22 Sep 1922 - 17 Dec 2017
22 Sep 1922 - 17 Dec 2017
RNZAF No. NZ412665
Passed away peacefully on December 17, 2017 at Taradale Masonic Rest Home. Aged 95 years. Devoted husband for 73 years of the late Winifred. Father of Barry (Australia), Carol Charman, and the late Trevor. Grandad to 10 grandchildren and many great grandchildren.
A private cremation has been held, and a memorial service for David was held at Dunstalls Memorial Chapel, Edwardes St, Napier at 11.00am on Wednesday January 3, 2018. Many thanks to Dr Penny Henley and the staff at Taradale Masonic Rest Home, for their wonderful care of both Winifred and David. A tribute to David or messages to his family can be left at www.dunstalls.co.nz or C/- PO Box 1055, Napier, 4140.
David - you have now got to the Grand Lodge above - will miss your company.
What an amazing Life Story you have. Three quarters of which you spent with the love of your life. The heartbreak you must have felt losing Gran. Yo u are with her once again, now for eternity. I will always remember your stories you so loved to tell with such incredible passion and detail. When a question was asked or an enquiring mind wanted to know more, we made sure we had the time to listen. Whatever your passion was at the time, you always made sure you learnt as much as you could about it, or you sounded like you knew lots about it. Although you lived far away you were always on my mind and in my heart. Your Great Grandchildren often hear stories about my times spent with you. Rest in peace Grandad and may you enjoy a decent homebrew. With love from Yolande.
Uncle Dave... my great-uncle. A unique man. One of four Fail siblings who were each rather unique! I can't believe how different they all were, and it was a privilege to know them (and their respective spouses) so well.
I'll miss Uncle Dave, as I miss Aunty Win... at those family events where multiple generations gathered - sometimes for a particular reason, and sometimes just because we could. But it's at these gatherings that his memory will live on. We won't forget him. I won't forget him.
Sending lots of love to all the family... I'm sorry I won't be with you for tomorrow's service, but I'm sure I'll be able to locate a suitable venue and a suitable beverage with which to toast Uncle Dave and you all.
Only met Uncle Dave (AKA 'Our Pet Kiwi') twice, but I consider him to be the bravest man that I had the pleasure to meet.
It takes a certain bravery to leave home to travel thousands of miles to the other side of the world and to fly an aeroplane on his own.
Kia Ora, Dave