I heard this morning that Dave Cushman died yesterday. He was a good friend and I shall miss him. We first got to know each other over a decade ago via the Irish beekeeping discussion list. The subject of Gormanston came up. What’s a ‘Gormanston?’ I enquired, and, upon being enlightened, a number of us who had known each other only via the interweb met there for the first time in July 2000.
We met many times since, not only there, but also at Apimondia in Dublin and other beekeeping events. He came to stay with me once, en route to a DARG meeting at Buckfast, and I also visited him at his home at Syston, near Leicester, where he showed off the Space Centre as well as an association apiary.
Dave was very active in BIBBA, but the thing for which I expect he will be longest remembered is his web site which, for beekeeping information, has to be the best in the World. He told me that he had made arrangements for it to be continued after his demise and I hope this will be the case.
I don’t yet know the funeral arrangements.