WARM tributes have been paid after the passing of a 66-year-old man who loved Cirencester and Down Ampney.
David Cuss – who passed away earlier this month – was born at the Querns Maternity Unit in Cirencester and lived in Down Ampney all of his life.
He is survived by his wife Sue, children Lindsey and Joanne and four grandchildren.
Described as ‘funny, sentimental and loyal,’ David worked at the Honda factory in Swindon for 25 years.
He had a love of Down Ampney and was proud of where he was born and lived.
In addition he enjoyed walking his dogs, supporting both Cirencester Town FC and Liverpool and loved rock music including T.Rex.
His daughter Lindsey Tasker plus members of the Cirencester and Down Ampney community have paid their tributes.
“My dad loved visiting and supporting Cirencester shops, artists and cafes,” said Lindsey.
“He would quite often buy cakes for tradespeople on the markets and the shopkeepers.
“My dad loved a chat and was always up for a laugh.
“He was a loving and thoughtful father – his wife, children and grandchildren quite often received local handmade gifts and cards chosen with great care.
“We would like to thank everyone for their lovely and kind messages that we have received since his passing.”
Cirencester resident Andy Harris knew David both from when he lived in Down Ampney and when he worked at Honda.
“I was so sorry to hear the news, he was a real gentleman,” said Andy.
“Recently I bumped into him when walking about Cirencester and always had a little chat and a laugh with him.”
Karen Harvey, owner of Diversitea Café at the Cornhill Indoor Market, said: “He would come in regularly and often buy a piece of cake for one of the traders.
“David was a gentleman.”
Brian Gillman grew up with David before going to school plus playing football with him.
“I’m so sorry to hear of his passing and even though I left Down Ampney in about the mid-70s I remember David with fond memories.”
David’s funeral will be held at All Saints Church, Down Ampney at 10.45am on Thursday, June 30.
Any donations in his memory can be sent to Paternoster School in Cirencester.