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In Loving Memory of Dave Thomas: A Gentleman of Kindness and Joy (17 May 2024)

On Friday, May 17, 2024, we bade a heartfelt farewell to our dear friend and fellow Rotarian, Dave Thomas. Dave joined Rotary 25 years ago, becoming an active and enthusiastic member. Throughout his tenure, he held several offices, including that of President.

Dave trained as a Pastry Chef and eventually took on a rundown café, the Copper Kettle, in Hazel Grove. Under his care, the café flourished, prompting him to move to Disley and fulfill a long-held dream of opening his own restaurant, the Copperfield. Together with his wife, Jackie, and eventually his son, Kurt, Dave created a thriving business that became a cherished community hub. He provided employment to many local youngsters, both in the kitchen and front of house. These young people fondly remember his calm demeanor, kindness, and sense of fun.

An avid golfer, Dave was a member of Bramhall Park Golf Club. He regularly organized teams for the Rotary Charity Golf days, and his team once proudly won the coveted Rose Bowl. Dave cherished the annual international trips with the club, visiting Rotary Clubs across Europe—a testament to his insatiable curiosity and zest for life.

Dave's willingness to help knew no bounds. Whether it was following the sleigh for the Christmas collections in December or hosting wonderful garden parties that raised thousands of pounds for charities, he was always there to lend a hand. In 2023, his dedication was recognized with the highest Rotary accolade, the Paul Harris Fellowship.

Dave loved his garden, but his greatest joy came from his family. He was immensely proud of them all and often shared anecdotes about his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Above all, Dave Thomas was a gentleman. His kindness was boundless, his laughter infectious, and his spirit indomitable. As we say goodbye, we find solace in the countless memories he leaves behind and the lives he touched with his warmth and grace. We had many good times together, and he will be greatly missed.

Thursdays at 12 noon for 12.30 pm meeting
Marple Golf Club, Barnsfold Road, Marple, SK6 7EL

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Welcome to our meetings to enjoy various talks delivered by speakers from various realms of life; to have a friendly drink and meal; to establish network; and to get to know each other to become friends.

'Welcome to attend our talks in 2023'

We have scheduled diverse topics from Cheese production to Justice System that feed the intellectual curiosity of our members and friends. The speakers are renowned and passionate in what they do. You are most welcome to join us at 12 noon for the 12.30 pm talks listed below.

18th January 2024
Jane Michael on Marple Naturalists
1st February 2024
Vishnu on Working Life
15th February 2024
Paul Athans on Army Experience
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