Celebrating the life of David Blackburn

Celebrating the life of David Blackburn

Memorial service and reception will be held 24th February 2020 in Ipswich

By Mark & Tim Blackburn - 07/02/2020

David Blackburn
4th November 1939 - 29th January 2020

The funeral service will take place at 11:15 at Seven Hills Crematorium, Ipswich on Monday 24th February.

A reception will follow, upstairs at the Butt and Oyster pub, Pin Mill at 13:00.

All are welcome at the funeral service. Please let me know if you are coming to the reception by emailing Mark at mark_gb@hotmail.com. A buffet lunch, teas and coffees and a bar service will be provided. Please pass this email to anyone who knew David.

Seven Hills Crematorium
Felixstowe Rd, Ipswich IP10 0FG

Butt & Oyster Pub, Pin Mill
Pinmill Rd, Ipswich IP9 1JW

Notes: It's a 20-minute drive from Seven Hills to the Butt & Oyster. Parking at Pin Mill is usually a "challenge". The Butt & Oyster car park is small. Once full, you’re advised to use the pay public car park, about 200m before you arrive at the Butt & Oyster, on the left.

A Tribute by Past Commodore John Franklin...

Sadly, David passed away after bravely fighting cancer on and off for at least 5 years. David was a committed OCC member, joining in 1988 and served on the OCC Committee during most of my term as Commodore 2012-2016. Latterly, he was Port Officer for ports in Suffolk and he was instrumental in organising very successful winter OCC gatherings and lectures in East Anglia.

During his OCC membership, his ocean cruising was mainly in the North Atlantic followed by the Mediterranean and the Baltic. (s/v 'Daq Attack')

Above all David was a seaman and a gentleman. In his early sailing life, he spent several years acting as Skipper for the Ocean Youth Club, sailing “traditional” boats offshore around the coasts of NW Europe with minimal electronics. David learnt his seamanship the hard way in heavy, gaff-rigged boats with heavy gear. Navigation was by dead reckoning, position fixing by visual means or astro, assisted by occasional position lines from radio beacons or aero beacons. Coms were non-existent, no VHF, HF was too expensive, no EPIRBS. Weather forecasting was limited to the BBC Shipping Forecast valid for, at best, 48 hours.

This grounding produced an exceptional seaman able to cope with any conditions in almost any type of boat, which he did with confidence.

After meeting in the USA David became a personal friend of Jenny and myself and we shall miss him. His passing is also a great loss to the OCC. RIP David.

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