Dave Parkin 1933 - 2019
It is with sadness we announce the death of Dave on 3 February. He was a keen competitor and willing volunteer for BOK over many years.
Dave came to Taunton as a police inspector and joined newly formed Quantock Orienteers in August 1969 and soon became secretary. He was elected chairman at the AGM in 1971 and remained in that post for nine years. He was also prominent in SWOA as chairman and fixtures secretary.
Dave moved from Taunton to Weston and then to Nailsea as Chief Inspector. He later moved home to Yatton and joined Bristol Orienteering Klub (BOK) where he and his son Richard were active members, with Dave planning and controlling events. Dave was a founder member of the BOK Army, a group of runners from BOK and surrounding clubs who went along to Army training events on Wednesdays. He was also a major contributor to establishing orienteering within the Police Force. On several occasions he helped to organise and plan their annual Championships in the South West, usually involving other BOK members.
Even when his illness became more severe he still took a keen interest in the sport and he came to Bath to meet his friends and colleagues last year to say goodbye.
As Richard said “Orienteers were my father’s extended family, his community, and he missed seeing you all after he moved up north(-ish) to be closer to his grandchildren”
We shall miss his friendly advice and repartee at events and offer our condolences to his wife Mavis and children Sarah, Jenny and Richard, as well as his grandchildren.