In Memory

David Philo

24 Aug 1934 - 26 Dec 2017

Genuine, kind, understanding, forgiving, intelligent. Above all, at his happiest when pleasing and teaching others. Dad died at Mountbatten Hospice, surrounded by his loving family, on Boxing Day 2017. A gentle and loving man who is so dearly missed by all. Dad was the most natural of teachers, to his students but also to me as his daughter. He had complete patience and an innate ability to impart knowledge without judgement or direct intervention; rather through some effortless coincidence. He had such selflessness in all that he did - his wish only to enlighten and enrich the lives of those he taught. His willingness to share the quotes of his favourite writers at every opportunity was perhaps less about his own need and more a desire that others would also understand and appreciate literature - in all its diversity. He was a vessel through which to channel and influence all generations about the greatest literary works. Words were his world and there is great comfort in retelling his favourite quotes. To die, to sleep; To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub; For in that sleep of death what dreams may come When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Must give us pause: there's the respect That makes calamity of so long life; Hamlet, Act III, Scene I William Shakespeare - 1564-1616

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