It is with great sadness that Welsh Athletics has learnt of the passing of David James' of Neath, a long time servant to Welsh Athletics as a Starter.
His funeral will take place on Tuesday 3rd July, 13:30, at Margam Crematorium.
Alan Currie writes:
"The Welsh athletics world was saddened to hear of the recent passing of the starter David James, at the age of 75. Dave was a tireless worker in the cause of athletics and was ready and willing to officiate at meetings large and small.
Born in Cheshire in 1942, he moved to Aldershot in 1980 and acted as starter and timekeeper there for many years. He moved to Cornwall in 1990 and continued there in the same vein. By the time he came to Wales, in 2002, he was already an experienced official in both disciplines.
His contribution to athletics in Wales was immense. Steve Jones commented on his invaluable service to Welsh Schools’ events. At district level he was an ever present at championships and cup meetings. He supported Afan Nedd Tawe and Dyfed at Track & Field, Cross Country and Sportshall athletics. As a former teacher he appreciated the value of schools’ athletics and his relaxed approach and good humour did much to encourage and nurture youngsters who were new to the sport. He was equally active in non-schools athletics, particularly in West Wales.
In 2014 he was presented with a Meritorious Award in recognition of his contribution to Welsh athletics. He had a close association with the Neath Harriers club and in 2013 the club acknowledged that relationship by bestowing an honorary life membership on him. He maintained his involvement in local athletics right to the end and just two weeks ago, despite being very ill, he spent a couple of hours timekeeping at a junior league meeting in Neath.
Dave will be sorely missed as an official but even more so at a personal level. Quietly spoken, he was always approachable and earned the respect and affection of all who met him. He leaves a son and daughter (Nigel and Wendy) and four grandchildren (Sam, Alice, Jacob and Joshua) and the thoughts of everyone in Welsh athletics will be with his family at this sad time."