David was born at Caterham in Surrey in 1946. The family moved to Fetcham near Leatherhead and this was to be the family home. David had a younger brother Michael. David went to the Catholic primary school at Leatherhead and his secondary education was with the Jesuits at Wimbledon. He enjoyed his time there and is remembered by his contemporaries. After a short spell in the Civil Serv ice David went to Lancaster University, first studying history and economics, then earning an MA in economics. He went on to work in the Bank of England for five years.
Going on a vocations course at Allington Castle, Kent, led David to join the Carmelites and after his noviciate in 1976-1977, he was professed as a friar at Aylesford Priory in 1977 as a member of the then Anglo-Welsh province. After studies in Rome, and gaining a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, David taught at Whitefriars Cheltenham (now St. Edward’s School).
From 1982 to 1985 David completed his theological studies in Dublin and returned to Aylesford until 1987. He then ministered as a deacon in Walworth parish from 1987 to 1990 and on ordination in 1990 he went to Cheltenham for a further spell as a teacher.
From 1993 to 1996 David worked again in Walworth and in 1996 he was appointed parish priest in the Welsh parish of Aberystwyth. He held this post until 1998 when he moved to the East Finchley community in London to be the provincial bursar. When the chaplain to Aberdeen University died unexpectedly in January 1999, David agreed to take over until a permanent appointment could be made.
Later in 1999 after the death of Fr. Leo van Wijman O.Carm., David left Aberdeen to become the Librarian of the Carmelite Library in Rome and at the same time he took on the onerous responsibility of compiling the annual bibliography published as the second volume of Carmelus. One of the more unusual aspects of David’s tenure was the unpacking and putting back on the shelves of the entire library after the completion of major building works in Sant’Alberto in the period 1996-1999. David performed all these tasks with exemplary dedication and efficiency until 2004 when he returned to his province.
Back in the British province David helped as community bursar and oversaw the organisation of the libraries at Aylesford and East Finchley. For a few months in 2005, he also served as parish priest in Faversham. In 2008 he agreed to take on again the preparation of the Carmelite Bibliography.
In 2010 the Prior General asked David to become the Order’s Archivist and he was officially appointed from January 2011. In November 2010 David came to Rome to work on the annual bibliography and to prepare his move to the General Curia after Christmas, which he intended to spend in Sant’Alberto. However, very shortly after he arrived in Rome he collapsed with massive internal bleeding and was admitted to the “Salvator Mundi” in Rome. He was given great loving care by the brethren but despite his illness he asked to return to Britain. In the midst of atrocious weather he came back safely and was given excellent care at Maidstone Hospital. In January 2011 David was able to come back to Aylesford where he felt at home and at peace.
From that time to his death on June 6th, David was able to live his Carmelite life in a spirit of peace and joy. He managed to complete work on this present Carmelite Bibliography and he was able to join the community for prayer and its daily life.
David died in the early hours of June 6th, and his last words were to offer his death as a reparation for peace.
KEVIN ALBAN O.Carm.
fonte: Carmelus 2010/2