To Live In The Hearts We Leave Behind Is Not to Die.
Rest in Gentle Peace Dear Friend.
I would like to thank everyone who has sent emails of condolence.
It is heart warming to know so many wish to be a part of this tribute page.
If you would like to be included please email me your messages, putting Tribute in the subject. I will then know it is to be included here. Thank you.
I was very sad to hear that David has passed away only just learned of this. He was a great entertainer. He will be much missed.
My wife and I reside in Australia. We are retired and so each morning of the week before last, we were able to watch Antiques Road Trip on our TV. Each episode featured David Barby and David Harper travelling around in a convertible sports car. David Barby had a really good week making him the winner. We enjoyed these programs so much that on Sunday 21st July 2013, my wife and I went on-line to learn more about David Barby and were absolutely shocked to find out that he died last year. In this particular week of programs he appeared with a cut over his left eye and two black eyes. He stated that he had got these injuries when he had fallen over. When we read that he had died of a brain haemorrhage we immediately wondered if that fall had been the cause. We found David Barby very entertaining not only on Antiques Road Trip but also Bargain Hunt and we are very sad to see that he died at only 69 years of age. We will miss seeing him very much. Our condolences to you Jenny, and all of your family and friends.
Jim and Joan, Melbourne, Australia.
It is 12 months today since David passed on; it's strange but comforting to still see him on repeats of Bargain Hunt. My thoughts are with Janet and his family and friends today. R.I.P. David. Remembered always by
Barbara Worton & John Hutton.
Just to say that although David is no longer with us, he will always be remembered by my wife and myself, when we see him on the TV shows, we still cannot believe he is no longer with us, but it still brings a tear to our eyes when we see his smiling face on the TV screen, but we know that he will always be in our thoughts and hearts, the memories that you shared with him as his wife and partner will always be there to look back on when thing get a little sad, time does not diminish the pain but it does ease, it never goes away, but memories will always overcome the pain and I hope brings you comfort, David is no longer with us in life, but death will not keep him from us, God bless you and his family you are in our thoughts at this time as we feel we are part of his family, it is hard to believe it is now one year ago. Thinking of you at this time. Best Regards,
Jane, Tony, and Ali, Dover Kent .
It doesn't seem possible that we have been without David for nearly a year now, he is still in our thoughts all the time and we still feel quite sad he is no longer with us. Our thoughts are with his family and I am sure we will remember David for a long time to come. He is sadly missed.
Pat & Doug, Yorkshire.
What better testimony to a man so kind and friendly to those who asked him for his educated and expert opinion and given with such modesty. His memory lives on every time we watch him on television on programmes such as Flog it! May he rest in peace and may his memory live for ever.
Leonidas and Eirini Los.
I have just learnt of his death. (15/06). Like many others I will miss him sadly. His infectious enthusiasm and checky smile won over scores of people. I wonder if he realised how many people throughout the world will now be watching their DVDs of the antique road trip and many other antique shows with great sadness. I live in Western Australia.
So sorry to hear of David's passing. Watching him barter on antiques road trips was especially delightful. He had such a way of bargaining the prices down without causing offence and then almost giggling with delight at his rare purchases. An Australian, I love all of the antiques programs and David was like an old friend. He will be sadly missed. A true gentleman.
Carmel Barber, Melbourne Australia.
A great loss
In my thoughts.
Mrs Sharon Stockley.
We live in Australia and have watched David for years. We have watched him this week without any knowledge of his passing. It came as a shock to us and it really was upsetting. In Australia we often get programs over a year after their release in the UK. David was easily our favorite. In fact he was the very very best. He made us laugh all the time and his smile was infectious. Rip Mr. Barby.
My wife and I are really sad to hear of the passing of David, he radiated a real sense of fun and always looked comfortable whilst working on the box often with Tim. In fact on one episode we remember David sporting an eye injury which was very upsetting- we won't forget him and my mum loved him. Sincere kind regards.
Steve and Jo Nolan. (Bedfordshire).
I am sorry this tribute is so late. I record editions of Flog It and watch when I have time, and was so sad to realise that David had died. He was such a young man and always seemed full of life. I had a beloved brother who died from a brain haemorrage, my daughter’s birthday is 25th July and my own son is a Taurus - David John. This made hearing of David’s death even more poignant. I wish you well and I hope the BBC will continue to show re-runs of shows with David in so we can still enjoy his wit, humour and especially – talents. Best wishes.
After an emotional day attending a family members funeral, I sat down to watch day five of an Antiques Road Trip episode I'd recorded earlier featuring David. As usual he was in fine form getting the... "very very best" from the dealers. At the end of the show, after David had made a tidy profit for his chosen charity, a tribute and an announcement of his passing came up. For the second time that day I shed a private, silent tear. Condolences to all of Davids family and friends, a true gentleman who was the very, very best.
Simon. Melbourne, Australia. May 9th, 2013.
Still greatly missed, Loved the photo of him with his cat.
Just find out about David Passing away when watching Antiques RoadTrip last Friday. It won’t be the same without David with that cheeky smile and sense of humour. My condolences to you and his family from Perth Western Australia.
Learnt of David’s passing on May 4th 2013, my birthday. My birthday is always a special day for me, like most people around the world. Life is precious and our birthdays are often a time to reflect and look forward to a better year coming, than the one we have just been through. As with all the tributes on this page of yours, there is nothing I can add, it has all been said. Just want to give him my personal thoughts. David had long been regarded by me as the Master! The best of all the experts. Up until today :
Nothing phases me ( An Australian expression!)
Nothing saddens me.
No one impresses me.
Two people have had a profound influence on my life’s thinking – Benny Hill and in recent years David Barby.
Benny Hill because he was a genius at what he did, and David Barby as he was a genius in what he did.
The common thread? - An infectious zest for fun and laughter!
The common strength? – courage under adversity. Benny Hill carried on when his TV shows were cancelled- David carried on when his underlying condition clearly affected his balance one day, yet he turned up to film with a smile on his face regardless!
As of half an hour ago-
One thing phases me: David’s passing
One thing saddens me: The loss of David in my living room, where I can just chill out, relax and marvel at his genius
One person impresses me : David
That is why we all miss him, and are so shocked at his passing - A man that gave with all his heart – to his family – my condolences – Long may his repeat shows be run for us!
Andrew from Australia.
What a lovely straight forward man. I still feel a tinge of sadness seeing David on tv but also a great pleasure.
Just this moment realised dear David has gone from our screens and our lives. I really enjoyed him on the antique shows my husband is an avid antique show fan and David was a favourite of ours. So sorry for your loss, our thought and prayers for you tho' a bit late I'm hoping you won't mind. Sincerely.
He was a joy to listen to. His enthusiasm and sense of humour were second to none! I loved the way he used to mention his cat, Algernon. Only David could have a feline friend with that name- brilliant! A great loss to his family and a great loss to the world of the antique lover. Lovely man.
My name is Shaun and I live in Manchester. My deepest sympathy on the sad passing of David. I am just an ordinary bloke who rarely watches TV but I would watch Flog it and David’s other shows. David always brought a smile to my face with his love of Antiques and his warmth towards people. A sad loss to all. May your memories always bring that smile that David could draw from many of us. A very very genuine warm man. RIP David. Sorely missed by many that knew you and thousands who did not. God bless you.
For all family and friends of David, I loved watching him on Bargain Hunt, Flog it and Antiques Road trip I will miss seeing him on the TV, my thoughts are with you all God Bless,
Chris Willis. Arnhem, Holland.
I too didn't know that David had passed away, even though I watch all the Antique programmes. What a shock, I just cannot believe it, he was the best expert there was and I always looked forward to seeing him. He was such a happy chap with a lovely disposition, and immaculately dressed, he will be greatly missed, but it’s so lovely to see him on all the repeats that he will live on forever. My sincere condolences.
I have only known David since getting TV installed last September, he was my favourite expert on any of the antiques programmes that I watch, I found out just 3 months ago that he had passed away, I was very sad to read about it and I send my deepest sympathy to his family. Long may I continue to see the programmes featuring David.
Just back from Newark where I heard of the death of a special gentleman. Among others, I was shocked that I hadn't heard till now. He added so much to every programme he appeared in and was a great source of knowledge. Please accept this belated offer of sympathy and thanks for your generosity in allowing the programmes to be shown. Sincerely,
BBC Repeats! The once despised habit of running old programmes over and over again has now been transformed into a treasure trove of David’s appearances. I adore them. His warmth, elfish humour and enchanting personality are still with us! His enthusiasm was infectious, driven by expertise and experience David had the most charming way of whisking us into the world of antiques with a smile. Thank you. To enthuse, educate, and entertain is a challenge. To have done it so wonderfully, with such warmth, as a gentleman and I am sure a friend to so many viewers is a legacy few can aspire to.
When my dad was dying of terminal cancer, he came to live with me. We spent hours having fun watching David. What a privilege to get so much pleasure and joy from something so simple. I will forever be grateful for his smile gentle cheek and humour. More importantly lifting me out of dark days. If there’s a heaven he'll be blessed.
I have been an ardent fan of TV programmes like, Bargain Hunt, Antique Road Trip, Etc. for some considerable time. David was one of my favourite presenters and I was so shocked when I learnt of his passing. He was a real gentleman with such a warm personality, a lovely, lovely man. I am currently viewing the 'Road Trip' series and feel so lucky to be able to see David in the programme. I'm sure he will be sorely missed. Kind regards.
Goede dag,ik volg reed vele jaren flog Et ,ik vernam net, via dat programma dat de heer David Barby is overleden,ik wens de familie veel sterkte hierbij.
Erna Devrome. BELGIE.
I was saddened to hear of David's passing today whilst watching "Flog It". I remember David from my childhood when I would faithfully watch his many shows on the BBC on the weekends and days when sick from school. He was always a gentleman and added an element of fun to the business he was in. David and the other valuers instilled in me a passion for collectables and for that I will always be thankful. Rest in peace.
I feel awful, I have just read a piece in the Sunday Mail about David Barby. We are in shock that he has passed away, we did not know, that is terrible, how we missed the News we will never know. I think because we are still seeing him on "Bargain Hunt”, “Antiques Road Trip", Etc. Long may he live on in these programmes. A Great Master gone, God Bless. X
We were really shocked and sad to hear of David's death. The antiques programs will just never be the same without his very happy and entertaining personality. He was a gentleman that everyone liked. Very talented at his profession too. I can't believe we did not hear at the time but working full time is difficult catching all the episodes. I hope you can take some comfort from this tribute page. Rest in peace David.
From Gillian & family.
I know David died last year and when I found out me and my partner just sat shocked and opened mouthed for quite a long time. It's taken till now to say something because the more I still watch you on TV the more I miss you. I want to say that David was an absolute legend, he was funny, loveable and an inspiration with his knowledge, wit and humour. It has been such a sad loss to both the television industry and the antiques world. David you will be sadly missed, still enjoying the recordings of you on Bargain Hunt which light up my day. BBC need to do a full tribute show of great length with him from all shows.
A & J.
Dear Mrs Barby and family, Along with many contributors to the condolences web site we were watching the Trade Secrets programme and heard the presenters referring to David in the past tense. Again, as with others, went immediately to check the web and found to our shock and great sadness that David had died in July. Please, along with so many others, accept our heartfelt condolences over your loss. We hope that over time you and your family will be able to come to terms with the suddenness of his passing. We who came to regard David as a 'virtual' friend can at least enjoy his company on reprised episodes of his programmes.
Myles and Ann Greenhalgh, Silsoe, Beds.
Appearing after he fell down those stairs. What a pro! I always loved the way he made it so obvious he cared. Both about the antique itself, the price and the people he was working with. Always a pleasure to behold.
I was both unaware and sadden to hear of David's passing it was not until a friend told me the other day. David will be surely missed his warm sense of humour and in-depth knowledge of antiques meant he was always a pleasure to watch. R.I.P
We missed the announcement of this tragedy. Very sad.
Thursday 14th of march 2013 : I couldn't believe what I heard when I watched Flog it trade secrets : David Barby passed away last year. As I didn't know him personally he struck me as a warm and gentle person and his optimism was contagious. He will be missed.
Karine - Oostende/Belguim.
My sincere condolences although it is a little belated. I have just found the web site. Whenever I watch re-runs of Flog It and see your husband it is very sad and somehow can’t believe he has died. Such a lovely man and I am certain he is very sadly missed by all especially his family.
Hi, would you believe my husband and I were today watching Flog it and my husband said that my favourite presenter David had died. I was so saddened and shocked. I loved him and his expertise and am so sorry about your loss. He always reminded me of the lion in the wizard of oz not because he was the cowardly lion but because he was warm with lots of personality and he did look like the actor. Please except my warm wishes and I know he will be sorely missed not only by me but by all his fans. Regards,
Hello, I would just like to say how much I enjoyed watching David on Bargain Hunt, I just found out he has passed away on U/Tube, I just want to send my fond thoughts to his family. Kind Regards.
Frances Kruger, Queensland, Australia.
I do not understand how we have only just found out about the death of such a lovely and sincere man,my wife could not believe it and it took a great deal for both of us to come to terms having suffered the same illness has David myself. Please accept our sincere condolences and thank you for making our lives so much richer.
Jean and Brian Millward.
There will never be another David Barby - they broke the mould when they made him. He will be sadly missed.
Pam and Bill Stewart.
David will be sorely missed as he was so enthusiastic and when he was on tv his enthusiasm spread through all watching and playing.
Your smile your laughter that cheeky twinkle in your eyes such a gentleman in every program you were in. You may have been more senior in age but your heart and your personality was of a young person's, watching you skipping arm in arm with team members made me smile. Mr Barby there are few men in this world like you (you remind me of my Dad) Mrs Barby & family thank you so much for sharing him with the public, may the good Lord watch over you all and bring you comfort when you are sad. Sad to know you have gone, but glad to know you have left such a lasting memory for us all. Goodnight but not goodbye, God Bless and RIP Your memory will always live on xxxx.
15th Feb.2013 I. Tonight I tuned into Flog It; which had already started. I became irritated to hear the dealers there talking about David in the past tense! After more and more tributes it dawned on me David had died! How upsetting, I have cried buckets. That was in July all this time I have not known.I became concerned for David when he kept turning up with black eyes; I thought there must be an underling reason why he kept having falls. I hope that the BBC will continue to run the shows that he took part in for a long time to come, it would be too sad to let all that knowledge die with him. I will really miss David Barby, what a lovely man.
Hi Jenny, like so many people I was very fond of watching David on T.V, I have only just found out and am saddened. Bless you David.
I had no idea that David had died until I watched the Flog It programme yesterday evening. I was deeply saddened to hear the news and shall really miss seeing him in all the antique programmes he took part in. A bright and charming gentleman. Sincerely,
Today is 15/02/2013.
My name is Steve and my partner is Mandy, we were watching a programme called Trade Secrets to night when we heard the experts giving their tributes about David, always had a smile on his face even when he had a black eye. We loved to hear all his knowledge about antiques he will be very sadly missed by us please pass our condolences to his family. We were so shocked to hear about his death last year, he was a true gentleman of television and he was a real happy man when seen on television we will miss him. Sincerely yours.
Steve and Mandy.
Tonight I watched Flog It Trade Secrets. It was a wonderful tribute to your David. All the experts who took part in Flog It told about their experience with David Barby. It was wonderful , it made me cry with joy. They were all so praised David in a wonderful way. One said very good that if David could look down he would laugh with joy. Another could not keep her eyes dry, it was a joy to see that everyone keeps him in loving remembrance. Greeting from Annen in Netherlands,
I was just watching the Trade Secrets Flog It programme and suddenly I was hearing all the presenters and experts talking about David in the past tense and I thought he must have died. So I looked it up on the internet and couldn't believe it was back in July and somehow or another I missed it and have never heard anything about it until now. I do remember seeing him with his very badly cut face and thought how marvellous of him to carry on as he must be feeling dreadful. A lovely lovely man and I am so sorry for you and the rest of the family. You must be taking a lot of comfort that he was loved by so many people who had never even met him but felt they knew him from his many TV appearances. Long may the repeats continue so that we can see his cheeky smile for many years to come.
Jill Davis, Gloucestershire, U.K.
We saw a beautiful memorial tonight on Flog It and like the experts we miss him to!
Ferdi and Jacky from Holland.
Only today I learnt the sad news of David Barby's passing. What a shock! I have read all the tributes on the tribute page and feel I cannot add anything to what has been said so eloquently by others. He will be very much missed by me as an ardent watcher of " Bargain Hunt" and "Flog it".
Sorry to hear the passing of such a fine man, he had a saying( is that your very very best ) it was his he always gave his very very best.
Anthony H Chubb, Essex.
I was saddened and surprised to hear of the death of this GREAT BRITISH TV institution. As I type I am watching Antiques Road Trip knowing that he will never appear in a new episode which saddens me more. I have loved watching David over the years and will miss his cheeky comments and tongue in cheek demeanour. God bless you and when you see Gods throne remember you can’t buy it for a TENNER !!! Rest in Peace.
I was staggered today to learn of David's passing. Someone had sent a letter to the Daily Mirror asking about him. I am doubly shocked by the fact that he has gone and also by the fact that I have must have missed tributes to him on TV. I think that when one has a feeling of loss about a person (even though having never met them) one must acknowledge the fact that they touched your heart in some way. Indeed, I felt I knew David - he was so warm, so personable and so full of laughter and life. I am obviously pleased that we can continue to see him on our screens, particularly in those episodes of that most excellent series Antiques Road Trip. My deepest condolences for your loss. It's probably little comfort, but I know that David will continue to entertain us, warm us, win our hearts and attract even more fans in the years to come thanks to the immortality of television. Kind regards,
I actually watched an episode of Flog It today that David was on, I thought I had heard that he had died, but then thought why did they not dedicate a program towards him. I then found your web site and have read everything I could about him, I think he had the greatest smile and totally lit up the show. I would go so far to say that he seemed quite cheeky and maybe naughty too. Love.
Just a very short email. Tonight my wife and I caught the episode of Flog It on TV. And, as always, we light up and say ..'great David Barby's on!' . Nowadays though it is tinged with sadness and regret we never met David, but we always feel a warmth to him as though we do know him. We miss him terribly, although your loss is far greater, though his appearances on TV always lift our spirits. Never forgotten by many many people including us. We hope your journey forward is good and you have wonderful memories of a lovely gentleman. Best Wishes and kindest Regards,
Ian & Julie Hector. PS, we still drop in THE phrase when we can.....Is that your very best! :-)
Dear Mrs Barby, We were very sorry to learn from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors of the death of your husband, Mr David John Barby FRICS, and we would like to offer you our sincere condolences.
Really sorry for your sad loss, he will be sadly missed he really was a great asset to all the programmes that involved him,
Sorry again for such a late tribute. I heard of David’s death in July/August & was so saddened, however seeing a repeat this evening has brought that sadness up again & I went looking for more info on him & found this site. As others have said, I was surprised at the level of deep sadness I felt on hearing of his death. Again, as many more have said, David brought such a human touch to the shows, you could easily imagine passing a few minutes with him, he seemed so full of fun, warmth & genuine time for people. I got into Bargain Hunt through being off work sick, then working at home for a year and the show became the focal point of a break at lunchtime. I soon developed a favourite expert – David – based on his genuine warmth for people. It is so lovely to read that so many other people saw the same thing and held in him such high regard. His death is a true loss to the world & I send my deepest condolences to all those mourning him & missing him.
So sorry at the loss of David, he will be sadly missed from the show, our deepest sympathy,
Alan and Margaret in Australia, PS we only found out today.
It is with shock and much sadness that I learned just today of the death of David last July! I am out of the loop in that I am a fan of his who resides in Cambridge, Minnesota USA. I have been watching David for many years anyway I could on Bargain Hunt, Flog It and Antiques Road Trip. What was so great about David was that he truly brought so much knowledge, class, style, panache, and plain fun to all the items he discussed and evaluated. I will miss him a lot. He was a true one off! My belated condolences to you, your fellow staffers and all other close friends and family of David. He will be missed but not forgotten and I know wherever he is, he continues to bring much joy! Sincerely,
RIP, dear David.
You have given us so much pleasure, and information, in the past. Fond memories from us all in Monda, Andulucia.
I've recorded a lot of programmes and only just watched Antiques Road Trip whereby it was advised David became ill then at the end announced he'd passed away. I was shocked and I am really sorry and will miss seeing him on future programmes. Regards,
Watching the repeats of David's delightful appearances on television, since his untimely death earlier this year, puts me in mind of something the famous broadcaster, Alistair Cooke, said about Duke Ellington a week after the incomparable jazz musician had died. "Duke Ellington died last week. I don't have to believe it if I don't want to".
Hallo Jenny, I just decided on a whim to look at David's page today to see what he has been up to. I am so so so sad to read he has passed away. No news of this has been broadcast to my knowledge over here in Australia; if it was, then I unfortunately missed it. I am dreading telling my husband today when he comes home; we both just loved watching David on the various antiques shows and then, when I found out at the beginning of 2012 that David would be guest lecturer on a cruise we were taking from India to Egypt, I was so excited. I kept it a secret from my husband for months and on the day we got the ship letter in the cabin announcing the cruise's guest lecturers and he read that one was to be David Barby, he just lit up. And then, we had the pleasure of speaking to him, and enjoying his fun knowledgeable lectures onboard, running into him at various ports including Sharm El-Sheik where he was sporting a local cap, and Petra where we all found the day was long but fascinating, relaxing in adjacent spas talking about cats....... the photos I took are now, to us, priceless. What a terrible terrible shame.
Eve & Peter Smith, Sydney, Australia.
I loved David Barby on Bargain Hunt and was shocked at his sudden death. You had a great sense of humour David and are missed.
He was my best Bargain Hunt expert, so sorry.
The world will miss that wonderful smile and good humour god bless you dear David I never met you but you will be sadly missed by all the antique lovers, from Frank Bennett on the west coast of Ireland.
Frank and Julie Bennett.
SORRY TO HEAR THAT DAVID BARBY HAD PASSED AWAY. GREAT FAN OF HIS IN HIS ANTIQUES SHOWS ETC,
JUNE CHORLTON, FAN X.
A Gentleman in the true sense of the word. Always entertaining....his death comes as a great shock. My condolences to his friends and family.
Where have I been? I have just seen a tribute to dear David on the BBC, I'm in complete shock and profoundly moved at his passing. He always came across as such a warm person. He has inspired me, I’m only sorry I never got to meet him in person. For me to pass comment is unheard of and is testament to the mark he has left behind and my sadness. My thoughts are with you and his family and close friends.
