Dave Fisher obituary
It is with deep sadness that I have to announce the death of Dave Fisher.
A long time GRES member and personal friend of mine, Dave was found dead in his bathroom on 5th April although it is believed he may have died some days earlier.
No cause of death is yet known and in these difficult times mourners at funerals are restricted so we may not be able to attend. A memorial service will take place once the current emergency is over.
Dave was not quite the Society’s longest serving member but curiously the possessor of the lowest membership number!
Always the quiet man, he would always step in if one of our speakers was unable to attend, and give us a pleasant evening recalling past GRES events and people from his 6000 collection of colour and black & white slides.
His epitaph will be the forthcoming 50th Anniversary Journal, as it is full of his photographs.
Dave Fisher was an early member of GRES. He was a regular attendee of monthly meetings and an active participant in society visits. He could also be relied on to support society events such as our Model Railway Exhibitions.
However, Dave’s first love was photography. It ran through his whole life. He spent his working life in a film processing lab. In his spare time he was a prolific photographer and an active member of the local photographic club.
A naturally quiet person his slide presentations were always worth seeing. Dave didn’t take to the digital world and remained committed to 35mm slides to the end. However he had started digitizing his massive slide collection. This is what we will remember Dave for – his impressive slide collection.
I hope that his collection can be saved as a memory to his great photographic talent.
In the Spring of 1978 a party of GRES volunteers went to the Colne Valley Railway at Castle Hedingham with the intention of working on the Society owned locomotive, and ex-APCM Hawthorn Leslie 0-4-0 No. 1.
However, upon arrival they discovered that the railway was having an Open Day. They had a loco in steam and were giving brake van rides up and down the yard. As GRES personal were also members of the CVR they had a rides on the footplate and even got to have a go on the regulator and drive the loco.
And one of these was Dave Fisher.