/ NEWS: David Hooper Passes Away
UKC Update - Thread now linked to this news report http://www.ukclimbing.com/news/item.php?id=67517
Have been dreading this news. Thoughts are with Liz, Mark, family & friends.
RIP David. Thank you for being in our lives.
This is very sad. RIP David.
Spoke to him via mail a couple of times, he was going to show me a few nice walking routes around the Goyt Valley when he felt up to it. Seemed like a very nice chap.
The worst kind of news, thank you Roger.
So sad, thinking of Liz, and David's family and friends and what they must be going through right now. Please accept my condolences. I can only imagine how difficult this must be.
RIP David, your fight was truly inspirational.
Deepest sympathies to his family and friends. RIP David, I hear heaven is miles of awesome singletrack :) x
I too would like to offer my condolences to David's family.
I hope that this thread offers some small comfort if it is read by his family.
Rest in peace, David. You will be missed but I hope your legacy of kindness and decency will live on.
Thanks for letting us know Roger.
David was a great bloke and he is going to be missed greatly. His spirit, courage and humour in dealing with his illness was incredible.
Although I did not know David personally, I know a lot of people that do, and they have always spoke so highly of him. However, in recent times I think we all got an insight into the person that he was.
He will be sorely missed, especially his input to UKC. My thoughts are with his family and friends.
I only conversed with David a couple of times on here but I know he will be sadly missed by all who met him, virtually or in reality.
That's exactly the image I was thinking of.
RIP David, and my sincere condolences to Liz, family and friends.
Desperately sad news RIP David and deepest condolences to all family, loved ones and friends.
I never met David, but from his postings on here and the comments from other people who did meet him, it seems the world is a lesser place today than it was yesterday. Sad, sad news. Thoughts with his family and friends.
Very sad news but when good people die remember the good and try to follow their example in life.
I didn't know David other than through this forum, and I had conversed with him a number of times, including a comforting email from him when I was diagnosed with cancer myself. I always enjoyed reading his posts and I am so sorry to read of his death. Yes, he was a great guy. My deepest sympathy and condolences to his family and friends.
Very sad news. I did my CWA training with him and his love of climbing and the outdoors shone through everything he did and said.
My condolences to his wife and family
Very sad news.
He shared so much of his journey with us and in the end I'm sure Chewie, family and friends (in spirit), were waiting to finish it with him.
Likewise only knew David through this forum where he was always a knowledgeable and generous-hearted conversation partner. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and everyone who knew him personally.
> That's exactly the image I was thinking of.
RIP David and my condolences to all his friends and family
I'm not sure how long David has been a UKC regular, it sort of feels like I've been reading his contributions to one thread or another forever. At a guess, it must be the best part of a decade at least. Always friendly, always positive, even if he disagreed with you. RIP David, you'll be missed. And my best wishes to David's family and friends - I hope it's some small consolation that so many of us on UKC who didn't know him well, all seemed to be left with the opinion of 'what a nice bloke'.
My thoughts with the family.
Sleep well friend, a fighter to the very end.
I can't think of anything other than echoing what everyone else has said.
Never met him in person, which is surely my loss, but spoke to him on here a couple of times and appreciated his comments at the time.
Very sad news indeed! I am one of the many who never got to meet him, but was a 'friend' on Facebook and on here!
He was always positive and was always nice in threads even when he didnt agree with what someone had said!
A great inspiration to the end!
> I'm not sure how long David has been a UKC regular, it sort of feels like I've been reading his contributions to one thread or another forever. At a guess, it must be the best part of a decade at least. Always friendly, always positive, even if he disagreed with you. RIP David, you'll be missed. And my best wishes to David's family and friends - I hope it's some small consolation that so many of us on UKC who didn't know him well, all seemed to be left with the opinion of 'what a nice bloke'.
I agree and 'Like' this!
Very sorry to hear this news.
Goodbye and thanks, David.
