Family and friends of the late Mr David Spurr are invited to attend a Memorial Service to celebrate his life which will take place at the Evergreen Chapel, 359 Wantigong St North Albury on Friday 23rd July 2021 commencing at 2.30 pm.

Due to current covid restrictions, limited numbers may attend the funeral service

To view a live stream of the service, please go to www.ovrlstream.com.au/spurr

The link will not become live until just prior to the service starting. If you are watching via the live stream, please feel free to leave a comment below for David’s family to read.


About the Author:


  1. Karen Currie  July 17, 2021

    David I will miss your intelligent conversations. I hope your third submission will gain you the Doctorate that you worked for so diligently. There is a lovely garden not requiring your attention waiting for you.

  2. Spurr family  July 20, 2021

    Spurr , David George
    14.10.1941 – 9.7.2021
    Passed away peacefully. Much loved eldest son of George and Jean Spurr (both dec). Loved and respected brother and brother-in-law of Carole & Peter Whitbourn and Dennis, Joy (dec) & Sandra Salzke-Spurr. Fondly remembered by Cherryn and David Hassan, Tanya and Paul Trebilcock, Jarrod and Tanya Whitbourn, Hannah and John Baker, Cade and Lisa Whitbourn, Trent and May Whitbourn, Melinda Salzke-Spurr and Nick Cooper, Erin and Anthony Daley, Amy and Mark West, Georgina Salzke-Spurr and Oliver Nathan, Haidee and Vaughan Saunders, Mark and Stella Salzke-Spurr and their families. Loved cousin of Dianne & Les Myers.
    Uncle David Forever In Our Hearts

  3. David Anderson  July 20, 2021

    David was a highly respected member of the Shore (SCEGS) teaching staff for thirty-three years in North Sydney. He successfully performed the roles of Geography teacher and Head of Department, Boarding Housemaster, Head of Cadets, Master of Academic Studies and Assistant to the Headmaster. David’s high level of intelligence and wisdom allowed him to be a great mentor to boys and staff. DLA

  4. David Whitehouse  July 21, 2021

    I was David’s successor as Master of Studies at Shore from 1999 onwards, from when David held the newly created role of Assistant to the Headmaster. In this exciting new role, he worked on special projects and duties for the then Headmaster, Bob Grant. David did an outstanding job in his role as Master of Studies and continued his customary high level of service, diligence and enthusiasm into his new role. I appreciate his generosity in acting as a mentor for me in my role and value highly the guidance and support which David gave me in so many aspects of this role. We worked together for a number of years, until his retirement, on a number of academic functions, most importantly Academic Scholarships and the School Timetable. I learnt so much from David and value very much the friendship that was forged as we worked together. Enduring memories for me are my many long visits to his office for professional discussions, enjoyable lunches together in the Staff Dining Room and the humour we shared as we went undertook the most serious and important of work on the School’s academic progam. Vale David. (David Whitehouse, Director of Studies, Shore, 1999 – 2018)

  5. Dianne Myers  July 21, 2021

    DAVID. Our cousin and pseudo Uncle to Kylie & Matthew, Craig & Melanie and their girls. David was a great keeper of our extended family history and a great example of using his intellectual abilities to the fullest.
    We will miss him greatly at our “Cousin’s Dinners.”
    Dianne & Les

  6. Bob Grant  July 21, 2021

    Bob Grant Former Head Of Shore (1984 -2002)

    David was President of Common Room when I joined Shore as a new headmaster in 1984. This was only one of a number of leadership responsibilities which David held, but for me this was a valuable link in forging a good relationship with staff. I came to greatly value his experience, advice and support.

    In subsequent years David earned appointment to high levels of responsibility and leadership within the School. One of these undertakings was as Officer Commanding the Cadet Corps, a sometimes lonely , and inevitably onerous task. I enjoyed our times together when I visited the Cadet bivouac camping in the Blue Mountains – particularly one occasion when it snowed and with some sixty boys, we hastily had to abandon camp. But it was as Master of Studies, responsible for the Schools’ academic program that David made an indelible mark. His initiatives were well considered and importantly, his attention to detail was profound. In this task as in so many others which David undertook, he was eminently reliable.

