At the Department this week, we are very saddened to hear of the death of
David Wilson. David joined the Department as a technician in December 2000
and very quickly became a valued member of staff and a friend to many of
He had already retired from one career, but found retirement unsatisfactory, so he came back to work. He was always cheerful and postive, even after the diagnosis of cancer, and he will be greatly missed.
He slipped peacefully away on Saturday, 4 November 2006.
The funeral was held on Wednesday, 15 November 2006, at 2.30pm,
at the East Chapel of the Crematorium.
David on a punting trip a couple of years ago. A real
Annette Williams, Laboratory Section
Occasionally he would give illustrated talks on his travels which were both interesting and stimulating. His commentary and excellent photography made the talks a real joy and were clearly popular with the members of the Department. He gave slide shows of Colombo (Sri Lanka), Las Vagas, 'The streets of old Delhi', ' A cultural portrait of Great Yarmouth' and India, including Jaipur, Deeg and Amritsar.
David Wilson will be sadly missed by everyone in the Department as he was
always so pleasant and willing to help.
Michaela McNeill, Receptionist
David was a loyal and supportive laboratory technician and someone who has
helped many past and present research students. He was dedicated and
interested in his work and was always willing to pass on his expertise to
others. David has been unwell for sometime but continued to work in as
normal a way as possible. He is an example to us all in many different
Prof Malcolm Mackley
I hate to accept this very bad news, it's hard to say at this sad time
although I have a lot of thoughts about David.
In my mind he is always smile, has a very strong spirit. He is very
positive and helpful gentle man. I have been encouraged very much by
David. I will miss him and miss his travel presentations....
I am very regret that recently I was thinking to visit him or post him a
card, but ...
I was really taken aback with the news of David Wilson. I was the one
sitting next to him on the punt in the photo. I remember the afternoon
clearly as, per usual, he showed everyone up with his excellent sense of
style and a chilled bottle of bubbly that was equally shared amongst all
Gareth Forde, ex PhD student, now a lecturer at Monash University in Australia
I first met David in 1981 when I moved to a job at what was then FBC Ltd.
at Hauxton. He had already been working there (as Fisons) for some years
after starting his career in the Chemistry Department in Lensfield Road.
David was a technician in my laboratory team and he continued to work with
me from time to time until March 2000 when he took early retirement. He
was always an extremely hard working and careful laboratory worker and the
results from his experimental work could always be relied upon. He was
amazingly resourceful and highly practical. He always knew from where or
from whom a piece of equipment or a reagent could be obtained. It was a
particular pleasure for me to know that David was in the Department when I
joined a few years ago. He was extremely loyal, thoughtful and considerate
at all times. He was always cheerful and positive even when the
circumstances were adverse. He was good company and one lasting memory I
have is of him serving drinks from a silver salver at his fortieth
birthday celebration - he did things in style! This style was further
exemplified by the champagne celebration in the tea room when he
understood that his treatment for cancer had been successful. Sadly this
was not to last. He remained positive to the end and even bought a very
plush new bike in the summer so that he could still travel around the
locality independently. I know that David will be deeply missed by us all.
Dr Peter J Foreman, Departmental Secretary (Resources)
Davids No.1 hobby (apart from a taste for good food and excellent wine)
was photography. He was not tempted to venture into "Digital" but was
very much a purist using a 35mm Contax camera for much of his excellent
portrait and scenic photography - he was always on the look-out for that
"one in a thousand" picture that he considered good enough to enter into
various Photographic contests. He was delighted to receive any accolades
about his photos, and philosophical if he did not win ("there's always
next time"). A very good friend as well as an extremely conscientious work
Barrie Goddard, Computer Officer
John, David and Roz
I can't tell you how how deeply I'm saddened to learn of David's
departure. During my years at Cambridge while I did my PhD, I met many
folks from the UK and internationally, but whenever I reflect back, David
Wilson stands out from the crowd. I used to describe David as a Trojan -
he was one of the hardest working man I had ever known and he did it with
a smile. However, what I admired most of all was how fatherly he was - in
everything he did. Being hundreds of miles away from one's home can be a
challenge all on its own, but sometimes it would seem that angels exist to
see you through, and for me, David certainly took on that role. I will
continue to remember David and be inspired in those memories.
Dr. Ralph Chadeesingh, ex PhD student from Trinidad, now a Senior Technology Advisor at BP
If you would like to add anything - a comment, or a happy memory of David perhaps - then please send it to Vanessa and I will add it to this page.