Thanks for letting us know Roger.
Sad news indeed - condolences to his family and friends - RIP David, you were definitely one of the good guys.
To echo many others, I never knew David in person, but I enjoyed reading his posts.
If the world was full of people like David it would be a much nicer place.
RIP David, Our thoughts are with you and your family and friends.
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion.
— Henry David Thoreau
Rest in peace David, you have been an inspiration.
Thanks for letting us know Roger.
I was going to say that this morning the world is a little poorer without him but on reflection it's better to think that he made the world a better place while he was with us.
Let's all be glad that we knew him a little.
My condolences to David's friends and family
I'm very sorry to hear that. RIP David.
David Hooper was clearly a true and honest gent. I never met him and know him only from here. Sympathies to his family and friends.
What very sad news. But his reputation of being a great guy will live on.
Like many others on here I only ever knew David through his posts on UKC and he always came across as someone with a remarkable outlook on life. His willingness to engage with people who had views the polar opposite of his own always struck me as the sign of someone who believed in being fair. Even to the point of offering to take one individual out for a pint and a spin on the bike. I wish I had half his tolerance and patience!
Sincere condolences to his family and friends.
He was the same online as in person...
Another person who never met David but who had good online dealings with him. Terrible news. Sincere condolences to his family and friends.
He lived out his illness on here with grace and courage.
David was a great bloke and will be deeply missed.
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft star-shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
What a terrible shame. I'd like to think he's walking the dog again now.
David was one of the best people I knew. A friend to anyone who needed a friend, a role model, a guide both physical and spiritual, and an inspiration.
Rest in peace David. xxx
I remember a few years ago chatting to this really likeable bloke with mad hair on a windswept Moel Famau summit.
I Didn't know it was David until for some reason clicking his profile on here a while after.
I 'knew' him for about 10 minutes. I'm glad I did.
Rest in Peace.
Sad to hear, I didn't have much to do with him (we exchanged a few emails once in a while), but what I did tends to re-inforce the view of others who did know him that he was a good guy.
Greatest sympathy to family and friends.
He was always the voice of reason and had a great way, as you say, of making a point but being positive and finding the middle ground.
As I put on his FB wall - he's off on the endless singletrack now with Chewie, in a Mint Sauce stylie
In all my adult life there has been no one who has inspired me more than David to be a better, more positive and caring person. Like many others I'll miss him and know that I was blessed to have been a small part of his life.
Deepest condolences to Liz and the rest of David's family and friends.
Sad news. I only spoke to him once on the phone many years ago when trying to organise some training. Seemed like a very nice chap. My sympathies go out to his family and friends.
Deepest sympathies from myself and Mrs The Dog to his friends and family.
Rest In Peace David.
Can't remember who said it but the advice was to approach the world with a warm heart. This is what David did and he is a role model for us all.
sad, sad news
i never met David, but exchanged posts with him on here on a number of topics. He always had something worthwhile and sensible to say, and a kind and reasonable way of saying it
rest in peace, David
I feel doubly gutted now that he has passed and that I never got round to meeting him. I will still spin that prayer wheel for him in Nepal.
So sorry to hear this news, but will remember you with thanks and affection, David!
Very sad news. Like others, I've only ever read David's posts, but he seemed like a good guy. My condolences to the family.
Sad news, sincere condolences to all his family. A quick look at the popularity of forum threads enquiring about him shows just how much people thought about him.
Bugger. He'll be missed by many. But remembered by many.
Sad news. May a Top Bloke rest in peace
I hope your sat up there with chewing and a brew at peace with the world.
So sorry the hear this, my condolences to his family too, I only knew David off here but he seemed to me to be one of those positive nice people of the world and we all need them in our lives, RIP David.
David I followed your progress through hope and despair, and this was the last thing I wanted to hear. Just glad that we managed to spend some time together.