    David was highly respected by his colleagues on the Staff, his unobtrusive support for numerous activities being both appreciated and welcomed. By nature non-assertive, David nevertheless readily engendered confidence among all who worked with him. I particularly admired his humility, – he had no need to proclaim his attainments which spoke for themselves. Over the years a sound professional relationship between us became a valued personal friendship. In retirement years when Tricia and I journeyed by motor vehicle to Melbourne, we regularly used Albury as a stop over, a welcome highlight being to catch up with David over a shared evening meal. It was clear that David continued as always to enjoy diverse interests and challenges.

    I shall miss him, but will gratefully look back on our time together at Shore when David gave so much of himself to the lasting benefit of colleagues and boys of Shore. Tricia and I extend to the many members of David’s family our sympathy, love, and good wishes.

  7. Virginia Johns and Derek Woolcott  July 21, 2021

    It was delightful to have David as a travelling companion during our trip to Spain and Portugal in 2014. He was a true gentleman. Our sympathy to David’s extended family.

    Virginia Johns and Derek Woolcott

  8. Jock Wiltshire  July 22, 2021

    David and I were mature and even more mature aged students at Latrobe University. We travelled together on an Ottoman History study tour of Turkey, which only increased my admiration for his intellectual vigour and his sometimes wicked sense of humour. On seeing a sign forbidding fishing and vomiting in a Turkish public lavatory, he declared he would only go fishing if he lost his teeth whilst vomiting!
    I feel privileged to have known David and extend my heartfelt sympathy to his family.

  9. Adrian Jones  July 22, 2021

    With Jennifer Jones at La Trobe, I co-supervised David’s PhD. I also taught him when he was completing his postgraduate diploma. David was a teacher’s dream, and now I know why, because reading these comments I can see that he was a model teacher. When we travelled together in Turkey, him studying, me teaching, a subject in Ottoman history, David gave a superb class paper in the sixteenth-century kitchen complex of the Süleymaniyye Mosque. It was poised and comprehensive performance, As one teacher to teacher, I doffed my mortarboard to him. Supervising him in his PhD, David’s talent for combining history and geography shone through, with everything appearing as soundly researched and meticulously documented. He was poised to shine in his external assessments. Vale David: such a gentleman, such an inspiration — a man who was still learning and teaching right to his last day. What an inspiration!

  10. Graham Robertson  July 23, 2021

    David was a thorough gentleman who could be trusted in any conversation to give honest and wise advice, and to treat the discussion with the utmost confidentiality. He had a good sense of humour and was a person, who, through his wide travels, was an engaging companion over a meal and a glass or two of wine or beer. He loved his AFL and was a long time Swans member and supporter.
    In retirement, when so many of his peers were kicking back and relaxing, David immersed himself in his studies which he greatly enjoyed, and the topic of his Doctoral studies made interesting lunch conversation.
    I’ll miss our catch-ups over beer and lunch at various pubs in his much loved Albury region and I know that his family, of whom he spoke so fondly, will miss him greatly.

  11. Roz and Alan Ward  July 23, 2021

    David, you will be sadly missed at Kensington Gardens, your knowledge of local history was amazing, and I will miss our chats when you were collecting your post. You were well respected in the village. RIP.

  12. Steven Bowers  July 23, 2021

    David was a quiet inspiration. His warm demeanour was greatly appreciated. Working in the Preparatory School at SHORE David was interested, respectful and always willing to explain the intricacies of the school. He managed to lead with a gentle humility which in many regards was counter cultural. David was a gentleman who exuded qualities which were a wonderful example to the students, parents and his peers. I am grateful for the education he gave me. My journey is richer for David’s considerate warmth. My prayers are with all your family and friends.


Add a Comment