Thursday, 11 August 2022

Motoring enthusiast and father of six

DAVID MARTIN was born on July 11, 1950 at West Hill (Townlands Hospital) in Henley to Raymond and Elizabeth and was the youngest of seven children.

He attended Gillotts School and left at 15, when he took up an apprenticeship at Tabbitts in Mill Lane, where he would learn his trade â?? panel beating and paint spraying.

His main hobby was repairing cars. In his teens he also had a scooter and enjoyed many holidays travelling south with friends.

When he was 17, David was involved in a serious collision. He was on his scooter with his best friend Graham when they were hit by a car.

David suffered a compound fracture of the femur in his left leg and spent five months in hospital. After this life-changing accident, David decided it would be safer to drive a car and would never ride a motorbike again.

He later worked for Hofmannâ??s of Henley, where he regularly drove luxury performance vehicles and classic cars, including Rolls-Royces.

He would often be seen driving through Henley in a bright red Ferrari in his favourite Ray-Ban sunglasses.

David had a child, Karen, before he married Marion in September 1980 and they had five children, Samantha, Lewis, Anthony, Margaret and Kayleigh. He became very family focused and the children were his world.

The family lived in Berinsfield for a short time and then moved to Gainsborough Hill, Henley, where David would remain.

David was a grandfather to Rebecca, Emily, Lily-Belle, Colby, Dexter, AJ, Kaci, Tom, Olivia, James, Ryan and Kieran and great-grandfather to Scott.

The funeral was held at Reading crematorium in Caversham with interment at Fair Mile cemetery in Henley on Thursday.

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