Dear Janet, We saw what we can only assume was David's final programme last night as Tim said that David had died shortly afterwards. I can't tell you how much we will miss him. I am a painter working from home so Bargain Hunt and the rest are must view programmes and when David has been on both my partner and I look forward to it that little bit more. Strange how someone we had never and would never meet could have such an impact on our lives. We met Elizabeth Talbot, the Diss auctioneer, at a Food Fare recently and we were able to at least meet someone who had met and spoken with him so that sort of personalised it a bit more. Obviously famous people die as in the end we all have to and usually we just sigh and say how sad. But when someone like David dies it's almost as though it's someone that you are really close to and it really is sad! We continue to miss him and are not looking forward to the time when the repeats stop. While they continue it’s almost as though he's still here. Hope you are coping as much as one can on these occasions.
Paul and Brenda Bennett.
Good evening, I just found out that David is not with us anymore. Late, I know... I just wanted to say thank you from Belgium. He was a ray of light for me whenever I watched BBC. I'm so sorry for your loss. I feel as a member of my family has gone. God bless,
Hello, After flicking through YouTube to find a tribute episode of Bargain Hunt, I was shocked and sad to hear that David Barby had passed away in July this year. I have been a Bargain Hunt fan for so many years and he was a great expert and great to watch. I would like to give David's family my deepest condolence and thoughts. He will be forever missed.
Lee Craig Stewart - Bargain Hunt watcher and fan.
I am so sorry that David died, I think it is wonderful that you have allowed the BBC to continue to broadcast programmes that David is in. He always lightened up my day on Bargain Hunt and please accept my deepest condolences, you must be very proud of what he achieved on television. Best regards,
Gerard Dorrian and family.
I realise it is somewhat late and we do not wish to cause any further grief on your sad loss but we just wanted to pay our respects to David. He will be missed very much for his bubbly personality and great sense of humour which was evident to all. I am sure he was a loving and caring man for his family and community. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. John and Pauline,
Just to say how much I enjoyed seeing David in his many TV appearances and I am sure he has left an unforgettable legacy in said appearances. Condolences and warmest wishes to those he has left behind.
My husband and I watch the lunchtime Antiques programme and are sad to know of David's short illness and death. We loved his gentle manner, humour, knowledge and presentation. Today, we saw him with damaged eyes after his fall in the Spring, it is very difficult to imagine he is no longer with us on our TV screen. So sad to lose a lovely man so young. We send our deepest sympathy to your wife, Janet and all the family.
Wendy and Arthur (Manock).
Please forgive the lateness of this tribute but I have been compelled to write following my recent viewing of episodes of Bargain Hunt, Flog it and Antiques Road Trip. Seeing David on the screen laughing and smiling it is hard to grasp the reality that his life has been cut so tragically short. So many people, myself included want to express our sadness at his passing and if this is how we feel I cannot begin to imagine how it must be for you and your family as you are no doubt seeking to engage with a world and build a life without David in it. Through the medium of TV David continues to bring joy and happiness to so many and he lives on in the hearts and minds of those who knew and loved him and those lives that he influenced in his lifetime.
A repeat of Bargain Hunt and, yet again, brought up short by the fact that David is no longer with us. Such a shame that such a very entertaining and genuine person has gone too early. Our thoughts are with you and hope that time is being kind to you and your family and that all the kind words that have been sent are helping with your loss.
I am a Dutch viewer of Bargain Hunt. I just learned that Mr. Barby died in July. What a great loss. I am sorry to react so late but today I saw the last episode of bargain hunt and the tribute to him. He was such a personality. We will miss him, here in the Netherlands also.
Marie-Claire, Hilversum Netherlands.
Dear Jenny, Like so many it was only recently whilst watching a Celebrity Antiques show that I heard that David had died. My husband and I have watched so many of the programmes that David appeared in and his warmth and rapport made you feel that if you saw him in the street you would go and talk to him as if he was an old friend you had known for years. I will always treasure the David Barby stare when getting the best price from a dealer - I can see it in my mind's eye as I type! Our very sincere condolences to David's family and to his colleagues who must feel there is a such a loss to their "family" of professional antique experts and brilliant presenters of so many programmes.
With much sadness,
Diane and John Ovett.
So sorry to hear about your loss, I had the privilege of meeting David last year, when he stopped at the motorway services where I work. I took the opportunity to tell him how much I was enjoying the Antiques Road Trip, which David was featuring on that week. He was charming, funny and gracious, which is exactly how he always appeared on TV, I couldn’t wait to tell my husband as we both admired David so much. We shall miss his wisdom, wonderful way of imparting knowledge and that wonderful smile. Our thoughts are with you and your family, regards,
Very sad to hear of the death of David. He was a delight to watch. With all good wishes for his family and friends.
Sue & Philip Bennetta France.
I was catching up on celebrity antiques trip last night and was really shocked to hear that David Barby had died. Not knowing him personally I was really surprised at how saddened I felt having got to know him on TV. I think that this must be because he really comes across as a lovely, knowledgeable and genuine guy. Condolences to you and all his family. I will very much miss his appearances on the antiques programmes.
Annette – Bristol.
Jenny, I’ve just heard the sad news of David passing and wanted to express my condolences to a true gentleman. Although I have never had the honour to meet David, it is without doubt that he will be sadly missed. Rest in Peace.
Good evening, I have tonight, 28 November 2012, watched an episode of Antiques Road Trip at the end of which it was announced that David Barby had passed away after a short illness. I was very upset - I did not know what had happened. I looked on the Internet and discovered what had occurred in July. I am very sad - he was a lovely man, warm and charming. My sympathies are sent to his family RIP DAVID BARBY antiques maestro extraordinaire xx,
We were absolutely shocked to find out about your loss. We love Bargain Hunt, Antiques Roadshow, etc, and have recently seen lots of these programmes with David Barby as the antiques expert. We always enjoyed seeing David and have really enjoyed the shows that have recently been on the television, even though they are touched with sadness at the loss of David. Hope the episodes keep being shown and again condolences are sent regarding your loss.
Wayne and Corinne.
Like many people I only heard the very sad news about David’s passing recently at the end of a programme in which he featured. He will be so sorely missed by us, his fans...he was obviously a kind courteous and gentlemanly man who made a connection with all the people who were lucky enough to have him as their expert on various programmes. What an untimely end for such a lovely man, my sympathies go to all his family...
Kathy Hurley, Shannon Ireland.
It's been quite weird watching him on all the programmes since hearing the sad news, he's always looking so well and so happy and jolly with everyone....what a loss.
After watching all the antique’s programmes and especially Antiques Road Trip, I have only just learnt this week of David’s passing away and I am very sorry, cannot understand why this was missed. He will be greatly missed by all, especially his infectious smile and cheery personality and a true gentleman which is somewhat of a rarity in this day and age. Gone but not forgotten as there are all the archives of antiques memories left behind. Best wishes to you and your family.
Christine Jenkins – Sussex.
Dear Jenny, I would like to offer my sympathy to you, his family and friends. I only found out at the end of the Antiques Road Trip. I watched the last two episodes together and couldn't believe from seeing David having so much fun in one show and then that he had passed away at the end of the next. Goodbye David and thank you for the hours of pleasure you have given by making antiques fun. You always gave it your very best.
Stephen Davies, Castledonovan , Co.Cork, Ireland.
David Barby has given my husband and I such a lot of pleasure watching all his appearance on television over the last few years. Always the gentleman, always so knowledgeable. We were shocked and saddened at his passing. A truly lovely man.
Gerry and David Goddard.
As a fairly regular viewer of antique shows on television it is so very sad to hear David Barby is no longer with us. His warmth & humour gave my wife & myself many hours of pleasure & it was always great fun to see him beat other antique men & women to get better prices. he was so infectious but having only just been made aware of his passing it has been hard to take in. we wish his wife & family well & our thoughts are with you all @ this time. best wishes,
Jacky & Alby Sparrow, Whitstable Kent..
So sorry for your loss; Loved David on any Antique show, so witty and clever, I loved the twinkle in his eyes the most, and his profound knowledge of antiques had me riveted. I miss seeing him every time I watch but sometimes the programmes are repeats so we get to see and hear him again Regards,
Susan Caldwell, Avid fan of this lovely entertaining man.
After watching all the antique’s programmes and especially Antiques Road Trip, I have only just learnt this week of David’s passing away and I am very sorry, cannot understand why this was missed. He will be greatly missed by all, especially his infectious smile and cheery personality and a true gentleman which is somewhat of a rarity in this day and age. Gone but not forgotten as there are all the archives of antiques memories left behind. Best wishes to you and your family.
Christine Jenkins, Sussex.
Dear Jenny, I would like to offer my sympathy to you, his family and friends. I only found out at the end of the Antiques Road Trip. I watched the last two episodes together and couldn't believe from seeing David having so much fun in one show and then that he had passed away an the end of the next. Goodbye David and thank you for the hours of pleasure you have given by making antiques fun. You always gave it your very best.
Stephen Davies, Co.Cork, Ireland.
Hello, we watched the antiques celebrity road trip last Friday and were really shocked and saddened when at the end it said David had passed away. I still find it hard to believe that this happened in July and we had no idea, my overriding memory is his famous stare and the phrase "I want your very, very best price" the world was definitely a better place with him in it. We will all miss him - a true master and gentleman. We are very sorry.
David and Maggie Palmer.
On Friday evening we watched celebrity antiques road trip and we were most shocked at the news of Mr Barby's passing. We would like you to know that he was a joy to watch on the television and will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with you. Regards,
Barrie & Linda Toms, Long Stratton, Norfolk.
I am so sad that it is only now in November that I have discovered that this lovely man has died. Like so many, I met him once briefly. He was charming, warm and friendly. I was always pleased when he appeared on the antiques programs. It was at the end of one of these recorded shows that I heard and saw the very sad news, and could not understand why it was not on the news programs. Now I know. I now want to send you my wishes for comfort for yourself and family, and for David that he may rest in peace and rise in glory.
Only got to know that David died watching recent BH programme and for reasons I cannot explain felt really shocked and a real sorrow. Like so many others I only got to know him watching TV. God be with you David. You will be truly missed my friend.
To the Barby family. It was only recently seeing a Road Trip programme that we saw the announcement of David’s passing at the end of the show. We both sat stunned not knowing what to say and seeing him in repeats this week, we still can`t believe such a lovely gentle man has gone. So sorry our condolences are late but they are sent with our very best wishes to you all, he will be greatly missed.
Mick and Jill Wilson, Leicester.
Dear Jenny, I, like many others, have been moved by the sad passing of David Barby. As many others have said, he will be remembered for his dignity, his urbane nature and general human decency that came across in spades everytime you saw him on the box. He never needed to creature a character for himself. He simply came across as himself. His unrivalled knowledge, wrapped up in a calm and common sensical approach, enabled, I am sure, many thousands of people like me to appreciate the antique world for the first time. In wishing his family well at this time, may he rest in eternal peace - and a final big thank you for illuminating so brightly a small part of a regular week day evening. Yours in regret,
Mr Dan Redford.
Have only just found out that David very sadly passed away in July. Was watching Bargain Hunt at the weekend when Tim Wonnacott informed us that David Barby had taken ill during the production of this episode and sadly later died. I felt a lump in my throat, as he was a star in his own right. A gentleman and outstanding in his field. I will always remember his favourite statement, " Is that your very best "... I am sure he would have become Sir David Barby........ RIP David......
Gordon Ferguson (Dundee).
I would like to say how very sorry I was to learn that David Barby had passed away. When I was in my early 20s (back in the late 1970s) I was interviewed by David at Locke & England Auctioneers in Leamington where I lived. There was no job advertised, but I had just turned up anyway to ask about working in an auctioneers. David took the time to talk to me and explained about all the different levels of roles within the industry, gave me advice on career paths to take and said he wished he had work for me there and then. Although it was one meeting, many years ago, I have never forgotten how kind he was to take the trouble and instil confidence in a shy, young person. When I first spotted him on TV many years ago, I recognised him immediately and remembered his name. Most importantly, I recognised the naturally kind, unpretentious man that he was. Condolences to his family.
Mary Meadway (nee Howell).
I saw David Barby on television, at home with his wife, and I saw a happy man. With respect and sadness,
Allen Ives, London.
I was terribly sad to read that your lovely husband David Barby died and although it is very late to be sending my condolences – they are totally heartfelt. You got the impression that he just enjoyed every moment and was always smiling. A truly exceptional human being. A great loss.
Only just heard, at the end of Friday's Celebrity Road Trip, the sad news of David's passing. My husband and I are most shocked and saddened and would like to add our condolences to the many you have already received. He seemed such a jolly and lovely man. God bless him and comfort his family and friends.
Pat & Dick, Kent.
So sorry to hear if the loss of your husband. Cannot believe I will not see him on TV, he really will be sadly missed. He was a legend and has inspired so many in the world of antiques. I will miss his smile off the TV screen. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Hello Jenny, I was so saddened and sorry to learn this Friday that David had passed away in July and feel bad that I had missed that news at the time. I was watching the Celebrity Antiques Road Trip with him partnered with Tessa Sanderson and thought at the time, yes I would have chosen him too. To learn at the end of the show that he had been taken ill and later died was a tremendous shock and my heart goes out to his family, friends and colleagues, who, after just 4 months must still be feeling such grief. He was truly a lovely, funny man to watch on television and he will be greatly missed. I am glad it was thought appropriate to continue to show him on television but at the same time it will be tinged with sadness to watch. Sincerely,
Fran Moreby, viewer.
Dear Jenny, I live in France, and thought I had seen after David’s name some weeks ago, his date of birth and then the figures 2012. I still did not believe he had gone until yesterday 23/11/2012 when there was a programme with Tessa Sanderson and Robin Cousins on and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I knew he had been taken unwell, but cannot believe that he has passed away. I never heard it announced on Antiques Road Show and other shows, and feel there should have perhaps been more coverage of his passing. Please accept my best wishes for you and your family. Sorry it is such a belated tribute but the sentiments are the same. HE WILL BE MISSED BY MANY. Regards,
Irene Nightingale (Mrs) FRANCE.
Dear Jenny, I do not watch much television but try to watch the antiques programmes. Having just watched a programme obviously made earlier this year, I could not believe the announcement at the end reporting the death of David. He was one of those people that I wish I had been privileged to meet. He always came across as having a sunny personality and a great sense of humour. He will be greatly missed Regards.
As Mylene Klass put her arms around David Barby at the end of her Celebrities Antique show and told him how wonderful he was, then take that sentiment and hug from all of us David. R.I.P. You will be sadly missed but remembered with great fondness.
I was amazed yesterday when I logged onto the Tribute page and saw how many entries there are. It speaks volumes that some many people have used almost identical words of praise and condolence of their own feelings for "The Master".
Michael and Trisha Rowlerson, Surrey.
My wife and I were greatly shocked to receive the news on TV the other Day that he had died. So many of our friends and relatives are now missing from our lives that it hurts. His smiling face and ready humour will be missed. He reached us all. God bless,
Michael and Trisha Rowlerson, Surrey.
Dear Jenny, We live in the south of France and only found about David's passing yesterday on the "Road Trip". We were very sorry to hear it as he was one of our favourite experts and will be sadly missed. Don't know how he died but we know it was far too young. We are thinking of you and your family. Yours very sincerely,
Chris and Barrie Guard.
I was so shocked and sad to hear of the passing of David (on Bargain Hunt yesterday)! always loved to watch him on BH, he was always the same - a lovely gentle kind man with a delightful sense of humour and an infectious smile. Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss - as a former contestant and avid fan of Bargain Hunt, I will be very sad not to see him again. Kindest regards,
It was with real sadness that my wife and I recently learned of Mr Barby's passing earlier this summer, when we were watching a repeat episode of the popular Antiques Road Trip. We had only just become fans of this programme and had immediately warmed to this most engaging man. He was undoubtedly very knowledgeable but displayed a self-deprecating charm together with a warmness that engendered a true sense of fun, which was all the more alluring given the harshness of today's world. He touched our lives, all too briefly, in a most unique way and will be sadly missed. Our sincere belated condolences to his family.
John & Deb King.
Dear Mrs Barby, I like many have just learned of David's passing. Such a sad loss. I am so sorry. When he smiled it was with his eyes, bringing such enjoyment to the viewing public. My sincere condolences. With kindest regards.
A real nice bloke.....God Bless!
So very sad.
So very sorry.
Words are just not enough to say how much joy watching David on television gave us, as he seemed such a gentle, lovely man and how we shall miss seeing him. Deepest condolences. With kind regards from the
It is with deep sadness and shock to find out that David passed away in July of this year. I have admired and watched him on all the antiques programs televised by the BBC, so last night whilst watching "Celebrity Antiques Road Show" with Tessa Sanderson and Robin Cousins, that on closing it was said that David had passed away not long after this episode. I found him to be a very inspiring man and fun to watch and I just can't believe he has gone and he has left a big space in my heart. I hope you will accept my sincerest condolences, and as with my father he may be gone but will he will never be forgotten. God bless always from a great fan.
R.I.P. David Barby, Legend!
My sincere condolences on Mr Barby's passing. My wife and I have enjoyed his presence on antiques programmes over the years.
So sorry to hear of the passing of David. He was so entertaining & informative. Will be sadly missed. Condolences to his Family.
Pam & Ron Tricker.
David Barby was part of out lives for so long and gave us the magic of his expertise in such a nice way- he was a gentleman and I sadly heard from a friend last night whilst we were talking about or loves for the antique programmes-my friend said he had died and I could not believe it until I found his tribute site and felt impelled to write for the ordinary person who so loved to watch the 'experts' and who made you feel you were in the inner circle and included. He was funny and kind and approachable and cannot imagine the loss his family feel when me who is just a fan feel the loss is so sad. Too soon and he will be missed and his legacy will be the knowledge that he touched so many people and will not be forgotten. My sincere condolences to all the family. R.I.P.
Jane Nujeerallee-an ordinary woman who like so many will remember him with affection.
It is with great sadness I send you my condolences, David will be sadly missed.
We were watching the Antiques Road Trip this evening. Sadly we were reminded that David passed away. I just want you to know what a charming and inspiration character we thought David was. Though we only knew him on the screen, we were touched not only by his vast knowledge but also by his endearing manner, his humour and the priceless gift of making something out of every situation. He was a national treasure and we shall miss him dearly. May God grant him rest and bring you comfort as you recall the treasure that he was. With sympathy,
Eunice and Julie.
My wife and I have just found out that Barby was dead, following an announcement after the Antiques Road Trip screened today. We both thought he had a wonderful charisma and we loved to watch him. I realize it is late but we send our deep felt sorrow to you, the antique programs will not be the same without him. Love from
Peter and Maureen.
To the family, I do not know not how but it was only today that I heard the news. Three weeks ago we purchased a car and I asked “is that the very best you can do”, my partner laughed for obvious reasons...........we are not laughing tonight. Please accept our condolences. David was a one off, TV antiques will never be the same again. Regards,
Steve and Jackie.
It is December nearly and I have just seen the Antiques Road Trip and learnt of David’s death. Please accept my condolence belated tho' it may be. I will so miss his humour, kindness, gentleness and old fashioned gentleman ness. His memory will live on.
Long live repeats if we get to see that happy smiling face on our screens, a lovely man, made me smile too even when I was down. He left behind such a legacy of lovely memories to people he never knew or ever met. One of life’s diamonds who will always glitter in our hearts. Our loss is heavens gain, maybe the good Lord needed his pearly gates valued. My condolences to his family, he will be missed.
Dear Jenny, I have just watched the Tessa Sanderson episode of the Antiques Road Trip and learnt the very sad news about Mr Barby's passing. For years I have watched and thoroughly enjoyed his appearances and dry humour on Bargain Hunt and other programmes. If I still lived in the UK and had been able to take part in Bargain Hunt he would have been the expert i would have been thrilled and delighted to have as my expert. Please pass my deepest condolences on to his family - he was a wonderful and witty, slightly mischievous and highly knowledgeable gentleman and will be very much missed by his audience in TV land, and definitely by me. All the best,
Gill Maheu, A DB fan from deepest darkest France.
The passing of a truly lovely gentleman. It was with shock and sadness that I heard of David Barby's passing. I, like many thousands of others only knew him through the many antique programmes on the BBC. He seemed to be a thoroughly likeable man with endless knowledge of antiques and especially porcelain. He opened my eyes to the world of fine objects and his manner of describing the item and putting it into context I found fascinating. His sense of humour and self-deprecation was endearing. I'm sure that had he not been an antiques expert, in another life he would have been an excellent actor. I offer my sincere condolences to his family in the knowledge he will be very much missed.
It is with great shock and sadness that my husband and I learned of the death of your David this evening while watching the ‘Antiques Road Trip’. We had no idea about your great loss and wish to extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Of course, we didn’t have the pleasure of having met David, but he has been welcome in our home through the television for so long. What a lovely man, who brought great joy and humour into our lives, and what a great talent he had for finding great antiques which inspired all who watched him. He will be greatly missed by us and everyone who watches the antiques programmes. Please know that we are thinking of you and extend our best wishes to you. Yours sincerely,
Sue and Peter Allen.
Dear Jenny, today I accidentally discovered David has had died, and It has brought me to tears. I have been watching him here in Australia for years and always saw him as a decent and lovely man who was never rude or cutting. I loved watching and listening to all his comments and feel deeply sad. I wish everyone who knew him great condolences as it must be a huge loss, Kind Regards,
Sorry I just had to write. To my shame, and being in the middle of an extremely traumatic year for my family, I have only just found out that the adorable David Barby passed away in July. I am so sad at learning this tonight and am writing this with tears coming down my face. I was watching the celebrity antiques road show and thinking how if I was to be paired with any antiques expert it would be David! Then the news at the end of the show has made me so sad and annoyed with myself that I did not even know. I would have sent my condolences at the time! David was my favourite antiques expert on the television. He was always so full of fun, warm and friendly. He was an absolute joy to watch. I am so sorry this is late but please could you pass my condolences to all of David's family and thank them for sharing him with us all! God bless David! With my love,
Dear David's family. I have just watched the trip that David did with Tessa and was so shocked to learn of his sudden death. How I missed the news I do not know. His joy and kindness will be sadly missed also the pleasure he had from discovering many treasures. My best wishes to you all and thank you for sharing him with us.
You go through life and meet many people and some have a lasting effect on you. David was one of those people and although we never met him personally we are sure he was no different in real life to how we saw him on television. A kind, compassionate, and caring man and always ready for a laugh not just with other people but at himself. All those television programmes will never be the same without him, a true great and very much missed.
Andy & Christine, Surrey.
It is only after watching tonight's programme on BBC2 that I learned of David's very sad passing. Although I never knew him it feels as though I too have lost a friend. Very best wishes to you and David's family for the future although I realise that it will be a sadder place without David. God Bless.
