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Carla

9 Aug 2017, 9:29 pm

Delta Dave

Hi friends… I have not processed this news yet but here goes….

I have sadly received an email from Dave McCallum’s wife… here is is for you all to know that David passed away…. ugh Im gutted….. David is my friend and an amazing teach to me. I will miss him….

Here is the letter: “I have been going through David’s contacts and see he has a large number of e-mails from yourself through the forum that you are both part of. As you know David had a heart valve replacement operation a few weeks ago. I am sorry to have to tell you that David suffered a massive cardiac arrest last Friday and passed away a few days later. I am sorry to break the news to you this way as I know that he often spoke a things he was doing for Carla - often into the small hours of the morning. I am gradually going through David’s e-mails and trying to let people know this has happened. David thoroughly enjoyed building web sites and helping people with theirs - it was a hobby to him and I know he got a lot of pleasure from it. He passed away peacefully with myself and his daughter at his side and I am taking comfort from that. Again sorry to break this news to you.”

Arlene (David’s wife)

If you have any thoughts you can add them and I will forward them to Arlene

Todd

9 Aug 2017, 9:49 pm

My condolences to Dave’s family.

I was not aware of his health issues so this news is especially shocking. Numbing, really.

Dave has been a fixture throughout my 15 year web journey and like so many others I owe him a debt of gratitude for all the help he has offered to me both on and off-list.

A sad day indeed.

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missing

9 Aug 2017, 10:25 pm

It is very hard to write in this forum, the very place Dave has helped me nearly 1,000 times over the years, to wish a sudden farewell.

I cannot count the number of times I couldn’t wait to wake up to see Dave’s personal and passionate response to an idea I had or an issue.

It is not a fair world and I am honored to have gotten to know him through various forms of communication and to learn from one of the greats.

His influence on me will never diminish and I hope I can do the same for others.

Goodbye friend; You will be forever missed, and Hoffkids will continue and always be dedicated to you.

Barry Hoffman

waltd

9 Aug 2017, 10:55 pm

Wow, this is an untimely passing. Dave really shared his passion in this forum, and he will be missed terribly. We knew him only a little here, those who were closest to him will feel the loss all the more. My heart goes out to them, and I hope they find peace.

Walter

Freeway user since 1997

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Marcus Do Carmo

10 Aug 2017, 5:05 am

I am really sorry to hear that…

My condolences to his wife, all the family and closest friends. He will indeed be missed a lot.

Marcus

Miami, Florida

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pandion

10 Aug 2017, 7:01 am

This came as a shock, not least because similar happened to my father some years ago after a valve replacement … we had no time to prepare. That is the most difficult your sudden loss.

I am truly sorry to hear this. DD was so helpful and put in an inordinate amount of time and effort over the years to help others using Freeway. Including me. I enjoyed reading his posts even if I did not have the prob myself because he had a clear way of describing a solution. This was often interesting and a broadening of knowledge.

Thank you Dave.

Peter Tucker, Oxford UK - but mobile somewhere iP6

On 10 Aug 2017, at 06:05, Marcus Do Carmo <email@hidden> wrote:

I am really sorry to hear that…

My condolences to his wife, all the family and closest friends. He will indeed be missed a lot.

Marcus

Noel Sergeant

10 Aug 2017, 7:03 am

Even though I never met Dave or even know what he looks like I still feel devastated by this sad news. Like many others on here he has helped me on on several occasions. When I see requests for help and they haven’t put a link to their site on it I always think it’s only a matter of time before Dave asks for the link so that he can help. He will be sadly missed. My condolences to his family.

Gray Owl

10 Aug 2017, 7:31 am

Such sad news. My condolences to his family.

Lee

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David Owen

10 Aug 2017, 3:37 pm

Sad news indeed. My heart go out to the Family. Dave very kindly sent a few print jobs our way over years so I managed to speak to him in personal rather than just though Freewaytalk. A nice guy.

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On 9 Aug 2017, at 22:29, Carla <email@hidden> wrote:

Hi friends… I have not processed this news yet but here goes….

