David Radford, one of the best known expats in Fuengirola, died of cancer in the Costa del Sol Hospital on 9 January, the day before his 86th birthday.
Originally from Burton-on-Trent, David started his career as a cabin steward with BOAC, rising to Cabin Services Director on 747s and Concorde before retiring, via Brighton, to Calahonda. He subsequently moved to Puebla Lucía in Fuengirola.
In Calahonda he found time both to be president of his community and to become involved with International Theatre Studio and subsequently the Salon Varietés Theatre in Fuengirola.
From the early 1990s on he acted, stage managed, helped with lighting, prompted and, with a wonderful speaking voice, worked outside on voiceovers, but above all became a stalwart of the Friends of the Theatre. He served for many years on their board and became their president.
At times the financial state of the theatre was desperate and he hit on the idea - picked up on one of the Cunard Cruises, of which he was exceedingly fond - of recycling greeting cards. Three mornings a week he could be found in the theatre's bar selling these and he raised many thousands of euros. Without this contribution the theatre would almost certainly have closed. He ran a course at the U3A training others in the necessary skills. Sitting in the bar selling his cards he became a friendly ear for many or just a centre of information for all who stopped for a chat.
His last appearance was last spring in the Old Time Music Hall where he was an excellent chairman. The theatre's Facebook pages have been full of affectionate tributes to a man who loved both Fuengirola and the Salon Varietés Theatre. He is going to be missed by so many people.