Oh my goodness tonight’s Celebrity Antique Hunt really bought it all back. You realise what a true gentleman and lovely person David was. When Tim spoke at the end of the programme it was so sad hearing it again. God bless David, you will be missed by millions xxx,
Dear Jenny and Family of David, I have only just learned of the death of David with deep sadness. He is the sort of man one can only admire, he is the epitome of a Gentleman in its true sense. I write in the present because a good and valued soul lives on in one's memory, I know, we have lost such a soul well before time. Whenever I watched the programmes in which he took part there was always something special about it. His knowledge, his charm, his everything ... it is difficult to describe; I wish I could have met him, through the "box" I felt I knew him so well. The world has lost a very very lovely man. All the very best.
Hi Jenny, you do not know me but I just felt the need to send this message to you, I have only just been told and then read about the passing of David and is with great sadness that have found this to be true, I used to watch him on TV all the time and it was through him that I became more interested in antique's. He has left a very large hole in the world where he once stood, I will always remember him. Thank you David for giving so much to so many. Love from an antique's lover. X.
It was with great sadness and disbelief that we learnt of David’s death. Always so jolly and obviously a real gentleman. Please accept our sincere condolences. “Is that the best you can do?” - - - - - well he could not have been better. RIP David.
Jeff and Rose.
Just heard the terrible news, quite surprised that it took this long to hear. Never been moved to send a condolence email before but that man was funny, intelligent and deserves a proper tribute on the tele.
I am not an avid television fan, but always enjoyed watching your David waxing lyrical over beautiful objects on various antique programmes; the thing that drew you in was that, despite his vast knowledge on the subject, he was a very modest gentleman who could entrance you with his incredible enthusiasm in describing what was, for him, an obviously delightful object. I will miss his delightful infectiousness... God Bless, you and yours x.
David will be sadly missed in our household he brightened up many of our days with that fab smile. We were really sorry to hear of your loss. He was without doubt one of life’s gentlemen he leave a hole hard to fill, hugs.
Alma and Mike xx.
Please forgive the lateness of this tribute as, no doubt like others, I only heard of David's death recently. Although I never met David, I enjoyed so much the humour he bought to the antique programmes. We live in an age where the title of Gentlemen can rarely be used, but in David's case I believe this fitted very well. He always gave the impression of being both sincere and kind and I shall miss his appearances very much. May he rest in peace. God Bless.
I have just delighted in the episode of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip in which David partnered Myleene Klass. Over the last couple of weeks David seems to have featured a great deal in the various antiques related shows transmitted. Whether this just by chance or perhaps the BBC have given him this concentrated exposure as some kind of informal tribute, I suppose we'll never how. Whichever, I must say I have really enjoyed seeing so much of him, with his gentle and kindly manner and superb knowledge of his passion. As many have said in recent weeks, he will be missed. However the BBC have provided you with a wonderful archive of memories. Regards,
Ken Thomas, Stourbridge, West Midlands.
I am just watching Antiques Road Trip and would like to offer my sympathies to David’s family and friends. He was a Gentleman and will be missed by all.
I know this is well late but I felt that I must just say that David was an unpretentious expert and was possibly the singlemost person who inspired my interest in antiques.
On the 26/10/12 I found out that dear David Barby, a true gentleman had passed away. I had a day off work, and decided to catch up on the new series of Bargain Hunt I had recorded, I scrolled through the titles to find one named David Barby Special, being a fan of Mr Barby, I sat down with my cup of tea and began the program, expecting an anniversary episode of celebration. Then I listened to Tim Wonnacott commemorating David, my initial reaction was one of disbelief, indeed the news did not fully sink in until the end of the episode. I record Bargain Hunt, Flog it and Antiques Road Trip so I can watch them as and when I have some free time. My secret ambition was to one day have David as my expert playing against Philip Serrell. I did not know David personally, but feel after watching him for so many years, I can say he was a fascinating, charming and charismatic man who brought the world of antiques to life with his passion. Many young people have become interested in antiques because of him and all of the BBC antiques crew. I myself have learnt a lot about antiques through watching David over the years and would just like to say thank you.
I am sitting here at home watching Celebrity Antiques Trip, the guests being Sandi Toksvig and Sheila Hancock, the two antiques experts being Philip Serrell and of course the much missed David Barby. I still cannot believe that Mr Barby is no longer with us, such a sad loss to us all. I know how it is to lose somebody you love so suddenly as my dear sister died of the same illness at the age of 51. May David's memory live on.
M. J. Moore, Littlehampton. West Sussex.
Dear Mrs Barby and family, So sad to hear of your loss. As a fan of Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip I always enjoyed watching your husband on screen, he was so effervescent and had such a lovely smile. I have only just found out that David has died, and just wanted to pass on my condolences and hope that you are doing as well as possible in the circumstances. With best wishes,
I am so sorry it has taken such a long time to write, but truth be told, when I heard the devastating news about David's death back in July, I was so shocked and upset that at first I could not take it in ,and when I did, I just somehow couldn`t write the words which would then make the fact of his death finally a reality I didn´t want to face. I really felt as though someone had whacked me hard in the stomach, and when I think about it now, I have much the same feeling. It has been a comfort, and I hope for all David`s family as well, to read such wonderful heartfelt tributes to a lovely, lovely man. David and the whole BH team have been on my travels with me as an expat, cheering me up when in some countries I have found it difficult to integrate, where often locals have been unwelcoming or unfriendly. In those times my requests for DVDs from home full of Bargain Hunt and ART did a huge amount to lift my spirits in lonely times. Wherever I have been in the world BH and specifically David and Tim have been my constant and necessary companions and “rocks". Always a gentle man and a gentleman David personified everything good about being British. Always a favourite expert, it felt without realising it, that he became like a real friend, which makes his going a real wrench to the heart strings. Tears have been shed and more so whilst watching the tribute programmes. Now happily ensconced in France, but still reliant on BH and the team in joyful as well as tougher days, what could I do to express my real affectionand sadness that David is no longer with us? A small, solitary chapel found, in the midst of beautiful French countryside, a candle lit, a prayer written in the chapel book of prayers, an arts and crafts sugar tongs purchased in his memory, in a French antiques market, and in faltering French a challenge to the stall holder with those immortal words "Is that your very best price?" Thank you Janet for sharing such a special man with the nation. We will never forget him.
Au revoir David. Merci Beaucoup. À Bientôt.
Having recently returned from abroad I am shocked by hearing off David's passing. He brought to life any programme he appeared in and his wealth of knowledge on ceramics was immense. I will be one of many who'll miss his smiling face and wit. A true gentle man. My sincere condolences, Mrs Barby, and to your family too.
Such a sad loss. David was one of life's gentlemen. He was such a happy and contented man. We shall miss him. R I P David.
Pete & Eve Southampton.
Although I heard early this year, that David Barby had passed away, I have only come across this tribute page today, having searched his name on the net after seeing him on a repeat episode of Bargain Hunt. I have been reminded of him often over recent months, when watching all my favourite antique programmes. Upset at the knowledge that he is no longer with us to take part. Like so many who have left messages, I loved his smile and wicked sense of humour, and always enjoyed best, the episodes in which he appeared. It is nice that we are still able to see him on our screens in these repeats, although it is bitter sweet. But what a lovely reminder of why he was so popular. Sadly missed.
Dear Jenny, We were always delighted to see David at work. He was to us the friendliest of them all. Even the antiques world has its ego’s. But not David who was always just David. A kind and nice person who really learned us a lot about antiques during the years. We are so sad that David is not with us anymore. We wish you all the strength in the world and hope that he will not be forgotten as times goes by. Time flies by so fast and at a certain moment all seems only a memory when one gets older. We were fond of David and love to see him in his red Morris convertible. Love from two fans of David in Holland,
Peter and Ellen.
SORRY TO HEAR THAT DAVID BARBY HAD PASSED AWAY. GREAT FAN OF HIS IN HIS ANTIQUES SHOWS ETC, A FAN,
JUNE CHORLTON X.
It is with absolute sadness my wife and I found out about David's passing...We're from Sydney, Australia, and news about David took a while to filter down here on the other side of the Earth. We're fans of "Bargain Hunt" and David was our FAVOURITE expert... he was warm, enthusiastic, funny and the best negotiator. His passion for antiques and humanity shone. We send our sincere condolences. David was a lucky man to have so many fans and was able to pursue a passion he clearly enjoyed. Warm Regards,
Garth & Kirsty Thomas.
Dear Mrs.Barby and family, It's a shock, we are so sorry to hear about David's passing. It's only now we have found out. We always enjoyed watching David on Bargain Hunt, Flog it etc. It will never be the same without him! R.I.P. David! Our sincerest condolences.
Grace and Ronald from the Netherlands.
Mrs J. Barby and Family, Dear Jenny and family, David was a man of dignity and warmth with an infectious humour and a smile that cheered the saddest of hearts. Please accept our sincere condolences for your immense loss.
Des and Vicki.
Today it’s All Saints Day. I like to remember your husband David Barby. Not only in Great Britain had he brought joy to people. For all the years he appeared in Flog It and Bargain Hunt. I enjoyed his open and friendly person. I was very sad to learn lately that he had passed away. Not only in GB was he very beloved person. Also in the Netherlands he had many fans. I want to offer my condolences with your great loss. I hope you can find the way to cope with the missing of your husband David. I am sorry for failures in the language and hope that the intention arrives. I am very honored to contribute to the honor of David Barby, greetings from the Netherlands.
Wim Sanders Annen.
RIP David you are a gentleman and will be sadly missed, god bless you.
Sorry it is late, just found out. Will miss him on the Antiques Shows.
Gordon (a fan and viewer).
I would just like to add my condolences over the sad loss of David. He will be greatly missed.
I am so sorry to hear about David's death. I enjoyed his contributions to Bargain Hunt and always felt he was such a gem and a gentleman. My sympathy is with you and family.
Shocked and so sorry to learn of David's passing only today from watching his Road Trip with Margy I had recorded, was laughing at them teasing each other throughout and then seeing the announcement of his death in the end titles reduced me to tears. Such a lovely man, and made all the programmes I have watched him in so enjoyable and fun. He will be greatly missed as his many tributes testify. Condolences to all family and friends,
Barbara Lennox – Coventry.
It is with absolute sadness my wife and I found out about David's passing...We're from Sydney, Australia, and news about David took a while to filter down here on the other side of the Earth. We're fans of "Bargain Hunt" and David was our FAVOURITE expert... he was warm, enthusiastic, funny and the best negotiator. His passion for antiques and humanity shone. We send our sincere condolences. David was a lucky man to have so many fans and was he able to pursue a passion he clearly enjoyed. Warm Regards,
Garth & Kirsty Thomas.
I hope you don't mind me writing to you? I felt I just had to say that over the last couples of days David has been on TV in repeats. I just feel what a loss to our viewing, what a magical man! David always made me smile even when I had difficult days. Such a true Gentleman! I do hope that you have some comfort in knowing that David was a credit to you. Take care, kind regards,
I have just learned of the sad death of David after a tribute was shown after the Antique Road Trip this week. It came as quite a shock as I had watched the show all week and was kept amused at his wicked and lovely sense of humour. Although it comes rather late, it is no less heartfelt, that I send my condolences to his family and many friends who I'm sure are missing him terribly.
Just to say how sad I am at the loss of DAVID; Bargain Hunt will not be the same without that DAVID BARBY smile, R.I.P. from.
'Is that the very best you can do' was a saying adopted by our family with very great affection. May your memories of happy times spent with David comfort you in times to come. We will miss seeing his lovely smile and gentle humour on tv.
Clive and Carol.
So sorry today to hear of David's death at the end of a recorded Bargain Hunt. He will be sadly missed. A real gentleman with great enthusiasm and humour. He brought such pleasure to the public. Perhaps the BBC could make a "best bits of Barby".
Dear Jenny, So sorry to hear about David's passing my husband and I loved watching him on antiques programmes. He brought sunshine to them with his lovely smile. Such a lovely man will be sadly missed. May God bless you and your family at this sad time.
Barrie & Angela Thompson, Hull, East Yorks.
Tribute to a special person. I have been working away for some time and have not been in touch with the media. It is with great sadness that I have learned of the sad passing of what can only be described as a very warm, gentle and humorous person who with his knowledge made collecting antiques a great pleasure. He will be sadly missed by all he has touched.
Dear Jenny, My parents always watch antique programmes on the BBC and it is only now that we have found out about David’s passing. Please accept our sympathies we enjoyed his appearances on TV.
Pye familly, France.
I just couldn’t believe what I thought I heard on the Antiques Road Show so had to look on the web to see if it was true. What a terrible shock, David was such a warm person and came over like a friend of long standing. I send you my sincere best wishes and condolences at a very, very sad time. My thoughts are with you and your family –
So sorry to hear that David has passed away.We only found out very recently.My wife and I watch all the U.K. antique shows on the telly. We live in Belgium but I'm a Brummie so we have a satellite dish on the wall to get all English TV channels. We were watching an antique show a few weeks ago & saw at the end "In tribute to David Barby".We were shocked & upset as we didn't know David had left the building. He was the very best of all the antique experts & so lovely to all the people he came in contact with.Just this minute we've watched a repeat of "Bargain Hunt" from 2011 & as usual he was excellent. He'll be missed a lot. R.I.P. David.
Ron & Linda Tennant.
My wife and I have never sent a tribute message to anyone whom we had never met. However after only just realising that David Barby had passed away, we felt the need to express our condolences. We viewed David regularly on many antique related programs but most recently on Antique road trip where he became our clear favourite. He conveyed a warm passionate and fun personality and his negotiating skills are yet to be equalled. We shall miss him greatly and will think of him with great fondness. Our best wishes to his family. Warmest Regards.
Jim and Aleta Otley.
Dear Jenny, I did not know of David's passing until I was watching Antiques Road Trip 1-5th October and found it hard to believe I am still crying as I send this he was a lovely man. I now watch all the antique and Flog it programmes with greater interest hoping to see David again.
Pam Chatwin, Redditch, Worcs.
Dear Mrs Barby, I guess I am one of the many who don't pay particular attention to the obituaries, especially as I was born a few weeks earlier than David and so many of my friends and colleagues seem to be leaving us these days. I always enjoyed watching David and simply want you to know that although your loss is the greater, I am one of many who feel they also have lost an urbane, gentle and very talented friend. Kind regards,
We just can’t believe it! – having been away happily motor homing for the summer we have just got back and eagerly viewed a previously recorded Antiques Road Trip and have just learned that one of the nicest, funniest most gentle men has left us. His fountain of knowledge and vibrant personality will be a great loss to us all. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.
Bobbie & Paul Burton.
I think I have been in my own world since May 30th when my husband of 54 years died, because I have only just found out that David died a couple of months after my husband, who together with me loved watching him in all the T V programs. I feel so very sad because he was such a good personality and we watched him once or twice when he had that terrible fall and his eye was blood shot and bruised, at the time I can remember my husband saying he should not have gone on the show he must be feeling quite ill, I know that all the shows are recorded so maybe I missed any tribute to him that was made, as you might realise I have not been watching as much T V as I used to. My deepest thoughts are with his family friends and all the people who worked with this very entertaining man. His banter will be sorely missed.
It is with great sadness that I heard just today of the passing of David Barby. His smiling face and jovial character will be sadly missed by many.....those of us who sat back in our arm chairs to be entertained through many hours of Bargain Hunt and various other antique programmes by David will feel the antiques world has lost a gem. A man who gave us many hours of viewing with an infectious smile....never to be forgotten. RIP. Our sincerest condolences.
Jenny and family, It is with sadness I write this email , we always enjoyed watching Mr Barby. His sense of humour and gentlemanly manner. Sorry its late but has been on my mind to write to Hope all the thoughts help .
Sandra and Terence Boothroyd.
Hi Jenny, I was watching Alan Titchmarsh show today when I heard that David Barby was no longer with us. He cheered me up when he was on tv he was so much fun and had a wonderful speaking voice. I will miss him with his infectious laughter coming out of my TV. Thank you David Barby.
Jenny, having just watched recent Bargain Hunt’s and becoming aware of the sad passing of David. This is so sad, he was such a joy to watch on the various antique problems on TV. The perfect gentlemen, with such a knowledge of antiques. But more importantly always came over as a kind, caring and charming man. He will be sorely missed by many.
James Turner, Cupar, Scotland.
Dear Jenny, I just wanted to add my sympathy at the passing of David. Like many people, life is not great at present for us at present. I frequently watch Bargain Hunt (I have it on at present and it's a David show). No matter how bad things are, David ALWAYS makes me smile. He laughed, smiled and spoke from the heart, and will be remembered with fondness. His programmes are ones that I don't mind how many times the BBC repeat. It makes me smile to think of him checking out heavens antiques, and running Bargain Hunt up there...There are no words that can ease the loss of a loved one. Last week we lost 2 close family friends. But each day it’s a little easier. I hope that it is the same for you. David will be remembered each time we see his programmes, with fondness and a smile. Best regards,
Bev, Jess and Sheila.
Dear Mrs Barby & family, So dreadfully sorry to hear of the loss of your husband David, it was quite a shock and I couldn't believe when my sister Jo told me today of the very sad news, after seeing last Fridays tribute to him . David Barby was the star in all the programmes he was involved with, which we all looked forward to viewing, such a lovely man, with so much knowledge of antiques, I'm sure we have all learned so much from him, he will be so missed by so many folk. Sending our sincere condolences to you and all the family.
Frances & Mike Speakman.
SO very sorry to hear of David’s death; what a gentle person he was. . Mild mannered & a gentleman. You can’t say that about many men. He was much respected & loved. What a great loss. I wanted you to know how much I liked David. My sympathies to you all, from someone who only knew him through T.V. he is sadly missed.
I'm deeply shocked to find out only today, watching a 'catch up’ of Friday’ October 5th's Antiques Road Trip, of the sad death of David Barby. He was a true gentleman, and a fantastic asset to the world of antique experts. His mischievous smile will be remembered by us all, and I do hope that you find great comfort on knowing how much pleasure his warm and sincere personality gave to all of us who love watching all the antique programmes on TV. RIP David, you will be sorely missed.
I will really miss David Barby tremendously! He was one of my all time favourite Bargain Hunt experts. It was such an utter delight when he was on any programme - he was so knowledgeable and stylish... and can anyone ever forget the Barby-stare and the Barby-smile! He will live forever in our hearts. Our deepest thoughts are with his family.
I have just realised this gentle man has gone. I have only this year discovered Bargain Hunters, I have recently retired. I have to say David endeared himself to my heart. What a loss to this world. Please accept my condolences and know this man educated and endeared himself to many people including me. Regards,
Sadly how we will miss him and not seeing him eat his hat after the box made a profit on today’s episode when the American guy wanted him too. He was a master at Art Nouveau pieces and loved them as much as we loved him.
Gordon & Jean Lomas.
Dear Jenny, Be sure that even in The Netherlands David will be missed. I wish you strength.
Dear Jenny, I'm on holiday in Mallorca, surfing the net in the cool of our apartment as it gets too hot for me outside and I have just found out about David's death - I don't know how I missed this in July. I don't normally write or e-mail on the passing of celebrities but I am shocked and deeply saddened by this. Bargain Hunt is such an enjoyable programme and it would appear that it was not only enjoyable for the viewers but for everyone who took part. I just loved it when David was on, he exuded charm with a mischievous sense of fun. His rapport with Tim was brilliant, at times they were like two schoolboys in a sweetie shop. David was such a lovely man, he brought sunshine into our lives and he will be greatly missed and I will be for ever thankful he appeared on Bargain Hunt.
My wife and I were so upset to find out about David. We only found out the week of the dedication to him. He will be missed by a lot of people always smiling and joking with everyone. Pease accept our heartfelt condolence's,
Fred & Doris Stanley.
Hello Jenny, In early July you sent to me an autographed photo of David which I was delighted to receive, he being my favourite expert on TV. (photo on corkboard by my computer) Well I have only just heard and was shocked and saddened to read the very sad news of the death of this lovely man. Will very much miss his cheery face and comments on Bargain Hunt and Flog It! and also the Antiques Road Trips. My condolences to his family and all who were lucky enough to have had the pleasure to know him.
Shirley Bucknell Australia.
What a shock to hear of David's untimely passing. Although we are BH addicts, we are behind here in Australia. We will always recall fondly David's passionate expert opinions and his magical charm and sense of humour. It was clear that people were at ease in his company. Belatedly, our thoughts are with you with your tragic loss.
Maureen and Simon...Melbourne Australia.
My wife and I have just watched an episode of Antiques Road Trip, and were so saddened by the announcement of his passing in July. We felt we almost knew this lovable man. He will be greatly missed by so many. Our belated love goes to all his family and friends.
Peter and Diane of Ringwood, Hants.
Hi Jenny, I was watching Antiques Road Trip last night and only learned of David's death at the end of the programme. I was absolutely shocked as I had heard nothing about it until then. He was my favourite character in the whole show and is a massive loss. I send my deepest sympathy and the world is a much poorer place without him.
Charlie Clarke, Kilcully, Cork, Ireland.
Hi, my wife and myself have let David into our home most nights, and have grown to respect him as a people person and a professional...We will miss him badly, with his sense of humour, his love of people and the entertainment he gave us. God bless, and we are sure a place is set for him to be loved. All our condolences,
Ray and Iris Cheah-Cook, London.
Dear Jenny, Please accept my heart felt condolence on only hearing today that David Barby passed away in July. He was a true favourite of mine and I shall miss him. Regards,
Hello Jenny, I am very sorry to learn of the death of David Barby. I only discovered the other day after the Antique Road Trip show. He will be missed by many viewers.
I heard about David's death in July, but have only come across this site full of glowing tributes, to which I would like to add mine. I shed a tear when I heard, I watch Bargain Hunt every lunch time, and will miss David's knowledge and twinkling sense of humour. It is so very sad that we will not see him again. R.I.P David.
Anne McLeman, Scotland.
My Sincere heartfelt thoughts to you Mrs Barby and your family. David will be sorely missed on the Antique programmes he took part in. I especially enjoyed his humour and his good manners. Especially appearing with the Bargain Hunt team, ie Phillip Serrell, Tim Wonnacott and the equally genteel and funny Anita Manning. They all 'blended 'so well to make the Antique shows so much fun, interesting as well as knowledgeable. As, like many people, I will always think of your husbands jovial ways every time I now watch the Antique shows. God Bless you David 'where ever you may be hunting for bargains' for the Master up on high. May your family's heart ache be eased in time knowing, what a truly great gentleman he was. Sincere thoughts,
Mrs Barby, sorry to hear about David. I was very fond of him on Bargain Hunt of which I was an avid watcher and other programs. He was a great man and he will be sorely missed.
Chris West, Plymouth .