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missing

10 Aug 2017, 3:58 pm

Yes David,

He may have seemed private but I got to know him a little as well and he spoke of his daughter at times. Wonderful person.

sonjanna

10 Aug 2017, 3:58 pm

Sad news. It was one of the names that so often „popped up“ in the forum for so many years. I am thankful for his efforts. My thoughts are with his family and friends. Thank you for sharing. Hanna

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Richard van Heukelum

10 Aug 2017, 8:58 pm

My goodness, such a shame. All my best to the loved ones he’s left behind.

– Richard

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Caleb Grove

12 Aug 2017, 3:46 am

This is very sad news for all of us here. David has been a massive help to me as I’ve been learning my trade through his many helpful and detailed responses here on Freewaytalk, and also by being an inspiration for me to keep learning and improving at this craft.

His contributions will continue to be a great benefit for many, many years to come.

Caleb Grove

Grove Design

Developer of Backdraft

grantsymon

12 Aug 2017, 7:46 pm

I’m truly shocked. Dave helped me more than just a little bit with my site, to the point that I wouldn’t have managed to build it as it stands, without his generous help and of course, all the time that he gave.

I’m even more shocked, because I have a project in the works, that I was hoping to send his way, as a proper paying job, by way of thanks for all the effort he put in to helping me and of course, because he had a considerable skill and knowledge.

The peculiar ‘pen-friend’ aspect of internet forums, where we know, but never meet people, makes this so strange. We really have little, or no idea of the life beyond the forum posts. In Dave’s case he was extremely generous and kind with his help and aside from that, I know little of him, except that he was a fellow Scotsman and for that I feel the kinship.

My heartfelt condolences to his wife and daughter and to his friends and family. I am very saddened to hear this news.

Yours Aye Dave,

Grant

Grant

Thomas Kimmich

13 Aug 2017, 8:58 pm

Since days I’m stalking this list - in fact unable doing justice to what David meant for us and me personally. And I still struggle doing so. Not only that he enlightened us in 16248 post since 30 August 2006 here on FreewayTalk, he obviously did many hundreds of private talks with you guys and gals as well. Me included. He substituted the existing (or missing) manual many times. It was an honor and pleasure having had the luck standing on shoulder of giants.

My condolences to his wife and daughter, family and friends.

In memory of my TakeMate David McCallum - Glasgow (SCO). Rest in Peace my friend.

Thomas

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Carla

13 Aug 2017, 9:17 pm

Absolutely agreed Thomas….

words do not even portray the kindness of Dave.. the one who always came on board this forum and to me privately since May 2009.

I have saved every email, and as such he will live on as my teacher, who had more patience than a turtle crossing the road… . I used to kid him that I could see him rolling his eyes from Glasgow to NYC. xo

Trevreav

14 Aug 2017, 8:23 am

Very, very sad news. He helped me a great deal in my first steps in web design, and later in a bit more complicated (for me) stuff, although easy for him.

I very rarely use freeway now, but he pretty much taught me the basics of web design and will be sorely missed. Thank you Dave.

My thanks to him and very best wishes to his family and friends.

All the best

TrevReav

Ho’way the lads

John Robinson

14 Aug 2017, 8:02 pm

Dave will be missed. My condolences go out to his family. Life is so short make the most of it. John

Robert Mitton

15 Aug 2017, 3:08 am

What a bummer thing to find out! Indeed Delta Dave was one of the very most helpful and friendly people on this forum and he had the answers to my questions a few times for sure. He will be sorely missed.

Excuse me though, but I am curious about his death since I recently had my second aortic heart valve replacement. The first was in 1999 via open heart surgery with a bovine valve. When it was deteriorating I decided I was not going to have a second open heart surgery and ended up speaking nationally on the subject of “dying with dignity”. It was my right to decline the surgery.

At the very last moment though I was approved for a new experimental valve replacement where there is NO open heart surgery. This operation has been used for nearly a decade in Europe but it is new here in the USA.

