David Hollis, of Court Lane Gardens, died unexpectedly on 28 September while bell ringing.
A service of celebration and thanksgiving took place on 17 October at Christ's Chapel where David and his wife Barbara were regular worshippers and sidesmen for many years. His large family of three generations was joined at the service by professional medical colleagues, by bell ringers, by large numbers from Dulwich and by many others who shared aspects of his life.
David met Barbara during medical training. A surgeon colleague paid tribute at the celebration service to David's professionalism as an ENT surgeon, and to his strong ethical principles, such as refusing any private work. Her description of his quiet, effective approach to medicine was echoed in a tribute by a fellow medical bell ringer. For half a century David rang in churches across the length and breadth of England. He almost always travelled by train, having a love of railways and a detailed knowledge of their routes and timetables.
David was an active and long-serving members of the Dulwich Society's Traffic and Transport Committees. He was a key figure in the fight against plans in the nineteen eighties for the South Circular Road, including a road tunnel under Dulwich Park. David's knowledge of railways enabled him to argue successfully with the train operators for improved services between London and both North Dulwich and Herne Hill as well as proposing a quarter hour interval service at West Dulwich from 2007.
David served Dulwich in many other ways, including that of treasurer of the local Abbeyfield Society. His two allotments at Grange Lane were cared for with love and skill. They produced large crops which he shared with his many friends in Dulwich.
The Dulwich Society is indebted to David and the community has been enriched by his courtesy, dry sense of humour and strong sense of public responsibility.