Dear Janet and family, I am so sorry this is late but I have just heard the news about David, I am so sad he was such a lovely man and although I didn't know him personally I did love seeing him on TV he was such a joy to watch he was always smiling and he had such very cheeky grin. I know he will be missed very much by his family but we the public will also miss his smiling face on Bargain Hunt. I am so sad for you and your family. With regards.
Yvonne House (Mrs)
I have read all the wonderful messages on the tribute page they must be of great comfort to you knowing just how much he meant to the viewers on TV and in the antiques world. Regards.
I just wanted to say how sorry I was to hear of David's sudden passing. He brought such joy and laughter to those who watched him on TV like myself. That lovely sparkle in his eyes and sense of humour. How he will be missed. With best wishes,
It was with great shock and sadness that we heard today of the death of this lovely, humorous and human man. My husband and I both love antique programmes, but he brought them accessible to everyone. Our thoughts and hearts go out to all your family, his colleagues and close friends. Kind regards,
Lyn and John.
We have this week been watching and enjoyed the Antique Road Trip as we do most weeks unaware of David's passing and we feel so deeply and sincerely saddened to hear of it. Although we never met David he always came across as a friendly down to earth gentle man who will be sadly missed, the programs in which he appeared and the profession in which he was involved has lost a true professional. Our heartfelt sympathies and thoughts go to Mrs Barby and family at this time.
Malcolm & Janet.
My wife and I are sad this evening having become aware through Bargain Hunt, that David is no longer with us. He was a favourite of us and we will miss his infectious grin and doubtless expertise’
Ted and Mavis Green.
My daughter and I travelled from Egypt to India with David on Discovery, we were teaching the craft classes and have many fond memories of him. We enjoyed his humour and company on a wonderful adventure. Rest in peace David,
Louise and Alex Shields.
I cannot imagine what it is like to lose such a wonderful human being. I only found out about David's death on Oct 1st when the episode of Antiques road trip was aired with the tribute at the end. I was shocked to find myself screeching Noooo at the screen and since I have felt bereft as though I have lost someone I was close to. I have just watched the Bargain Hunt tribute and read the entire extensive contents of the tributes written by those who did and didn't know this extraordinary man with tears running down my face which is amazing to me as as a result of my experiences in life I don't do crying. Watching David and reading accounts of people who were lucky enough to meet him has restored my faith in humanity, men in particular. Thank you David for all the memories of your smiling eyes and cheeky grin, I wish I had been privileged to meet you. One of the BBC's best decisions to air him in as many antiques programmes as possible. You will be missed, I will miss you, you have made my little world a happier place:)
I am a passionate fan of Bargain Hunt, and was always instinctively delighted when David was one of the experts of the day. He was kind, humorous and immensely knowledgeable. I shall miss him hugely as, I'm sure, will many, many others.
My wife and I have just watched Bargain Hunt and saw it was in memory of David, we were so shocked not to have heard about is death before. It sent us cold, he was such a joy to watch, TV will not be the same without him, we will make sure we will watch all the programmes this week. RIP David,
Jenny and Eric Burke.
I was extremely saddened to hear of the death of David, he was very lovely person will be sorely missed on the antiques shows.
I was so sorry to hear the sad news. I was very happy to have met both yourself and David on a cruise ship and not only enjoyed the talks David gave but also the friendly banter which occurred between ourselves during the sailing. Please accept my sympathy for the sad loss. Regards,
Sorry this is so late but I've only just seen my recorded programmes. I had the pleasure twice of briefly meeting David in person at two meetings where he spoke. The warm and humorous personality we all know from TV just shone from him. Such charisma! I, along with thousands of others, will miss him terribly. A feeling of joy and interest was always aroused at his appearance in any programme. Deep and sincere sympathy to his family, friends and wonderful TV colleagues. Rest in Peace David.
We are very sorry to hear of the demise of David. We felt as if we knew him because of his frequent appearances on the TV. We will miss him and his lovely smile. Condolences to u all.
Lyn and Dave xx.
We are very sorry to hear of the demise of David. We felt as if we knew him because of his frequent appearances on the TV. We will miss him and his lovely smile. Condolences to u all.
Lyn and Dave xx.
Dear Jenny, As so many we were shocked to hear - in the first week of October - of the passing of David. We simply loved him and he gave us the love of antiques. He will always be in our hearts – and automatically we will think of him each time we watch Bargain Hunt – Flog It or Antiques Road Show, Kind regards,
Nick and Martine, Ghent/Belgium.
SO SORRY TO HEAR DAVID HAS LEFT US .I HAVE NEVER MEET HIM SO I CAN'T EXPLAIN WHY I FEEL SO SAD ,UNLESS OF COURSE IT IS BECAUSE HE WAS SUCH A LOVELY MAN WHO YOU FELT YOU KNEW GOD BLESS DAVID MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO ALL HIS FAMILY,
I'm so shocked, I didn't have a clue David had left us till I saw Bargain Hunt a couple of days ago, I can't get my head around this. He was such a wonderful man who I’d put on my mental list of people to meet whenever he was near Manchester. I’d collected 2 pieces I wanted him to look at, but now know he would have been and seen them by now. How can I be so ignorant as to not know he had left us, I watch all the news etc and am gutted for him and all who was close to him. Rest in peace David, God speed.
I have just been reading the other tributes which come from all over the world. To have touched the lives of so many diverse people says a great deal about David Barby. The world is a poorer place with his passing.
Margot McLennan, Australia.
My husband and I have just learned of the sad death of David. We are avid fans of all the antique programmes on television and especially if David was on. He came across as a very knowledgeable, softly spoken, kind man. We will miss seeing him and send all our love to his family and friends at this sad time...
Elaine and Colin Mansell.xx.
Today I heard the sad news of David's death. What a shock; my heart goes out to his family. He'll be terribly missed on Bargain Hunt.
Saddened by the news of David’s passing,,,,David seemed such a nice man, somebody I would have loved to meet, I’ve always had an interest in antiques, and funnily I am a mod too, and have a Vespa scooter, something I believe was David’s passion in the 1960s,he was my favourite antique expert, full of character and sincerity, god bless him, and may he rest in peace, my condolences to his family best regards,
Please accept my sincere condolences. I have just watched an episode of Bargain Hunt where they paid tribute to David. I must say it came as quite a shock to me, heaven knows what it is like for his family and friends. He was a lovely man with a lovely smile and twinkly eyes. David always made antiques enjoyable for me to watch on the television. I wanted to go on Bargain Hunt and have him as my expert. The antiques trade have lost a very dear expert who will be very sadly missed.
Hi, we are so shocked to find that David died in July and we have only just found out. our saying is "is that your very best price " whenever we buy anything and will say it more as our remembering a true gentlemen. We have enjoyed watching Mr David Barby in all his programmes and hope his memory will be always remembered,
Linda and Roy Walton.
A true gentleman with a genuine sense of fun - he was a pleasure to watch on TV and a real ray of sunshine in a gloomy world. I just heard of the loss of this lovely kind and truly special man and I am saddened immensely. I have just lost my mam and my heart goes out to his family and friends as I know the awful grief they will be dealing with - the only thing that keeps us going in these sad times are the happy memories of the lovely person we had the privilege to share some of our time with - and no-one ever dies when they live in the hearts of those they knew. It just seems so unfair that he has gone - but I doubt there are many people in this life who can claim the privilege of touching so many peoples lives as David did - he will never be forgotten. Thank you David for making me laugh so much - you were unique and will always remain so. Night night David xxx.
Gill Z Brown, Darlington.
Shocked and saddened to hear of David's death. We enjoyed any of the programs with David in them. He always came over as decent, intelligent, knowledgeable, fun loving and professional. We will miss him and of course the "Barby stare"--"is that your very best". A wonderful man!! Irreplaceable!
Chris & Sheila Foulkes.
I am deeply saddened and shocked to learn that David Barby passed away in July. As I was not aware of this it was with utter disbelief that I watched at the end of the Antiques Road Trip on Friday 5 October that the BBC showed many images of David at work in tribute. David’s enthusiasm and vast knowledge have delighted those of us - which must run into the millions - who are interested in the antiques programmes on which he appeared. I know that my knowledge and understanding of ceramics has increased due to David. Such a pleasant and jolly man who made everyone feel important; I know that I feel that I have lost a dear friend even though I only knew him from watching the many antiques programmes on TV. It is a great sadness that we shall not see him again and also a huge loss to his dear wife, sister and all his family as well as the viewing public. My deepest condolences go to Janet (the silent partner I assume) at the loss of such a lovely man. May she gain comfort in the knowledge that her loss and pain are shared with his many fans. We are all the richer for David’s knowledge and expertise and the world hugely and poorer place now he has gone. Rest in Peace David. I hope that you enjoy the next life as much as you have obviously enjoyed the one from which you have recently left.
Mijn oprechte deelneming, Sincere condolence from Belgium. A fan of him on Flog It.
Eddy Van Mechelen.
Such a charming Man whose expertise and wit has entertained us all in the various. T.V Antique Programs in which he participated. May his joyful soul continue to live in the hearts and minds of all his family, friends and numerous T.V Fans. To David's family and friends my sincere condolences in your great loss. May the many happy memories you shared with David help to sustain you at this sad time,
Kevin Downey, Dublin.
7/10/12 I’m stunned, I can't believe I didn't see this news before. I was just watching the Antiques Road Show. When it came to the end of the show my husband and I just looked at each other with shock, when we realised the end of the programme was a tribute to the lovely David Barby. He was such a joy to watch, using his charm and cheek smile to get his items at "rock bottom price" the "very best you can do". I remember watching him just after he hit his face in his garden. Looked so painful, all bruised up, but still he carried on like the true gent he is. A great loss to family, friends, fans, TV and the Antiques world. Sending our deepest sympathies to all his loved ones xx R.I.P Barby xx,
I was so shocked when I heard the news today. I feel really sad, I watch him on Bargain Hunt every day, he was my favourite expert. I will miss seeing his lovely face. What a sad loss.
My husband and I returned from holiday and were shocked to see the tributes to David on the Antiques Road Trip. I have watched him for years and thought he was a lovely, kind and a true gentleman. He had a great sense of humour and vast knowledge of his subject. I have since read his wife's tribute to him and I was so pleased that he really had a wonderful time during his time on television. It must be absolutely devastating for Janet and his family to loose him so suddenly, but in time I hope they will be able to watch his appearances with the pleasure that we all have over the years. God Bless you David and may you Rest in Peace and may your family find comfort and peace at this sad time.
Julie and Richard Roche.
I was sad to hear of the passing of David Barby. He had a wonderful TV presence, warm & gentle & will be sadly missed on our TV screens.
Susan Stokes, Nottingham.
Dear Mrs Barby and Family, We had not heard about David’s death until we watched Bargain Hunt on 1st October and we were very saddened and shocked. We have loved watching him over the years and we feel we have lost a friend. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Yours sincerely,
Peter and Sheila Waterhouse, Whickham, Gateshead, Tyne/Wear.
I blinked & found David had gone from us never to make another show, it is extremely sad, but you know David, I am sure he will get them guessing in Heaven, God bless you David, a truly wonderful person. I & all my family loved him, that quick wit that he had, that enchanting glare, he will be sadly missed in the Skingle household at Hatfield please pass on my condolences to Mrs Barby, Love
Douglas & all the Family.
Tonight we watched our recording of the final episode of last week's Antiques Road Trip and we both cried at the end! We feel as if we've lost a friend. We watch every antiques programme that's going and you feel as if you get to know the experts quite well. That last week with Margie Cooper was a delight - she seems lovely and full of fun. She must have been so sad too at his passing, but it was a lovely way to pay tribute to his television career. We shall miss David’s jovial laughing character greatly and wish all the family strength to bear his tragic loss.
Sylvia and Michael Rowlands.
OMG!! I have only just learned of the passing of David, through watching one of my favourite shows; Antique Road Trip, with one of my favourite presenters; David. I have just seen the tribute at the end and looked it up on the internet. I watched him all of last week without realising he was no longer with us. I don't know what to say....I'm stunned....dumbfounded...I want to cry...I loved David. He was so personable, sincere and fun-loving and I never met him, but that came across to me as a viewer. He made me laugh and helped me to love a subject which had previously been difficult to understand. Thank you David for sharing your passion with us, the world is a much sadder place without you. Rest in Peace lovely man,
Tina Doveston, Stourbridge, West Midlands.
I like many, it was only this past week that we heard of the very sad news about David Barby, and it was a great shock. We are avid viewers of anything antiques; only last week, we watched him with Marjie Cooper on the Antiques Road Trip, and had no idea. We often visit auction houses, having seen Tim Wonnacott and Philip Serrell, among others but, unfortunately, not David. Our sincere condolences to Mrs Barby and family; he was a lovely man and will certainly be missed in this household.
I only learned on Saturday that David had passed away. I have been watching Bargain Hunt for years, but missed a few lately, so did not know of his passing. I was watching the end of Bargain Hunt on Saturday and saw the sad announcement saying 'David Barby 1943-2012’ I could not believe it, I went straight onto the internet and cried reading about that dear man. You see people on the TV and they are in your homes, David was always a pleasure to watch, he was such fun and so very witty. I am so saddened and upset for you. David will live on now forever through our screens, and will be remembered with his lovely smile and fountain of knowledge. I hope it is some comfort to you that he will be greatly missed by people who did not have the good fortune to meet him personally. Again I wish to say what a lovely wonderful man your David was, after reading some of the tributes it looks like he made such a deep impression on everyone who met him. My loving thoughts to you and all your family. Kind regards,
So sorry to see on television here in Holland that David died! Off course I feel deeply for his family and friends, they most have been shocked! As I am because I liked his performance on the road show very much! His humour his laughing eyes! I will miss him! Feel deeply for your loss.
Marja Gerssen, Oisterwijk in the south of the Netherlands.
Watched the Antiques Road Trip last Friday and was shocked to hear the news about David Barby, not sure how I missed the announcement in July. I would just like to express my condolences to Mr Barby's family and say how much pleasure and enjoyment watching him has given me over the years. A joy to watch and will be much missed but never forgotten. Regards,
Annette Peck, St. Albans.
I have just much enjoyed watching all the Antiques Road Trip programmes - I watch them on i-player usually so have just finished the lovely section with David and Margie, presumably filmed some time in the spring or early summer. It was a great shock to hear Tim's little message at the end, with memorial pictures of David, and realise he is no longer with us. The antiques team that we see regularly are much more than antiques experts, they are like a family together and full of fun, so I'm sure they will all feel the loss - and we viewers also. Watching these programmes takes one away from the world of problems to a relaxing time of enjoyment, and David's personality was very much part of that. May you and others who were close to him be comforted in the knowledge that he brought fun and laughter to many.
Very sorry to hear this very sad news today. I was watching Bargain Hunt which I always enjoy and at the end of the show David’s' sad news and photographs showed how diverse a Character he was. Very sorry to hear that David has died. I will always remember his smile and the twinkle in his eyes. Kind Regards,
Christine Quinn N Ireland.
Dear Mrs Barby, I would like to send my heartfelt sympathy to you at this very sad time. I really adored David as an antique expert and person. I had the privilege to speak to him once at the Stamford antique fair and applied to be on Bargain Hunt with David as my expert but sadly that never happened. The antique world has lost a lovely man with a genuine bubbly personality and he will be missed always. God bless you and your family and take solace in knowing we are all thinking of you at this sad time.
Jackie in Peterborough x.
Dear Jenny, We have only recently heard of David's passing away while watching "The Antiques Road Trip" while on holiday in Dorset last week. We pass on our condolences to all his family and colleagues, he will be greatly missed on our screen. Our fondest memory of David is when he's given the best price, and then he goes quiet and looks at the shop assistant, and the "Jaws" tune steps in. In fact I hear it every time I think of him, even now. We will miss you David.
Russell and Juliet.
Only got to know by watching B H 1st Oct on the death of DAVID, sad loss, R.I.P. from B H fan.
Dear Mrs Barby, It was just as I happened to watch Points of View last night that I realised that David had died. I enjoyed watching his programmes, such a human person, with a great sense of humour. Am really sorry for your loss.
To all the family, I am so sorry to hear your sad loss, I only watched Antiques road trip tonight because Mr Barby was on it, only to see that he has passed away. I was heartbroken. I can't comprehend what you are going through, but our hearts and prayers are with you. We may not have known him the way you did, but his personality, wit, sense of humour and knowledge will always be with us and thinking of him will make us chuckle at times. He had a charm that captured the whole nation and will always be with us. Take care and believe that he will always be with you, all my love.
Hello, I just finished watching David on an Antiques Road Trip, dedicated to him. Many many wishes to family and friends... We just loved watching David on the TV - such a lovely person seemed to emanate out to us that I find myself writing to you. We are so saddened he is gone and will miss seeing him laughing and all his antics bursting into our lounge from the television... love from David viewers,
Kate and Julian, x.
I was devastated to hear of David’s death today when I watched Bargain Hunt. He will be sadly missed and the Antique Programmes will not be the same without him. He was always so full of fun. I cannot believe I will not see him again on television. He was a lovely man.
Dear Jenny, I was shocked to hear today that Mr David Barby had passed away. I'm afraid that I do not watch the news and only found out while watching an episode repeat of Bargain Hunt that he had sadly passed. I am so very sorry as he came across as a genuine, lovely person and was a joy to watch. I will miss Mr Barby being on the TV and his smile, laugh and his sense of humour. My heart and best wishes go out to his family. He was and always will be the BEST antiques expert ever. Yours Sincerely,
Miss Tracey Lane.
Sorry to hear today of David’s passing, I never met him but always enjoyed his appearances on Bargain Hunt etc. Yours Sincerely,
I was most saddened when I heard on Bargain Hunt today that David had passed away. Having watched Bargain Hunt over the past 10 years I feel I have lost a friend. He will be sadly missed for he was truly a gentleman. My sympathies are with his family. Respectfully,
Jenny, I have only today learned of David's passing and am absolutely stunned at this sad news. David Barby always made whichever programme he was on immensely enjoyable through his sense of humour and vast knowledge. I hope that you will pass onto his family that he will be missed and that he holds a very special place in people’s hearts and will never be forgotten.
I have only just heard about David and am very sad knowing I will no longer see him on the T.V in new programmes. I loved watching him on T.V. he made me laugh and always brightened a dull day. I will miss seeing him on the “box”. Regards,
Dear family, I herewith want to pay tribute to the inspiring way David influenced my knowledge of antiques. I say goodbye in the following manner: Good David didn't passed away he faded away. Yours sincerely,
I like many others have only just heard that your lovely David has passed away. My husband and myself are sat watching him on the TV at the moment on the programme 'Antiques Road Trip' he is just wonderful with those twinkly eyes he could charm everyone. It was lovely to see the collage of David on all the Road Trips with the different people, I just had to laugh at David’s face as he was pushing the car which set off and left him behind. I know his family will miss him terribly but so will all his fans and friends. He was always such a gentleman, our condolences to you.
Eileen & John McCormack.
I watched this week's antiques road trip with huge enjoyment - always pleased to see that David Barby was the expert on a programme. It was with complete shock that I heard today that he had passed away in July and can only wonder why I did not read about it earlier. I found myself weeping over the death of someone I have never met (and believe me I am not a sentimentalist), but I felt a great sadness that someone so full of life and humour and enthusiasm was no more - it was almost as if a friend had died. The experts on those programmes seem almost like family to each other and I imagine that it will be difficult for them to continue without someone who was such an important part of the programmes, who was so knowledgeable and so kind to members of the public. We particularly enjoyed the Road Trip with Philip and David took - two amazing characters together. I have never sent an e-mail of that sort before, but I felt that I really had to tell someone who knew him just how much he would be missed by people who did not know him. I cannot imagine the sorrow of his family and friends. Please could you convey my condolences to his family - he will be very much missed on many levels. With best wishes,
June and Bill, Worcestershire.
I am so sorry to hear, belatedly, of his passing. He was such fun, & a great expert. Miss him; & All my condolences go out to all that knew him.
I heard David had passed away a month ago and have just watched the Antique Road Trip which featured David and showed a tribute in pictures of him which moved me to tears and felt I had to send you and your family my condolences, I truly feel we have lost a friend such a charming, warm and genuine man. His comment with 'that look'....".is that the very best you can do" while trying to make a deal always made me smile because you just knew it would work. I will miss him on all the antique programmes he has appeared on, thank you David xx. I wish all his family and friends all the best and know that you must have so many happy memories of him to treasure xx, take care and God bless xx.
Dear Jenny, I am just one of the many anonymous viewers who I am sure would like to express their deep sadness at learning just a few days ago of the terrible loss of your dear husband, who brought immense joy to all who saw his programmes, and whose regular appearances and infectious enthusiasm and erudition will be so sorely missed. My deepest sympathies to you and family. Yours sincerely,
It was a shock and sadness that upon our return from holiday, we discovered that our favourite Antiques presenter had sadly passed away. We never had the pleasure of meeting David which is something I would have liked very much. Such a lovely charming person and so full of knowledge. He had the unique ability of bringing the programmes he was featured in so much alive and who can ever forget "is that your very very best price" and quite often followed by the stare. The various hats he tried on is another pleasant memory. Our sincere condolences to David's wife and family. A charming gentleman with a winning smile who will be sadly missed not only by his family and the colleagues he worked with but by the thousands of viewers who came to love him as we did. Happy memories.
Anita and Ken, Yorkshire.
To the family of the late David Barby. My wife and I have just watched the last viewing of the Antiques Road Trip aired today, an episode in which David and Margie Cooper were in competition, and to our utter dismay have found out the sad news of the death of Mr Barby. We are both extremely upset and in tears as I write this e-mail and wish to send our condolences to you and the family and wish to express that our thoughts and prayers go to you all. Although we never met Mr Barby in person through the many television programs that we have seen Mr Barby appear in we both feel that we did indeed know him both as a warm and friendly man who through his extensive knowledge of antiques and his wonderful approach to show his true passion for those objects. His desire and love of these things was always present and genuine in every program that we saw him in. We would just like you to know that to us as only ordinary people that this has moved us to respond in this way. He shall be missed and always remembered, especially for his catch phrase 'Is that your very very best'. Please would you also like to know that I myself has just started at the age of 51 as an antique and collectables dealer, and as only in the business for 5 days will always be inspired to be the very very best that I can in Mr Barby's name and memory. Please accept our apologies if this message causes any heartache or upset but as we both have only just watched the program on sky plus we had not heard any news until now. With our love and best wishes,
KEVIN AND JACKIE DILLON.
