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In Remembrance of David Allen

17 August, 1946 ~ 17 October, 2017
United Kingdom



Message from Tony Rothschild:

" A person's life is defined not just by their accomplishments (and Dave had many), but by the quality and depth of their friendships, the lives that they touched and the many people who love them.

This website is for all of us who loved Dave, to share our thoughts, memories, photos and ultimately our grief as we try to come to terms with this untimely loss. Dave would have liked us to miss him but not too much! "


Biography

David (Daudi) sadly passed away on October 17th after courageous battle with cancer. Dave will be sadly missed by Dave’s wife June and 2 sons, Simon and Paul as well as Dave's sisters and family as well as his many friends.

There is a dedication for Dave with the Old Cambrian Society on November ​12​th in Toronto.

Dave was born on 17th August 1946 in Liverpool and came out to Kenya with his family as an infant, where his Dad helped set up the pig industry in Kenya. Dave lived in Nakuru, Londiani and Nairobi. He wanted to be a vet and had been accepted at an Australian University. However his neighbours in Londiani hired a crop sprayer to spray neighbouring farms. Dave was asked if he would like to go along for the ride and he was immediately hooked on flying. He took flying lessons at Nakuru. His first job was working for a company that was capturing wild animals. He then joined Flying Doctors and for a time was based in Moshi. He did his Commercial Licences in Florida. At Flying Doctors Dave was very much in demand for search and rescue and often found stricken planes and passengers. After Flying Doctors Dave taught flying at Wilson Airport when he was with Safari Air as an instructor. He was also a flight examiner. He also did some freelance flying for Boskovic Air Charters as did many young Kenya pilots; where he learned many clever flying tips from “Boskie”. Dave also involved in Sales at Safari Air with Ken Crabtree and Dave Leonard as the Cessna sales agents for East Africa and surrounding countries.

Dave joined EAA in 1975 as direct entry Capt then became training Capt on DC3’s. He was to become VC10 F/O but unfortunately East African Airways collapsed just after Dave finished the VC10 simulator course. Although he enjoyed airline flying, he still loved bush flying and the smaller planes; especially early morning flights which was his favourite time of day. Dave then had a successful career in aircraft sales as well as getting his engineering licences.

When Dave and family came to Canada he worked as an engineer on Vancouver Island. When the recession of the 80’s hit, aviation suffered badly in BC but Dave was lucky enough to be asked to join British Aerospace in England, covering Africa. He was then asked to open up the Canadian Office for BAe based in Toronto, which meant that the family was able to return to Canada. He also worked for the Toronto City Centre Airport (Billy Bishop), did a number of different consulting roles in the aviation world and finally ended up running the airport in Saint John New Brunswick as CEO. This was a job and place that Dave and June both loved but due to his health and medical needs they had to return to the Toronto area. His name is David Andrew Allen but it was a Tanzanian guy he worked with in Flying Doctor, who Dave got on extremely well with, who always used to call Dave “Daudi”, the African way of saying David and so it stuck! Kwaheri Daudi. Ende pole pole







Dave went to Nakuru School, then Lugard School when that opened as his mother taught at both schools. He was at the Prince of Wales School in Hawke House 1960 - 1964. Dave was a keen Organiser of the Old Cambrian Society reunion lunches (Ontario, Canada).

Stories in the news:

http://www.saintjohnairport.com/assets/Uploads/YSJ-Annual-Report-2014-English.pdf
http://huddle.today/commentary-invest-in-saint-john-airport-modernization/
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/saint-john-airport-seeks-50m-for-airfield-improvements-1.3179876
http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/amid-record-passenger-numbers-saint-john-airport-plans-improvements-1.2505617
https://www.scoopnest.com/s/Saint%20John%20Airport%20CEO%20David%20Allen/
https://www.telegraphjournal.com/telegraph-journal/story/42630465/saint-john-airport-ceo







Memories

Memory by Johnny Stols   Nov 19, 2017
Hi June. Dave was the Makora Kabisa. Good days. XX Johnny and Marion

Memory by June Allen   Nov 17, 2017
I remember all those tales of your full weeks spent in Dar,buzzng around Tanzania,and the high jinks you all got up to...shoes moved arund the floors and corridors,items of clothing moved,etc etc. Think you all got a bit bored! Somehow those aircraft all took off on time,and landed safely! Some of you liked to come back to Nairobi on Aeroflot...for the vodka and caviar you were served! They were good days alright,the camaraderie was amazing..you were all a bunch of makoraas though! But good guys nonetheless. And all amazing pilots...you all knew absolutely what you were doing,an your trainees and First Officers must have learned a lot.

