It is with great sadness that we have to record the death of David Walter, a popular and stalwart founder member of the Norfolk Advanced Motorcylists group (NAM).
Those of you who knew David Walter might
like to know there’s to be a service at 11.30am
on Thursday 13th November – St Mary’s Church,
St Mary’s Close, Wroxham, NR12 8S
David retired from the police several years ago, where he’d been a Class 1 police motor-cyclist and was enjoying his retirement part of which was an extended touring adventure through Europe with wife Mel; the other half of a biking partnership. David was an active man and not one to sit on the sidelines – which is how this tragedy came to take place. He drowned while attempting to save others who were in difficulties in the sea off the coast of Spain. Thankfully they survived but sadly David did not.
David founded Norfolk Advanced Motorcyclists back in 1984 with the first meeting being held at The Dun Cow on the A140 south of Norwich. The ‘raison d’etre’ of the club, “NAM” as it’s commonly known, was to provide advanced training to all those with an interest in motorcycling; training based on the police manual “Roadcraft”. Today with much owed to David’s early guidance nothing much has changed, we still work to those exact same standards using the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) manual.
His involvement in NAM was total and it was due to his passion for the club that our current chairman and a new committee were appointed when the club went through a difficult patch several years ago. David was always promoting NAM and he organised many events in the early years, helping with local events, raising money for charities including MacMillan Cancer Support. These would typically involve some memorable long distant rides, sometimes with teams of riders going through the night to complete a challenge within a 24 hour period – all in a good cause.
Apart from NAM David was the Regional Coordinator for the IAM (motorbike section) covering the whole of the East of England where he’d use his experience to offer advice and support to other groups. For sure he was a superb motorbike rider, he was also a gentleman and a family man. Simply put many members have said David will be remembered as “a really good bloke”, a man you could depend upon and certainly not someone to stand by when help was needed – whether that was helping to sort out a motorbike club, or to risk his life going to rescue someone in distress in the sea.
David you’ve left a lot of friends behind, you will be missed. Our thoughts are with Mel, Autumn and the family – RIP
Norfolk Advanced Motorcyclists 29 October 2014