Wednesday, December 02, 2015
When a friend passes
I was just about to get into my car this morning, heading to see him again, when the news came through. I had packed some new curling books for him to read, some ephemera for him to look at, and had put together a list of curling history related questions which I hoped he might be able to answer for me.
You see, he was my mentor. His enthusiasm for the history of curling was what got me interested in this aspect of our sport back in the 1970s. Researching curling's history is one of the things that keeps me busy in my retirement. It's thanks to David that I have this interest. Another thing that keeps me involved these days is the Historical Curling Places project, helping Lindsay Scotland and Harold Forrester, with that. Of course, this was all started by David.
In the seven years I edited the Scottish Curler magazine, he was the most reliable contributor, ensuring that each issue had an article about curling history or collecting curling ephemera. He could not have been more supportive.
When the magazine folded, I started the Curling History Blog so he would continue to have an outlet for his writings. Recently he hasn't felt able to write much, but has encouraged me to write articles for the blog myself. Always by my side is his book, 'Curling: an illustrated history', published in 1981, still the best curling history resource.
He was a real character! When I told him I was planning a fun article about 'knitting patterns for curling sweaters', he went and found his own, and that's the reason for the photo above! We certainly had a laugh with this. The article is here.
My thoughts are with Hazel and his family.
(More memories of David are here)
Photo taken by Hazel Smith