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In memory of David John Hitchman

The death of a much loved husband, father, grandfather and teacher
Karen and David Hitchman
Karen and David Hitchman

We’re greatly saddened to hear news of the death of David John Hitchman who was a teacher at Seaford College between 1975 and 2001.

David loved his time at Seaford where he was also a housemaster in both Adair and Wilberforce. He ran a photography club, windsurfing and sailing activities, and loved the CCF, through which he experienced many wonderful times doing outdoor activities.

Karen, his wife of 56 years, said: “His greatest passion was in wanting the students in his care to succeed and become the best that they could be. He loved his subject and had his own inimitable style of teaching.”

Born in 1944, David’s teaching career spanned almost 40 years at both Seaford and in Malaysia, and he lived life to the full. He loved holidays and natural history, and teaching became his absolute love after having worked in industry for 10 years following university. He worked as a field mycologist when he was first married, and he and Karen had three children.

“His positive impact on the lives of those he met is heard through the many touching tributes our family has received from around the world,” said Karen.

In 2010, David retired to Cyprus where he enjoyed an active, outdoor lifestyle. Karen added: “He loved cycling, natural history, snorkelling and walking. He could talk with anyone and make them feel at ease. He was generous, kind and always willing to help a friend in need.

“David leaves a massive pair of shoes that can never be filled. His love for life and his energy and enthusiasm will be greatly missed. He also leaves behind a wonderful legacy as a father, grandfather and most of all an amazing husband that filled my life with excitement and adventure.”

We send our heartfelt condolences to Karen and the family. Those wishing to send messages to the family can do so using this email address:

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