David Ward who sadly died on December 22nd 2019, was my immediate predecessor as Chair of Arts Richmond. He served in the role from 2009-2014.
Always discreet, loyal and supportive, he was a respected leader and a good friend to us all. His cheerful, hands-on approach to chairmanship saw us through Book Picnics, Literature Talks, Showcoach holidays, Art Exhibitions and numerous other occasions. As a former university librarian he was enormously respected for his understanding of the literary world and remained an avid reader throughout his life.
After stepping down from the Chair, David became a trustee of Arts Richmond and although illness prevented his attendance at meetings, remained a valuable and true friend to the organisation.
We will miss him very much and send our most sincere condolences to John Coombs, his friend and partner since schooldays and to Peter Calvert, who shared their home.