Not sure, but I thought that DD lived in Europe and so I was shocked to learn the reason of the death. At his age there should have been an option to go with the non-open heart surgery. I was released from the hospital 26 hours after my surgery was done and then riding a bicycle within a week after that.

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/HeartValveProblemsandDisease/What-is-TAVR_UCM_450827_Article.jsp#.WZJkuHeGNTY http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/heart_vascular_institute/conditions_treatments/treatments/valve_aortic.html

It is such a shame to lose such a good person to such a thing as this.

Elizabeth

15 Aug 2017, 6:00 am

Oh gosh - I’ve read this stream, but didn’t realise it was Delta Dave! I’m shocked, Dave was so incredibly helpful. He helped me on quite a few occasions, especially when I first started using Freeway quite a few years ago. So terribly sad and sorry, sincere condolences to Dave’s family. How sad…..

Elizabeth

On 15 Aug 2017, at 1:08 PM, Robert Mitton <email@hidden> wrote:

What a bummer thing to find out! Indeed Delta Dave was one of the very most helpful and friendly people on this forum and he had the answers to my questions a few times for sure. He will be sorely missed.

Excuse me though, but I am curious about his death since I recently had my second aortic heart valve replacement. The first was in 1999 via open heart surgery with a bovine valve. When it was deteriorating I decided I was not going to have a second open heart surgery and ended up speaking nationally on the subject of “dying with dignity”. It was my right to decline the surgery.

At the very last moment though I was approved for a new experimental valve replacement where there is NO open heart surgery. This operation has been used for nearly a decade in Europe but it is new here in the USA.

Not sure, but I thought that DD lived in Europe and so I was shocked to learn the reason of the death. At his age there should have been an option to go with the non-open heart surgery. I was released from the hospital 26 hours after my surgery was done and then riding a bicycle within a week after that.

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/HeartValveProblemsandDisease/What-is-TAVR_UCM_450827_Article.jsp#.WZJkuHeGNTY http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/heart_vascular_institute/conditions_treatments/treatments/valve_aortic.html

It is such a shame to lose such a good person to such a thing as this.

Andries Kuipers

15 Aug 2017, 9:22 am

R.I.P. Delta Dave…. Good people will always be missed and not forgotten. Thanks for all.

My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

2017-08-15 7:59 GMT+02:00 Elizabeth <email@hidden>:

Oh gosh - I’ve read this stream, but didn’t realise it was Delta Dave! I’m shocked, Dave was so incredibly helpful. He helped me on quite a few occasions, especially when I first started using Freeway quite a few years ago. So terribly sad and sorry, sincere condolences to Dave’s family. How sad…..

Elizabeth

On 15 Aug 2017, at 1:08 PM, Robert Mitton <email@hidden> wrote:

What a bummer thing to find out! Indeed Delta Dave was one of the very most helpful and friendly people on this forum and he had the answers to my questions a few times for sure. He will be sorely missed.

Excuse me though, but I am curious about his death since I recently had my second aortic heart valve replacement. The first was in 1999 via open heart surgery with a bovine valve. When it was deteriorating I decided I was not going to have a second open heart surgery and ended up speaking nationally on the subject of “dying with dignity”. It was my right to decline the surgery.

At the very last moment though I was approved for a new experimental valve replacement where there is NO open heart surgery. This operation has been used for nearly a decade in Europe but it is new here in the USA.

Not sure, but I thought that DD lived in Europe and so I was shocked to learn the reason of the death. At his age there should have been an option to go with the non-open heart surgery. I was released from the hospital 26 hours after my surgery was done and then riding a bicycle within a week after that.

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/ HeartValveProblemsandDisease/What-is-TAVR_UCM_450827_ Article.jsp#.WZJkuHeGNTY http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/heart_vascular_institute/ conditions_treatments/treatments/valve_aortic.html

It is such a shame to lose such a good person to such a thing as this.

Paul Brown

15 Aug 2017, 1:45 pm

Oh that’s very sad news.

Dave helped me plenty of times and never asked for anything in return. He seemed like a knowledgable and friendly guy who was always pleased to help.

