Our dear friend and Scouting colleague, Dave Landreth, passed away peacefully on Wednesday 8th April. He was a very popular member of Scouting and was an example to us all. Ian Carnell, Deputy County Commissioner, reflects here on Dave’s 40+ years of Scouting and his valued contributions at Group, District and County level.
Dave had always been an active member of Group, District and County, and his commitment to Scouting in all those areas was consistently of an extremely high standard. He was a District Chairman for many years and his recommendations were always respected by the leadership team. He gave good counsel and thought to many problems and ensuing difficulties and his judgement was always of the highest quality and fair. He had the gift of clear and rational thinking in all his deliberations, and his advice was always well received.
After stepping down as District Chair he remained on the Executive and took on the role of Treasurer for a short while. He became Scrutineer for the District Badge Secretary and remained in this post until his passing.
Dave was a member of the Scout Fellowship (now County Scout Active Support) and remained a valuable asset, always willing and able to help whenever the occasion arose. At both District and County events he gave very strong support and was tireless in his enthusiasm and approach, especially for the young members who benefited from his Scouting experience. An example of this was as the scorer for many District Swimming Galas, he always proved accurate and reliable.
He was always loyal to the 8th Solihull Group, providing his leadership skills at a moment’s notice should any section suddenly be leaderless. Dave would always step in and provide cover.
Dave was Scrutineer for the County Accounts for which the County was most grateful. Dave took this role most seriously and was extremely meticulous in his checking of the figures.
Dave gave service to such a high standard for so many years; he will certainly be greatly missed. A loving husband, a loving father and a member of the Scout Association to be proud of. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Sue and their family.