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Family pay tribute to popular Preston photographer who died last week

Posted on - 9th June, 2020 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - People, Preston News
David with daughter Maria
David with daughter Maria

The family of popular photographer David Toase, who died last week, have paid tribute to him.

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David passed away after suffering a heart attack at home at the age of 69. His family described him as an “incredibly kind and strong” man who “loved to be outdoors”.

David was born in Sale in 1951, attended St Joseph’s College in Blackpool, and moved to Preston in the mid 1960s. He began his working life doing odd building jobs and helping with his Dad’s fruit and veg round, before spending time as an engineer in The Merchant Navy.

While he was working on a building job at a Cannon Street camera shop, the owner lent David a camera. David then realised how much he loved photography, and decided to make it his career. He subsequently worked as a photographer for the Wales Tourist Board, and also spent time in Russia.

David behind the camera
David behind the camera – he loved photography and nature

David leaves behind two daughters, two sons and three grandsons, who he described at a recent exhibition as his “joy and inspiration”.

David’s daughter Maria Toase said: “Anyone who knew Dad, will know how much he loved to be outdoors.

“Whether it was doing a puzzle, reading one of his Leonard Cohen books, sharing some fruitcake with a little blackbird in Winckley Square or of course taking beautiful photographs, he was out amongst nature for most of his days.

“It’s so interesting sharing memories with people now that he’s gone because I’m still learning so much about him and who he was! All the places he’s travelled, all the people he quietly helped, all the poems he wrote, all the moments he captured.

“He was incredibly kind and strong and sensitive and hilarious.

“I am remembering him by really appreciating the world outside, noticing all the little details and respecting our beautiful planet. That’s exactly what he did every day.”

As only ten people will be allowed at the funeral, Maria is collecting art, photos, poems and messages to display at the service. Anyone wishing to send a tribute should contact Maria via Facebook.

Did you know David? Leave your own tribute in the comments below.

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