David Brunning 1916-2017
Published 18:00 on 7 Apr 2017
I am sorry to tell you that David Brunning, our oldest and longest serving member (joining in 1958), passed away peacefully on 31st March 2017 aged 101.
David and his wife Mary were very active Merlin sailors and members of the club. They lived in one of the beautiful Victorian townhouses on the Portsmouth Road before moving to Long Ditton and then to Ashtead.
David took on several roles within the Club including Treasurer, Vice Commodore, Commodore from 1973 to 1974, Vice President and President from 2006 to 2010. David whilst having a wicked sense of humour, in part demonstrated in the design of his shield, he also offered advice and help. when the club was forced to fight eviction and eventually securing the freehold, David was there to help and advise. After active sailing and committee work he helped in the Race Box on Tuesday evenings with Jim Stock. Many a time I would get words of encouragement and the occasional a reprimand when signing off at the end of a race. Mary also took on various roles within the Club and their contribution will always be remembered with gratitude and fondness.
Sadly age kept them away from visiting the club on a regular basis but they always took and interest and were keen to know what was happening. David's funeral is on 18th April, 3.30pm at Randall's park crematorium in Leatherhead and afterwards at the house If anyone wishes to go to the funeral and afterwards to Ashtead then could they please contact me so I can let Barbara know for numbers. Our thoughts and condolences go to Barbara and Geoff, and the wider family.