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Chris H Davies
Aug 8th, 2021, 1:51am
 
Sad news, I'm afraid.

Chris Davies ("Weird" to his friends!) has sadly passed away, on the morning of 7th August 2021.
He had been suffering from a severe form of dementia for several years, and was in a Care home in Bradford.
His family - wife, Pamela, and children, Rebecca and Karen - were able to be with him at the end.

Presently, I have no details as to his funeral, etc., but will add those as and when advised.

Chris joined the BBC as a Radio Technical Operator in September 1968, on TO 29, arriving in London Control Room just before 1969 rang in.
He thoroughly enjoyed the job, working in the network Continuities, and partook of the many many japes that were played.
He took a particularly keen interest in the slot-cars of the day, and was highly adept at making his own chassis: many a morning after a night shift was spent seeking out new parts and bodywork for his cars, either to replace or repair any damage succumbed during the previous night's racing.

However, in 1973, with the advent of Independent Local Radio, Chris decided to spread his wings: he left the BBC to join LBC, where he was able to use his training to offer the best support for the station as it found its feet.
He later left LBC and went to work for Roger Squires.

Some years later he was to be found working as a Cameraman for Harlech TV, based in Mold, Clwyd.  Keen to be part of the community, he joined the local Camera Club, and was able to develop his camera skills, as well as passing on such knowledge to others. He also set-to to learn to speak welsh - quite a feat for a Lancastrian from West Houghton, where his father was the vicar.

When his dementia became more apparent, he and Pam agreed to move to Leeds, to be near his daughters and their families. However, as the disease progressed and he became unable to speak, he was placed in a care home where they could provide 24 hour care for him.

The Covid-19 pandemic, although Chris didn't catch it, meant that his family were unable to get up close to him, to try and communicate directly.

He'll be sadly missed by his wife, daughters and grandchildren - not to say those of us who knew him as a good friend and colleague.

Rest in Peace now, Chris. You'll always be in my memory.
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