Dear Mrs Barby, From Holland our condolences by the death of David Barby. I love to watch the programs on the BBC and enjoyed your husband’s part in it. Kind regards,
Dear Mrs Barby, I am so sorry to hear today (via Points of View) of the sad death of David. I have been watching the programmes he was involved with for years and was so saddened to hear the news. What a warm, genuine person he was. He will be remembered in the same way that Arthur Negus is remembered, with enormous respect; an interesting, knowledgeable man with a genuine warmth for the subject and the people he worked with and the people he dealt with. His wicked sense of humour came over strongly in the programmes he took part in and I am sure his presence in them generated their popularity. Please accept my heartfelt condolences to you and your family and friends.
Dear Mrs Barby & family, So dreadfully sorry to hear of the loss of your husband David, it was quite a shock and I couldn't believe when my sister Jo told me today of the very sad news, after seeing last Fridays tribute to him. David Barby was the star in all the programmes he was involved with, which we all looked forward to viewing, such a lovely man, with so much knowledge of antiques, I'm sure we have all learned so much from him, he will be so missed by so many folk. Sending our sincere condolences to you and all the family.
Frances & Mike Speakman.
We have just finished watching Antiques Road Trip with Mr Barby, having recorded it as we both work late. We were shocked to hear of the very sad and untimely passing of Mr Barby and would wish to convey our condolences to his family and friends. Watching coming antique programmes will never be the same without his happy countenance and infectious laugh. Although we never had the pleasure of meeting him in person he always seemed to be a very warm, friendly and approachable person and will be missed by all. We are very sad for your loss.
Carole and Pete.
So sorry to hear this sad news he always made me smile and his keen knowledge of antiques I admired. Sympathies to his family,
So very sad, we never met David, but enjoyed each and every one of his television appearances, kind, funny, serious when needed and that “Barby Stare” will never be forgotten. With fondest memories of a truly great man,
Tony and Enfys, North Wales.
On watching the TV programme “Antiques Road Trip" this tea time.... I am very saddened hearing of the death of to such a lovely man. David always made me smile watching him on all the TV antiques programmes he was a presenter. Deepest Sympathies to all his family friends and colleagues....
R.I.P. DAVID SWEET DREAMS. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.
CINDY MANSOUR. MORECAMBE.
I knew nothing of David ‘s passing until I saw the tribute on Bargain Hunt this Monday, I was shocked and saddened as he was such a happy character, and so knowledgeable ,that he made you feel as if you knew him., he will be sorely missed for his smile, humour and good heart. I can only shake my head and imagine what a loss you and your family are experiencing. R.I.P. You will be missed so much! Regrets,
Mrs S Sutton.
It is with a saddened heart that I write to convey my thoughts, love and prayers with you all at the sad loss of David. I am so sorry to hear the tragic news and I am in utter disbelief that our dapper gentleman is no longer with us. David was a true gent, a wonderfully warm man who made me smile every time I saw him on TV. I feel the world is now a sad place without David and the colours are now less bright without his cheeky fun-loving personality. Good Bless David, may you rest in peace and Thank you David for so many years of smiles and laughter.
Such a miss...he was "THE VERY VERY BEST” Thanks for the memories David......
BOB HIRD (Co.Durham).
I am very shocked to hear of David's death. My thoughts and prayers are with you. He will be so sadly missed. A great man with such a big personality, knowledge and a wicked smile! May he rest in eternal peace.
Sue Gay, Caerphilly.
Dear Mrs Barby & Family, My husband and I were truly shocked when watching Bargain Hunt on Friday last (Sept 28th) to find it was in tribute to David Barby Our shock was twofold, although we had ever met we felt that we really knew David and were shocked at his passing, but were doubly shocked that he had died in July and couldn't believe that so much time had lapsed before hearing the news yet we watch all of the programmes that David was involved in. Celebrity is branded about so glibly these days and the title given to so many undeserving people. But David was so deserving of that word and more. He was a perfect gentleman, a rare thing these days, extremely knowledgeable in his field and he possessed a wonderful and infectious laugh and sense of humour. I have been reading the many, many tributes to David the majority from people who like us who had never met him, but felt we knew him well and will miss him greatly. Mrs Barby we pray that although at the moment you and your family may find it upsetting to read these tributes, as we have done. But eventually you will find comfort in the fact that David was loved and respected by so very many people. We are grateful to you that you allowed so many of us to 'share David' through his television appearances. This week we are watching him with Margie on what was possibly his last Antiques Road Trip, we are watching it with very mixed emotions. We trust that you may all be given the strength and comfort needed for the coming months and that the Lord may enfold you with His love and peace. With our love and blessings, Cheryl & Gerald Brazier (Nr. Preston Lancashire).
Friday we watched the Antiques Road Trip with David and Margie Cooper and realised that must have been one of the last shows David did so it proved to be rather emotional. Although we never met David personally he left such an impact that your life was better for the experience of, for us, just enjoying his presence through the media. Our thoughts and blessings are with you all.
Cheryl & Gerald Brazier (Nr. Preston Lancashire).
Just a line to say how very sorry I was to read of David's passing. David really possessed that rare ability of mixing professional excellence with a humour that drew in the fans, which needless to say, included me. He certainly will be missed. Thanks David.
Having seen Mr Barby on TV many times, he gave the impression he loved his chosen career and had great fun. What a lovely man. A sad loss indeed.
Mrs Barby,I found out last week that your dear husband David had passed away, I was in such shock when I saw the tribute programmes, I couldn't believe it and still can't. I had a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye. David had such charisma that you don't often see, he was a pleasure to watch and his smile was wonderful, although I never met him, he was my favourite presenter, and BH will not be the same without him, he will be so sorely missed. My heart goes out to you and your family, and RIP David a true gentleman.
Donna and family.
Dear Jenny, We have only just heard of the loss of a dear friend. David has been a HAPPY part of our lives for such a long time, we can’t remember how long. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time. David is at peace now. How we will miss him, and that happy glint that always managed to escape over the top of his spectacles. David was, and still is, to us, the utmost authority on his subject. And he made it all fun with his sometimes wicked sense of humour. His smile and utmost charm have ruled our T V for so many years, on all the programmes he was in. Do accept our Heartfelt Condolences at this time to all the family. Farewell dear David.
Tony and Charmaine in Seaford, E Sussex.
Dear Jenny, I have only just heard that David has passed away, my son told me yesterday. I met David on a cruise last year, he was just coming down the stairs on the ship and said I know you I have seen you on TV. He was a lovely person, so approachable and had a very warm personality. I just wanted to write a few words to you and say what a pleasure it was for me to meet him on the ship and whenever I saw him on the ship he was always so very naturally nice...I will remember him fondly always. Best wishes,
It was with surprise and shock that we learned of the sad passing of David. We so enjoyed his appearances on the various antique shows, he was such a lovely character, knowledgeable, informative but so likeable. I especially liked it when he would say in that distinctive voice of his "is that your very best price". David came across as someone full of fun and a real people person, the world is a sadder place without him. My family and I will miss his smiling face on our television, but hope that knowing that he imparted so much of his knowledge and expertise and brought such pleasure to so many will comfort you. God Bless you David. A sad farewell from,
Mrs J. McWilliams and family.
To the family and friends of the lovely David Barby, I, like many others did not realise that David had died until they broadcast the wonderful montage to 'Don't Stop Me Now (I'm Having Such a Good Time)' at the end of Friday 5th October's 'Antique Road Trip'. The music choice was totally apt as David always appeared unstoppable and he always looked like he was having a good time. I'm not ashamed to admit that it made me cry, as did the tributes posted on this site. Like many of the people who have posted tributes, I never met David, but he always made you feel that you did know him when he was on TV. A lady has posted that she was always sceptical of people showing or feeling grief for people they've only known via the media. I shared her views until I heard of David's death. I hope you all take comfort in knowing how much he was liked, loved and respected. Always gracious in both victory and defeat. A truly genuine, charming man. Thank you for allowing people like me to be able to pay our respects and tributes to him via this site. With all best wishes,
Only found out today about David. We were on holiday when he died so missed the announcement. What a shock. We met him on an Antiques cruise in 2007. What a charming person, a true gentleman and a wonderful after dinner speaker. He will be greatly missed.
Joan and Michael Rance, Northampton.
I am French and I live in Provence but I have a TV dish so I can see Bargain Hunt, Flog It.....it is only yesterday I got the sad news that David Barby died. I am very sad. Both my husband and I we liked his smile and his great talent. All our thoughts for the family.
Allan and I know what it's like to be bereaved I was a widow and Allan a widower we know the pain you are suffering ,our hearts go out to you , Allan and I met some years ago long after our spouses had died and married two years ago we never forget our loved ones talk about them most days , David was such a lovely person his personality came over on the screen it drew us to him long ago our thoughts are with Jehovah God bless you,
Rita and Allan Grindrod.
It was with great sadness that we learned today of David's death, which was a dreadful shock to us. He was a great favourite of ours on' Bargain Hunt' being a perfect gentleman with a delightful personality. The programme has suffered a tremendous loss. We send our heartfelt Sympathy to you and the family.
Stella and Mair Bond. (Llangollen, N Wales).
We never met David in person, but we felt we knew him through his work. He always came across a real gentleman. The world is a poorer place without him.
Derek and Mary McMahon, Spain.
As one of hundreds no doubt who watched the programmes that David Barby took part in we felt we knew and trusted him. He was always kind and not patronizing during valuations he had an amazing sense of humour it appeared and if he was anything like the character that comes through in all the programmes he has been in then, those who knew him must have enjoyed his company. We were both very concerned when he had one or two nasty falls earlier this year (well played on the screen earlier this year who’s to say when they were recorded) and wondered if those falls were a warning. However we shall miss him he appeared as a real gentleman and there are few enough of those today had no idea he had gone to the great auction house in the sky. Hopefully he will continue to buy wonderful items for ever more, sincere condolences,
Clive and Wendy.
My wife Shirley and I would like to add our condolences to David,s family, and express our complete shock when a tribute was paid at the end of his latest show ANTIQUES ROAD TRIP with Margie Cooper aired on the 5th October. We had seen nothing in the press, and considered David almost as one of the family, he was so often on our screen at home, a lovely, warm person with a puckish sense of humour, the master of bargaining with a depth of knowledge unsurpassed. He will be sorely missed.
WE HAD THE TIME OF OUR LIVES WHEN WE APPEARED ON BARGAIN HUNT WITH DAVID AND WILL MISS HIM IN ALL THE PROGRAMMES WE HAVE WATCHED SINCE. REST IN PEACE AND THANK YOU.
THE DENT FAMILY. HUSBAND WIFE / SON AND WIFE.
So sorry to hear about David's passing. He came across as such a warm, fun and knowledgeable man. I would by no means be the target age for antiques shows, but because of David and other presenters I love to watch just about all of them but especially road trip. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.
Iwas watching my favourite programme tonight and as I watch so very little TV I am somewhat out of touch and learned that Dear David Barby had passed away some months ago and I am sorry to leave it so late but he was such a character. I really do have to say he was an absolute star. Please accept my most sincere condolences. The world of TV antiques has lost its biggest Star. Yours,
I have only just realised that David is no longer with us. He brought me much enjoyment watching him on the television. Please accept my condolences. Regards,
Dear Jenny, We have just watched the Antique Road Trip which featured David and was so shocked and sad to realise that he had passed away. We had not heard about his death and we are so sorry. His knowledge of antiques was excellent and he was a delight to watch and always had such a sense of humour and lovely smile. We send our condolences to you and our good wishes.
Joan and Tony Barrow.
Dear Jenny, Sorry for the intrusion. It is with sadness to learn the news of David's untimely death as the result of a stroke in July. Normally a solicitor and landlord with an interest in antiques I have found myself out of work as a solicitor and during the day had my spirits greatly lifted whenever David was on one of the antique shows. I have particularly needed my spirits lifting over the past 4 year's as I have been under considerable strain establishing contact with my wonderful 3 1/2 year old son and David's TV persona has been just the tonic. He was clearly a kind individual of great warmth with a wicked sense of humour and a sharp professional eye for a bargain which he was able to get across through the medium of TV. He will be a very sad loss to many, including me. Yours sincerely,
I would just like to add my small tribute to the many hundreds you must have received in recent days. My impression of him is that he was the epitome of a real, old fashioned, gentleman. A charming and gentle man. I humbly offer my deepest sympathy to relatives, friends and colleagues who have been saddened by his loss. Kindest Regards,
Dear Mrs BARBY AND FAMILY. We were watching antiques road trip last night, giggling at David as usual and happy that he won. When the end came up and they were showing all the pictures of him we thought it was because he was retiring and then it came up 1943-2012. I can honestly say we were totally stunned, my daughter who is Autistic burst into tears and my husband and I both had Tears streaming down our faces. He really was the "very very best" our deepest sympathy. Love,
Julia and Steve Barker. xx.
We are ever so sorry to just hear about the loss David back in July, we only found out this week and we are all so so sorry. We know it’s not much, but our hearts are with you and all his family and friends. We as a family watched him on TV and thought what a lovely man, what else can we all say??? Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family. Take care, love from us all in Radcliffe, Manchester.
Allison Mcmahon, (daughter) Dot, & Travis Whitehead (my mam n dad). Avid watchers of Bargain Hunt. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
To the family and friends of David Barby, I just wanted to send sincere condolences to you all. I did not know him personally but like many avid fans of Bargain Hunt, Flog It etc. I felt I did. His enthusiasm for his profession and his genuine warmth always shone through as did his sense of humour. I used to wait for the moment when he would look at the dealer and say is that your VERY best price…classic! I always felt that if I were on such a programme David was the expert I would want to be paired with. I shall always remember him with great fondness. I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love. Kindest regards,
Sandy, Zurich. Switzerland.
I have only just heard tonight that David Barby has passed away and have looked on the site to discover when this was as I was very sad to hear of it. I am amazed that he died on 25 July and I had not heard anything about it at all. Like many people on your tribute page, I only 'knew' him from the programmes I have watched regularly this year. I have spent this year at home after being diagnosed with cancer in January, and for the first time I have had time to watch daytime TV, something I have never done before. He has made many of the programmes delightful and I loved his sense of humour, his 'twinkly smile', mentioned often in others tributes, and his warm way with everyone. He will be sadly missed and my condolences go out to his family. What a great loss. Kind Regards.
I was shocked stunned and very deeply sadden to hear of the very sad loss of David Barby the other day, I had no idea not been on his web-site for a while, such a wonderful man, always charming, would loved to have had the opportunity to have met him face to face, maybe in the next life! He never failed to make me smile, it really warmed my heart and amused me the way his eyes crinkled shut when he laughed or smiled, I loved him to bits. I don't expect there is any chance of a photo of David just to treasure of a lovely warm charismatic man, who too his family and friends must miss him terribly, my heart felt sympathy to them all. I still cannot believe it really, strange I haven't seen or heard anything until Mon/Tue when watching Antiques Road Trip! Will miss you David. May God Bless him and keep him, may he rest in the peace of the Lord. Heaven is a richer place for his presence I'm sure.
Please excuse me if this email is not appropriate, and I found it on a web site that gave this connection, so I hope it is OK. I have just been watching and enjoying the 'Road Trip' and am so sad that it was David's last show. I am very sad that he has died. He was a lovely man and gave me so much joy. He was so clever with his knowledge and never put people down but uplifted everyone he met ... and was so grateful to view every new object that people brought to show him. I also loved his sense of fun, and his 'sulks' when he lost. For me he never lost, because he gave so much pleasure. I have never written anything like this before, and I hope it is received with the heartfelt gratitude and sympathy with which it is sent. With respect,
Jenny Tennant Jackson.
We are so shocked and sad by the by the news of David’s death. I feel a genuine loss, he was just the BEST, lovely, always smiling, so entertaining and above all jolly good at what he did. We will miss his so much on TV. Then again, he will live forever in our hearts. R.I.P David Barby.
I am sorry for your loss. I have been enjoying watching David Barby on BBC for years now, you could see he had a wonderful nature, a wonderful life and a wonderful loving heart, I hope that heaven is now enjoying the David Barby laugh and smile.
I am a little late to the news of David Barby's death. I have watched an episode of Antiques Road Trip this evening which was dedicated to David. I wanted to pass on my sympathies and to say that I always enjoyed watching him. What a smile. Rest in peace.
Justine Neal (Northampton).
I was so saddened and shocked! to hear about David passing away! I loved watching him just being himself! a happy go lucky caring gentleman always with a smile on his face who gave sound advice in the antiques world! I will miss him along with millions more, he was a house hold name! I really feel for his family! r.i.p David.
Saddened by the news of David’s passing,,,,David seemed such a nice man, somebody I would have loved to meet, I’ve always had an interest in antiques, and funnily I am a mod too, and have a Vespa scooter, something I believe was David’s passion in the 1960s. He was my favourite antique expert, full of character and sincerity, god bless him, and may he rest in peace, my condolences to his family, best regards,
I was so sorry today to see on the Antique Road trip that David has passed away. I immensely enjoyed David’s participation in this show as well as Flog it and Bargain Hunt. A sad loss, may he rest in peace.
A lovely man, me and my wife will miss him terribly, god bless him, Ray & Carmel.
Please accept my apologies for this email. I have sent it to you as I do not know any other way of saying how sorry I am that David has passed away. I found the great warmth he always showed most enjoyable and his happy personality will ever be with us. Please pass our deepest sympathy to his wife and family. Very many thanks,
Robert and Ann Darlow.
Dear Barby family, watching the BBC programme Antiques Road Trip just about one hour ago, I was shocked to read on the screen that David had died. I am a big fan of the BBC antiques shows and David was one of the experts that made' these programmes. I learned a lot about English porcelain and...about negotiation techniques. For me, David was one of the 'very, very best'..! My best wishes for you all,
Tjitte de Vries, Groningen, Netherlands.
I have been watching Antiques Road Trip all this week and it wasn't until the last episode on Friday that I became aware that David had sadly passed on. To use one of his favourite expressions (quoted many times this week) "How much? How much will he be missed, not only by his family and friends but also the many viewers that he entertained with his impish smile and knowing wink. Thank you for everything David, the world will be a sadder place without you.
Just watching BBC2 how sad David is no Longer with us. His cheerful smile lights up the screen. God bless.
Have only learned today of this incredibly sad news. David was a real ray of sunshine whenever he appeared on TV. His radiant smile and genuine warmth always shone through. We are all the poorer for his passing - not only a gentle man but also a true gentleman. Sincere condolences to his family who must miss him terribly. RIP David.
Dear Jenny, I was so very sad and sorry to hear of the passing of your dear friend David Barby and have read your page on his history and life. I always thought he was such fun and since have only recently known of death, have particularly watched this week's Antiques show including him, with the knowledge that they may have been his last. What a shock when I read on your page, it was a month since that David left us - he would have been so nice to meet, if he had been down this way in Taunton, Somerset. I just love watching the Antiques programmes, and am intrigued about the items around for sale - I'm not sure if we have anything here - but who knows - I shall have to search! I will remember David and his cheery smile and wit as well - a lovely man I am sure. Yours sincerely.
To the family of the late David......Have just watched todays Antiques Road Show and was shocked when I heard that the lovely David was no longer with us. He was a delight to listen to and watch. I can only pass on my condolences....such a lovely man on TV and I'm sure he was the same at home. So so very sorry and know you will miss him very much, he was such a gentleman. Yours sincerely in sadness.
I just wanted to say that I am sorry to learn of David's passing. Such a very sad loss. He really was my favourite and it was a pleasure to see him being remembered on television this week. I shall always remember him for his professionalism and his humour. God Bless to all his family and friends and I know David will be in the memories and hearts of many people not only who met him, but those of us who never had that great pleasure.
I have just returned home from a trip away from home, and learnt with sadness that David has passed away I loved watching him on TV his humour and knowledge were boundless I would like to offer my condolences He really will be sadly missed.
Just watched Road Trip's tribute to dear David. Such a funny, warm and very talented man, a real loss to all he knew and us who didn't know him but loved him being in our front rooms. Love to his family.
Siobhan, Andover, Hampshire.
A legend has gone from the world of Antiques. My thoughts and prayers are with you at your moment of sorrow. A Man that is Truly Priceless in the world of Antiques.
John Antony Dunne. (7 times internationally Published Award Winning Poet).
Hi, I have just watched the Antiques Road Trip on BBC2 and found out the sad news of David... I will miss his style and banter. Very sad news :-( I just had to email to say he was a great man on TV. May he rest in peace. Best wishes,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of MR. D. BARBY, I only learned of the passing of this great entertainer and knowledgeable man, it is obviously a terrible time for his family. I enjoyed watching him with his wry smile when dealing with dealers on their own turf and beating down their prices and then smiling about it. I would just like to say on a personal note how sorry I am I will never see this GENTLE MAN again on our screens and all my love and my condolences to his family.
Roy Pugh West Yorkshire.
Hi Jenny, What a wonderful tribute the BBC did for David this week, I was in tears at the end of The Antiques Road Trip today, so sad that we won’t be seeing David anymore. I had severe depression for 5 years and it was programmes like Bargain Hunt, Flog It and Antiques Road Trip that got me through it. Best wishes,
My wife and I was very fond of David’s Road Show and found it very amusing at times I thought he was a character and we wish to send you are condolence, regards,
Bill and Jenny Jones, Redditch, Worcestershire.
I only heard yesterday that David Barby had died. I feel sad that a man as nice and gentle has gone. May he rest in peace. He will be missed.
I would just like to send you are deepest sympathy on the sad loss of your lovely lovely husband. David was an absolute joy to watch on TV. I only found out on Monday 1st October that David had passed away, I was watching Bargain hunt and at the end of the programme they did a tribute to him and I was in total shock. I adored his sense of humour and last night I watch the bargain hunt road trip and I just chuckled, he was an amazing character and will be truly missed. David was an absolutely lovely special man, would you please pass on my deepest wishes to his wife and family, Jenny. Men like David do not come along very often, but when they do, they stay in your heart as well as our memories. All our love,
Jan parker and family.
I have just finished watching 'Bargain Hunt' with my favourite David Barby in it and gasped out loud when it showed his memorial at the end of the programme. I did not know he had died. I am so very sorry to learn of his passing. David was such a lovely man on TV. With that mischievous twinkle in his eye and that cheery grin, he just made your day. The way his face lit up when the price was good and then his face would fall with disbelief when the buyers wouldn't buy, was hilarious! He made us want to go out and find our own treasures and I now enjoy my own 'Bargain Hunt' when out and about. His family and colleagues will miss him terribly and my husband, Drew and I send our sincere sympathies to them. We will miss you from our screens, David, but you will never be forgotten. God Bless and Thank you. With love from
Moira and Drew Brabender.
Dear Madam, with great sadness I learned about the passing of Mr David Barby. I enjoyed watching him on different antique programs always kind and always smiling. This must be a great loss to you all. I still can’t believe that he is no longer here, his kind smile, laughing eyes and especially: Is that your very very best will always stay with me. My condolences to all the family of Mr David.
