The AAPT are sad to report on the passing of Dave Colvin a much respected Anatomical Pathology Technologist.
Dave began his career in the 1990s by first volunteering and then training at St. Marys Hospital in Paddington. Later, he went onto work at Ashford Hospital and Westminster Public Mortuary, before finally moving to Hammersmith and Fulham Public Mortuary, where he worked as the Mortuary Manager from 2003 until 2019.
During his long career, Dave dealt with many repatriations and incidents involving British Nationals, including the Indian Ocean Tsunami on Boxing Day 2004, the Bahrain Boat Disaster in 2006, a plane crash in Malawi in 2007, a bus crash in Ecuador in 2008, and the terrorist atrocity in Sousse, Tunisia in 2015.
The wealth of knowledge he built up during his career saw Dave being asked to deliver lectures and training on resilience and incident planning, not only to APTs at events such as the AAPT Annual Educational Event, but to groups such as Police Officers and Local Authority Emergency Planning Officers. A key aim of Dave’s work in this area was to educate others about the importance of proper planning and future proofing when operating a Designated Disaster Mortuary (DDM) as he very successfully did at Hammersmith and Fulham Public Mortuary.
Dave was a family man, who loved animals and could often be found walking Rosie, his beloved border collie, in Bedfont Lakes Country Park.
Dave died on the 25th of July and will be very much missed by his family, friends and his dog Rosie. His funeral is being held on 17th of August near his home.
RIP Dave (1964–2023).