Chester, David (Style, 1964)
Sophie Clayton

01/04/1947 - 12/2021

David grew up in Skipton Road, Keighley, the son of John and Poppy Chester, who ran a pork butchers’ shop. David went to Catterall Hall aged eight, in 1955, and then entered Big School, Style House, where he was a pupil from 1960 to 1964. He was not a sportsman, though he enjoyed the countryside and cross-country running. He was intelligent and loved history and science. He completed the Three Peaks Walk after taking science A levels. 

He entered Leeds University to read medicine but then changed his course to accountancy. After graduating and completing his accountancy studies he taught business studies and accountancy in North Wales for some time. He then joined the accountancy firm KPMG and finally joined a shipping company. 

His job involved frequent travel to West Africa, South Africa and Canada, often talking of his time working in Sierra Leone. He enjoyed all travel and retained a special fondness for the Greek islands. These inspired his culinary interest, and he became a rather good and adventurous cook. 

David always had a love of cars. Motor-racing was a big interest, and he liked to go to Brands Hatch and Silverstone. He loved tinkering under the bonnet of whatever car he was currently driving – the turnover was quite high! He and his father had a three-wheeler Morgan which they restored in a garage beneath their home in Keighley.  

He also loved the theatre, and films. At Stratford he once met the actor Helen Mirren after he found the lost petrol cap for her M.G. midget.  

In later life, David suffered some personal griefs which affected him both emotionally and physically. He suffered from bad health in his later years. Nevertheless he endured, not losing his sense of humour and interest in current affairs, and his love of history and cooking, as well as a life-long affection for model trains. 

He leaves his sister Joan and two nephews.