It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of David Barby earlier this week. I have always admired him for his knowledge, and his kindness and his humour, he will be greatly missed. “A gentleman passed this way". My condolences to David's wife and family. Sincerely,
Mary Lipscombe - Barnsley - Yorkshire.
WE ARE PENSIONERS, AND WATCH THE ROAD TRIPS ,DAVID WAS THE BEST ON THE SHOW,A LOVELY CAREING MAN, AND BEST OF ALL HE LOVED CATS AS WE DO. RIP DAVID.
I was most sorry to learn of the loss of this kind and lovely man. The antiques world and the world of entertainment are suffering a loss seconded only by your own. I lost my 61 year old husband in November 2011 after a very short and unexpected illness and am still grieving and very very lost. Too few people really understand the nature of dwelling in a world which is no longer “normal”. Why do the good men go? I am very sad for you.
I watch the BBC every day and cannot believe I knew nothing of David's death until today's Bargain Hunt! Such a gentleman with a huge personality and now he leaves an equally huge gap in the world. I didn't know him personally but as a frequent watcher of antiques programmes, I really felt I did know him. Thank you David for all the hours of enjoyment you gave and the knowledge you shared. I'll miss you. My condolences to his family. RIP David.
Christine x. London.
We had the sheer pleasure of being David's 'Blue Team' in Australia when Bargain Hunt came 'downunder'. The man was a gentleman, a pure delight to work with and my very favourite expert on a show that I have been addicted to since its inception. My husband and I were selected from over 4,000 applicants to take part in the history making series in OZ in August 2011. We worked closely with David, we were guided by his true passion for antique ‘hunting’ and we were rewarded for our trust in his expertise with a lovely profit at the end of our adventure. He will remain in our hearts as he endeared himself to us during the filming by sitting alongside us, chatting, telling us about his lovely wife, his beloved cat Algernon, and his beautiful home and homeland. He loved hugging and we had some memorable photos taken of us together as a 'team'. He will be sadly missed by us all, but particularly us Aussies who considered him to be a real 'mate' to us without fear or favour. RIP our gentleman David.
Russell & Trisha Blinkhorn, Australia's Blue Team.
My wife and I were very sad to hear of the death of David Barby he seemed such lovely man who I am sure will be missed by all who knew him, we watched him on television and laughed at his antics in asking for money of objects, the iron fist in the velvet glove, he will be sadly missed,
Jim and Clare Sneddon.
I have read all tributes to David, I agree with all the lovely things said about him. I was talking to my Sister in Sydney Australia this morning 6th October 2012, she watches all Antique programmes from the UK. And felt she knew David and loved him, so from my sister Eileen and myself we want to say to his family and friends how very sad we are.
Mary Garner, Berkhamsted and Eileen Carroll, Sydney.
I watched Bargain Hunt today and was shocked at the end by the tribute to David Barby’s death, a brilliant antiques expert, I would have liked to have been a contestant on the show with David as my expert. He will be sadly missed. My condolences to his family, a regular viewer of Bargain Hunt,
I do hope you won't mind me sending a message since it has been a few months since David's sudden demise. I had no idea he had passed away so was extremely shocked when watching the tribute programmes this week! It may sound absolutely silly but I feel as if I have lost someone terribly important to me. I have looked up to David who has taught me so much over the years since I first tuned in and saw him on Bargain Hunt. I wrote to him back then and I think I was one of the first people he ever sent a signed photo to as well as a lovely personal letter. I have this photo in a frame on my bookcase (shabby chic!!!) I have a love of ceramics, like David, and always wonder what he would say when I am looking for something to purchase. I know I certainly don't share his skill of being able to negotiate a very satisfactory price - in fact I find it hard to barter at all! Everytime I see the programmes I can't believe he is not here anymore. I just wanted to say to his family and his colleagues that the world has lost a priceless man - he was a true gentleman and I absolutely loved him. My sincerest condolences.
We cannot believe we were unaware of David's death until this week - please accept our very late but nevertheless very sincere condolences on his untimely death. We feel we knew him and have lost a friend.
Pauline and George Dodsworth.
IT WAS WITH GREAT SORROW TO SEE THAT DAVID HAD LEFT US A GREAT EXPERT, AND A GREAT ENTERTAINER. MY BEST WISHES TO ALL CONNECTED WITH DAVID. THE FINAL SCENES OF BARGAIN HUNT TODAY WERE A GREAT TRIBUTE TO DAVIDS SENSE OF FUN,
Dear Mrs. Barby, David visited Australia in 2011 for the filming of the Australian series of Bargain Hunt. My son Damian and I were delighted and privileged to meet him. His was mentor for our opposition the Blue Team and we were guided by Paul Laidlaw in the Red Team. David was an exemplar of the English gentleman, humorous, refined, knowledgeable and kind. He even took the trouble to speak to another son Ben who rang from Perth, Western Australia during the filming. Ben also loves the show Bargain Hunt and thought of David as the definition of English refinement. We only heard today, 29 September 2012 of your loss and wish to express our sincere sadness at this time. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Kindest regards.
Peter, Damian and Ben Briggs.
We just today heard of the death of David and left really sad about this loss. My husband and I grew so fond of him from watching him on the various antique shows. He was a true gentleman with the emphasis on ‘gentle’ and always a joy to watch and we had the sense that if we met him he would be exactly as he appeared on the TV. Our best wishes go to his family as they try to understand their loss and we truly believe that life is not ended for David but changed. God bless you all,
I was so shocked and upset to learn that David Barby had died when I started to watch Bargain Hunt today – and in July! Why had there not been any earlier announcement of this and a BBC tribute to such a wonderful, knowledgeable and lovable man. His personality, charm and humour highlighted the programmes in which he featured. I hope that the affection in which he was held and knowing the enormous pleasure he gave to me and so many viewers will be of some condolence to you and your family.
Rita Collie, London.
To the family of David Barby. It was only yesterday that I found out about the passing of such a lovely man. I did not know him personally but I felt as if I have lost a brother. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. God be with you all.
I was very sorry to hear of the death of David. He was always so knowledgeable, friendly and happy and came over the TV screen as such a nice man. He will be sadly missed.
Like most people we have only just learned of the death of David, what a loss. We had the privilege of being contestants on Bargain Hunt a couple of years ago and David was our Expert. What a lovely, friendly, funny man who made us feel very happy and relaxed. We enjoyed two days of his company and it is an experience we will never forget. Antiques on television will not be the same without him.
Diane and Gill, Oadby.
Sorry to hear of David’s death today he was on expert on the show as was a mischiefs with the dealers and we over £200 which surprised him on the day and even his own buy with the left over cash made money will be sadly missed the joke of Mark Stacey and him a father and son always seem to tickle him was nice jovial man and he will be missed.
We are so sad to know of David's passing. He gave us so much pleasure watching him on all the programs. We have just returned from holiday so only just found out. May God bless him and all the family. Best wishes.
Jim and Jo Bennett.
Dear family, I was very sad to learn just today that David Barby passed away. He was one of the people I loved to watch most on television, of all Dutch and Britsh programmes. My sincere condolences to his family and I am sure he cannot be but remembered fondly by everyone, even those who have merely had the pleasure of meeting him on the screen. Kind regards,
Annemarie de Bie.
I can't believe only just found out about this wonderful man passing just watched barging hunt and showed his best bits at the end was that shocked felt my eyes well up and even text my boy friend at work he was just as shocked. Bargain Hunt will not be the same with out him RIP Barby.
Leanne in Portsmouth.
So very sorry to hear of David’s death back in July, he was a joy to watch and the stare he gave when getting the best price! He was a real gentleman and explained his work to us in such joy he will be solely missed, our condolences to his family.
Kim & Alan Hopkins.
I was so saddened today to find out about David. I was moved to tears. Although I did not know him, I was in awe of his knowledge, wisdom, kind manner and being a beautiful human being. It was a honour to have learned things from TV through David. I send my heart felt love to you and your family. Thank you for allowing us to share the wonderful man we all loved. God bless David and night night kind prince. xxx.
Sandra Easton. ALEXANDRIA SCOTLAND.
We were saddened to hear about the loss of David he brightened so many of our days and he like me was a cat person!! That twinkle in his eye, his laughter and his lovely personality will be so greatly missed by so many you are in our thoughts with love,
Alison and Antony Chesterton Bucks.
I can't believe that, it was only today I heard of the passing of David Barby. What more can I say, it's all been said in the wonderful earlier tributes. I never met him but, through his kind and generous personality that came through in everything he did, I feel I have lost a friend. One thing that stands out in my mind is, despite his immense knowledge he never showed off or boasted and always came across with great humility; even when doing his famous haggling. Oh what a loss, I am truly sad and upset. He must have been great to know and his family must be devastated, as will his co- conspirators on those antique programmes. Antiques Road Trip was the very best, where his character reached out from the screen as he obviously enjoyed what he did. It's an old cliché but with David's passing the world has been diminished. My very best wishes and condolences to his family, friends and colleagues - and to David, wherever you are, thank you so much for making me laugh as I learned so much. I suppose, if he isn't happy with the seat St. Peter gives him in the eternal choir, Heaven will resound with; 'Is that the very best you can do?' Adieu David.
We knew that he brightened our day, but we didn't realise how much he had won our affections. Our hearts are torn with grief, and it is only a pale shadow beside your loss. I wish you comfort and solace in the fact that he has so deeply touched so many. My heart has joined the Thousand, for my friend stopped running today.
Am terribly sorry to hear that David Barby has left us. I am a fan of bargain Hunt and David Barby always brought a smile to my face, he always gave me the impression of being a nice kind gentleman. My son seeing him and Phil in Altrincham market managed to get a picture of both of them together, I have attached it to this e-mail just in case friends and colleagues might want a copy. Again I like to give my deepest sympathy to his family and friends. Yours sincerely,
Reading all the tributes I think how wonderful to be loved and cared about by so many people I sincerely hope that all our kind words help ease the pain of those who were close to him. Kind regards,
I am sitting here watching Bargain Hunt and have just been saddened and shocked by the news about David's passing. I am so sorry for your loss. He was a delightful man and he will be greatly missed.
I am a Dutch citizen, but I like to watch the BBC especially. Especially programmes about antiques, I found out today watching Bargain Hunt that David has passed away. Although I have not known David in person it felt like losing someone close. Kind regards,
Hans de Ridder.
A True Gentleman that will be sadly missed by many. With heartfelt sympathy.
Robert and Margaret Peebles.
Dear Jenny, I watched Bargain Hunt today after many months (spent in a vain, and in vain, attempt to pass an examination). I learned of the death of the amazing David Barby and wish to express my condolences. David Barby must have had many fine qualities and much learning. Most endearingly, he seemed to be a very nice man. Nice is rare and comforting and desirable in a world so full of horrible. Sincere regards,
H M Khan.
I was always very fond of David Barby, especially because we were both born on St George's Day, I am very proud to have been born on that day with my twin sister. And our mother had the sense to give us both the middle name of St George. I shall miss seeing him on the television very much, he was always a joy to watch. Bargain Hunt won't ever quite be the same.
Christine St George.
My husband and I are saddened to hear of the loss of David. Please accept our sincere condolences. David always seemed a warm and cheery person. We think of you as you face life without him.
Jennifer and Harry Dove.
Dear Mrs Barby, My son, Robert White and I (Angela Baggallay) were so deeply saddened to hear of David’s demise. We so loved seeing him on Bargain Hunt et al. He was such a joy to watch and our very favourite T.V. personality. We were so pleased to see a tribute to him on Bargain Hunt today and it reflected him so well. We can’t imagine how sad you and your family must feel to have lost such a kind, sweet man who brought so much pleasure to so many people. With kind regards and condolences,
Angela Baggallay and Robert White.
I have just found out that the lovely David has died. I switched on the TV to watch the Antiques Road Trip. Although now his death is 'old news' to some, it is 'new news' to me and a shock. Condolences to all his close family, friends and colleagues. He came across on TV as a very friendly, reasonable and happy soul. The best always go first.
I have only just realised that Mr Barby has past away. I feel the need to say how sorry I am for your loss. I watched David on TV often and am saddened to hear this sad news. My thoughts are with David’s family Best wishes,
Neil and Eve Rush.
We today have seen the programme that to us announced the passing away of David. We feel we must add to the many who found his "sunshine" face so happy to see and enjoyed his approach to making the programme even more enjoyable. We hope all your memories help you at this time.
Romany & Derek Moss.
My husband and I have just watched today’s Bargain Hunt programme and learned with disbelief of David's untimely death. We have been regular viewers of all the various programmes in which David took part - what a happy personality he had such a wealth of knowledge to impart to those of us who knew him only via his broadcasts. His wit and repartee with fellow experts and contestants alike were so much appreciated. We will miss him.
John and Joyce.
I watched "Bargain Hunt" this morning. What a great loss! I did not even know he had died. David Barby seemed like such a happy man. I was always delighted to see his happy wee face coming onto the television on all the antique programmes he was on. I feel so sad and yet I did not even know him but every time he was on the television he put me in good form. There are not many people who have that talent. He seemed to love people and was not a bit worried about acting the fool, though a fool he was not! I will pray for his soul and send my sincere sympathy to his family and friends as I am sure they are missing him greatly. RIP David - God Bless.
Brenda in Hillsborough, Co. Down.
We were watching the last show of Antiques road trip tonight then, at the end of the programme, a few clips were shown of him on the various TV programmes he had been on. Then it came up with the news that he had died! It was such a shock for myself, my wife and my daughter as we did not know anything about this. He had a wonderful smile and his haggling was second to none. He was a lovely chap and he will be very sadly missed by us all. Rest well kind sir.
Lee, Linda and Sophie.
May I add our condolences for your sad loss of a true gentleman, you must be very proud by the tributes you have received. I only hope that it helps to relieve the pain. Wonderful man, he will be sadly missed by many.
Stella and David.
Watching TV today I was suddenly sickened to see David Barby’s obituary. he was a fabulous man and his witty ways he had got my deepest condolences goes to his wife and family. Keep the good work going David in the sky.
LIz and Tony.
To Davids family & friends sincere condolences. Along with many others I have just learned that David had passed away. One of my favourites on Bargain Hunt & other programmes. He will be missed by many.
Josie Cheadle, ( Surrey ).
I was so sorry to hear of the untimely death of David Barby. He is one of the people who have brought the stuffy old world of antiques to life and made it fun and fashionable. His sense of fun will long be remembered. My sincerely condolences go to his family and colleagues. He will be sadly missed.
I have only just found about the passing of David, please accept my sincere condolences. I am a vivid follower of all the antique programmes, but when David was on he made my day, always a laugh, but he really cared about the contestants. David was a real gentle, man, very rare in this day and age, he will be sadly missed. I am a 63 year old disabled lady and I used to go to the old fashioned rummages in the 50s and 60s, if only David was there! With the kindest thoughts.
Pamela Hurd. (God Bless).
A true gentleman with a genuine sense of fun - he was a pleasure to watch on TV and a real ray of sunshine in a gloomy world. I just heard of the loss of this lovely kind and truly special man and I am saddened immensely. I have just lost my mam and my heart goes out to his family and friends as I know the awful grief they will be dealing with - the only thing that keeps us going in these sad times are the happy memories of the lovely person we had the privilege to share some of our time with - and no-one ever dies when they live in the hearts of those they knew. Thank you David for making me laugh so much - you were unique and will always remain so. Night night David xxx
Gill Z Brown, Darlington.
I’m stunned, I can't believe I haven't seen this sad news before now. I was just watching the Antiques Road Show 07/10/12. When it came to the end of the show, my husband and I just looked at each other with shock, when we realised the end of the programme was a tribute to the lovely David Barby. He was such a joy to watch, using his charm and cheeky smile to get his items at "rock bottom price" the "very best you can do". I remember watching him just after he hit his face in the garden, all bruised up. But he still carried on like the true gent he is. Our deepest sympathies to all his loved ones xx. A great loss to family, friends, fans, TV and the Antiques world. R.I.P Barby xx love from
Hayley and Mark Edwards, .
My apologies for this late message of condolence. I have recently started working from home and discovered the joy of ‘Bargain Hunt’. Being relatively new to the programme, David was the one person who I would thoroughly enjoy watching as an Expert. Very knowledgeable, polite, witty, a decent man, a gentleman, always immaculately presented. I am saddened that I will be unable to enjoy his company again. He will be surely missed. I do hope that the numerous tributes that have been paid to David provide you with some comfort at this sad time.
I know it's all been said but I would like to pass on my thoughts, just to say that watching the antique shows will never be the same again, he was a master of his profession and an absolute joy to watch, my heart goes out to you and all who knew him. RIP David (is that your very best) Barby.
David was simply the best. He was the most genuine antique expert. I really enjoyed the television programmes he appeared in. Although I had never had the pleasure of meeting David, I felt he was a truly, lovely man who gave me inspiration and interest in antiques. God bless you David, you will be greatly missed. Heartfelt sympathy to your wife and family.
I've just learned about this gentle man's passing and I would like his family to know that Mr. David Barby was also very much loved and appreciated over here in Holland. Rest assured we will miss him too when continuing to watch the BBC programmes which he so graced with his wonderful warm personality.
I.H. Veerman, Coevorden, Holland.
What a sad loss. I was so shocked to hear the news. His family must be devastated. He was a gentleman.
I blinked & found David had gone from us never to make another show it is extremely sad, but you know David, I am sure he will get them guessing in Heaven, God bless you David, a truly wonderful person.
My wife and I have only just finished watching, this weeks antiques road trip, and were unaware of David's passing in July and would like to express our deepest sympathy at you loss. We have spent many happy hours watching his programs, and have always marvelled at his enthusiasm and love of antiques along with such great humour and respect of others. A very great loss to everybody, who has enjoyed knowing him through his television appearances.
Graham and Sheila Jelley.
Dear Jenny, We loved David’s ready smile, bringing such warmth across the television screen. We will miss him and his wonderful wit on much loved programmes. Sincerely,
Sue and Herb Miller.
I am sitting here in the Netherlands, glued to the telly watching 'Antiques Road Trip', feeling rather sad. For viewers, like myself, the presenters and participants in our favourite TV programmes do tend to become 'part of the family'. So it was with a sense of shock that this evening's programme was introduced with a reference to the 'late' David Barby. This was so upsetting that I went on line to check whether I had misheard or not. Alas, it is true. And why I hadn't found out earlier astounds me. I therefore send my belated, sincere condolences to David's family and friends and hope that the sharp corners of their grief will gradually become less hurtful and that they will be left with wonderful, happy memories of a man who appeared - even to those who did not know him - as a warm, generous person.
Doris Wiersma, The Netherlands.
I was very saddened to hear an announcement on Antiques Road Trip tonight of the passing of David Barby in July. He always made the programmes he was in interesting and I liked the way he would hammer the asking price down with his icy stare! He was like a breath of fresh air to the nation and people always wanted to meet the great man. I think David would have been an excellent Prime Minister because he would just wait for people to agree with what he requested- job done! I would like to offer my sincere condolences to his beloved wife, family and friends and wish you as happy a future as possible. Best Wishes,
It is only today that we have learned of David's demise? Both my wife & self are absolutely stunned? How we never heard earlier I just do not know? We never me him, yet, as avid viewers of all antique programmes, we really enjoyed his enthusiasm, knowledge etc! By being such a celebrity, on feels as though you know him personally. We only knew David through the T.V. Like many thousands of other viewers however, he was such an affable type of chap that we really enjoyed watching. His knowledge knew no bounds. Because of our avid viewing, we came to think of him as a friend, yet feel his passing like he was a family member. A great loss to T.V. But, more especially to you & his family. We hope you find strength to find comfort, & although you could never forget David, we sincerely hope your suffering doesn't last too long. God Bless. R.I.P. David. With sadness,
Steve & Lorraine & Family.
Only this week learned of Mr Barby s passing. Sad to hear, always enjoyed seeing him on the BBC antique programmes and he made me smile. Many words have already been said, but he will always be remembered by so many people. Sending you lots of strength.
Lydia Kloosterman (The Netherlands).
Dear Jenny , you don't know us but we felt the need to say how sorry we are about David his cheeky style of humour and quick wit will so missed by us and so many others he made us sort of warm inside with his smile so once again we are so sorry.
Mel & Jan Timms, Northampton.
I am in shock, I watched bargain hunt yesterday 1st Oct. and my favourite man was on, David Barby, who always makes me chuckle. Then at the end of the programme, there was a tribute to him, before it got to the end I called my teenage son down to watch the end of it, with me, because I could not believe what I was seeing! Then when his year of birth and death came up, I just started crying. I am truly shocked and my deepest wishes go out to his family. I have been watching the Antique road trip every day this week and he was such a wonderful man with a very special sense of humour, he didn’t have to say anything to make people smile, he just had a look and people would chuckle! I have taped this weeks programmes with David in, and they have been brilliant! I still can not believe he is no longer with us! A wonderful funny, joy to watch man who will be extremely missed. David touched a lot of peoples hearts without even meeting them. I for one will miss him greatly, he is gone but not forgotten R.I.P. Mr Barby. Best wishes Jenny.
Dear Mrs Barby & Family, My wife and I have just finished watching his Antique Road Trip with Marjie. We had no idea David had died. We have laughed at the two of them all week and this programme was a fitting tribute to him. What a delightful cheerful man who went through his TV career like a shining light. It has been wonderful watching his antics as a natural player in the game. Goodness me you must be missing him so much along with the many who have enjoyed his presence in our homes. We feel we have lost a dear friend. God bless you all.
Sam & Joan Main, Biggin Hill, Kent.
I am so shocked. I have just finished watching this week's (1st-5th October) Antiques Road Trip and have been laughing at David's bargaining skills and cheeky humour during the programmes. I have long been a fan of anything on television to do with antiques especially when David has appeared in them, and cannot believe that not until the end of today's programme did I find out that he had passed away. He will be sorely missed and I would like to offer my very belated condolences to his family and friends. RIP David Barby.
Have just watched The Antiques Road Trip and was shocked to see that David Barby had passed away. This is such a shame. Have so enjoyed his humour and expertise. Will be sadly missed.
I have just finished watching Antiques Road Trip, and learned of the untimely death of David Barby. I had no idea that he was suffering from any illness. He always had the capacity to make me smile/laugh with his antics. He came across as such a gentle man and always had a smile playing about his lips. The way he would haggle over the cost of an item always got me laughing - he would look at the shop owner/stall holder and say "is that the very best you can do". He will be sadly missed by all, especially those that worked with him. You will be comforted by your family and friends and the many tributes that come from complete strangers.
Ann & Ian Black.
