Tim Dawe 14th December 1959 - 12th March 2016

By Kevin Quealy
Posted: 23/07/2014

Tim Dawe 14th December 1959 - 12th March 2016

Tim became a member of the Rugby Branch over a decade ago when his job with British Gas brought him here. Having already been a prominent member of Aylesbury Vale & Wycombe, and then North Sussex Branches he was soon elected Secretary and went on to become Chairman. Under his stewardship we had a larger turnout to branch meetings than ever before, and in fact since.

He was passionately involved in all aspects of the campaign, from membership, to good beer guide surveys, to pub awards, to beer festival organisation and beyond, but the single most important thing that Tim will be remembered for is resurrecting our local newsletter, Inn Touch, becoming editor, and driving through edition after edition, constantly raising the standard to new levels.

Tim would dedicate whole weekends and many evenings, editing, formatting, creating artwork, and sourcing advertising to complete each edition. When the success off the magazine made the whole job too onerous, Tim came up with the idea of outsourcing it to a private company, and oversaw the complexities of doing this, and managed it through to successful completion.

One of his great strengths was getting things done, and this was despite having lost his right arm in a motorcycle accident in his early twenties. He carried on life as if with no disability, rarely asking for any help, and not letting it restrict anything he wanted to do.

Walking was another of Tim’s passions, although it occasionally got him into difficulties. Soon after moving here he combined a walk with checking out the hostelries in Crick. However on his return journey he stumbled ending up in a ditch, dislocating his good shoulder in the process. Unable to climb out, he was fortunately eventually rescued by a passing motorist. He was a member of several walking clubs, but his most often talked about was the Long Distance Walkers Association.

Other interests included cricket and art. On a visit to an art gallery in Oxford with a friend he approached the lady at the entrance gate, and asked if there was a discount for disabled people. He was delighted to find that there was, and he received £2 off the entry fee. His delight was then soured, as the lady explained his friend could come in for free as his carer.  He was thoroughly ‘miffed’ by this.

Tim was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer late in 2015, and passed away on the 12th March 2016. Tim touched the lives of many people, all of whom will have been impressed by his enthusiasm for life, and the generosity of his skills, his time, his passion, and not least, his sense of humour.  

 

He will be sadly missed by us all.

Much of this content was taken from the eulogy given by Kevin Quealy