Obituary: David McQueen

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David McQueen

A service to celebrate the life of David McQueen, 48, of Mill Drove, Bourne, formerly of Ryhall and Stamford, took place at St John’s Church, Ryhall, the Rev Paddy McKee officiating.

His son Alex gave a tribute, also on behalf of his brother Matthew, and other tributes and readings were given by a number of friends. Cremation followed at Marholm Crematorium.

He was well liked and respected through his activities in the local community, particularly his involvement in junior and youth football and his work at Ryhall Library (and cover at Ketton and Oakham Libraries).

Born in Walsrode, Germany, into a military family, Dave was the eldest son of Thomas and Elizabeth McQueen.

He moved with his family between Germany, England and Scotland completing his school education at Windsor Boys School in Hamm, Germany, and then settled with his family in Stamford in 1978 where he attended Stamford College. Dave went on to the Polytechnic of Central London where he gained a Business Studies HND.

His working life started in retail management, then sales management for childrens’ books. Later he worked for the Ministry of Defence at RAF Wittering and RAF Wyton.

He left the MOD in 2002 to become the main carer for his sons Alex and Matthew and worked part-time for Rutland County Council, six years of which he was based in Ryhall working for the library service.

Dave met his future wife, Sue Warby, in 1984 and they married in 1992.

Alex and Matthew were born in 1994 and 1996 respectively.

He shared a wide range of interests with his family and friends, and loved sport, playing football when he was young, and hockey for Market Deeping and RAF Wittering.

He had been manager of Ryhall United’s under 18s team since they were under 9s and he was a life-long Leeds United supporter. Dave also loved listening to music, attending concerts, and evenings with friends.

He enjoyed reading and was interested in military history. He had many memorable family holidays in the UK and overseas and particularly loved New Zealand, skiing, Moray in Scotland and walking in the British countryside.

He also took great pleasure in supporting and sharing other family interests including theatre (Tolethorpe and Bourne Footlights), the garden and keeping chickens.

Family mourners included: Sue McQueen, Alex and Matthew McQueen, Betty McQueen, Peter and Patrick McQueen, Ann and Mick Warby, Graham Warby, Alison and Andrew Salmon, Michelle McQueen, Emma and Luke Salmon, Thomas McQueen, Cath Robinson, Tracey and Richard Kemp, Jackie Parr, David and Louise Parr and Peggy and Geoff Brewin.

Sympathisers included: Liz and Mark Harbour, Nigel Gerrard (representing Adriene, Reis and Freya Gerrard), Roger, Julie and Jamie Hankins, Stef, Gavin, Patrick and Kieran Hynes (Fiona Webster), Neil, Jayne, Matthew and Nick Breckons, Erin Barsby and Jean Priest (Tony Priest), Jeanette and Ted Williams, Dot Blackler, Jackie West, Neena and Mark Quinlan, Jane and Simon Jelley, Sue Bennett (Dave, Helena and Alex Bennett), Pam and Dennis Fitzjohn, Shirley Taylor and Ken Otter, Raymond Hay, Stephen and Sue Hay, Kevin and Belinda Hay, Jim and Jess Hay, Simon Fenn (Nicola, Adam and Charlotte Fenn and Ryhall United Football Club men), Marsha Sinclair and Edward Dickings, Paul Quinlan (family), Karen and Craig Brown (Alistair and Hayden), Kevin Storey, Mace (Mason family), Miranda Lundie (Martin and Becky Cummings, Maggie Cummings, Karen and Bob Gorman), Alasdair Belton (family), Tina Morgan, Darren Purkiss, Kurt Reilly, Marie Allwood (John Allwood, Miss May Allwood), Joan and Norman Norris, Lisa and Alex Campbell-Waggott, Andy Borthwick, Ian Borthwick, Mr and Mrs R Woodward, Mrs M Craig, Fiona Barkhouse, Amber Barkhouse, Cherry Harris (Nora Harris), Mrs Winifred Peck, Marian Taylor (church warden), Sharon and Anthony Carr (family), Andrew Smith (Mel Smith and children), David Smith (Christine, Becky and Jake Smith), Nick, Linda and Sam Swann (Fiona Swann), Bobby Elsigood (Sandra Collins), Sam Linford (family), Sally Hickman (Julie Beecham and Ryhall Childcare Centre), Annie Hickman ( David Hickman, Mervyn and Rina Waters), Will Harris, Josh Whincop, Peter, Kate, Jono and Oliver Bates (Stainsby family), David and Di Piff, Michael and Jenny Whetstone, Roger and Jill Douglass, Michael and Alison Whitehead and team (Whitehead Building), Alison Baker and Aston Wardle (Richard Baker, family and Kevin Milne), Richard Harris (George Harris), Callum Jackson, Matthew Hammond, Tom Olver, Lewis Morgan, Conor Carmody, Tom Hill, George Pears, Alan Fountain, Robert Sisask, Mr and Mrs Sisask, Simon and Teresa Fountain (Lewis Fountain), Paul, Viv and Sam Middlebrook (Bridget and Mary Bunning), Stuart Hosty (Karen, Gwen, Sharon), Harvey and Julie Taylor and Lynn Kirk (Universal Fitness Centre), Vin Fleming, David Burton, Amanda Gregory, Steve Gibson, Steve Wilkinson, Marcus Yeo, Wendy Dalton, Joy Corney, Michael Brackenbury (Jean Brackenbury), Nick and Liz Knight (Uppingham Library), Tim Elsigood, Louise and Vince Worthington (Sharon and Andrew Carr and Lynne Tyler), Joan Hubbard, Rachel Miller, Ken Popple, Janet and John Finden, Sarah Gresty (Jo and Rory Gresty), Halie Bagshaw, Ann Matthews, Linda Lee (David, Christina, Matthew and Paul), Josie Bushnell, David Chapman (Julie, Beth and Kate Chapman and Ryhall Primary School Governing Body), Stephen Banks (Ryhall Tennis Club), Mrs Paula Wilkinson, John and Pauline Goff, Richie, Katie and Luke Morgan, Nick Bryant (Ryhall United JFC), Nick Mears (Elizabeth and Karl Mears), Trish Whittamore, Kirsty Meadows, Maddy Smith, Brian and Mimi Lawrence, Yvonne and Brian O’Dea, Andy and Sarah Seamer, Emily Barwell and Ann Cook (Rutland Library Service ), Pam Beever, Baz Patel and Alison Squires (RAF Wittering), Kim Lowery and Ray Biggs (Lyn and Stuart Dunn), Luke Gibbs, Robert Kettle, Alex Lowery, Jamie Mallett (family), Alex Kettle, Merryn Woodland (Pete Woodland, Maureen Berkes, Bourne Footlights), Jack Dawson, Chris Banks-Walker (Jan Banks-Walker), Pamela Boor (Kevin Boor, Blackstones Junior Football Club), Michael and Alice Sutcliffe, Maggie Farrant (Oakham Library), Lynda Lock (Stuart Lock), Lynn Healey, Robert Clayton, Janice Beech, Martin Radley, Andrew Howarth, Clare Howarth, Tracey Harvey, Helen McGarrigie, J Christie (Jan Robinson, Diane Wright, Lisa Stephenson), Rosalie Gibbs (Ian Gibbs) Malcolm Vincent, Carol Soar and June Swift, Gill Wright (Chris Barnes).