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Martyn K10/09/2017 11:32:01
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Hi all

It is my very sad duty to inform you that UKCAA Founder and ex Chairman Steve Dunning passed away last night after a lengthy illness.
I'll pass on more information as it becomes available but in the meantime, my thoughts are with his Wife and Son, Sue and Matt, at this very difficult time.
Nigel R10/09/2017 11:42:17
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He always seemed like one of the good guys from his posts on the forum.
john stones 110/09/2017 13:04:11
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Very sorry to hear that Martyn, bought my first heli off Steve when i was a nipper, always a nice n friendly man, my condolences to all.

John Emms 110/09/2017 13:08:37
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Martyn, thank you so much for passing on this very bad news.

Sandra and I were arranging to visit Steve and Sue at some time in the very near future. I will avoid contacting Sue at what will be a very busy time for her, but this is one funeral that I feel I should make a real effort to be at - even if it is simply outside. I will keep checking in on this thread.

The loss of Steve is the loss of one very nice guy.

Phil 910/09/2017 13:29:01
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Very sad news

Nigel Dell10/09/2017 13:30:51
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Thanks for passing that very sad news on, I was in contact with him very recently and I am in total shock, what truly sad news.

My condolences to his family and friends.

A true Gentleman.

Bill Michie10/09/2017 14:01:04
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Very sad news. The Aeromodelling fraternity will be all the poorer for his loss. Steve was a kind, generous, helpful modeller with a great (wicked!) sense of humour and will be sorely missed.

Condolences to Sue, Matt, Family & Friends.

Bill & Di

Terence Moore10/09/2017 14:08:24
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So very sad to hear this. Steve was always most helpful and in the last two weeks made a superb set of foam wings for me (Slik Fli).

He will be greatly missed, condolences to his family

Bob Cotsford10/09/2017 15:32:16
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I can only repeat what has already been said, Steve was a true gentle man, always ready to help and encourage others. Truly a sad day. My deepest condolences to Steve's family and friends.

Kelvyn Petrie11/09/2017 16:01:07
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It was with great sadness that I heard the news of Steve's death it took the wind out of my sails, my thoughts go out to Sue and Matt at this sad time. He was a good friend and i will miss him as i am certain all the members of the UKCAA will

David Davis11/09/2017 16:59:27
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Sad news indeed.

I bought a kit from him earlier in the year. He asked me not to publicise the fact that kits were still available from him because he was not in good health at the time.

Robert Welford11/09/2017 22:06:13
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I'm very sorry to hear the news. My condolences to all of Steve's family and friends.


Edited By Robert Welford on 11/09/2017 22:06:34

Chris Dodd03/10/2017 14:50:53
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Just seen this...shocked.

Very sad to hear this news. I have been in contact with Steve over the past couple of years while building an old turnaround design. I was going to send him some photos of the finished model...

My condolences to his family, what a tough time they have had, with his father and uncle.

Chris Dodd

Martyn K03/10/2017 15:04:34
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Apologies, I should have posted here earlier.

This is a transcript of an email that I sent to UKCAA members.



I attended Steve's funeral It was very well attended, the crematorium was full and standing room only. I estimated that there was about 170 people there with a good representation from UKCAA, GBR/CAA and Retford MFC members.

I spoke to Sue and Matt (his son). I conveyed the thoughts that many of you have shared with me over the past few weeks. Sue asked me to thank UKCAA members for their good wishes and for the lovely flowers.

All in, a very sad day, it was clear that Steve had a lot of friends, both inside and outside the aeromodelling community. The Eulogy delivered was well researched with quotes from various Forum posts and his background in teaching and also his work getting the UKCAA off the ground. I was very proud and pleased to hear that the work he had done was considered to have made such an impact.

As I said, it was a very sad day, but I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

RIP Steve, fly high, gone but won't be forgotten

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