Memory by Marian Stols   Nov 16, 2017
Dearest June, Simon and Paul. I met Dave at Wilson Airport on the odd occasion but our paths never really crossed except maybe at the AERO club from time to time. Myself, Dave, Leigh Allison and Peter Young had heard East African Airways were looking for direct entry Dakota DC3 Capt's in 1975. We fronted up and needless to say were told we had absolutely no hope what's so ever. Well in the mean time, us 4 wrote the DC3 tech exam and performance A, a requirement for a Capt. Passed and we turned up once again and told to get knotted. Well some weeks later I get the call to round up the 4 of us for a night flight check. We all are passed, joined East Af and some months later we were DC3 Capt's. Unfortunately after that all week days we spent in DAR-ES-SALAAM and home to Nairobi for weekends. In Dar we would meet each evening for a sundowner or 3 and then move on to the AGIP Hotel for dinner and quite a few more snifters. Needless to say with a KICHWA BAYA, mostly early morning departures and long days flying all over Tanzania they were very tough days. We never learnt and continued with the headaches. The fun, the jokes, Dave infectious laughter and smile I will always remember. What a good bloke. The hospitality offered by both June and Dave when I had my trips from HKG will always be remembered as well. The banter and swahili always spoken brings back many memories especially when Marian also accompanied me on my trips. Those barbecue's with the boys Dave and Francis Burn and Tony and Eileen Rothschild will always be remembered for all the laughter and fun June Paul and Simon DAVE DAD was as absolute gentlemen and more friendlier man you will not get. He will be lovingly remembered, sadly missed, but never forgotten DAVE REST IN PEACE. LOTS OF LOVE JOHNNY AND MARIAN Perth Australia.

Memory by Everett Igobwa, OCS Canada   Nov 14, 2017
In memory and honour of Old Cambrian Ndugu Dave/Daudi Allen (Hawke 1960-1965) of Burlington, Ontario, Canada, the Old Cambrian Society, North America, is donating 2 euphoniums to the Nairobi School Band/Orchestra. To this end, I have already purchased 2 gently used BFlat euphoniums, professionally serviced by Musicare Inc., Canada, for a total cost of $4000: Musicare, a Canadian make; and E.M. Winston, an American make. The 2 Dave Allen euphoniums(Musicare & E.M. Winston) are already in Nairobi in the custody of Old Cambrian Moses Watatua at Patch Nairobi-School. Moses oversees the music mentoring program at Patch. Asante Moses! During our recent reunion/luncheon/social on Sunday, November 12, in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, with over 45 Old Cambrians, Old Yorkists/Laibons, Bomarians, and friends in attendance, we raised a total of CAD 1220. Consequently, we now have a balance of CAD2780: 1). CAD450: OCS North America & friends 2). CAD 100: June Allen, Boma, friend 3). CAD 40: Zahir Dharsee, OCS Canada 4). CAD 50: Al Noor, OCS Canada 5). CAD 80: Steve Le Feuvre, Secretary, OCS UK Branch 6). CAD 500: Everett Shiverenje Igobwa, Nicholson/Serengeti, 1983-1986, Liaison, OCS Canada Pledges to defray CAD 2280 are as follows: 1). CAD 64: Ken Kugania, OCS Kenya, Athi House, 2004-2007. 2). 3). 4). 5). 6). 7). 8). 9). 10). Old Yorkist Tony Rothschild, Vancouver, BC, Canada, is kindly making the necessary arrangements to have an East African Airlines DC-3 fixed wing water colour framed painting 32” x 26.5”, painted by R.C . Pickering of London, Ontario, Canada, circa 1995, worth over CAD 500 donated by June Allen sold. Asante Tony. We still have the following donated items available for purchase: 1). Roger Whittaker DVD donated by Old Yorkist Mike Andrews, Nairobi, Kenya. CAD 20 2). Roger Whittaker DVD donated by Old Yorkist Mike Andrews, Nairobi, Kenya. CAD 20 3). “The Very Best of Daudi Kabaka CD donated by David Kabeberi, Chair, Laibon Society Kenya. CAD 15. 4). “The Very Best of Daudi Kabaka CD donated by David Kabeberi, Chair, Laibon Society Kenya. CAD 15. 5 ). “The Very Best of Daudi Kabaka CD donated by David Kabeberi, Chair, Laibon Society Kenya. CAD 15. 6)” The Very Best of Daudi Kabaka CD donated by David Kabeberi, Chair, Laibon Society Kenya. CAD 15. 7). Johnnie Walker, Gold Label Reserve, Blended Scotch Whisky, The Master Blender’s Reserve, Limited Edition Bottle, Est., 1820, Product of Scotland. 40% acl./vol. 750ml. Donated by Everett Igobwa, OCS Canada. CAD 100. 8). Johnnie Walker, Black Label Reserve, Blended Scotch Whisky, The Master Blender’s Reserve, Limited Edition Bottle, Est., 1820, Product of Scotland. 40% acl./vol. 1.14 litres. Donated by Everett Igobwa, OCS Canada. CAD 100. Everett Igobwa Liaison, OCS Canada Liaison, Old Yorkists/Laibons Canada “To the Uttermost!”

