David McDonnell first joined W. Howard in 1996 as Business Development Director.

W.Howard Group stalwart David Graham McDonnell passed away on Sunday 27 June at the age of 55, after a long and hard-fought battle with cancer.

David started his working life in 1983 on the YTS scheme at PDT Hulme’s in Brinscall, before moving to W. T Eden and, finally, onto W. Howard in 1996, where he became Business Development Director.

He very rarely sold anything while covering the UK and areas of Europe, but he made many life-long friends who just happened to buy MDF mouldings from him because they wanted to.

He was instrumental in the success of the W.Howard Group business and David was one of those people who, once met, was never forgotten. He will be sorely missed by all in the timber trade.

David's passion outside of work was Euxton Villa Football Club, where more than 300 people attended his funeral – this is testament to the high regard in which he was held.

David leaves his much-loved wife Sally and children Jamie, who also works for W.Howard, and Heather.

Donations can be made to St Catherine’s Hospice in Lancashire, www.stcatherines.co.uk or Macmillan Cancer Support www.macmillan.org.uk