Terrible news. David was a true inspiration, I always liked to follow threads which involved his points of view. My condolences to his family.
How very sad, only met him a few times, mostly in the pub!
Great, compassionate chap who had more time for others than himself.
Condolences to Liz and all affected.
Name your price
And take it to paradise
I can't stay here any more
And I've looked high and low
I've been from shore to shore to shore
If there's a short cut I'd have found it
But there's no easy way around it
Light of the world, shine on me
Love is the answer
Shine on us all, set us free
Love is the answer
Who knows why
Someday we all must die
We're all homeless boys and girls
And we are never heard
It's such a lonely world
People turn their heads and walk on by
Tell me, is it worth just another try?
Tell me, are we alive, or just a dying planet?
What are the chances?
Ask the man in your heart for the answers
And when you feel afraid, love one another
When you've lost your way, love one another
When you're all alone, love one another
When you're far from home, love one another
When you're down and out, love one another
All your hope's run out, love one another
When you need a friend, love one another
When you're near the end, love one another
We got to love one another
Light of the world, you got to shine
Love will be a means, yeah, yeah
Shine on us all
Know that love can save the day
Just give it one more chance
Lord you just can't let it stop Lord
Love is the answer
Got to be free to let love into your life
Let it shine
Ahh bollocks - that's not good news
Never met him, but he always came across on here as a fine bloke
RIP David and my sincere condolences to family and friends
Like many, I only knew David through these forums. However, in those fleeting moments, you could see that he was a genuine, humble and caring person.
He will be sorely missed on these forums and his diplomacy and tact even under adversity, should serve as a valuable and lasting lesson to us all.
Very sorry to hear this. My thoughts are with David and his family.
RIP David. There is small cabin by a lake, deep in the forest of northern Saskatchewan. In the cabin there is a book with your name in it which I placed there last year to help send positive vibes. I always hoped you would get a chance to visit it yourself. Sadly not but I hope it made you smile to think you could touch such a far away place?
I’ve just seen this. I’m gutted. David was wise. And he was compassionate. He gave so much to us. Liz, I’m desperately sorry.
To find out more about this amazing man, go find the comments left on his Facebook page - so moving.
It's a measure of the man that he is loved and respected by so many. I never met him or knew him, and yet I feel his loss, as do many others. My thoughts are with his family and friends.
Terrible news. From his posting on here he always seemed like one of the good guys and I'm sure he'll be desperately missed. My thoughts are with his family.
Sorry to hear this... condolences to family and friends...
Very sad to hear this; I didn't know him but few posters on here would be missed more sadly or by more people. RIP and condolences to the family.
Really sorry to hear this, he was a lovely guy.
Please pass my condolences to his family.
RIP David, thanks for your kindness
Terribly sad news to hear.
Rest in peace David, I've still yet to meet another climber with as much kindness, energy and a genuine enthusiasm to see others climb as I saw with you.
I hope you and Chewie are both off climbing some new mountains now.
> I never met David, but from his postings on here and the comments from other people who did meet him, it seems the world is a lesser place today than it was yesterday. Sad, sad news. Thoughts with his family and friends
These are precisely my sentiments. Very well put. My sincere condolences to all who loved him
David's warmth and thoughtfulness showed us the best of the human spirit.
My thoughts go to his close relatives and friends.
Terrible shame. Seemed like a bloody nice bloke. RIP David.
> These are precisely my sentiments. Very well put. My sincere condolences to all who loved him
I would like to offer our condolences to Davids family, from me and the guys...Ray Jeff and Gary.
Never met him, but enjoyed his input on these forums.
There's something about David that means that his death just confirms, as his life did, that we are all part of a wonderful world and we should be making the most of of it.
Thank you, David
I was just thinking about him yesterday - I came across a link on the Singletrack Forum to his thread about super comfortable cycling shorts.
He was a great bloke
Met David whilst doing my SPA; really nice down to earth guy. Will be greatly missed by all.
