David Clarke died suddenly at home aged 83 years. He is survived by his two sons Michael and Nicholas. After leaving Giggleswick he first did his National Service with the Royal Engineers on Christmas Island. Following that he went on to Christ’s College, Cambridge to read Engineering.
For the next 20 years he worked in the steel industry, chiefly in Sheffield. There he rose to be Managing Director of Forgemasters. The later part of his career was spent consulting in many different parts of eastern Europe, advising on running their industries post-communism. His deep knowledge of the world steel industry won him great respect.
From Sheffield he moved with his wife Josephine to Hutton Rudby in North Yorkshire, where, after retiring, he continued to work with the CPRE.
He always remembered his time at Gig most fondly. A silver shield of the school’s coat of arms hangs on his study wall to this day.