It was with the deepest sadness that I learned of the recent death of our Branch Co-ordinator, David Easton.
The WFA and, in particular, our branches have lost a true, dedicated supporter indeed. Under David's stewardship as Branch Co-ordinator, the number of branches starting up has been excellent.
It's only a matter of weeks ago that David and I spent time together on the Butte de Warlencourt. He was so pleased to be there, because the Butte was a special place to him as a Northumberland man. This was to be the last time I saw David, although we were in constant touch by telephone.
After feeling unwell for a few weeks, David was admitted to hospital to have an operation for bowel cancer. Sadly, he was never to waken up from the operation.
We all will miss David's dry humour, cutting comments and his ability to sum up situations quickly and concisely. He was always there to give advice regardless of how small the problem was. He was a brilliant friend and colleague, and the WFA is worse off by his sudden departure.
Our deepest sympathies go to David's partner, Anne, and their families.