DAVID BARBY: Rugby Advertiser readers’ tributes pour in for the man with charming smile

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HERE are a few tributes paid by Advertiser readers following David Barby’s death:

Over the years, I have seen David out and about in Rugby. He had such a wonderful aura about him that you always noticed him straight away. He also had the most wonderful smile. He was always smiling and that’s how I will remember him. I spoke to him once when he was involved in a First World War event held at the ex-serviceman’s club at the top of Featherbed Lane in Hillmorton a couple of years ago, in which he was utterly wonderful. He was so totally full of life, and you could tell he loved life. He was one of the most sincere and genuine people I have ever met; in “real life” he was exactly as you saw on the TV. A wonderful man, gone too soon, but will always be remembered. God bless you David; you will be very missed by many many people. thank you for all you gave and for being in our lives. My deepest condolences to David’s family - Linda Rudnicki

After hearing the very sad news about Mr Barby, I’ve felt compelled to add my meagre comment in his memory; I’m sure others can and will fulfil this far better than I, but it seemed the nice and right thing to do somehow. My family and I have all been saddened to hear of the shock sudden loss of Mr Barby. As keen followers of all his television programmes, he has always been a very familiar face and a joy to spend time with; charming and dapper, so knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and always with a mischievous twinkle in his eye. As a fellow cat lover, (walking past his house every week on the way to church), I have often stopped to talk to his cat, Algy, and subsequently on occasion the man himself. A perfect gentleman, he will be greatly missed, and our thoughts go out to his family - Elspeth Thomson

I have been left so saddened by David’s passing. I knew him personally and professionally for the last eight years and would introduce his services to those people I insured who owned large fine art collections that needed to be valued. He was always a huge hit with everyone who came across him and always ready to smile. I remember once, he agreed to do a lecture on fine art for the staff at an insurance company and he was excellent! At one point he began to talk about the palace at Versailles and said to the group “you know when you visited Versailles with your school...”, assuming that everyone’s school took the pupils there! I pointed out that the best my school could muster was a day at Dudley Zoo and he burst out laughing. It is such a pity that we won’t hear that laughter again. Rest in peace David - Chris Fielding

I have known David many years as I’m an antique dealer but knew him long before that , and when I was setting up home with a young family, he helped me out with a few bits of furniture for the house, and when the kids were younger they always asked how Mr Oh Hello was - that’s what he always said when we met him out with the kids, because they thought he sounded posh. He always laughed at that. I have lots of fond memories - Kim Wood

Just to say that I loved David Barby and am very saddened to learn of his sudden death. He seemed so jolly and kind and appeared to be a pleasure to be around. I never met him myself, but if I had been a contestant on Bargain Hunt, David Barby is the expert I would have wanted to be paired with. I loved the way he dressed - he was always so smart and just seemed to love being on the show whether or not his team won or lost. Such a sad loss. RIP dear David Barby - Cheryl Rowlands

I remember David when he worked as the auctioneer at Locke and England’s in Leamington Spa. He had a fantastic sense of humour on the rostrum. One day, a longcase clock came under the hammer. it was literally in bits, door hanging off, glass broken, cowl damaged and dial destroyed. he opened the bidding with this statement: ‘A fine longcase clock circa 1890, does require a slight element of restoration’. He auctioned a vile looking wooden African tribal mask with the words ‘would look stunning in a ladies’ bathroom’. He always had a beaming smile and was full of fun, patrons to the auction certainly missed his personality and skill when he left to further his TV career. He will be missed - John Airey, Whitnash