The tragic and untimely death of our former team-mate, Club Secretary and good friend, David Bartram, has sent shockwaves through the club and prompted many texts and emails from those fortunate enough to have known him . David, who was only 44, died suddenly early on Saturday morning.
Known to us all as ‘Barters’, Dave joined Melton in 1997 when he arrived in Norfolk to a new job as a History teacher at Wymondham High School. He made an impressive start to his Melton career, taking 6 wickets with his left-arm bowling on his debut in a friendly at Dereham but he really made his mark as a flamboyant batsman and an enthusiastic and agile fielder, scoring his only century in 2002. In all Dave played 154 matches mainly for the First or A team and, as ‘the Mod’ – he used to ride a scooter in the early days – joined in the fun on the ‘Easy Tiger’ tour to Nottingham. He was also Assistant Secretary to Daryl Godbold in 1999 and took over from Daryl as Club Secretary the following year, serving for 5 years until the end of 2005 when he took a break from cricket to spend more time with his family.
An immensely talented and popular teacher, David became an Advanced Skills Teacher, Head of Careers and Head of History at Wymondham before moving on to Attleborogh High School as Assistant Principal. The many moving tributes on Facebook and at the gates of Attleborough School show just how popular he was.
Well organised, with a painstaking attention to detail, ebullient and charismatic with a great sense of humour, he’ll be remembered fondly by everyone who knew him. He was a big personality and it was great seeing him again at the 40th Anniversary Beer Festival in June when he was even talking about making a cricketing comeback. We’re all still reeling from the shock of his passing and our thoughts are very much with his wife Jess and their three young children as well as other close members of his family and fiends.
His death at such a young age puts all our worries and stresses about unimportant cricketing things very much into perspective.
I feel privileged to have known you, Dave. Rest in peace, mate!