Memory by Derek & Daphne Spindlow.   Nov 13, 2017
Daphne is SO going to miss her Swahili chats with Dave and we both are going to miss the fun times we had with June and his Family. Thank goodness for Happy memories that will live with us for ever. Dave, we shall keep in touch with June and your sons ..promise. Love Daphne & Derek

Memory by Louise Noon   Nov 11, 2017
I have known Dave since his Flying Doctor days in Kenya. Dave and June have always been the most loyal and generous friends and we have had fun and adventures together in Kenya, UK and Canada. Dave will be sorely missed and my thoughts and love go out to June, Simon and Paul.

Memory by susan berger   Nov 8, 2017
About 4 years ago I visited June and Dave in Toronto. They were so kind and gracious and took me around Toronto and to Niagara Falls. I will never forget the wonderful English tea that Dave brought me every morning, it is the small things that are memorable. I am sorry that I did not get to know Dave a little more. Even though I am June's cousin, I was not aware of all of his interesting background.




Candles & Flowers


Posted by Nadia (Koulikoff) Stevens
Nov 15, 2017  

Farewell to a wonderful friend who I first met 50 years ago. Always consistent, always caring and always there for me. I will miss you very much Dave and remember our great times in Nairobi and on the farm in Londiani. Kwaheri Rafiki.

Posted by Paul allen
Nov 14, 2017  

Dad, you set a standard of what a human being should be that i can only aspire to obtain. You are my hero and inspiration and i will miss you dearly as i do my best to follow your example. You were my best supporter, confidant, and greatest friend. I am missing you so much. I love you daddy.

Posted by Paul allen
Nov 14, 2017  

Dad, you set a standard of what a human being should be that i can only aspire to obtain. You are my hero and inspiration and i will miss you dearly as i do my best to follow your example. You were my best supporter, confidant, and greatest friend. I am missing you so much. I love you daddy.

Posted by Carolyn and Lorne Mabel
Nov 10, 2017  

RIP Dave. So many good memories. You are missed by us all. Carolyn, Lorne, Jillian and Tim.

Posted by Anne and Alan Cutler
Nov 8, 2017  

Fond memories of good times from earlier days.With our love and thoughts and in deepest sympathy.

Posted by Richard Henderson
Nov 8, 2017  

Sadly missed from across the pond but fond memories of our last visit.

Posted by Chris Childs
Nov 7, 2017  

All our family will miss Dave and we think of June everyday.