was also a rifle marksman, shooting each year at Bisley I believe remarkably, without the need for glasses. He also spent much of his time volunteering at Oldland Mill. He had many friends and is going to be sorely missed.

Just over a year ago David was seriously ill and had to have a major operation. He recovered well so it is especially a great shock to us all to hear of his passing so suddenly.

We will publish more on David. In the meantime you can use the comment form below to add a personal message or to tell us more about David.

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  1. I am very saddened at this news. David was a true gentleman who had many talents other than his leatherwork. We had just started a leather workshop, I hope when we return the small group who were learning from David may be able to continue in some way. We at the shed owe him much and may he now rest in peace. Ian Lucas

  2. So very shocked and saddened to hear of David’s passing. Multi skilled and uniquely droll he was an illustration of how the Shed is a place for everyone where sharing and community shines through.

  3. Very sad to hear of David’s death. A friend in every sense who will be sorely missed by everyone at our Shed. Rest in peace David.
    Mike Lewis

  4. David will be missed very much. He was a gentleman a friend.
    The Shed will miss his wisdom and wit, as will all of his family and friends.
    R.I.P. David.
    Dave Bailey

  5. A very unique, friendly and knowledgeable character. He was always willing to help those of us not so capable in the art/skill of wood turning. He will be sadly missed.
    RIP David

  6. Very sad to hear of David’s passing. I only had the good fortune to meet him towards the end of last year and so did not get to know him well in that short time, but I could see what a popular man he was. My condolencies to his family, and his many Shed friends.

  7. Very sad to hear of the loss of David. A true gentleman and with many talents. He will be sorely missed. My sincere condolences to his family.

  8. Very sorry to hear about David’s passing. Over the few years that I knew him he was always helpful. I will miss his tongue-in-cheek comments when I did something he didn’t think I should. My thoughts go out to his family and friends.

  9. The “God Papa” of the Shed, David had kind, smiley eyes and always said ‘hello Jasmine!’, he was passionate about the Shed and had reservoirs of love for animals he loved his dog and kept chickens. A man of few words, he took no nonsense and was just cool in my eyes. He enjoyed signing off Members’ Christmas cards, approx. 80 all in one go – no mean feat! He contacted me on 30th March during the lockdown asking to be part of our small dedicated team making pastoral calls to Members and had the longest list of calls and just set to it diligently. I’d send him tongue-in-cheek Christmas and birthday cards from everyone (13th March) which tickled him.
    Sending you our love David; God bless you and keep you, this poem is dedicated to you xx

    I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one.
    I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.
    I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways of happy, laughing times and bright and sunny days.
    I’d like the tears of those who grieve including my loved ones, family and friends.
    I’d like the tears of all the above to dry before the sun
    And remember me by all the happy memories I leave behind as I take my place in Heaven.

    P.s. Say hello to our friend John Williams when you see him who’s probably regaling you with lots of tales!

  10. Very sorry to hear of David’s passing. When somebody like David passes away it is a great loss of experience and knowledge to us all. Condolences to David’s family.

  11. My church is sending up prayers for peace and God’s love for David, his family and to all our Shed family.

  12. Can only reiterate what has been said before; he was a good friend and colleague and a good teacher. His knowledge wisdom and wit will rarely be seen again.

  13. Very sorry to hear of David’s passing. He was a true gentleman and very happy to pass on some of his extensive knowledge. My wife, Moyra who was in his leatherwork class, joins me in giving our sincere condolences to his family,
    Martin Bradley

  14. I just want to share in the passing of David Friend with my sincere condolences.

  15. So sad to hear of David’s passing. He will be sorely missed. A true gentleman.

  16. Very sad news, it was very nice to meet him last year and get to know him, a great guy who will be missed.

  17. I just wanted to reply to you all from David’s family. I am his niece, my mum is his sister and we will be coming to the small funeral this week. Thank you so much for all the kind words about Uncle David and I will show them to mum so she knows how respected and liked by you all he was. We hope to have a celebration gathering of his life when all this madness is over perhaps up at the windmill. We will be in touch. But once again thank you from us for all the lovely wishes. Sue

    1. Dear Sue, it was a privilege to meet you and your mother and all of your group, on behalf of Eric, trustees and Members. Thank you for your kindness. God bless you.
      Regards Jasmine

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