Tributes paid to vice-president of golf club and an 'unbelievable dad' (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Tributes paid to Dave Hollick, vice-president of Wanstead Golf Club, in Overton Drive, and an 'unbelievable dad'
Tributes have been paid to the vice-president of a golf club and an ‘unbelievable dad’.
Dave Hollick, 64, died on Wednesday after a 12-month battle with Leukaemia.
Mr Hollick, from Hornchurch, became vice-president of Wanstead Golf Club, in Overton Drive, in 2009 after joining the club in 1990.
Mr Hollick’s son Darren, 43, worked alongside his father in the family printing firm Scribes Finishers for the last 25 years.
He described his father as being full of life and a great organiser.
He added: "Over the last year he had been trying desperately hard to be the man he was before the diagnosis, but the Leukaemia hit him hard.
"Wherever he went or whatever club he was a member of, if anyone ever had a problem or a question they needed answering people would say ‘ask Dave, he will know’. He would help out anyone.
“He was just an unbelievable dad.
"He loved golf and the club. He was made an honorary member last year, meaning he didn’t have to pay membership, but he never managed to make use of a free round."
During his time at the club Mr Hollick helped to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities, including Wanstead-based Dial-a-Dream, which grants wishes for terminally ill children and the Richard House Children’s Hospice in Beckton.
Working alongside other members of the club, he organised charity golf matches, dinner dances and other fundraising events.
John Nolan, manager at the club, said: "He was a lovely man. He touched a lot of people’s lives through the club and through his fundraising.
“He was a personal friend of mine and will be missed here at the club.
"We have even had calls from the Professional Golf Association to pay their respects – he was just loved by everyone."
Mr Hollick leaves behind his wife Jeannie, who also plays golf at the club, his daughter Nicky, son Darren and five granddaughters.
The funeral will be held tomorrow followed by the wake at the golf club.
Mr Nolan added: "It had to come here and that’s just it."
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