David Whitley (12 Oct 1949 - 24 Dec 2021)

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Purchase Of De-Fib Machine - https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/whiteleysdefib

Funeral Service

Heckmondwike United Reformed Church 139 High Street Heckmondwike WF16 0DY
27th Jan 2022
Funeral Director
George Brooke Ltd

Cremation Details

Dewsbury Moor Crematorium Heckmondwike Road Dewsbury WF13 3PL
27th Jan 2022

On 24th December most unexpectedly, of Batley, aged 72 years, David, dear and loving husband of Angela, much loved dad of Sarah and Matthew, dear father in law of James and Samantha, proud grandad of Benjamin, Thomas, Lauren, Macey and Mya, a very dear brother in law and uncle.
Funeral service will be held at the United Reformed Church, High Street, Heckmondwike on Thursday 27th January 2022 at 1.30pm, followed by committal at Dewsbury Moor Crematorium. Friends please accept this intimation and meet at the church. In acknowledgement of David’s love of Manchester United, please were a touch of red. Family flowers only, donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to George Brooke Ltd., it is hoped that the donations will be sufficient to purchase a De-fib machine in David’s memory. All enquiries to George Brooke Ltd., Tel 01924 454476.
Angela and family would like to thank the many friends who have sent messages of condolences, cards and flowers, David was more loved than he could ever have imagined. A true legend.

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Sorry we can’t be with you all today, we will be thinking of you and sending you lots of love xx

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circa 1980? - Healey Church

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Philip Harding wrote

I wanted to let David’s family know how much he and them have meant to our family over the last 40 or so years. It’s difficult to describe, as from the outside we were just neighbours! To many of us the people next door are just occasional acquaintances.

But not David, Angela, Sarah and Mathew. My parents Mary and George only moved away from them a couple of years ago having spent the best part of 40 years as neighbours.

My mum nailed it the other week when she was talking to Angela, she said, “you’re like a daughter to me”. That’s how they all are, a family. One we’ve all loved over the years.

I don’t remember a time growing up that David and Angela weren’t next door to us. We always helped each other out, came round on Christmas morning to wish each over ‘Merry Christmas and much more.

As neighbours you often see good and bad points, but I really don’t recall any bad ones. A lovely couple, hard working with lovely children. David was always friendly and helpful, had time to chat and was a real down-to-earth lovely man.

We all went to the church at the top of Healey Street together. I’m not sure we all had the same view on god, but it drew us closer to each other and the people around us. The picture I added separately to this site is one of my favourites. You might recognise a couple of people in it.

As my parents got older and I moved away I stayed in touch best I could and would message Angela or David and regularly have to ask them to pop round and tell my parents to put their phone back on the hook!

As we know David was an avid Man Utd fan. Being a Liverpool fan, we would always have some great banter, usually on Facebook. Always polite and respectful, because that was David.

I’m not sure I have much more to say. Other than my parents and the rest of my family are so, so sad for the loss of David. Our hearts go out to Angela, Sarah, Matthew and all their family.

We all wish we were closer and could offer some support or solace, but we know you’ve an amazing family and group of friends around you and will be being well looked after.

My wife always tell me to live for the moment, enjoy today as you don’t know what will happen tomorrow. I see it more now.

Take care all.


Phil Harding. x

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  • Phil Oh my, thank you for writing this and absolutely right back at you all. ❤️ How lucky we have been for 40 years to have you by our side. As I said to your Mum on the phone on Sunday ‘I need you Mary’ I need to run past kitchen window for a hug ❤️. But hearing her voice was a real comfort. Lots of love xxx

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Sorry I won't be able to attend the funeral but I send you virtual love and support. I'll be thinking of you all at this difficult time as you say your final goodbyes to a Special man that you all dearly loved and will be missed by so many. Xx

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