It is with considerable personal sadness that I have to write about the death of Dave Newham.
Really good friend to the RAFPA who’s input to your Association was considerable, not only with the running of our annual Photographic Competition but also with the preparation of the Trophies and arranging the Prize Giving for your Reunion Weekend.
Our Chairman, John Barry wrote and circulated by email a message, for those who were not able to read it:
Fellow Photographers, family and friends it is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have to inform you of the sad passing of one of our most stalwart members and a personal friend – David Newham.
David passed away in Gloucester Hospital, his niece asked us to delay informing members until she had chance to let the immediate family know.
As most of you will be aware, David has been a keen Member of the RAF Photographers Association from our early days and over the years has been the organiser of many events that have promoted our Reunions. He introduced the now familiar Annual Photo competition, challenged us on car rally quizzes, and organised many local site visits.
For many years he was our Master of Ceremonies, provider of trophies and general fund raiser via our Reunion raffle.
He will be missed for many reasons but mostly for his sense of humour, his wit, charm and gracious manner. It was always fun to be in his company.
A fellow Lincolnshire lad, David joined the RAF as a Boy Entrant Photographer and after 24-years service worked as a freelance photographer in commercial and photojournalism.
In his spare time he became a writer and published some six novels in the past 10 years, the first “A Winter of Spies” was based on his experience growing up near RAF East Kirby.
Whilst his literary skills have enthralled a wider audience, we in the RAFPA have been privileged to enjoyed his amusing stories and anecdotes through his many contributions to “Flashback”.
I am told that he had recently lowered the prices of houses in the neighbourhood by learning to play a double bass to help him unwind. As he said “They should be thankful I didn’t buy a trombone or a drum kit”
The Abbot of Tewkesbury, as he was affectionately known (and encouraged by him) will be sadly missed by us all.
God Bless – John Barry – Chairman
By kind permission of the RAF Photographers Association magazine Flashback