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TRIBUTES have been paid to a “larger-than-life” sportsman and HGV driver


TRIBUTES have been paid to a “larger-than-life” sportsman and HGV driver who has died aged 84.

Dave Cowton, a well-known character in Pickering, passed away on Thursday, May 6.

Born in Bridlington, Dave and his family moved to Low Marishes before the Second World War in 1939. He joined the National Service in the 1950s before pursuing a career as an HGV driver. He drove a wagon for more than 60 years, predominantly for G E Smith Ltd in Malton, and eventually retired in October 2019 aged 82.

Pictured: Dave helping load a flatbed trailer having just tipped a load of timber

G E Smith Ltd commented: Dave worked for G E Smith for over 50 years and was of the old school generation, "a proper driver" in a class of his own.

Dave worked extremely hard; often in tough conditions roping and sheeting many a load throughout his career and was still running rings around people in his eighties. He only retired due to the driver CPC renewal as he truly loved being a professional HGV driver.

Dave was a true gentleman and will be sorely missed by everyone at G E Smith.

Dave driving his pride and joy NV51WXP


Dave married Christine in 1959 and they went on to have three children - Denise, Ian and Neil – six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

“I want to say a massive thank you to everyone for all their kind words," added Neil.

"To see how well-loved and respected he was; it’s a great comfort to our family.”
A keen cricketer, his passion for the sport started in the early 1950s before becoming the first team captain of Pickering Cricket Club for 22-years. During this time, the team won seven East Yorkshire Cups and the Yorkshire Championship Trophy in 1981.

He played cricket for Middleton, Stape, Bedale and Thornton le Dale before officially retiring aged 75.

Dave Cowton, a well-known character in Pickering, passed away on Thursday, May 6 aged 84Dave Cowton, a well-known character in Pickering, passed away on Thursday, May 6 aged 84He loved a wide variety of sport including football, dominoes, point-to-point and followed The Saltersgate Farmers Hunt for more than 40 years.

His son, Neil Cowton, described his dad as a mischievous character who loved “a gossip and a chin-wag” with his friends.

“My dad was certainly a mischievous man and extremely competitive in everything he did,” he said.

“He was never a man with a huge amount to say but was a larger-than-life character and a role model to many.

"I loved his honesty – as a child, you knew something was great if dad offered his praise.

"He was an old-school man with a hardworking attitude and a kind heart.”






    • Ian Carpenter
      True gentleman will be missed RIP DAVE
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    • Carlos Franklin
      Top man Dave RIP You will be missed.😔
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    • Stephanie Jessup
      True friend to Stephen and Geoff Jess will miss him lot
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    • Phil Smith
      We are all truly gutted to hear of Dave’s passing. He was an absolute legend and was still running rings round everyone in his eighties. He will be missed by everyone at G E Smith.
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    • Brian Fenwick
      RIP Dave true gentleman
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    • Dave Graham
      Dave was a grand fella loved a natter with him 👍
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    • Dave Lord Grassby
      Great memories of such a great guy. RIP
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    • John Davies
      Rip dave
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    • Mick Wilks
      Rip DAVE
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    • Allan Knaggs
      A gentleman, good cricketer and good to talk to. RIP Dave
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    • Sean Shady Leatherland
      RIP Dave condolences to the family
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    • Anthony Ward
      Top man Dave worked with him for nearly ten years at GE Smith's, always helpful and always did a good days graft ,rip dave
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    • Ady Gardner
      Another true gent sadly lost,R.I.P DAVE.
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    • John Peacock
      I never had the privilage of meeting dave, but in the last week ive nothing but praise about him, rip my friend, 😢
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    • Dave Wood
      RIP Dave. Was a pleasure knowing you.
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    • Tommy Neal
      Gentleman, lived down Ings garth with him as a child, worked at GE Smiths with him, one of the best, RIP Dave😢
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    • Jim Scott
      RIP Dave. Top man
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    • David Oxtoby
      I had lot of respect for Dave RIP
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1 comment:

  1. So very Sad He will be remembered and missed for many years.

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