David was born in Long Marton on the 1st September 1943. His parents were Jack and Mary Hullock, and he was the second youngest in a large family of ten children, he is survived by his sister Jacky.
David’s childhood home was at Knock Cross and his interest in farming began at a young age, he was just seven years old when he learned to drive his first tractor at nearby Potter’s farm. Although considered bright enough to attend Appleby Grammar School, David declined the opportunity because he didn’t want to wear the uniform with short trousers! He attended Appleby County School instead, and gained a reputation there for being a sharp dresser, often wearing his older brothers’ outgrown suits to school.
David worked in forestry and farming as a young man, and he met his wife Rosalind on the 3rd of April 1961 at a Kirkby Thore Dance. They were married exactly four years later on a sunny spring day at St Cuthbert’s Church, Dufton.
Mid Town Farm became their home in 1965, and they raised two daughters there, Jenny and Karen. For the first 15 years David worked for the Threlkeld brothers, but in 1980 he and Rosalind were given the opportunity to take on the farm as their own business. These were happy times, and they enjoyed many years together working in partnership. Initially they had a small dairy herd, then later moving over to beef. More recently, concentrating on Texel and Mule lambs. David was a frequent visitor to Kirkby Stephen Auction Mart, his favourite in the local area. Over the years, David also worked on a number of farms in the Eden Valley, and in doing so; he made lasting connections and friendships within the wider farming community.
David was a quiet, modest and compassionate man, but his many good friends knew him for his quick wit and dry sense of humour, He loved nothing more than telling a good joke or sharing a funny tale.
David worked hard and farming occupied most of his time, but he enjoyed listening to country music, and in his younger days, he taught himself to play the electric and steel guitars. David collected all manner of things; and he often made an early morning trip to Penrith market in search of a bargain.
David will be sadly missed as a dear husband, loving dad and grandad, loyal friend and good neighbour. He will be forever remembered with much love and warmth.
A small private funeral service was held for David at St Cuthbert’s Church, Dufton on Friday 18th December 2020, followed by cremation at Carlisle.