David Paisley BSc MIET, 5 December 1931-9 February 2017

30 March 2017
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David Paisley BSc MIET

Obituary provided by Vanessa Paisley.

David passed away at the age of 85, on Thursday 9 February 2017 at home in Nether Edge, Sheffield. He is survived by four children and thirteen grandchildren.


David was born in Clowne, Derbyshire and left school aged 14 years, trained and worked as an electrician at Creswell Colliery whilst later studying at night school at Chesterfield Technical College. After matriculation he studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Nottingham, receiving a Whitworth Society scholarship. He graduated in 1955. David married Doris Blood of Bolsover, Derbyshire in Huntsville, Ontario in 1957 and they lived in Canada, Jamaica and Tanzania before returning to the UK in 1969, where the family settled in Tring, Hertfordshire.


David was a Senior Electrical Engineer. He worked for several engineering firms including Montreal Engineering Company, Jamaica Public Service Co Ltd, Ministry of Power and Mineral Resources, Tanganyika and Binnie & Partners in London. He held a lecturing position in Electrical Supply at Nottingham & District Technical College from 1960-1962.


The final chapter in his working life was with Brown & Root, Kingston upon Thames, where his work took him to the Sahara Desert on the Great Man Made River Project in Libya: the world’s largest irrigation project.


David spent his retirement in Sheffield, where he enjoyed having time with his family, reading and tending his garden. He was a devoted companion to Doris during her long illness. He was a keen reader of IET magazine and loved following new developments in his field.