David Sprague passed away on 19th November 2019

20th February 1935 – 19th November 2019

The Society is sad to announce the passing of David Sprague at the age of 84 on 19th November 2019.

David joined the Society in 1994. He was active in heathers within his local area and attended the Southern Group meetings and for a period was involved with heading up and helping organising the Southern Group events. David and his wife Audrey took a great interest in Society affairs attending many Conferences with David often contributing to discussions at Society AGMs.

David’s working career was in the Diplomatic Service living in seven different countries. When David retired in 1993 he and Audrey settled down in their home in Dorking, Surrey. Such was David’s passion for heathers he transformed a terraced garden on a steep slope into an almost exclusively heather garden. David greatly valued the early help and advice he received from the late David Small. Society members visited the garden on several occasions and admired a wonderful display. David and Audrey eventually moved to Exmouth, Devon and he continued his interest in heathers, creating a new heather garden with plants from a well-known heather nursery.

The Society wishes to pass on its condolences to David’s wife, Audrey, his two sons and one daughter and five grandchildren.

Phil Joyner