“He was a one-off. He was just a lovely man.”
Friends, family and colleagues paid tribute to former Bradford College brickwork technician Dave Midwood as a café was re-named after him at a special ceremony.
Thousands called Dave their friend
Dave had supported thousands of staff and students during more than 16 years of working at the Trinity Green campus at Bradford College. He passed away on 3 October this year.
The on-site café has now been renamed “The David ‘Dave’ Midwood Café” at a service held in his honour.
He loved his job so much
Fondly known as ‘our Dave’, Trinity Green staff were his extended family. At 74 years old, he was still working with the college and refused to retire as he loved his job so much.
Speaking at the start of the ceremony, Greg O’Shea, Head of Department for Construction and Engineering, said: “Today we celebrate the contribution Dave made to the college but also to our lives.
“On my first day at the College, I was very nervous and worried about not knowing very many people here.
“Dave sat me down, and within 30 seconds, said: ‘Let’s make you a brew and get you settled.” He really made me feel as if I belonged. He made people feel loved, valued and was a friend to everyone. In his years of working here, there would have been hundreds, if not thousands, of students whose lives were made better by his being a friend to them.”
Special tribute revealed
A silver plaque was unveiled following his speech. Dave’s name also appears above the entrance to the café.
His nephew, Mick Kenney, who worked with his Uncle Dave at the college for 15 years as a brickwork lecturer, said: “He took to his job like a duck to water when he started. He was fantastic with the students. The lovely thing was the number of students who also called him ‘Uncle Dave.’ Tutors would go to him for advice.
“I am really touched the college is doing this for him. It speaks volumes about him.”