David C.B. Mills

Photo taken by Beverly Farber: submitted by Bruce & Eileen Butler

Our dear friend in ringing, David Mills passed on February 9, 2002.  We all loved him very much. Things were not the same in Philadelphia after he returned to England for retirement in the fall of 2000. We shall all miss you very much dear brother.  

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A time of remembrance and celebration for the life of David Mills was held at The Church of Saint Martin-in-the-Fields, Chestnut Hill Philadelphia, PA USA on April 21, 2002. Some wonderful remarks were made by many people there at the gathering.  One of David's colleagues Dr. Peter Walsh provided a written copy of his remarks and an obituary that he wrote for a scientific journal.  To read these items click here.

Since the site went on-line, several people have asked if they could post their pictures and memories of David here.  YES, If you have pictures or memories of David you would like to share with others, please send them to me.  I will try to update this page with new items twice a week. 

These pictures are from Anne Hone, tower captain of Church Stretton where David was a member of the band.

 Green burial ground

Westhope -- lovely view!

Church Stretton District Quarter Peal Band at Rushbury.

Paul Lewis, Gerald Mills, Andrew Buckley, Anne Hone, Peter Pryke,  John Croxton

Some more pictures of David by Anne Hone

Reclining David


David with Newcastle Brown!



Quater Peal at Church Stretton (Andrew & Amy's Wedding)

Rushbury Tower from David's house

Bodnant Gardens, North Wales

David on top of the Lawley, Church Stretton, Shropshire

David preparing supper 21/1/02 at 3 Rushbury with
'Tom' [the cat is actually called Billy! (but David
never knew that!)]

Barmouth Beach, Wales

  Some thoughts by Anne Hone:

Anyone who knows me knows that it takes something similar to an atom bomb to make me set pen to paper: the death of David C B Mills was one such event. David had not been among us (Church Stretton District) long, but he had made a significant impact on Church Stretton and Rushbury towers - gently guiding us towards more adventurous ringing.  He was able to converse widely, with knowledge and held passionate opinions.  He liked to cultivate the image of the 'eccentric professor' with his wild hair, beard and bare feet, but he was a genuinely gentle, kindly person who is greatly missed.  He moved to Rushbury from Philadelphia where he spent about 30 years as a biochemist at Temple University.  He learnt to ring at St Martin's and traveled widely in pursuit of bells, including joining the Butler's ringing tours of Britain. It was during one of these, in 2000, that I met him and was delighted when he choose to come and live so close on his retirement later in the year. His loves included bells, pubs, music, his open topped VW Golf, very hot food (cooking and eating!) and walking - he liked to feel the earth beneath his feet.  We had lots of enjoyable time, both ringing and otherwise, but he ran out of time in early February - the asthma finally won.  We buried him at the green burial ground at Westhope, I think he would have approved!  It was a poignant parting, his six children, some other family, a few friends and some local ringers.  We all miss you David, but thank you for showing up: better to have known you than not, ray of sunshine.  God bless. E Anne Hone



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