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Dave Finch

On Wednesday 6th January 2021 Dave passed away.  Dave touched many peoples lives.  He was a loving father, Pops and brother, a great friend and supportive colleague.  Please do leave any messages on this page.  

Book Owner: Alexis Smith
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Ruth Knight

So sorry to hear the news about Dave. We worked together at Davy Close with the craft skills students for a couple of years. You were a larger than life gent who had a great relationship with the lads. A great loss to your family and friends and to BCOT.    …


Kerry Attwood

I am still in shock … the world has lost a character that’s for sure!  I don’t even know why I am writing on here because you aren’t here to see it anymore and that is gut wrenching.  We have known each other for nearly 25 years and we have shared some interesting moments …

Kerry Attwood

Dave & Shell Carpenter

Finchy Flex when you buy a pint! We laugh at that one and plenty of other memories. You have been taken to early mate but you have left a legacy. That big smile and bald head will live long in our memory sleep well mate always in our thoughts and never forgotten ❤ …


Mark and Karen. Copeland

Will miss you Mr F but won’t forget you ,you were a great friend funny ,caring ,always positive with a smile on your face and you had a beautiful soul RIP big man xx❤️ …



MIss you! Will walk along the beach at Wiitering as soon as I can I promise. I’ll get a coffee from “The Boulevard” and drink it and think of you. Sleep tight sweet dreams always x …


Lisa L

Sadly I didn’t get to know you at BCoT Dave, other than this big, burly guy who always smiled and said hello in the corridors…..clearly, a chance missed to get to know a much loved man who was fun, caring with the biggest personality and heart – you obviously made a huge impact on …


Helen Miller

I first meet Dave in 1999 when I start at BSC as a trainee personal trainer. He had this hard out shell which scared you but once you got got know him he was a gentle giant inside. He always wanted you to achieve the best and gave you the confidence to achieve anything. …


Robert & Alexis Logan

Dave Finch……end of an era! Loud, Proud and in your face. When I was a rookie I looked up to Dave and those fantastic shorts he wore at the Sports Centre. He was the reason that my career started at Bst. Saddened by the news of his death far too soon. Rest in ever …


Crystal Gledhill-Wallace

Dave, You will be missed so much at BCoT you were an apsolute Legand  you were respected so much by so many people not because you helped so  many different students because you were always there for everyone and made so many people lives better  Your always in our hearts  You will never be …

Crystal G-W

Tyra B

It was always nice working with Dave.  We stopped and had a chat about our students, didgussed intervention strategies as well as a general laugh. We invigilated exams each year together and swapped fitness notes, of course Dave was the champion in the gym.    I was saddened to hear the news of Dave’s …


Barbora Čepkova

Dave was always loving and helpful. Will be never forgotten, always in our hearts ❤️ …


Lisa Vallance

Dave Finch taught my son Jack Vallance at Bcot so I had the pleasure of meeting him. He really did genuinely care abt the students there. He was funny, kind and down to earth. My son did better in his classes than any other during his whole school life and he wasn’t the only …


Aaron Warwick

Dave taught me at BCoT in 2012 and was good to me from day one. Dave gave me a job, lent me money, got me in to the gym with him – taught me lessons that I will never forget like how to use a saw properly, haha. I know I am not the …


Frank Hunt

You taught me at BCoT and I couldn’t of asked for a better lecturer! You made me who I am today, thank you. My sincere condolences to your closest friends and family for the loss of a great man! May you rest in eternal peace x …


craig laurie

absoloute legend always went above and beyond for anyone rest easy big finchy …



Dave you are larger than life and always happy to help others I’m truly gutted you are gone but never to be forgotten you rest easy geezer  …


Amy caswell

Big love to the big personality you always will be to me 💘   From the listening to me moan about life to the shouting at the gym which ended up with me not being able to walk for 3 days, as I tried to keep up the calf exercises with you, and the many …


Sam E

Man, Dave taught me for one year. One year in which I learn more about anything than in five years of secondary school. Absolutely broke my heart to hear this news. He was always a laugh and never too busy for anyone. Cheers big guy.  …


Craig Heggie

I first walked into the Gym in 1995 to start my instructors course, the sound of your voice scared the shit out of me but I soon discovered you where a pussy cat, my favourite memory was our displays in the town centre when we had our Skip off, 26 years later and still …


adam thorpe

Dave you have touched so many people over the years its been a real honor to call you a tutor a work colleague and the most important a good friend im going to miss you calling me asking me to cut your grass as you can’t be bothered. you will always stay in my …

adam thorpe

Ryan kirby

You will be truly missed! You had the best attitude towards life. You taught me for many years and were by far the best! Always there for each other on the lows and always on the highs, and my what a grafter you were. RIP big man see you up there!  …


Tom simmons

I remember Dave 20 years ago, when first joining the gym, bright bubbly and a big smile. Still the same friendly guy two decades later. we met again when I studied at college as an adult learner, he lit up every room and corridor he entered with his character and presence 😁 Dave always …

Tom simmons

Alex hart

Rest easy big man ❤️ You were loved and respected by many people, not just for the work you done and the effort you put in to making many lives better, but for the person you were, ❤️ Until next time 😇 …

Alex H

Leo Arnone

I was a student to Dave for 2 years at BCOT from 2017 to 2019. He was an amazing and patient teacher, so honest and down to earth. He was always happy to explain in more detail when I didn’t understand, but also, never afraid to tell me when I was being a muppet. …


Ryan RJ Oakes,

You taught me everything I know about trade ,you got me through college and when knowbody believed in me you did ,you where like a second dad to me at one point , we did so many jobs together and had so many laughs,  you taught me that to help people you have to …


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