David Child's funeral took place on Friday 11th January 2013 – the Committal at Barnstaple Crematorium at 11.30, a Thanksgiving Service at ‘St Michaels and All Angel’s at 12.45. A large number of people – from Devon and up-country – attended this warm light-hearted celebration of David's life.
David joined TP around 2002 when he and Kathy moved down from Bracknell. Although he was known an 'amazing' actor, he resolutely refused to perform in Devon, chosing to be the Stage Manager in 2003 taking 'Talking Heads' around local villages. This presented many challenges but David's unflappable character and sense of humour meant it was great fun. Carol Ryan says 'it was such a great experience I have loved backstage work ever since'
David then directed 'Loot' in 2004. For once his silver tongue deserted him and no-one could be persuaded to spend the play in a coffin, so he and Kathy found a life-size model. In 2006, he mounted 'The Vigil', an imaginative and inspiring play, which involved many members; alas most have left or are no longer with us.
He of course had many roles in TP. He was a committee member, the Treasurer, an active Front of House Manager – always sporting a DJ….and a glass of wine! He was also our Webmaster for some considerable time, working with dear Ray Ridgewell.
In October 2012, he was finally persuaded to perform, not for TP but as Chairman in an Old Time Music Hall put on by John & Tilly Kimber to raise funds for a Rumanian Orphanage. This was a role he had practised many times in Berkshire and in this, his very last performance, he absolutely excelled. Everyone commented on how thoroughly he enjoyed doing it, although clearly he found it a considerable strain at the end.
Whenever people talk about him, the same phrases shine through – his sense of humour, dependability, a great listener, one you would go to for help, thoughtful, considerate, a great story teller and a gentle gentleman. All in all a 'beautiful man'…who will be much missed.