"I am afraid that I am the harbinger of bad news.
David had a major set back at 22.30 last night and we were sent for. He passed away at 03.30 this morning with Ann and Myself, his brother Niall and sister inlaw Germaine at his bed side.
May he rest in peace after a great struggle bravely borne.
Details of the funeral arrangements later.
Ann and I appreciate the great kindness which you all showed to David and to us and we will always be grateful."
David was a great member and supporter of fandom, with unlimited enthusiasm and good heart for all aspects of the genre. Born in Belfast in 1960, he most recently lived in Dublin where he worked as a freelance journalist specialising in technology issues. He helped organise several Octocons - Irish National SF Conventions - and contributed to many more events on an informal basis. He was also secretary of the Dublin branch of Mensa.
David was of course a key member of the Interaction committee as our Promotions Division Head, lending us his professional skills and contacts as a journalist. The positive press received by Interaction in the UK owes a great deal to his work. As a Division Head he was always available, supportive and full of good ideas, and he added a great deal to the committee and senior staff His positive energy spread to all those around him, which was a wonderful gift especially when the stresses and workload were at their peak.
We, and all the staff and committee, will miss him greatly. It is another sad loss in a period when too many in our community have passed on. It is also another loss to cancer, to add to KIM, Johannes Berg, and Janet Figg amongst others, making our links and support for Macmillan Cancer Relief ever more appropriate.
Vincent & Colin