MR David Mudd, of Bulby Lane, Fulbeck, has died in Lincoln County Hospital. He was 68.
He was born in Darlington, Northumberland, but as an only child spent many of his school holidays with his cousin in Hexham. It was there that he developed a love for nature and wildlife, which stayed with him throughout his life.
He qualified as a journalist in Northumberland. At the age of 20 he went to work in, what was then, Rhodesia and became one of the current affairs newsreaders when Rhodesian TV was in its infancy. He moved to South Africa, as correspondent for several newspapers, ending up in Cape Town. He took a career change and became an insurance broker and finally ran his own successful brokerage in Cape Town.
Amongst his hobbies was an interest in wildlife and the outdoors. He and Rosemary enjoyed hiking and walked many trails in South Africa. His favourite one was the Otter Trail along the Garden Route. He and Rosemary celebrated his 60th birthday by doing a 10-day hike on the Camino Trail in Northern Spain, hiking from Lyon to Santiago.
In 2007 he and Rosemary decided to move back to the UK, at first living at Hungerton, and finally, about 18 months ago, buying a house in Fulbeck. He also worked for the National Trust at Belton House, in a part-time capacity.
Mr Mudd enjoyed classical music, visiting auction houses and collecting silver and small antiques. He read the newspapers avidly and enjoyed discussions with friends on social politics. He was very knowledgeable about wine and history. Gardening was another of his hobbies. He also had a wonderful sense of humour, enhanced by his powers of observation and attention to detail gained during his long career in journalism.
The funeral service was held at Grantham Crematorium Chapel, conducted by the Rev Barbara Hancock.
Family mourners included: Rosemary Mudd, James Gordon, Clive and Tracey Short, Claire and Charlie Findlay and Henry and Heather Wilson.
Other mourners included: Jane and Ray Hubber, Louise and Richard Garford, Eve Watts, Geoff Cottingham, Judy Woolfit, Stuart Dixon, Richard and Josephine Marriott, Dickie Brown, Dawn and George Musson, Gary and Anna Greenhalgh, Marianne Overton, Margaret and John Shaw, Cliff and Dorothy Foster, Eva Roscoe, John Neethling, Ann Vassard, Derek Booles, Sir Francis Le Marchant, Alan and Jane Stannard, Alec Gordon, Myra Perkins, Rita Hanson and Penny Clamp, Bob and Janet Howbrook, Marjorie and Ronnie Rowe, Ray and Marina Littlejohn, Peter and Colette Hughes, Margaret Phillips, Gwen and Michael Claxton, Brian and Kathleen Nelder, Bob and Rosemary Jones, Stephanie Lockton, David and Iris Morison, John Speed, Pat Mckillop, David Duke-Evans, Peter Fridlington, Gordon Spitz, Mike Watson, Marion Webb, Jane Bartup, Clive Warren, Ann Sampson and Debbie Hollingworth.
Funeral arrangements were by Robert Holland, St Catherine’s Road, Grantham,
Donations for The Wildlife Trust - Otter Fund - amount to £145 to date.