July 18th, 2022Vale David Endacott
DAYLESFORD’s David Endacott has sadly passed away after an accident on July 1, just short of his 76th birthday.
David, born on July 25, 1946, was the son of Norman and Joan (nee Poynter) and brother of John, Judy and Barbara.
A private cremation has been held.
A memorial service to celebrate David’s life will be held at the Verey Chapel, 43A Millar Street, Daylesford on Monday, July 25 at 1.30pm.
David was born in Sandringham, when his father Norm was finishing his Forestry degree at Melbourne University. In an 2021 article in the Victorian Forestry Heritage publication, David said his first memories were of the Upper Murray Forest district and, after the 1953 move to Daylesford, the Wombat State Forest. His working life was in manufacturing and toolmaking.
David served on several forest and land management advisory committees, notably a 30-plus-year stint on a ministerial advisory committee, the Victorian Mineral Water Committee.
He was a local historian, publisher of local history and had previously been a long serving curator of the Daylesford Museum and on the committee of the Central Highlands Historical Association. He worked closely with John Wright on the publication of A Fraternity of Foresters.
In The Local’s May 4, 2022 edition, journalist Kevin Childs and photographer Kyle Barnes headed out with historian Norman Houghton and David, pictured, for an article titled, Making tracks: the timeless history of our trees. Kyle said he worked hard to keep up with David as he strode through the forest.
*Editor’s note: The Local will run a feature article about David in an upcoming issue. Vale David – you are, and will be, missed.