TRIBUTES have flooded in for a courageous and big-hearted former Advertizer chief reporter who died at the weekend.
David Lawson died at the Severn Hospice in Shrewsbury on Saturday morning following a hard-fought battle against cancer. The son of the late Peter Lawson, he leaves his mother, Betty, sister Sarah Davies, brother, Andy, and nieces and nephews, Will, Eleanor, Peter, Amy and Edward.
The 34-year-old, who joined the ’Tizer 13 years ago, studied at The Marches School and North Shropshire College in Oswestry, before attending Loughborough University.
He was also a member of the Oswestry Olympians during his young years, setting 100m and 200m Junior Club records which still stand, and represented Wales as an athlete. He also enjoyed mountain biking and running and took part in the 2012 Lake Vyrnwy half marathon and last year’s Ellesmere 10k.
His close friend, Stuart Morris said David was “always up for a challenge” and had been active “up to the end”, adding: “He was the humblest super hero I have ever met. What he has achieved and what he has inspired in people; he was so down to earth.
“His strength of mind and the strength within him made him Dave right up to the last moment, the cancer never took his personality away,” he added.
David’s time at the Advertizer also gave him an opportunity to travel, taking him to the jungles of Belize and Canada having already travelled to Australia, while his love of photography and video provided an archive of all the adventures and challenges he faced both on his own and with his many friends.
Susan Perry, Associate Editor of NWN Media Ltd and former Advertizer editor, said: “Dave was a hard working and loyal member of the Advertizer team, an excellent reporter with a particular gift for feature writing.
“As a friend he had a huge heart and would always go that extra mile to help. He fought his recent illness with great courage and was an inspiration to all who met him or read his online blog. Testament to this was his New Year’s Eve walk up to Rodney’s Pillar on Breidden Hill which so far has raised nearly £10,000 for the Kenyan Schools Project.
“His friendship and huge smile will be missed by us all and we send our sincere condolences to his family and friends,” she added.
Further tributes came from Oswestry Olympians, who noted David’s “tremendous support” in his time at the Advertizer, while Oswestry Town Council said he “always brought his smile into the room and was respected by everyone who was fortunate to share his company.”
A Facebook page ‘Friends of David Lawson’ is available and a Thanksgiving Service will be held on Friday, February 7 at St Oswald’s Parish Church in Oswestry, beginning at 2pm.