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Hungerford was shocked to hear of the sudden death of David Dobson who died in hospital of heart failure having been ill since Christmas. He was only 58.

He and his wife Margaret set up Kimmer Antiques three years ago in the Old Laundrette on the Hungerford High Street and they built up a good business with many regular customers and visiting dealers. This success was largely due to his sunny disposition and an always welcoming smile. He was a wonderful neighbour and nothing was too much – if he could help in any way he would. He would bring in firewood from his country retreat near Coombe, always provide visitors to the town with excellent tips on the best eatery and pubs and happily took in everyone’s parcels.

His knowledge of antiques was immense and he was immensely proud to have featured on some recent antiques programmes that were filmed in his shop. He knew the town well as he had been attached for some years to the Hungerford police force and knew many people in the town.

David was as famous for his  self-deprecating antique-dealer’s philosophy – ‘buy high and sell low’ – as for his colourful waistcoats. He is sadly missed by his children and his wife who has continued to keep the business open through these difficult times. We shall all miss him too.

Nicholas Lumley

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