Gone back to the stars.
Sad news. RIP David. We spoke a little, but never met. My loss.
Condolences to Liz and the family xx
In the words of Bubbles ( from The Wire ) , Its a thin line between heaven and here !
David you are missed already , thank you for all the wise words , encouragement and inspiration . Respect and fond memories , peace out .
Leon . XX
John Appleby has just put up this tribute to David:
> John Appleby has just put up this tribute to David:
I never met David but his passion for the outdoors was infectious and his heart was very clearly in the right place. A very sad loss. My condolences to his friends and family .
Thoughts to all friends and family.
Thoughts of love to his family at this difficult time, I hope you can take some comfort from what high regard everyone who met him held him in – but you of all would know why.
RIP David and thoughts to your loved ones. I'm not sure if I met Dave, I recall meeting a guy about 15 years ago in the bunkhouse at Kinlochewe, having seen his pic on here I always thought it may have been him, if it was he was a fine guy....and if it wasn't reading stuff on here certainly confirms that David was a top bloke.
A good reminder and inspiration for all of us who could and should get out more to get on and do it...
It is fitting that the video ends with the words:
"There is something in the human spirit that will survive and prevail
There is a tiny and brilliant light burning in the heart of man
That will not to out no matter how dark the world becomes."
And here, for simplicity, is a direct link to the video:
Sorry to hear this, seemed a decent fellow from his posts I read.
This is sad news. Like many posting on this thread I never met him but the positivity and good vibes that came through all his posts, even when he was (presumably) suffering massively from his illness, are sobering and have definitely led me to question my own contributions.
My condolences to those who knew and cared about him.
yet another reminder to live life as much as you can while you're here.
So sorry to hear this news, and my thoughts are with his family tonight.
David, thanks for being an inspiration to so many of us. Rest easy, my friend, with Chewie by your side.
David provided my SPA training a few years back, I found him to be an extremely likeable bloke. He was even kind enough to put me up in his cottage in North Wales during the course.
He will be truly missed! My thoughts are with his close friends and family.
All I can do is echo the sentiments in the above posts. Seemed like a top bloke from reading his posts on here. Rest easy David.
a genuine nice guy who will be missed.
As with many others, I never actually met David, unfortunately. However his calm and considered posts on UKC will be greatly missed. David was held in such high regard by almost everyone on UKC that he was the person we all listened to on matters involving climbing instruction (and considering the personalities on here that's quite remarkable). The video clip of David goes some way to explaining why that was. RIP David.
Nothing to say that hasn't already been said. It's a great shame we never got to do our long planned ridgeway walk together.
Rest in Peace, David
I met David via UKC back in 2007 when I was looking to piggy back on a trip to Rjukan, David became a close friend and mentor for me not only in climbing terms but as a friend and compatriot.
Its nice to see so many tributes on here from everybody, he loved his sport dearly and was intimately connected with the outdoors, it was his life and his love of mother nature was reflected in his positive attitude and warm spirit. There were never any exclusions with David, everyone was welcome and 'the more the merrier' was always a rallying call. He will be sadly missed.
As David was recovering from surgery earlier this year he often logged onto UKC to relieve some of the boredom of being indoors, yet this sometimes proved to be very upsetting for him, as at times there were some downright vitriolic responses to his comments and posts from forum members and some heavy handed comments from moderators...
For me this is the bitter-sweet side of the UKC forums. Theres no doubting we have a wonderful climbing community here in the UK, and everyone I have ever met in this country whilst climbing and mountaineering have been wonderful and insightful people. I just think its a shame that when many us climb aboard the UKC ship we tend to forget where we are and start behaving like angry motorists stuck in a car jam...
Didn't want this post to come across as a negative, especially given David was such a positive person - (it was only 2 months ago when he defied the doctors statement that "he would never ride a mountain bike again" to go and do a 12 mile lap of the red at Llandegla Forest with Dom and I)... Whilst a lot of the things that went on on this site gave him great joy, there were many that deeply upset him...
