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Old 28th Jan 2011, 12:24
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David Seward RIP

It is with great sadness that I must inform you that my dear father, Group Captain David Seward AFC, passed away unexpectedly on 25 Jan 2011 - his 80th birthday, in the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital after a brief stay.

Dad was well known in the RAF, mainly through his time as a Lightning pilot and Boss of 56(F) Sqn but many may know him through his subsequent work with the RAFA.

The funeral and burial will be held at Honing Church, near North Walsham, on FRIDAY 4 FEBRUARY at 1400 hrsFamily flowers only. Dad will be sorely missed by his family and indeed by all who knew him. If you wish to make a donation in his memory, please do so via Murrell Cork Funeral Directors (01692 402059) in support of the Royal Air Force Association (Norwich Branch) or the British Red Cross Society (Norfolk Branch)

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Nick,

so sorry to hear your news. Will always remember him telling the then OC 56 that the Sqn clearly lacked leadership (following a particularly poor turnout for a reunion). Top chap.

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Nick,

My sincere condolences. You dad was a top chap.
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Share you sadness Nick - you can be justly proud of him and I am glad that I had the pleasure of knowing him in the RAF.
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Nick,

Sad to hear the news of your Father's passing. RIP
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I can't say I knew your father Sir, nor did I see the Firebirds in action. But from the snippets I have seen, occasionally on film, they appear to have been quite a scintillating aerobatics team.

My sincere sympathy to you at this time.

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Very sorry to read this news, I was a very young first tourist when I knew him at Colt in 1974 as c/s 02, OC Ops Wg, and our paths didn't cross again. He was a good character indeed.
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Nick,

My condolences to you and all the family. Your Dad was my OC Ops when I was an Air Traffic Controller at Coltishall in the 70s. He was a great boss and a much loved and respected character. Some years after leaving Coltishall, I went to Barnwood to have my palm read . I discovered that your Dad had written on one of my annual reports 'Doleman is a likeable young officer who is quite content to walk around all day with his shirt tail hanging out'. I can at least vouch that the latter part was certainly true !
His 'beat ups' of the Tower in the BoB Spit were both spectacular and frightening ! He will be sorely missed, they don't make characters like him anymore.

Kind regards,

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David Seward.

While I never had the honour of meeting your father, or serving in the RAF, I followed his career from the days at Wattisham as the leader of the Firebirds and subsequently with the BBMF. Mainly though I am in debt to him for his contribution to "RAF Wattisham - A Pictorial History" which I wrote in 2008. Those with long mamories will remember with awe the days of the Lightning teams with none better than the Firebirds of 56 Squadron.

RIP, Sir.
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Nick,

May I add condolences from all of us in the Fighter Control community amongst whom your father was a legend, particularly in his Lightning days. We later had further cause to be grateful to him for his inspirational leadership as Station Commander at Neatishead in the late seventies. He'll be sadly missed ...........
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Dear Nick,
So sorry to hear your sad news. I flew with your father when he was OC Ops at Colt and he conducted my final Lightning handling check in a T4. He was a legend by then and I was certainly intimidated. However he could not have been more helpful and encouraging. He was a great character and a real gentleman. My sympathies to you and all your family.

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Nick,

condolences from me too. My old man has no doubt been in touch already; I know he is deeply upset by your news.

All the best

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Thank You

Many thanks for the kind comments posted on here and via PM. We said goodbye to Dad on Friday and were supported by a good crowd from his village, friends from the RAF and friends and colleagues from his numerous associations and charities he would have been very proud.


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