David Hobbs, a long time member of Eastleigh Rotary, died on the 18th February 2018 at the age of 96. David’s indomitable spirit and willingness to join in as many activities as he could, even in his nineties, was an example to us all and embraced the very essence of Rotary – Service above Self. David will be greatly missed by us all
DAVID HOBBS (1921-2018)
David was born in Southampton and educated at King Edward’s School. He was proud of his school and was a member of the Old Edwardians Lodge.
After leaving school he joined the National Provincial Bank. In 1940 he was called up and joined the Navy. His first active duty was to join the flotilla of vessels bringing back the retreating British forces from France, his boat’s landing point was the open beach at St Valery. They were forced to ground their boat to enable troops to board. Unfortunately, a falling tide left them stranded for several hours and they were captured by the advancing German army. They were transported and marched across France and Germany to a prisoner of war camp in Poland.
While in the camp, not wishing to waste his time, David, through the Red Cross Postal Services, managed to carry on taking his banking exams, he also took the German language course in case the war went the wrong way!
After his demob David rejoined the bank which later became the National Westminster Bank.
David married Sheila in 1955. They had two children Simon and Patricia and moved to Chandler’s Ford in 1978
David and Sheila were keen golfers and were both life members of Bramshaw Golf Club.
David joined Eastleigh Rotary Club in 1980 and was President in 1986. He was an active member of the Club, participating in as many activities as he could and always looking to see where he could help.
He was a keen sailor and held a Yacht Master Certificate. Several of us were also sailors and enjoyed regular sailing trips as well as many games of golf with David at Bramshaw.
David retired from banking as Manager of the Above Bar Southampton branch of the Nat West
Sadly, Sheila died in 2004 after 48 happy years of marriage.
David was devoted to his family and friends and I know we all feel privileged to have shared a part of his long and fulfilled life.
Peter Sutton 26th February 2018.
David wrote an article about his time in the navy for the Club Bulletin in December 2013.