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Thursday, July 17, 2014


 Radio presenter Michael Toms pays tribute to his late colleague, David Lloyd:

Epitaph for David

I was deeply saddened by the news of the recent passing in his sleep on May 19, 2014, of grand old man and old friend, David Lloyd, at Bedford, England, his birthplace, at the age of 77. He leaves his wife Carole, his childhood sweetheart, with whom he was re-united some years ago in fairytale-like circumstances.

He will be remembered for his presentation of broadcast symphony concerts, serious music, and programmes like The Sound of the Cinema on old English Service Radio and at one time was the music critic for the Natal Mercury. At his home in Bedford, he converted a garage and an outbuilding to a study, and the Divinitas Library – a repository for his vast collection of serious music CD’s, his papers and other memorabilia.

He was an adorable, chuckleful, whimsical “pompous old fart” – which we called him to his face, and he loved it - a great broadcaster and inimitable microphone voice to boot.

Latterly, he studied for, and became, an Anglican Reader (Lay Preacher) in England. With huge white beard, formidable “boep,” dangling crucifix thereon et al, he was an imposing latter day Moses in the Pulpit. Alison and I, and others, loved him dearly. With deep sadness, it’s farewell Hedley David Lloyd, with a fitting, suitably pompous valediction which he would have loved
“Requiescat in Pace.” – Michael Toms