Dr David Styles - Obituary

A Service celebrating the life of Dr David Styles was held at Saint John the Baptist Church, Belton on Monday 19 January 2015.

More than 60 of David’s family, friends and former colleagues attended, including Phil Pinney, Graham Pitchfork, Ben & Helen Laite and Neil Meadows of the Naval 8 / 208 Squadron Association; 208 Squadron was represented by Flight Lieutenant Kevin Brown. The Service was conducted by the Reverend Tony Edmonds.

In his moving eulogy, David’s son Phil described his father’s larger-than-life character that all Association members who knew him will remember, and his real presence that gave him a natural air of strength and authority. David was a proud man with many stories to tell, and an almost boy-like passion for planes, trains, cars and motorcycles, and gave himself to these interests wholeheartedly as an historian, author and teacher.

Dalton Watson Fine Books’ biography of David illustrates his literary achievements:

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Dr David G Styles

23 April 1939 - 5 January 2015

Dr. David G. Styles was an aero/auto historian who published nineteen books to date, mostly automotive histories, winning thirty international awards along the way. His first award was the coveted (US) Society of Automotive Historians Cugnot Award for his first major book, As Old As The Industry – Riley, described as: “The best book on automotive history published in 1982”.


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