David Lowe

Also known as: Dave.

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David was born on 21st May 1933 and grew up in Sneinton, Nottingham. Along with his younger brother Ted he lived there until he married Brenda, including throughout World War II surviving air raid attacks directed at the industry in the area.
During his National Service years he met Brenda and they subsequently married in Aspley, Nottingham in 1955.
He was a very clever and ambitious man. After National Service he initially worked for the tax office but could not resist the draw to re-join the RAF and fly and he enjoyed an enviable career; travelling the World as a Navigator flying Canberras and Vulcans among others. He really missed flying when that stage of his career ended and often spoke of the camaraderie he had enjoyed with his colleagues.
He was a very proud and a private man. He knew his mind and was not afraid to speak it. Only this Christmas (2011) he was quite prepared to engage in political debate for which we lacked the required stamina!
His exclamation of “sometimes I despair” had become such a trademark utterance that a shield with this quote was given as a leaving gift from one of his posts with NATO. To his utter bemusement the task of commissioning the shield had been entrusted to an American who had misquoted him as “sometime I despair” thus rather re-enforcing his judgment!
Having moved around so much during his RAF career, he and Brenda eventually settled in Newark initially with their children, Martin and Pip in tow. David continued to live there until last January 2011.
He remained a keen and very talented mathematician all his life and was still challenging himself with new topics unfathomable to most of us. He was mentally agile to a degree seldom found in his peers right to the end.
He had also enjoyed woodwork and had made some lovely pieces, including a beautiful crib in which all three of his grandchildren slept as newborns in turn as well as their high chair, toy boxes and a dolls house.
An avid reader, he would read a book a night as a young man and continued to enjoy crime thrillers and, to his families vocal disappointment, the Daily Mail every day.
He had a strong tendency to collect all sorts of things from sets of books and magazines on subjects that interested him to puzzling stashes of empty margarine tubs! ‘You never know when these might come in handy’ he would say by way of explanation.

He embraced modern technology and knew more about computers than many people half his age- one of the very first silver surfers! He had even joined a course about digital cameras and Photoshop as recently as 2009. He also got the hang of texting - preferring a military style brevity keeping messages very factual and often monosyllabic such as ‘yes’ and ‘indeed’ -a cause for some eye rolling and giggling among the recipients!
He loved his food, especially puddings and was able to put all thoughts of his diabetes firmly to the back of his mind at mealtimes! He really enjoyed eating out and he and Brenda had extensively researched all the good restaurants and pubs within 20 miles of Newark. In particular he loved family dinners at home and in restaurants and we have many lovely memories of those occasions to cherish.
He moved to Mansfield only a year ago to be near his son Martin and Brenda. That he and Brenda were unable to live together as her health deteriorated was his greatest source of unhappiness and he continued to visit her two or three times a week despite his own failing health.
He had three grandchildren: Sam, Chloe and Peter whose company gave him enormous pleasure. He was so very proud of all of them.
He was fortunate to have spent happy times with all of his family during his last few days and our memories of those days will continue be a source of great comfort as we try to come to terms with his absence.
Those who knew him well remember him as an incredibly generous man; frequently supporting his children and grandchildren, always offering to pay for meals out and rounds at the bar and he was a regular supporter of various charities especially Actionaid, Guide Dogs for the Blind and the RAF Benevolent Association.
Despite the usual aches and pains he was very lucky not to have suffered significant illness even though he had had heart surgery in the early 1990s and had had a couple of small strokes, largely affecting his balance, last year. He remained fiercely independent, still driving and living an active life till the end.
David appeared to have died peacefully whilst asleep in his favorite armchair during the night of the 5th January.
Dearly loved by his wife, Brenda, his children, Martin and Pip, his brother Ted and his grandchildren Sam, Chloe and Peter and so many others he is badly missed already.

Added by: Martin Lowe on 6th March 2012.


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