A little bit of introspection in memory of David please people...
RIP David Hooper x
A very sad loss; he was a great friend to me, having only met in person about 18 months ago, and both the way he lived and what he'd done will hopefully serve as a continuing motivation to all those folks who were lucky enough to know him
With love to Liz and Mark at this difficult time
Really sad, didn't know him but will miss his posts. Condolences to the family.
Agreed. Sad news and sincere condolences to those close to David.
Like many others, I only knew you through these forums but it was easy to spot that you were one of the good guys. RIP David and my deepest condolences to your family.
> Rest in Peace, David
I feel I ought to add more, but when I saw this thread this morning I got a little bit choked up, and put the bare minimum I could cope with at that point.
Trying to write this now, I've got tears streaming down my face, and I can barely see the computer screen.
I never met David Hooper other than on-line, and that's my loss.
When I was in hospital last year having one fairly major operation, and - 2 months later - a follow up, reconnection job, David emailed me as a response to some of my posts on this forum detailing the misery I was going through from the after effects of these operations, as he was going through operations and other medical horrors and worries like I was.
I wish that at some point in my life I can be as outgoing and supportive to someone I'd never met as he was to me.
I feel like we have all been robbed of somebody very special.
I feel that I wish I'd taken David up on his many offers of meeting up to go mountain biking.
I wish I had done that SPA course with him he offered me at a discounted rate because I 'knew' him on facebook.
I feel that I am a lesser person for never having actually met David in person.
I feel that although David and I spoke via email, UKC & facebook on many occasions about our illnesses, and how we would get over them and meet up at his cottage and go climbing in Snowdonia, and not let poor health get us down, and climb and climb and climb, and enjoy the outdoors & nature &.....
and I don't know what else to say, other than I am gutted I never met this vibrant, passionate, loving, accepting, left wing hippy in person. I feel like I think many (if not all) other UKCers do, that we love him and life will not be the same without this special man.
Rest in Peace David Hooper xxx See you later mate
Yes - agreed. Like many who have landed briefly on these forums, DH was a person to draw on for inspiration and a sensible view of stuff that we all are involved in. The posts on here are witness to his influence - and will hopefully be a source of strength to family and friends. I was not either, but have been touched by all of this.
In Turkey at the moment, working...a few slugs of the local spirit for you, an unknown but nonetheless influential friend.
Apologies for a grammatical error in the previous post - I was referring to myself as that person who was 'landing briefly on these forums', and not David, who has clearly been a stalwart
I went over to see David in his flat around three months ago, not long after he had recieved the awful news that the cancer was back on his liver, it was pressing on his bile duct and making him tired and jaundiced, he looked frail, thin, yellow and his skin was maddeningly itchy and I felt so sorry for him. He was however, in good spirits, wouldn't let me make the tea and never once lamented his condition. In fact, he produced his new cycling shorts and went into great detail how the special padding protected his sore arse. We had a long chat and a laugh but I came away thinking that might be it for David.
It wasn't, cycling adventures were to follow, and fundraising, credit to Dom Stockton and Jamie Light on their great love for David and helping him in his final circuit of Llandegla, they must be feeling this very hard.
David's spirit conquered death, he's shown us all how to do it.
So incredibly true. I am very saddened to hear this news, and I hope everyone is holding up okay. A true loss of a genuine guy.
Very sad to hear this. Thanks for introducing the Berger St Picard to the UKC community :p
> I wish that at some point in my life I can be as outgoing and supportive to someone I'd never met as he was to me.
I can only echo what everyone else here has said, but Dominion's thought is particularly apt...
I can't really get my thoughts in order, so today I'm just going to head out to Llandegla, try to convert a couple of climbing buddies into mountain biking and generally just be in a place that Dave and Chewwie loved. I'm hoping in time that maybe UKC's bikers may want to come along on a similar ride, enjoy a cappuccino and a bacon barm with fried onions and maybe raise a smile and a few quid for Dave's favourite charities.