Shocked to hear of the death of David Barby in July. Only found out tonight. My sincere sympathy to all his family. Will miss watching him on my favourite Antiques Programmes.
I've just watching the TV Antiques Road Trip and learnt of your dear husband's demise. That's so very sad, as he was a lovely, humorous chap and very knowledgeable. I too lost my husband very suddenly, twelve years ago, and so I know what a blow it is to lose your partner under those circumstances. It's hard, but, he's always there ''on your shoulder''! Kind regards,
It is with great sadness that we learned today of David's untimely death. He was one of our favourite presenters on programmes such as Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip and will be greatly missed for his warmth, humour and knowledge of his subject. Our deepest sympathies go to his family and our apologies for being so late in sending this tribute as it was only at the end of today's Road Trip programme that we discovered your sad loss. God bless you.
Michael and Patricia Wellby.
Just finished watching the Road Trip programme on BBC2 with the tribute to David on the end. I was not aware David had died and am really saddened to have found out in this manner. Please accept sincere condolences, he was always a cheery cheeky chappie and a pleasure to watch, he must be a huge miss. The end of an era.
G & T.
Only just learned of David's passing which has shocked both my wife and myself. Never met or spoke to David, but somehow he felt part of us in a way I find difficult to explain. He came across as such a lovely guy who could disarm even the toughest of opponents with his ability to smile with his entire face and lovely demeanour as a back up. I hope he realised how much he was loved. Love from
Hilary and Dennis, Norwich. Life just got a little bit sadder.
I've only just found out about David's death after watching Antique's Roadshow on the 05.10.12. I loved his TV personality and sense of fun so I am truly saddened. What a top bloke. He will be sorely missed, but I'm delighted I 'knew him'.
I have just watched David on television and feel so very sad and shocked to find out that he has passed away. He always seemed such a fun loving, warm and fabulous character, he made you take an interest in antiques as his passion was so infectious. Thanks to him antiques are now a fun and interesting pastime. I know it is a little late to email you but I felt I had to just to say how sorry I am to hear of your terrible loss. With very best wishes,
Wendie Allen x.
All I can say is I loved David.........will miss him very much..........He was an Angel!
Hello Jenny, I just discovered it tonight with the end of the Antiques Road Trip. I am so shocked to hear it. He was one of my favourite persons in all the antique shows on the BBC. I want to wish his family and friends lots of strength. I will miss not seeing him on TV anymore. He always made me smile. Kind regards,
Neeltje van Dijk The Netherlands.
My husband and I watch flog it and antiques road show avidly, and we just discovered that David has passed away. We are so sad to hear the news, it was like we knew him personally. He will be missed so much, he was a lovely man. Our sincere condolences to all his family. God Bless.
Winifred Abberley Northwhich, Cheshire.
I have just seen the last programme today, and it said “David’s last show". I have been away and did not know he died. I'm very sorry for your loss. I'm gonna miss him on TV. He was great, loved watching him haggle. He is a true star and will be shinning down from heaven. Because we love him, his sprit will live forever. Bless him, and rest in peace.
I can't believe I have only just heard about the very sad news of David passing away. I was watching Antiques Road Trip and couldn't work out why there was a montage of clips of David Barby at the end. What a sad sad loss. Not many TV personalities passing affect me, sad as it is, but I was truly shocked. He was such a gentleman with a wicked sparkle in the eye. I'm sure he will be truly missed and am so sorry for his family.
I am so sad to hear of the passing of David. He seemed to be a lovely man. Thanks for all the entertainment David. Rest in Peace.
Seán, Galway, Ireland.
David Barby spread happiness all around, so in our sadness we'll also smile when we remember him.
Sara and Ernie.
Mijn oprechte deelneming, Sincere condeleance, From Belgium. A fan from him on Flog It.
Eddy Van Mechelen.
Jenny, I had to write to add my voices to the tributes paid to such a wonderful, wonderful man. I’ve just watched the Antiques Road Trip tribute to Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’, and I have tears rolling down my cheeks and a lump the size of an egg in my throat. A lovely idea to keep the site going as a tribute and I hope his friends and family continue to draw strength and comfort from the fact that he brought pleasure to millions...
Julian Smith .
I do not watch much day time TV and somehow missed any announcement of David's death. The world has lost a great character. On TV he came across as a charming gentleman, so polite kind and caring there are too few true gentlemen like him left in this world.
Luke and Pamela Brady.
We are so very saddened that David is no longer with us. He was magic on any antiques show and we've watched him avidly throughout the years but especially this week (1st-5th October 2012) on Bargain Hunt, Flog It and Antiques Road Trip. He was a one-off with his style and grace and forever the gentleman throughout. What a miss he will be. Thankful for the lovely tribute paid to him at the end of the show this evening, it just summed him up brilliantly. Rest in Peace David. Sincerest Condolences to you and your family.
Marilyn & Tony, E.Yorks.
I just wanted to extend my condolences at David's loss. I've watched and enjoyed his company on the television for several years. He seemed such a kind and warm hearted person and so knowledgeable. I loved watching him whenever he appeared. I cried when I heard the news -so shocked that he passed away so young. I'm in tears as a type this. I will sadly miss him - he was such a lovely man and antique programmes will never be the same without him. I'm sure you must be feeling his loss greatly and can only extend my warmest wishes that you will have such fond and loving memories of him. Kindest regards.
Marianne Neale X.
He was a true gentleman, will be sadly missed.
So very sorry to hear about David Barby’s death. What a lovely man. Always a pleasure to watch. He will keep the angels laughing, and tell them all about antiques at the same time. My husband and I will miss him very much. The antiques programmes, will never be the same without him xxx
Gill and Frank Agius, Cardiff.
I was so shocked and sad to hear that David Barby passed away in July, I really can't believe that I hadn't heard this sad news at the time. David brought so much warmth and humour to the antiques programmes on the TV, he will be hugely missed. My thoughts are with you. Kind regards,
Like many I have just seen the episode announcing the sad news of David’s passing. He brought great joy to the screen and enriched our lives. He touched both young and old, with my young daughter, Jasmine, using his lovely cutting phrase "is that your very best" when shopping. Thank you for the memories and Rest in Peace.
Alistair, Nina and Jasmine (Eastbourne).
So sorry to hear the news on David he seemed a lovely man. Used to love him on TV, so warm. I know he will be sadly missed. I also know he will be carrying on he's wonderful journey in he's new life. God bless him. Warm and happy thoughts of him. Kind regards,
I was so upset to see today, on BBC2 Antiques Road Trip that Mr Barby had died. What a lovely man. On the TV he came across as a true gentleman, with a gentle humour, lovely smile with an incredible knowledge of antiques. I’m sure his family must miss him greatly. He’s always been one of my very favourite experts on programmes on antiques. God Bless Him.
Dear Jenny, This week’s news about David has brought tears to our eyes. Years of pleasure watching a kind, warm and funny man who we will never meet. Our thoughts with David's family and friends.
Kerry and Rosemary Frankton.
Until Monday I was unaware of the sad passing of David, he was a favourite of mine on Bargain Hunt and I will miss his cheeky wit and the way he bartered with the shop owners on Road Trip and the phrase that always springs to mind is when he would say to them " is that the very best you can do? " and with a smile on his face some-how he would always get a brilliant discount. Please accept my wife and I's condolences and our thoughts are with you and your family. Love from
Mick and Margaret Pearmain.
Just a note from a viewer to express my condolences. Always a pleasure to watch Mr Barby; he was genial, gentle and civilised. He was a jolly nice chap. A very sad loss to broadcasting. And no doubt to you.
Both my husband and myself wish to send our condolences to youself and your family. David came across as a very loving and caring man who will be sorely missed. With love,
My husband and I had been on holiday and on our return heard of David Barbys' passing. Though we didn't know him it's as if we've lost a much loved relative. How we enjoyed his expertise and at times hysterical repartee with his colleagues. His famous stare, his twinkling eyes and charm will be greatly missed. He was one in a million. To his family we offer our heartfelt condolences and we say goodbye to a true gentleman. Thanks for the good times. Most sincerely.
Brian and Arlene Robson .
Dear family of David, Today I watched Bargain Hunt as I do almost every day and was completely shocked to learn that David had passed away and that so suddenly. The reason why I hadn’t heard before is that I am Belgian and that is an item what will not make the press here and even more so because the days previous to July 25 I had spend in hospital to sit with my young niece who died that morning too. What a sad coincidence! I certainly will miss David on al the shows he appeared in. With my deepest condolences to you all, Sincerely yours,
Josie De Vos, Antwerp Belgium.
I was so shocked to hear of David's death - he was absolutely great and we all loved him.
My sincere sympathy to you all.
Vikki Simmons .
A sad loss. xx
Always a gentleman, always cheerful and always a pleasure to watch during his parts in Bargain Hunt. We, the Dutch, loved this man an will always remember him for his wonderful contribution to the program. A follower of Bargain Hunt since the beginning of the program.
Please excuse my intrusion and for writing to you out of the Blue. I’ve never done this sort of thing before, but after hearing about David this evening, I felt compelled to. Earlier this evening I switched on my TV to watch the first instalment of the new series of The Antiques Road Trip. I was pleased to see David was going to be one of the co-presenters/contestants in this opening week’s Antique buying trip. I enjoy all the experts, but David has something special – and always a pleasure to see him at work in his natural habitat. As the program was about to launch the voice-over man made reference to David as The Late David Barby . . . I had to gather my thoughts and think ‘did he really say late?’ Googling David Barby just a few minutes ago it was confirmed and I found my way to your website. It felt sad to read about David and disappointed with myself that I hadn’t heard about David’s passing back in July through the media. David had a lovely manner. Very professional and that eyes-nearly-shut smile after making a cracking deal or good profit is unforgettable. That shiner he acquired through the previous series was memorable too :- ) I speak of David as if I knew him personally. But, through being in his company through the Television you do fell as if you know certain celebrities – more-so the credible ones! So here’s to David for cheering, not only me up after particularly bad days on occasion, but also a nation of avid antique fans. I for one will be mentioning David Barby in years to come, when it comes to discussions on TV Antique Experts. Thank you David for all those tips and quips! My best wishes go to you and the family. Take care and take comfort in the knowledge that through the media of television, David touched so many lives of viewers, all over the World. Yours sincerely,
Dear Jenny, I was shocked to hear to day about the death of David Barby. He was a very talented man and we loved him very much for his knowledge about antiques; we learned a lot from him, also in the Netherlands. My condolences to you and the family. We will miss him.
Just heard of his passing today, so sad. Condolences to his family,
To the family of David Barby, I have just heard the sad news that your loved David passed away. He was in today's program Bargain Hunt and at the end of the show they paid a tribute to him showing lovely pictures. I will miss him! He was such a charming person. My sincere condolences.
Gloria Schwering- Pérez, The Netherlands.
I am an avid reader of the news but only yesterday watched Bargain Hunt and the tribute at the end of David. I am so so sorry to hear of his passing it was always a delight to watch him on the antiques shows, His smile lit up the screen, I felt he was a friend. You could just tell by watching him and his laughing eyes and genuine love of the job and the people he met what a lovely man he was. My sister thought he was lovely too. Our loss is heaven’s gain is the only way we can deal with these things. My heart goes out to you. He radiated goodness.
Marion Richards, Caerphilly.
Loved this man. His love for antiques has made me a fan. I enjoyed his enthusiastic approach. I am so sorry for you loss. He was a pleasure to watch. Kind regards,
We shall miss David’s jovial laughing character greatly and wish all the family strength to bear his tragic loss.
Sylvia and Michael Rowlands.
We just wanted to add our condolences to David Barby's family. He was such a delightful man and we always loved seeing him on television. A real treasure himself. Badly missed...
Dear Jenny, I would just like to say that I saw the tribute to David at the end of Bargain Hunt today. It is a true measure of a man how much he will be missed. The tribute was the longest, most poignant I have ever seen. I laughed with him and cried at the end, it was obvious to anyone just how much he was loved and respected by the programme makers and other members of the crew. . I did not know until today that he had passed away. RIP David.
I’m sat watching Flog It, I’ve just heard them mention the late David Barby, I’m truly shocked, I send my sincere condolences, he came over as a truly gentle man. I will like many many more people miss his style, charm. You always felt he was talking to you when he did his programmes a remarkable man my very best wishes,
I was so sad to hear of the passing of David Barby, and I would like to forward my sympathies to his family on his loss. I watched him on most of the afternoon and evening antiques shows and so was used to seeing him on a regular basis, as he was so popular and always ready with a smile. It must have been a huge shock for him to go so quickly and so young, and I hope that some of these messages of condolence are of some small comfort. Yours,
I watched many of David’s TV appearances always enjoys watching his so sad to hear the news. David thank you for all the enjoyment you gave on TV.
Matthew Laming, Ireland.
It was with great sadness that we learnt, only today, of David's untimely passing. Whenever he was on T.V. there was always a warmth radiating from him. He will be greatly missed and his memory will last for ever. R.I.P. David.
Barbara Worton and John Hutton.
We did not know about the death of David until lunch time today when it was announced on Bargain Hunt. We were on holiday in July but still do not know how we missed the sad news. It came as a great shock and sadness to us. It brings home the fact that we never know what lies ahead of us and to live every moment as well as we can. We remember David for his constant smiles and happy, bright eyes. He seemed so full of life and joy always. I wonder if he suffered headaches throughout his life or was the haemorrhage just out of the blue? We will certainly miss him and his enthusiasm and warm smile. Our condolences to all the family. Kind Regards,
Jeanette Nicol and Bob Robertson (fans of the antique shows) God Bless.
My deepest condolences to you. So sad, so shocked. What a great loss. David made so many of us so happy, a unique man.
I have just learnt of the sad passing of David, he was truly a joy to watch, always happy and very informative, he will be sadly missed, a true scholar and a gentleman. With all our deepest sympathy, God Bless you and your family,
Maurice and Mara Derrett.
Last night we heard for the first time about the death of David and we were shocked. We live in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and we always watch antiques programs on BBC. Programs like Antique Road Show, Flog it, Bargain Hunt, Antique Road Trip, and David Barby appeared in all of them. We loved watching him, his personality, his friendly smile, his humour. We will miss him very much, and we can imagine how much you will miss him. Our sincere condolences to the family.
Marc and Magda (Amsterdam).
Condolences from the Netherlands, I’m en ex-pat living here for 40 years, and many of those years I have enjoyed the presence of Mr David Barby on Bargain Hunt and other antique programmes from the BBC. For me it’s been an important link with “home”, his humour ,sparkling eyes, his joy in his work , his clothing style and much much more that often reminded me of my father. I shall miss him, and although words are so poor to express ones sorrow, I want to express my deep sympathy to all those close to him and loved by him. It was such a shock to watch this last so enjoyable Bargain Hunt, and then understand at the end of the program of his passing this summer. May all the wonderful memories be a comfort to his wife and family.
Gillian Sepers Pailthorpe. Almelo .NL.
Thank you for happiness you shared around.
D Chattington. Kent Furnishings.
We are saddened to here of his demise. A favourite of ours and a man of humour and wisdom. We know he will be missed by thousands and no less than by my wife and I.
Ian and Jane Cattemull of Somerset.
Sadly, I've only just found his tribute site. Prayers and condolences to David's family. He was a beautiful, kind and gentle human being; having time for even my own enquiries, only too happy to share his expertise. Sorely missed by all.
Paul (Grove, Oxon).
We have only just learned of the passing of David Barby and although we never met him, we have enjoyed his many TV appearances and we both feel a sense of loss and great sadness at his passing. Please accept our sincere condolences. Kind Regards.
David and Vivien Cooper.
My wife and I always enjoyed his appearances on Bargain Hunt - a real gentleman! Today my wife was watching Bargain Hunt today and said out of the blue " such a shame he died" such was the effect he had on his 'public' Although we never met, from what I observed of him, he was clearly passionate about the arts and antiques and was so nice - a rare quality today and even rarer in a celebrity. Our best wishes.
It was with both great shock and sadness I read in this week's Radio Times of David's passing. I had no idea until now as we were in France at the time visiting family. His was a truly lovely personality who helped to make the antiques programmes so very interesting and enjoyable. Although we did not meet him it feels like the passing of a friend, his presence on the TV shows, always welcome, became so familiar. Hopefully, the many tributes to him will bring some comfort to his family in their loss.
I too have just heard tonight of David Barby’s passing, I too have followed him on the various programmes over the last 10 years and smiled at his enthusiasm for cats and his raft, the twinkle said it all,,,, a nice persona. He was one of my favourites also, and made me smile with his wit and usual charm. Bless to the family. One thing with the TV is that he will carry on and we can see him over again at his best. Regards,
So sorry to hear about David such a lovely warm person, a true gentleman xxxxxxxxxxxxx
May I just send my condolences to David Barby's wife and family. I was so shocked to hear the news, I have always enjoyed watching him on Flog It and Road Trip, and was really pleased when I discovered he was a dedicated cat lover as well [ I can never warm to people that don't like cats!], I, like so many others loved his "very, very best" line and stare. He always seemed such fun, as well as being a real gentleman, and a very gentle man. I do hope you can find some comfort in knowing that he was loved by so many people. I will keep you in my thoughts.
I grew up watching David on the many shows he appeared on - he was a master in all that was antique and I loved his sense of fun and the fact he always seemed to be just on the verge of a big belly laugh. He will be missed. Please pass my respects to his family.
Dear family and friends of David Barby, Sadly I never met the charming David even though he spent many hours in my house via the TV screen it came as a tremendous shock to learn this week from Bargain Hunt that David had passed away in July why hasn’t the BBC done a tribute to him he deserved one. My thoughts are with all of you.
“Is that your very best…”
“I’m looking for a sparkler!”
These words, together with a twinkly-eyed, mischievous stare…David Barby brightened my TV screen, educated me in antiques, and was a welcome, cheery presence in my life. And with his vast knowledge and bargaining power, he wasn’t called ‘The Master’ for nothing! He was a charming man who was clearly loved by many. A big THANK YOU to his family and the BBC for allowing me (and his many fans) to see and hear him still in the (repeat) antique programmes on TV. I am also grateful for the tribute programme of Bargain Hunt. I am sure his ‘sparkler’ presence will live on, long after he disappears from our TV screens. May his family be given strength for the future and…May he rest in peace.
Hazel Boomkamp-Lee, a Brit in the Netherlands.
Having just watched Antiques Road Trip, I am very much saddened to see that dear David died suddenly in July. Living in France, I had not heard. This is the first time I have sent a message of this sort, to someone I do not know. David was always such a joy to watch. He will be sadly missed, & we will all be much the poorer for his loss. My sincere condolences to all his family & friends.
Tricia Pickles. Poitiers.
Sadly somehow I missed the sad fact that David died in July. I have so enjoyed his programmes being shown on television this week but so sad that this knowledgeable and humorous gentleman will no longer entertain us on Bargain Hunt, Flog It and Road Show. The loss of most people in the public eye don't bring a tear to my eye but David's loss certainly did. My heart goes out to his family and those who loved him. So very sorry for all those who loved him, Jenny. He must have been a joy to know as a personal friend. He will live on in memory. Rest in Peace lovely David.
Sue Eddy. Cornwall.
My husband and I were so sad to hear of the recent death of David. He was a true gentleman, comedian and expert all in one. The Antique world will not be the same without him. Lovely, lovely man. Sincere condolences to all his family and friends.
V & R Cowlin - Lavenham, Suffolk.
We have this week been watching and enjoyed the Antique Road Trip as we do most weeks unaware of David's passing and we feel so deeply and sincerely saddened to hear of it. Although we never met David he always came across as a friendly down to earth gentle man who will be sadly missed, the programs in which he appeared and the profession in which he was involved has lost a true professional. Our heartfelt sympathies and thoughts go to Mrs Barby and family at this time.
Malcolm & Janet. Leigh in Lancashire.
I have only just heard about David and am very sad knowing I will no longer see him on the T.V in new programmes. I loved watching him on T.V. he made me laugh and always brightened a dull day. I will miss seeing him on the “box”. Regards.
I only just found out yesterday that David had passed away. I thought David was a lovely man and spent many an hour watching him in different antiques programs over time. I send belated condolences to all David’s family and friends. May God keep him in the palm of his hand. Regards.
Patricia Rolston. Walsall.
So sorry to hear of the untimely death of David. I know how it feels to lose a loved one, my husband passed away last November aged 64. I penned this verse at the time and hope it will give you a little comfort.
Although I’m gone please don’t despair
Just think of me and I’ll be there.
Think of me with joy not tears
Remember all the happy years.
Keep the memories, hold them tight
and I’ll be there just out of sight.
In each branch of our family tree
there lives a little part of me.
A glance, a smile, a twinkly eye
that will remain as time goes by.
So though I’m gone please don’t despair,
Just think of me and I’ll be there.
My heartfelt condolences to you and yours.
After watching today’s episode of Bargain Hunt, I was shocked to hear of the untimely passing of the beloved David Barby. My partner and I send our deepest sympathies to his family and friends at this very sad time. He was such a jolly chap, and a joy to watch every day. Always smiling and laughing with the public, he seemed to have all the time in the world for his fans. You will be missed David. With love to your family,
Sylv and Jason.
I was away from TV throughout August and am shocked to learn news only today ( 1st Oct). My deepest sympathy for a really lovely man. “Can you do it for £20?” - tongue in cheek for article worth about £100 . “Go on then!”. Always a smile for everyone. The world was a better place when David was in action! My thoughts are with you.
Only just found out about the sad and premature passing of David. What a shock when I tuned in today to BBC1. Being in a role working from home, I'm lucky to be able, in the main, to plan my working day around my favourite programme, Bargain Hunt. David was right up there with my favourite experts, not just because of his undoubted knowledge and expertise in his chosen field, but mainly through his ability to engage with the viewing public, as well as his team members and Tim. His sense of humour, (sometimes wicked!), was a delight to witness. His advice to, and commitment to doing his very best for, his teams was beyond question. He seemed a lovely man. I feel a big 'well done' is due to the BBC for a fitting tribute today to the great man. Lunchtimes will genuinely not be quite the same any more. Rest in peace David. Sincerely.
Just watching David's last Bargain Hunt and just wanted to send my condolences - David had such ability presented with great charm and warmth and will missed by many who never had the pleasure to meet him. I wish all the family the best at this sad time and thank you for sharing David with us.
I have just got back to the UK, after spending sometime in Spain. As is my usual habit I watched today's edition of Bargain Hunt which I always enjoy. I was deeply saddened and shocked to learn that David Barby had passed away, several weeks ago. Although I never met your husband it feels as if I have lost a very good friend. I always enjoyed listening to David, and his enthusiasm for antiques and collectibles that he obviously loved. I am sorry to cause you and your family further sadness by talking about your husband, he was such a warm personality it was impossible not to be drawn to him. The world is sadder and greyer place with David’s departure. He brought so much colour into a lot of peoples everyday lives. Once again Mrs Barby my apologies for causing you and your family further grief. Regards.
