Obituary for a friend that died

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Friend I used to work with many years ago recently took his own life. A web site has been created where some of his past friends can post comments. It unfortunately has no comments yet so would like to say a few words as I used to be his line manager at work. The idea is that the web site will remain as a momeral to him. I will call the person David to protect his identity. After the following re-worded and some good positive ending.

Met David ten years ago when we came in for an interview at British American Tobacco. He passed the technical test with flying colours and was the only candidate who had achieved the top pass mark. David was immediately employed and from the start his dedication and professionalism to work could be seen and was a major contributor to the project and without him we would not have not overcome some of the technical challenges that the project faced and was a major contributor to the success of the project. Anaqua was successfully sold on and is now implemented in many blue chip companies around the globe. He is living memory of a successfully software product and David played a major part in the success of that system.

David had a great sense of humour and referred to myself as the milk monitor from the television programme the office. I knew him by the nick name of the beer monster a saying that David came up with himself but one he could not live up to and was quashed on the very first evening when we all when out for a drink as he was no way the beer monster and in the league of BAT who liked a small tipple every evening.

I remember the skiing trip that some of the team attended in France and David organized. He had the remit that budget was tight and we ended up in the smallest room ever holding just two bunk beds. Davids lack of selfless shown though with himself sleeping on the floor for one of the nights when the hotel was overbooked. His dedication to skiing was relentless getting up at the crack of dawn and hitting the slopes for the whole day. I spent many days skiing with David and never forget the black runs that he took me down as I had never been so scared in my life.

David had a passion for mountain biking and I lost count of the number of times he edged me to get a bike as I live in the surrey hills so have excellent mountain bike trails. The ironic thing now is that I recently purchased a mountain bike and it would have been lovely for David to have joined me one day.

Although we have lost David physically in body his humour, generosity and good will nature will continue to live on forever and will never be forgotten. I know that every time I get on my mountain bike or put on a pair of skis I will always remember David.

Rest in peace David.

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