I can understand why he loved the place, I'm always good to make it over for future rides.
Rest in Peace David xxx
There's nothing to add: Rest Peacefuly, David.
I didn't know him all that well, all things told, but I knew enough of him to recognise a kindred spirit on a lot of levels.
He gave me a Gransfors Bruks axe as a wedding present. I'll think of him whenever I use it.
RIP David. Valar morghulis.
Some pics of him from his visit in June are in a public photo album via facebook
Very sad news. Like many on here I didn't know David, but felt I did through his posts on UKC. Clearly one of the good guys. Condolences to his family and friends.
We hope we can carry on your work with as mutch enthusiasm and trust as you showed me in llanberis all those years ago your niche was your millitant humour that is so needed in a storm .
The climbing world lost a major voice two days ago Roar In Paradise brother go give st peter stick for us all sleep easy bro pain no mo x sam ps LIZ !! you rock thanks for total being there for him x
so gutted me mate's gone but he would have been so happy that team UKC have given such support and happy references...
...he was a true gent, creative person and a voice of reason. He could climb a bit as well as being a grumpy bugger... which of course we loved as well as ChewwieB... man and dog were one team you didn't mess with!
condolences & sympathies to Liz & Family - you have all been so brave...
Sincere best wishes
A cloud passed over the sun today,
when I heard Dave passed away,
But then I remembered your smiling Face
The world it seemed a better place.
Your enthusiasm for life shone through,
It enthused every one you taught and knew.
You were a free spirit in soul and mind
always true fair and kind.
Your wisdom and knowledge you loved to impart,
from the bottom of your great big heart,
Never quick to judge and always fair,
Man I'll never forget that mad hair.
When up to North Wales we came,
not knowing anyone was a shame.
you passed by the house with a cheery wave,
so I asked the kids who's the new friend they made.
they said we called him Dreadlocks Dave.
The name stuck and seemed to fit,
we will always remember you by it.
Thanks for the time we knew you Dave,
you were a great guy a true free spirit, so warm hearted and positive, a truely inspirational character so unassuming and at ease with
we all miss you
Our thoughts and love to Liz and family.
Simon Jill Megan and Rebecca.
Andy Rebecca Callum Tom James Jonny Euan & baby Sophia, yes another one!! (that would have made you smile!)
Only just noticed the picture on the front page. A glorious picture.
This is really sad news to come home to.
There were no other posters on here I would have been more pleased to have met in the hills, on the trails or in a pub. Now I won't, and that saddens me. A voice of reason, decency, kindness and good cheer always on these forums, and will be very much missed.
My condolences to Liz, and all his nearest and dearest. Be joyful for all the time you had with him.
Rest in Peace David. You were a gentleman and a true inspiration.
This really upset me when I found out, I know only too well how much Liz must be hurting. It is amazing to see the great tributes to David other.
I hope he and Muz/Julian are ripping up the trails and behaving disgracefully, wherever they are...
Bye for now, you sweet kind man.
Really saddened (and shocked) to read this last night. I'd been away from the computer for a couple of days (introducing my 6 year old son to Welsh singletrack as it happens - I think David would have approved) so I missed this story.
Reading the whole thread it sings out how cherished David was by everyone and just how much inspiration he's given to so many. His influence has spread far and wide.
Rest in peace David, thanks for everything.
Thanks for sharing this news. It's a sad loss.
Sorry to hear that. I only knew him via these forums but I liked him a lot. :(
> Roger Nowell
> UKC Update - Thread now linked to this news report http://www.ukclimbing.com/news/item.php?id=67517
Just wanna say I will miss David alot I am one of those he helped and i hope I can help others the way he did, miss you mate R.I.P Nikolas Royale
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