1969 – 2011
On March 21, our good friend and Tina fan Dave passed away. Today we said goodbye to him. It was Dave’s own choice to end his life.
Dave had a rich group of friends around him. He had a life of travelling, going to concerts, socializing with friends and going to nice restaurants. It was a life that many of us envied and admired, and this makes it an even bigger shock that he ended it at the age of 42.
Dave was a Tina Turner fan since 1982. He had the opportunity to go to more than 150 of her concerts. When Tina would be on tour, he would travel the world to see her. He knew Tina fans all over the world and he was the center of our group of Tina friends.
We will remember Dave the most for his generosity and his lifestyle. He often helped fans by sending them Tina items, taking them to concerts or simply phoning them and sharing his experiences. He seemed to be happiest when he could make other people happy. I (Sjef) was fortunate to know Dave for 10 years. During these years he gave me many great opportunities that will never be forgotten. In 2004, he took me to Zürich to see Tina perform in a tv-show. During her last tour, he would help me find tickets and we would often travel together to see her perform. But also when Tina wasn’t performing, we would often phone, go out for dinner together or see concerts.
But more than that, it was his lifestyle and attitude to life that we will remember the most. During the ten years that I’ve known Dave, I have never seen him in a bad mood. Dave always appeared to be optimistic, happy, making jokes and enjoying the good things in life. He wasn’t interested in what other people thought of him and seemed to pass through life with great ease. It is shocking to now find out that there was a completely different side of him that nobody knew about, underneath this happy surface.
Ben and I met each other on the same day as Dave and Ben met for the first time, in Cologne on January 19, 2009, before a Tina Turner show. Dave was supportive when we developed our relationship. He enjoyed spending time with the two of us, and he would often invite us to come to Zwolle, where we would sleep in his favorite hotel and where he would treat us to nice dinners. He would often jokingly say: ‘your happiness is my happiness’.
With Dave now gone, our group of Tina friends has lost its center. All of us have memories of concerts, dinners and trips we shared together. We can’t believe he is gone, and he will be deeply missed. At the same time we are thankful for everything he gave us and we hope he will find his peace.
Ben and Sjef.