So sad for his family who I send my best wishes.

Paul Brown

Creative Director

Laban Brown Design

Ian Halstead

18 Aug 2017, 10:38 am

My deepest condolences to Arlene. I’m so shocked and saddened by this tragic news.

One of the stalwarts of the community, Dave directly and indirectly affected massively for the better several decisions and pathways regarding how I construct sites in Freeway. He was of invaluable help over the years, and he’ll be missed enormously.

Insanity is hereditary. Your children pass it on to you.

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Chod Lang

19 Aug 2017, 7:08 pm

So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. I’ve drifted away from website design but have always been grateful in the past for the help and support offered by Dave and others. Our community has lost a most helpful friend.

SteveH

21 Aug 2017, 12:18 pm

I’ve just checked in on the forum after months away and am saddened to learn of DeltaDave’s passing. His posts here have helped me many times. He will be missed but will not be not forgotten. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

Steve

West Wales, UK

MBPr, FW Pro 7 (but amateur user!)

FreewayPro_User

22 Aug 2017, 2:46 pm

I never interacted with Dave personally but have seen an abundance of his posts and others praising his talents and efforts as he selflessly sought to provide help to others. Having seen other people like Dave who were true treasures to their online communities pass on, its never easy for those in the community during such a loss. But its always such a blessing to reflect and know how selfless people like “Delta Dave” were in helping others. These peoples approach should be an example and inspiration to us all both online and in our daily personal lives.

I sincerely pass on my heart felt condolences to his family and friends and can only imagine given the selfless assistance he provided to this community and no doubt beyond, what a loss it must be for those whom truly knew and loved him. Thanks for being an example to us all Delta Dave with your time, talents and willingness to help others.

Joe Billings

23 Aug 2017, 8:33 am

Just jumped on to see what was happening here and saw this thread

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DeltaDave

28 Aug 2017, 9:40 pm

David’s wife Arlene here. Thank you all so much for your kind words re David. As I said in my e-mail to Carla, David took a great deal of pleasure out of helping others and although I would often moan at him for ‘being on that forum again’ he totally enjoyed it. You were a community of friends. Since David’s passing I have had umpteen messages all talking about how kind and generous a man he was. This makes me and my family so proud. I miss him terribly but it helps to know that people thought so much of him. Once again thank you for your kind words. x

Glasgow, Scotland

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Tim Plumb

12 Sep 2017, 3:06 pm

Wow, I’m really shocked and saddened by this news.

I noticed the other day that I’d not been getting emails from FWTalk since early August so jumped back on the site to catch up with FW news.

Dave had been a cornerstone of this community for as long as I can remember and, as others have said before, he was always happy to step up and give his time, expertise and opinion purely to help others. He’ll be sadly missed.

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tonzodehoo

15 Feb 2018, 10:58 pm

May I also pass on my sincere best wishes to Arlene and family on your great loss. Living in Glasgow I’d always hoped to maybe meet Dave at some point to put a face and a person to the ever helpful and encouraging name of Delta Dave. Without him I would not have progressed to where I am with web design and in particular his insights into Freeway. I shall be forever grateful for his generosity.

A part of his legacy is all the solutions and prompts he leaves on this forum for future freeway users to learn from.

May he rest in peace.

Gorbals Glasgow

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Carla

15 Feb 2018, 11:33 pm

I miss Dave.. He taught me everything xo

missing

15 Feb 2018, 11:37 pm

Whenever I get an email from this thread, it instantly brings me back to the 1000s of times he helped me and I could not wait to see his response!

He would be horrified and sickened to hear about what is going on here in the US with the Florida school. I can hear him now.

miss ya Dave!

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Jim Feeney

29 Jan 2021, 1:11 am

Very sad to hear this. Delta Dave was one of the truly foundational experts on this forum.

I’m looking for a positive takeaway, and for me it’s this: I want to let Dave’s unstinting generosity with his time and talents be a reminder to me to “pay it forward” in any way that I can help others (in life, not just in webmastering), as Dave in his turn helped so many. May his example live on in us.

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