David Pilkington 1960-67
I first met David in September 1965 when my family moved up from Surrey. I joined him in 6ArtsB where we had Keith Nodding as our form master. David had previously been to Navigation Road School.
The AGSB magazine shows David as getting five ‘O’ Levels, and ‘A’ Levels in History and Art.
Along with Phil, Alastair and myself, he then spent a year at St John’s College in Manchester, improving his grades. He must have succeeded because he went on to the University of Dundee where he read philosophy and economics and graduated with a Master of Arts.
I remember being jealous of David’s ability to attract the girls. He had a reputation for being very smooth, and most of us were very envious!
In the Summer of 1968, Alastair, Phil and I drove across France to southern Spain in Alastair’s wonderful American army jeep. David and his friend cadged a lift for the outward journey.
I didn’t see David again for 43 years!
Following university, he took upon his mother’s advice and sought a profession. He moved down to London and qualified as a chartered surveyor.
In March 2011 I managed to get about 30 guys from the class of ’67 to attend the Annual Reunion Dinner at Ringway GC. One of those was David. I was delighted to find that there were four of us who lived close enough to meet up for regular evenings out. It was as if we were trying to make up for lost time. The years seemed to fall away, and we were back where we’d left off in the sixties.
David and his wife Rosie, whom he’d married in 1985, recently moved from their lovely house in Richmond Road in Bowdon to Ashley Road Hale. A clever downsizing move, putting them in walking distance of the shops, restaurants and coffee bars.
At the end of March 2016, I was stunned to receive an email from David telling us that he had cancer and was receiving chemotherapy. I didn’t get much work done that day, and had to call in on him for a cup of tea on the way home. I hadn’t had much experience of the disease, but was to receive my own diagnosis just eight months later.
We were already very good friends, but the shared experiences of dealing with cancer brought us even closer.
David was born January 1949 and died on Saturday 2nd February 2019.