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David Owen

Age: 46

Date of Birth: 19/07/1945
Date of Passing: 21/01/1991

Nickname: Jess
Birthplace: Stoke On Trent
Place of Death: Cheltenham
Cause of Death: Vehicle Accident / Stroke

David Owen B.E.M, M.S.M of Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire passed away peacefully at Cheltenham general hospital on 17th June 2013.

David was born on 20th of July 1945 in Stoke-on-Trent. The son of Ronald and Beryl Owen. He was an educated man of musical talent who joined the Royal Navy at a tender age.

David was married to Audrey and was step father to her three children from an early age.

David worked his way through the ranks of the Royal Navy to the position of Charge Chief Communications Technician.

He enjoyed his guitar, his folk music, skiing, rock climbing and outdoor activities. David was somewhat of a born philosopher whose thinking was ahead of his time.

David was an absolute patriot to his Queen and country and was very proud of his work and those he worked with.

His loss will be a loss to many but one hopes as time passes the memory of him will live as long as he deserved to live.

Cherished Thoughts

When teaching me to ski at age eleven (I think) he took me, to the North Face of Troodos mountains in Cyprus. It was a cold day and the snow I remember was lashing in our faces.

It was just me and him and the elements. I was a little nervous as the slope seemed so steep. He told me to "go" and "be free" and I didn't have it in me, I was afraid a little I guess.

I remember him saying "Son, no matter how big we get we all fall from the top at some point, it's not how you get to the bottom, it's just getting there on your feet". (How right he was)

With that, he nudged my back and off i went. "I am right behind you" was the last thing I heard.

What can I say? That was him, we got to the bottom and we were both on our feet and he was right behind me all the way. Taught me a valuable lesson in life and one I remember to date.

Added on Fri 22nd Feb 2013 7:48pm

Sarah Marjoribanks

Location: Edinburgh
Member since: 25/06/2012
Taking on 3 step children aged 11, 9 and 7 was an amazing thing to do for a man who had no natural children of his own. He didn't believe in punishment of the strict angry kind. My most favourite punishment was beein told to get my walking boots on, get my best friend Gilly and follow him no matter what. Off we trundled to the brook (think knee high water which was freezing). We spent the next few hours learning about the reeds/fesh water fish/currents and the life of a healthy brook. His unwavering love, tolerance and teachings have have been a huge part of my life. He believed that people needed to just be a little nicer to each other and he would never turn away anyone who needed a hug. I miss him every day.

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Funny Moments

To me, he was a walking laugh.

Though it has been post his life I have heard so many funny stories of him and during a time when he was a younger man.

One of his greatest of friends Paul Levey, recalls a time when they were young sailors out on the beer. Some foreign country or other, and David decided to run ahead of them and hide. Only to jump out on them and scare them as they past.

So off he ran, he saw a wall with bushes to hide in on the other side. He leaps the wall, only to find that the "bushes" were in fact the tops of the tree's that he could not see.

Some 50 feet he fell and the last they heard was "arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh".

To them he vanished that night.

Several hours later he turns up at his billet room covered in scratches and thorns and not a happy man screaming "why did you leave me" - truth all along was they never knew where he went over the scream they could not locate.

These are the ways in which I remember him and as I type this I cannot stop myself laughing at how that must have been for his friends that night.

That is just raw pure human fun.

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He was an accomplished man of many levels. One may never know how much he achieved. A dark horse to many but with a story for every occasion.

A man who worked in Naval Intelligence all his life to the gentle man would teach a child how to undo a knot by starting with the largest loop.

He had time for everyone after work but during work was known to be a "tougher character". A deep and thoughtful man who I believe now (as the years have passed) had so much more within him to achieve.

I hope if you have any stories of David you will share them with us.

Added on Mon 25th Feb 2013 9:39am

Colin Appleby

Location: Surrey
Member since: 25/02/2013
I arrived in Cyprus as a very wet-behind-the-ears young soldier and soon met the matelot I was always to know as Jess. Whether for reasons of shift patterns, leave, or whatever, I only realised much later that our paths had only been crossing during afternoon/evening shifts or off-duty. Anyway, one morning shift we bumped into each other and I made the error of addressing my relatively new acquaintance in the usual cheery manner... I was swiftly ushered away to the privacy of the end room, for the only lecture I ever needed on the need for formality to fit the occasion. In essence, he explained, he was Jess and the shift supervisor was Roger, that chaps over there was Len - but only after 13:30 or during Sundays. At any other time, when the day-working bosses were around, I was to call him Chief, just as they other two were Staff and Sergeant. The word "respect" may have been used; the word "****" certainly was, more than once. Firm, unambiguously very firm, but friendly. Neither of us ever raised the issue again - or needed to. A lovely, lovely man and I'm still sorry that I'll never get the chance to see him again.
Added on Wed 27th Feb 2013 4:04am

David Levey

Location: United Kingdom
Member since: 5/04/2012
How I smile at reading that. Hmmmm "respect" that word was used a plenty In our house and if it is of an consolation I was often grabbed by the scruff of my neck, led into same said "quiet quarters" and the recipient
Of same said "guidance" and naturally in the same said loving manner. A story I would never of know - thankyou Colin - my father was a consistent man clearly.
Added on Thu 28th Feb 2013 12:36pm

Colin Appleby

Location: Surrey
Member since: 25/02/2013
The system seems to have censored me - obviously it disapproves of the word, "s c r o t e," which is certainly how Jess addressed/described me on that occasion and, now and then, how he greeted me.
Added on Thu 14th Mar 2013 10:11pm

David Levey

Location: United Kingdom
Member since: 5/04/2012
A word I have not heard for a long time! He used to greet me in the morning that way. How I'm laughing. Things you forget. Colin, thanks - I am not sure who you are or where in the world you are -
but these little memories get lost over the passing of time. Glad he made an impression.

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Survived By

David is survived by his wife Audrey, his step children Sarah, Karen and David.

His parents Ronald and Beryll and his brother Neil, his nephews and nieces and too many loving friends to name.

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If this man taught me one clear lesson that I hold tight today it is this. "Observe the masses and do the opposite". I will quote this until my own time comes.

I am saddened my son will never know David Owen but he knows him in his heart for much of what David taught me I teach my son.

It is the most exceptional piece of advice I have ever been given.

That is immortality in my view. I find sometimes my son now quotes back to me things my step father taught me - that is a majestic poetry of a life now long since passed.

For that I am forever grateful.

Added on Thu 14th Aug 2014 9:01am

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Location: Cyprus
Member since: 28/03/2012
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