DAVID Staines, Coach and founder member of Thurrock Harriers, died on Tuesday.
David’s health was declining over recent months and he died at home with his partner Ann and daughter Naomi by his side.
A primary school teacher of many years in Thurrock, and later headteacher, David influenced many young teachers’ and pupils’ lives.
David was also known by many as a swimming teacher at Blackshots pool.
As a high level coach and past chairman at Thurrock Harriers Athletic Club, David has made the club stronger through his expertise and guidance and legendary commitment to the club for over 60 years.
Only finishing his last 3000m steeplechase race in his mid 60’s for the club, David focused mainly on coaching distance athletes and advising in Essex Athletics.
His passion was to promote and support distance running in Thurrock and Essex and will be remembered by so many people in athletics and the running fraternity.
He leaves his partner Ann, daughter Naomi and two sons, Jon and Martyn.
Thurrock Harriers have opened a book of remembrance.