David Newham

A message from John Barry, Chairman RAFPA

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 on Friday, his niece asked us to delay informing members until she had chance to let the immediate family and friends 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 6 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 enjoy 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
RAF Photographers Association

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