A WEEK ago I lost one of my best buddies and life will never be quite the same without him.
David Hammond, who has died, aged 67, was one of Mallorca’s great characters, a Liverpudlian blessed with the impish streak of humour that’s a hallmark of folk from the great port city.
Highly articulate, warm-hearted and generous, to be in David’s company was a privilege and a pleasure.
Loyalty counted much in his reckoning and the man nicknamed ‘El Hammondo’ by his friends at Portals Press Club was always ready to lend a helping hand to those in need.
He was also driven by great passions, first and foremost in supporting his adored Scots-born wife, Kate Mentink, in her political career, which saw her serve two terms as a councillor – and assistant mayor – on Calvia Council.
David played no small part, either, in helping establish and develop the local expatriate group, Europeos por Espana, besides being a stalwart of local freemasonry.
A life-long motorbike aficionado and skilled rider, he dedicated the same fervour to his favourite sport, Moto GP racing.
But to those of us who knew him well, he’ll forever be remembered as that rare commodity – a thoroughly decent, principled man.
My deepest condolences to Kate and David’s family.