A Book of Remembrance

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David Sprigg

Stagecoach Theatre Arts would like to fondly remember David Sprigg the Joint Founder of Stagecoach Theatre Arts who was a man with vast ability in business combined with a creative and wide-reaching vision.  These talents were the foundation of the success of Stagecoach.

All David needed to unleash his huge ability was ‘a good idea’. He always knew what to do in all situations and anything he didn’t know he soon found out!

Nothing was ever too small or insignificant to engage his full attention.  He was always accessible, his door was always open and his ear always tuned in and ready to listen.
David was hugely respected by everyone; Head office staff, franchisees, teachers, parents, students, suppliers and competitors.  Although he was keen to build a profitable business, David wasn’t all about money.  When plans were afoot to create experiences for students he was always up for it with enthusiasm. 

We are sure many of you will carry fond memories of David with gratitude for all that he was and the opportunities he gave to so many people.

 
Our thoughts are with David’s wife Dee and all his family at this sad time.
Book Owner: Fleur Manuel
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Lynda Martin

I was proud to have been David’s P.A. at Stagecoach Head Office and, whilst sharing an office with him, got to know him very well.   He was inspirational, innovative, level-headed and always a gentleman.  We laughed a lot and his clear thinking made it a pleasure to work with him.   His strengths, among many, …

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Nicola Anderson

I have such fond memories of David and my amazing time at Stagecoach which Steph and David really made to feel like a family. David always had time for help and advice in whatever capacity and somehow always found a sensible answer and solution to most questions and problems however tricky. For many of …

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Jo Wilkins

David had a big personality and always took the time to chat and engage with the staff at Head Office and the franchisees. What a legacy he has left and it is wonderful to think of how many children have passed through the Stagecoach schools and got the chance to dance, sing and act. …

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Warren Webley

This is how I will remember David.  I first met David and Steph in 1993 when I came down from Liverpool to MD Easy Stages, I never returned!  David was an amazing boss and friend who always made time for me.  He encouraged and inspired me in so many ways, thank you for believing in …

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Stephanie Manuel

Meeting David Edward McDonald Sprigg in 1987 completely changed my life and made all my dreams come true. I was the luckiest person alive and will be forever grateful to God, Fate, and most especially, to David, for the thrilling and successful journey we embarked upon together. We had such FUN growing our fledgling …

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Emma Beet

My six year old just asked me if I went to Stagecoach when I was little, I said “no, it wasn’t around when I was little” and then I told him how it started with two people working on an idea, building upon it and working to develop it. It is amazing how that …

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Richard Dawson

To David – thank you so much for your guidance and support in business.  You taught me so much how to conduct oneself in business with respect and fairness to everyone.  You are a gentlemen of business and a positive role model for anyone who wishes to make a positive  impact in life. To …

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Chris Jennings

I was extremely sorry to hear the news of David’s passing. It was an honour and a pleasure to work for Steph and David at Stagecoach Head Office, and thanks to them, it truly did feel like being part of a family. David was great fun, always so approachable and helpful and involved with …

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Viv Parsons

I am both shocked and saddened to hear the news and send my love and a warm hug to Dee. With the same passion he had for a motorised vehicle David skilfully steered Stagecoach along its route towards ever expanding new and creative horizons. A driving force with sharp business skills David was always …

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Jemma Green

David made the most tremendous difference to my life on so many occasions, big and small, and I will be forever grateful. His kindness, wisdom and generosity of spirit was immense and I feel incredibly fortunate to have known his friendship and support for so many years. Along with Steph, he truly changed lives …

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Sheila Chapman - Stagecoach Sheffield

My husband and I are so very sad at the passing of David. He was a kind, generous and inspirational man, always ready to help and advise. He helped, supported and encouraged me on so many occasions and I will always be grateful to him.  I have huge respect for both David and Steph. …

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Paul Manuel

In the 30 plus years that I knew David I never once saw him in anything other than in an optimistic, positive and engaging mindset. David was a hugely influential figure in my life and continues to be so. His tremendous energy and zest were such a deciding factor in the success of Stagecoach …

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Di Waterman

The importance of David in my life can’t be understated, together with Stephanie Manuel he used his business acumin and drive to create Stagecoach Theatre Arts  and in so doing enriched the lives of all of us who bought into the idea and became Stagecoach Principals.  It is now 25 years ago since I …

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Kate Eason

So much love for David and so sorry to hear of his passing. He was a true gentleman and treated everyone as if they were the most important person in the world. He helped me open my first school in 2010 giving up his free time to be there for support and he was …

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Gavin Mole

So sorry to hear of David’s passing but so pleased that I knew him. Sara and I always had a great respect for David (and Steph) and would always make a point of listening to what he had to say at conference. We shared a love of cars and I will never forget his unexpected …

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Claire Rosser - Stagecoach Wokingham

Whilst only crossing paths briefly within Stagecoach, I would like to say thank you for your kindness and passion into a business that has been a huge part of my life and so, so many others. To the principals, teachers & students who have benefitted from your model, you have impacted so many lives. Thinking …

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Debbie Brown

I remember David as always laughing. He was such a happy person. I was a member of Stagecoach HO for 13 years & loved every minute. I had a small part to play but during that time but David would always do his best to make sure everyone felt important. He was a genuinely …

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Sharon Isaacs

Phil and I first met David in 2000 when our Stagecoach journey began.  A true gentleman, an inspiration to so many, he genuinely cared for each individual, giving us confidence and that little push when we faltered.  His kindness, generosity, and wisdom will always be remembered – rest peacefully David.  Thank you for giving …

Sharon Isaacs

sue hampson-hillman

I was deeply saddened and shocked to hear of David’s passing. He was one of the nicest men that I have ever met. He always made time to listen to any problems that you had regarding Stagecoach and he will be deeply missed. His infectious laugh will stay in my memory forever. I would …

Sue Hillman

Jo Featherstone

I met David when i did my training at HO in 2003.  He and Steph were a fantastic team, each playing to their own strengths, and David delivered his side of the training with wit and a rye sense of humour.  He phoned all the franchisees in those days every year to find out …

Jo Featherstone

Michelle Sills - Stagecoach Southwell

I want to send my love and condolences to David’s wife and family. When I heard about the heartbreaking news about David’s illness I got in touch with him and he sent me a lovely message that I will cherish forever. I owe so much to David and the part he  played in my …

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Melanie Edwards

David was a very special person and will be sadly missed by so many people. He was kind, considerate and always had time for everyone. ‘Til we meet again David, rest in peace. Xxx …

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Trudy Hindmarsh

It was a huge shock to hear about David`s cruel illness and even sadder to hear of his passing. Reading these tributes to David, it is so evident how much he was loved and respected by everyone who knew him. So many counted him as a friend, when they primarily had only business connections …

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Vanessa Watkins

I would like to send my condolences to David’s wife Dee and family at these very sad times. I met David and Stephanie at conferences when I was a mere manager before taking over as Principal years later. They always had time to chat to each and every person and enjoyed the festivities with …

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Jo Gallagher

David was a man of many talents and stories.  I remember being interviewed by him and Steph and he was such a lovely man, making me feel at ease.  He always rang to just see how I was and knew me by name.  I will forever be grateful to David & Steph for starting …

Fleur Manuel

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