David qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1967 and became a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors in 1976. He had a passion for the outdoors, and it was at a local Youth Hostelling Association group meeting that he met his wife Marjorie. Enjoying benefits as a Life Member he would often say that they had "enjoyed 50 years scrambling amongst the Alps, Pyrenees and across the UK". David also had a 50-year membership badge from the Austrian Alpine Club and was a keen cyclist.
As a devotee of the outdoors, David became a Trustee for The Outward Bound Trust and attended the 50th anniversary of the founding of the first centre in Aberdovey, Snowdonia in 1991 in the presence of the Duke of Edinburgh.
David was proud of his Royal Geographical Society Fellowship and was an active member for thirty years. He spoke with fondness of attending many events including the gala celebrations at Leicester Square and lectures by Sir Edmund Hillary in 2003 celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first successful ascent of Mount Everest.
David was particularly fond of Lowther Lodge as the place where he could attend lectures and events with Marjorie to discover more about our world. David is survived by his wife Marjorie and we offer our heartfelt condolences.
Written by Marjorie Pickard and Christine James.
Image: Rodney David Pickard
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