from the Tenerife Sun
Sad end for a friend to many
TO HIS many friends he was known as The Quiet Man, who was always ready to lend a hand wherever it was needed.
But only those close to him knew that David Bishop was suffering from motor neurone disease. That was why he spent the last six months in a wheelchair, tended by his wife, Linda, and helped by many of the people he had helped in the past.
All that came to an end on Sunday when Turtle Dave, as he was known for his keen interest in the turtle that frequents Los Gigantes marina, suffered three massive heart attacks before dying at Candelaria Hospital on the outskirts of Santa Cruz. He was 58.
ldblquote Terrible as it was, it was a blessed relief from his suffering,dblquote said Linda through her tears this week. ldblquote He had always been so full of energy and the motor neurone disease robbed him of that.dblquote
Linda and Dave came from their home in Wiltshire to live in retirement in Los Gigantes in 1998, after 10 years of happy holidays there. But they soon found they needed to be active and together they took on management of holiday rental apartments and various other jobs to keep themselves occupied.
Theirs had been a childhood romance, born from meetings in Berkshirequote s country lanes as 18-year-old Dave cycled to work on a farm and 15-year-old Linda cycled the other way to the horse-riding stables where she worked.
Three years later they were married and had one son, Michael, later moving to Berkshire, from where Dave spent the last years of his working life as a continental coach driver. Michael flew over on Sunday to be with his mother for the Santa Cruz cremation today, Thursday.
ldblquote We had a wonderful life together,dblquote said Linda, ldblquote with so much happiness and making so many friends in Los Gigantes.
ldblquote The wonderful thing towards the end was the way they all rallied round to help, especially the Lions Club, when Dave started to develop motor neurone disease and could not control his body properly.
ldblquote We canquote t thank them too much for all they did for us, especially in the last few weeks.dblquote