We were very sad to hear that Dave Colling passed away on the 11th of September aged 73.  He was much loved husband, father of Stefan and Krystina and grandfather to Emily. 

Dave and his wife Zosia and their families were great friends of Gibby and Sally so the blow to both families in such a short space of time has been very hard.

Dave was a much-respected member of our bridge playing community having learned the game by attending lessons led by Gibby and Sally.  He was a gentleman at the table playing in a friendly manner with his partners and opponents.

Dave enjoyed the competitive element of the game as he loved sport, especially cricket and rugby.

He spent a lot of time with his son Stefan as well as Stefan’s friends attending big cricket and rugby events and he was able to do this almost to the end of his life. 

Dave related very well to young people, and it was a pleasure to see him at our last virtual social gathering with our university club.  The students really enjoyed his company and listened to all the stories he had to tell about his own university life where he studied mathematics.  He later worked in the oil industry in IT.

Dave enjoyed retirement and when Zosia retired from her teaching career, they took the opportunity to cruise as much as possible.  Dave loved travelling and being able to play bridge at the same time was a bonus.

In recent months he took readily to playing in online tournaments and his nickname was Papasmok.  He and his online partner Jackie were fun to play against and they had worked hard on their bridge on this new environment.  It was good that he was able to play until two weeks before he died.