It was with great sadness that my wife Carole and I learnt only today of David's untimely death. Over the last ten or so years we have spent many happy hours watching David on Bargain Hunt, Flog It and best all Antique Road Trip, we really began to feel we knew him personally. Can we please express our sympathy to his family. We will never again hear 'is that your very very best'
Hi I am an avid watcher of the Antiques shows, and was so shocked to hear that David had passed. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. He was a lovely man.
My wife and I just discovered that David had died while watching Bargain Hunt today. We will so miss his warmth and gentlemanly charm. Please pass on our sincerest condolences to his family for the loss of such a lovely man. Kind Regards.
Hello there, I was shocked to hear of David’s death and don’t know how I never found out before. One of the funniest memories I have I of him and Phil Serrell as ugly sisters one Christmas on Bargain Hunt. Those two together were magic. I will so miss the fun jibes between them, and that twinkle in David’s smiling eyes. I don’t know what family he left behind but my heart goes out to them, one and all.
Chloe,(an avid fan).
I am so saddened by the loss of David Barby. He was a great fun loving character on all the antiques programmes which I love to watch. The Antiques programmes will never be the same without him. Rest in peace dear David.
We have only just learned of the passing of David Barby and although we never met him, we have enjoyed his many TV appearances and we both feel a sense of loss and great sadness at his passing. Please accept our sincere condolences. Kind Regards.
David and Vivien Cooper.
I only found out today that the great David had passed away. Such an immense loss to the world of antiques and television he was a joy to watch his excitement was infectious. My belated condolences from a fan.
So sorry on your loss, loved watching him on TV.
My wife and I are extremely sorry to hear the news about David Barby whilst watching our regular date with Bargain Hunt, we have always been great fans of the show and we always enjoyed how he around with his team with a great sense of fun! Whilst always imparting his tremendous knowledge and experience in antiques, and we always thought should we be ever able to on the programme we would have liked him to be our "Expert" Our thoughts and condolences are with you and your family.
John & Linda Hartley.
I am shocked and saddened to learn that David has passed away he brought so much to the world of antiques and all the shows he featured in, a wonderful happy man who contributed to much loved him on his Road Trips and Bargain Hunt,Flog It. R.I.P David and thank you for all you have done I will miss your contributions as I am sure many will.
My condolences on David's passing. I feel like so many he was a personal friend via the TV. Our family will miss his humour and jovial character whenever he appeared on TV. We all share your grief and you will be in our prayers.
Geoff and Chris Hewitt.
I have just tuned in to watch Antiques Road Trip & was shocked to hear that David had passed away. I really enjoyed watching him & laughing at his jokes & mannerisms. Please accept my sincere condolences. My thoughts are with you & your family. He will be sadly missed. Kind regards,
I only heard the announcement on "Flog It" today, how very sad, what a gentleman and he will be greatly missed - loved his smile and wealth of knowledge.
Deepest condolences on Davids passing. I only heard today. Such a dear sweet clever man. He will be hugely missed. RIP.Regards,
I am very saddened to hear of David’s untimely departure, I only just found out whilst watching Bargain Hunt. He was always bubbly & always got greatly involved with the contestants & he always brought a smile to your face. I for one will sadly miss him! God Bless.
Absolutely shocked to hear about David Barby's passing on - a great loss to the antiques programmes. He was truly a gentleman and such a pleasant personality. His smile was particularly contagious. He certainly has contributed an immense amount to the Shows he took part in - my husband and I watch every programme. He will be sorely missed. May his soul rest in peace.
Z Rowlands [Mrs].
Good Afternoon. It wasn't until we looked at the TV Listings last night, that the Bargain Hunt entry said "A Tribute to David Barby" We felt just the same as when we received the news of Richard Whitleys death, it just does not just seem possible. David was our favourite on Bargain Hunt and it will never be the same without him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all and with the knowledge that the amount of pleasure he gave made our lives just that little bit better at lunch times and the other shows he appeared. So sorry.
Dawn and Jim, North Yorkshire.
Dear family of Mr. Barby, Today (Monday, 01 October 2012), looking at Bargain Hunt on BBC1, my wife and me were shocked to learn that Mr. Barby has past away. Looking on internet we found it was already on 25 July. We are so very sorry. There are no words to describe a loss like this gentle gentleman. My grandfather always said: "They are the best, who go first". He was wrong, because he became quite old. He was right regarding Mr. Barby. One of the finest human beings passed away way too early. May he rest in peace. Our thoughts are with his dearest family and friends and we wish you much strength to bare this immense loss. Kind regards,
Aad and Mieke Degenkamp, Woldendorp (GN) The Netherlands.
I was shocked and saddened to find out that David Barby had passed away in July. I have just been watching an episode of Road Trip featuring David. David always came across as a true gentleman, friendly and approachable, and with a huge passion for all aspects of the antique trade. He will be sadly missed on our screens. I would like his family to know that they are in my prayers and thoughts at this sad time. Thank you David, for your company on our TV screens, we'll miss you. God bless you Sir.
David J Passmore.
Dear Jenny, How sad I was to learn of David's passing on TV Bargain Hunt Tribute show on Monday 1st October. I had the pleasure of meeting David when he had an accident filming a show in Herefordshire. He had to visit Hereford Hospital for butterfly stitches to his eye area. I was working at the time and approached David outside A&E, and kissed it better Ha!!!! What a wonderful man with such a lovely sense of humour. I will miss seeing him on TV as he always made me laugh. My heart & prayers go out to you. Fondest wishes.
Betty Lane (Hereford).
Nothing more to add to all the other comments. What a lovely lovely man. We shall miss him so much. Sincerest condolences.
Mandy Gardner, Northampton.
My wife and I have been watching Bargain Hunt and Flog it for many years. We were always pleased when David Barby turned up as expert. He was one of our favorites! We are sad to hear that he is no longer with us and send our hearty condolences. With love and kindest regards.
Eryl and Thomas Lauber. Switzerland. P.S. my wife is from North Wales.
After seeing bargain hunt on Monday my husband and myself had such a shock at finding out of the sudden death of David. He was such a lovely jolly person, very knowledgeable, an exceptional talent for antiques and he had given us years of pleasure. We loved the Antiques Road Show and of course Bargain Hunt. He always brightened up our days, especially when it was raining outside, it was always sunny inside with David on our television screen. We loved his sense of humour, his wicked smile, and of course, his many coloured sports coats and jazzy ties which always cheered us up. He was an expert in his field of antiques and we will miss him terribly. We both wish that we had had an opportunity to meet him; it would have been such an enormous privilege. However, perhaps in the next world we will get to meet him one day. I loved his rapport with Phillip Serrell and all the other experts on TV. We are sure that all the Antiques Experts, Camera men and his colleagues and everyone he came into contact with will miss him terribly. What a wonderful person he was. One consolation, he is now at peace but he leaves a void that no one else can fill. Sincerest condolences to his wife and all the Barby family and friends,
Maralyn and Tyrone Lambert.NEATH. South Wales.
To David Barby’s Family, I only found out today that David died in July. I would like to express my deepest sympathy to David’s family and friends. He will be remembered as much for his wit, sense of humour, smile and dapper appearance, as for his knowledge of antiques and collectables. Thank you.
I was saddened to hear about David. The announcement on TV this week came as a big shock. Last year I was lucky to be selected to appear on Flog It when the show visited Saltaire. I had no idea David would be one of the experts, so you can imagine how excited I felt when I was told that he would be looking at my antique. David was my favourite expert and being on the show was the highlight of my year. We had a longer chat off camera and I was able to tell David a bit about Saltaire. He said he would like to visit the village again to have a good look around. Daytime TV will not be same without him. My sincere condolences to the family.
A sad loss. A man who will be sorely missed.
I watch daily, so does my dad 60 miles away. My dad was on holiday when David passed away, I text him and he said he was really sad about it, almost as if he had lost a member of his family. I have been watching the tributes this week and really found myself getting upset. God Bless David, I loved watching you xx
Dear Jenny, I like many others have only just heard that your lovely David has passed away. My husband and myself are sat watching him on the TV at the moment on the programme 'Antiques Road Trip' he is just wonderful with those twinkly eyes he could charm everyone. I know his family will miss him terribly but so will all his fans and friends. He was always such a gentleman, our condolences to you.
Eileen & John McCormack.
Dear Jenny, We have both watched David many times on TV with his antiques hunts and valuations, his great humour and infectious laughter cheered us, he really enjoyed life. We will miss him. Our condolences go out to you and your family. Kind Regards.
Viv & Mike Edgar.
To David Barby's family, Like many others settling down to watch Bargain Hunt yesterday, my wife and I were shocked to hear that David had gone. We have greatly enjoyed his "performances" on Bargain Hunt, Flog It! and The Antiques Road Trip (me only since retiring two years ago). It must be some comfort to you and your family that many people who had never met him felt they knew him due to his regular television appearances, full of kindness, knowledge and wit. We especially remember his steely look and his bargaining catch-phrase: Is that your very, very best?" Our very, very best wishes for "sharing" him with us.
Cllr Meredith Lawrence, Wendy Lawrence, Nottinghamshire.
Ashamedly we only heard about David’s passing today. So hard to believe this dear, sweet and happy man has been taken from us so soon. Our sympathies to his family and all who were fortunate to know him personally. R.I.P David.
Sally & Dave.
What a shock I got when I read the Radio Times to see that David Barby had died, I was really looking forward to the Antique Road Trip Programme and looked to see who would be the first people on and when I saw that it was a tribute to the late David Barby I was shocked and upset. He was always my favourite on the show, a lovely pleasant smile and always amused me by his long stare and his saying is that your very very best. He was also a gentleman, and last year when I requested a signed photo, he duly obliged expediently, obviously nothing was any trouble for him, he will be greatly missed. I am watching the tribute week to him and hope that the BBC do him the justice he deserves. R.I.P David,
Jennie Gammon of Freckleton.
I've just heard the sad news of the death a David. My mother died very suddenly just before your loss and I truly understand your pain. He was incredibly funny and warm person and the world is worse off for his loss. Is that your very best always made me laugh.
I only knew David Barby through the TV especially Bargain Hunt. Watched yesterday's episode which had a short tribute to him at the end. I hadn't realised he had 'passed away'. Seemed a genuinely good and decent man and I will miss his presence on the TV. Certainly gave me some pleasure with his appearances and knowledge and sense of fun. Just wanted to say that. All the best.
Today, in the early hours of October 2nd I overheard on the radio, a mention that David Barby had passed away. Unbelievable. I couldn’t sleep and had to get up to find what had happened and why I hadn’t known before now. It is a strange position to be in, I never met David, but when some special person is in the public eye, you feel you know them...they are part of the essence of your life and you feel they should always be there....and so it is with David Barby, .... a good man, an unfailingly cheerful man and a true old world gentleman, taken too soon. Sincere condolences to you and your loved ones,
Judy McCranor. Pitlochry.
My husband and I were saddened to hear of David’s passing as we always enjoyed his appearances on the television. His love for antiques was evident in his enthusiasm which he conveyed so well to his audience. The world is a sadder place without him and we would like to send our best wishes to his family and friends.
Lynn & Dave.
I was shocked and saddened at the news of David Barby’s death. As an avid Bargain Hunt watcher, I was always pleased when David Barby was the expert. He will be sadly missed by a lot of people. I will miss his “Is that your very lowest” along with that lovely twinkle in his eyes. God Bless David. xx.
Dear Jenny, Georgie, (mywife ) and I have just heard of the passing of David. Although we live in Brisbane Australia and never had the pleasure of meeting David, we feel that we knew him. Whenever he was on TV he would light up our home with his personality and his joy of life. We send you our sincere condolences and hope that the extensive and beautiful tributes to David bring help you get through this most difficult time for you and your family. Sincerely.
Will and Georgie. BRISBANE QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA.
Have just watched two tribute shows today 01 October,and felt very sad we will no longer see or hear his wit and wisdom on 'Flog It' and 'Bargain Hunt'. My favourite 'Antiques Roadshow' was with David and Anita Manning. May he rest in peace!
Dear Jenny, Bargain Hunt on Monday did him proud! It was a lovely reminder of the wonderful man he was, a very fitting tribute to him and very moving at the end particularly. I hope you found it a comfort as well as a poignant reminder of him. With all good wishes.
I have watched Bargain Hunt from start, and always enjoyed David's way of presentation and learned a lot, he enjoyed his work. Keep strong at this sad time.
Just heard on Bargain Hunt today that David Barby had died, We are so very sorry he was a lovely man, such jolly fun , he seemed to get on with everyone, I will miss his catch phrase “is that the BEST you can do” so sad, our condolences to you and yours may he rest in peace, goodbye David.
Carol and Nigel Vaughan, Truro, Cornwall.
Having enjoyed, as usual, this lunchtime's Bargain Hunt, I was stunned when all the photos of David appeared. As I realised what I was watching, I cried. What a lovely man he was. A joy to watch on my favourite programme. Heartfelt sympathies to his family and friends.
Anne Killinchy. Northern Ireland.
It was only today when watching Bargain Hunt on telly that I realised that David had died. I could not believe it and felt so very sad at his far too early departure, I always enjoyed watching him on telly and his sense of humour was great he will be sadly missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends and its true what they say he may be gone but he will never be forgotten.
Sorry to have belatedly found out about David’s passing. On the three programmes I have picked up as a well mimicked phrase IS THAT YOUR VERY,VERY BEST. He certainly did his very very best to entertain and educate we viewers. Thank you. (PS who is now going to keep Charles Hanson under control???)
Joseph Boulderstone-Salthouse and Marian Boulderstone.
Dear Jenny! Never before did I cry while watching Bargain Hunt, but today I did, when I found out that "our" adorable David Barby died! I live in the Netherlands, so the news didn't come to me, until today! Almost every day I watch Bargain Hunt. I will miss his smile, and his love for people as well as antiques! I'm glad, if I may say so, that there is this possibility to express my feelings to you! I wish you all the strength you no doubt so desperately will need!
Janneke Middelkamp, Winschoten, the Netherlands.
I am an American expat living in Holland and have become quite addicted over the years to “Flog It” and “Antiques Road Trip”. Mr. Barby was a great favorite of mine. He was quite a class act. May he rest in peace. Sincerely and with condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.
Laureen de Leeuw.
What a shock today to realize David had died! We enjoy having our lunch while watching Bargain Hunt’ and it’s always a joy when David is one of the experts. I thought it was a lovely tribute at the end of today’s show. My Deepest Sympathy goes to his family. He will be greatly missed by all. Sincerely,
It was only at lunch time today when I turned on to watch Bargain Hunt as usual that I learned of David Barby's death. I was so sad watching that last programme - I always loved watching him. His sense of fun, his humour and twinkling eyes will be missed by so many people. I never met him but felt he was a friend - great man in many ways - my deepest sympathy to his family.
Irene Clarke. Milton Keynes.
I was saddened when watching Bargain Hunt on Monday 1st October, to see the tribute to David Barby. I had no idea that he was no longer with us. I can only repeat what everyone else has said that I am so sorry that David Barby had died. I have watched Bargain Hunt for many years whilst having my lunch and sometimes see the other programmes (I work shifts). I have always enjoyed David's professionalism and although I never had the pleasure of meeting him he seemed a true gentleman, one who also had a great sense of humour. I send my condolences to all David's family, friends and colleagues. We will all miss him.
Nancy – Bolton.
I only found out today of the passing of the lovely David Barby. I simply cannot believe it. I am shocked and saddened by his untimely passing and would like to offer my sincere, if belated, condolences to his family and friends. He will be greatly missed, even by those of us who only new him through his T V work.
I did not know of David’s untimely death until I saw the tribute on Bargain Hunt today. I was greatly upset, although I had never met him and would like to send my condolences to all his family. RIP.
Sending my love and condolences to Jenny and family at the sad loss of one of the nicest men to grace our screens. I never had the privilege of meeting David, he always came across as a true gentleman with a great sense of humour. He was an absolute joy to watch. Our world is a poorer place at his passing. Rest in peace David and thank you for the smiles, laughter and joy you brought to us.
So shocked and saddened to hear of David's passing. We never met him but felt as if we knew him. A warm and generous personality, he often made us smile and never ceased to amaze us with his knowledge. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his family and friends at this most difficult of times.
Ria and Ivor Williams.
I was shocked and upset to hear of the untimely death of David Barby, I found him to be a VERY likeable and wonderful person. Whenever I watched Bargain Hunt I was always thrilled when I heard that David was one of the experts and even more so when he was joined by Philip Serrell who for me were the "Dream Team". Bargain Hunt will not be the same without David's humour, charisma and all out wonderful personality, a TRULY great man who will be sadly missed.
What a sad moment it was today watching Bargain Hunt when my husband and I heard the news of Mr David Barby’s passing away in July. My husband and I would like to express our sincerest condolences to the family of Mr David Barby. We have seen so many programmes on television where Mr David Barby was appearing and we always loved watching him. Rust Zacht David.
Fredda and Gerrit Jan Ritman, The Netherlands.
I watched the tribute Bargain Hunt today and wanted to let you know that David Barby will be sorely missed. He was a real gentlemen, always smiling and with a gentle sense of humour. It was so nice to watch someone who obviously loved his job and was so knowledgeable without patronising the contestants on the show. I thought the programme makers did a very nice tribute at the end, very fitting. It won't be the same without David. Kind regards.
What a lovely, funny, knowledgeable man David was. Only knew him from television but felt I knew him. How devastating is his loss. Please accept my sincere condolences.
Dear Jenny, I have just heard the sad news of David Barby's death. This has shocked me very much as he always looked SO well. I have only been watching 'Bargain Hunt' for the past 2 years and always wanted to watch it more when David was one of the experts helping the contestants to buy. He was always SO happy and jolly and his lovely smile always made you feel so happy. He will be very much missed. The news has made me feel really very sad. I would like to send my condolences to his family and of course, his wife. So sorry. David and his wonderful smile and sense of fun will be sadly missed, especially by me. RIP lovely, smiling man, I would have loved to have met you.
Michelle Lay, Berkshire.
I am so sorry to hear of the death of David Barby, my husband and I were fortunate to meet him and his friend John on the MV Discovery in March. He was such a delightful man and his lectures were very popular you had to be early to get a seat. We spent many an afternoon in the Jacuzzi with them and this is how we will remember him, I had hoped to see him on another cruise, but sadly not now. Our condolences go out to Janet and Family who we really think we know as he was forever talking about them.
Graham and Chris Blyth.
My husband Tony and I put the Antiques Road Trip on tonight. Before the programme ran the lady announcer said "the late David Barby". We looked at each other incredulously! To say we were aghast to hear that dear David had passed away is an understatement. What a thoroughly nice chap he was and an expert par excellence. We are lucky to have shared his personality and humour. His twinkling eyes and winning smile won everybody over. Our condolences to all of his family, friends and ardent fans.
Susan and Tony Boyton.
Dear Jenny, My sincere condolences to you on your loss. Only today I found out that David Barby had died, by the announcement made just before the start of one of my very favourite programmes on TV, "The Antiques Road Trip". I really couldn't believe what I had heard, as it seemed so out of the blue, so I checked the facts on the internet right after the show. I can hardly believe David was actually 69 this year: he always looked so much younger than that. I honestly believed him to be somewhere in his early fifties! Together with James Lewis, David Barby has been my favourite antiques expert for quite some years now. I just love his playful style, his flair, his wicked sense of humour and his all-round and in-depth knowledge. He genuinely put a smile on my face every time he was on whenever I happened to watch him, either on "Flog It", "Bargain Hunt" or today's show. Never really knowing who was the expert on one of these shows, it would always be a treat when David was on, most particularly when teaming up with James Lewis, another great character in the business. I wish I could have let David known in person how much I have appreciated his character on the TV-programmes that I enjoy so much. I realise how much he must be loved by many, as his familiar face actually has become part of people's lives. He will be sadly missed in the future. Although he will no longer be around, I somehow will expect him to be around anyway, since he was such a regular for so long... I really hope that this my message will help in grieving and in feeling that David's personality actually reached out to so many people he never even knew of, including me. I will remember him fondly for a long long time. I wish you all the very best. Kind regards,
Steven Mei, the Netherlands.
Our thoughts are with the family on David's passing. He came into our homes and we felt like he was a friend. He will be sadly missed.
Sam and Joyce.
I will truly miss that sweet gentleman, David Barby. And, sadly, I will never get to ask him where he bought his wonderful jackets. RIP David. You and your memory are much loved. I wish every consolation for your grieving family.
Such a shock, always watch Dickinson’s Real Deal and Flog It Had no idea. So sad. He looked to be a lovely man, our thoughts and love to you all.
Alan & Bren Rotherham.
I can't believe I only heard that David had died today, when it was back in July that he had the fatal haemorrhage. I knew him first when he joined Locke and England in the 1970s (I had been the manager of their Property Management Department). Years later he conducted a phenomenally successful charity auction that Jean and I had organised for the Home Farm Trust in Leamington. And years after that we bumped into him (and Janet, we think) at a cafe in Dubrovnik. Finally, a couple of years ago I nearly collided with him and Philip Serrrell in their Morris Minor outside an auction room in Wooton-under-Edge. But of course, on the box we've met him nearly every week for years! Such a warm person, and a bloody good valuer and auctioneer.
Chris Arnison FRICS (retired) and Jean.
Dear Jenny, It is with great sadness that my family and I learned this afternoon when watching Bargain Hunt that David very sadly passed away in July and on behalf of us all, we felt compelled to pass on our sincere condolences. Although we didn't have the pleasure of meeting David, we always enjoyed watching David on television with his infectious sense of humour and truly charming personality. David will be sadly missed and we would like to pass on our thoughts and prayers to his family.
Linda and Steve Littler, Graham and Christabel Mason. Macclesfield.
I am just watching David on Antiques Road Trip. I feel very sad that he has died and it feels as though we have lost a genuinely lovely man who always seemed to have a twinkle in his eye and a ready smile. Best Wishes to all his family.
I was shocked and upset to learn just today of the sad news of Mr. Barby's passing in July. You will know that he was beloved of so many of us who only knew him from the TV screen. His warm smile, gentle approach and obvious innate kindness were key characteristics. He is someone who made a very positive impression on his TV viewers and he certainly stood out as one of the most likeable people I have observed on TV. How fortunate and wonderful to be his family and friends. His loss must be immense but hopefully the pain is easing. May he rest in the most delightful peace.
On seeing the notice at the start of today's programme I would like to say on behalf of my mum and myself I would just like to say how both very shocked and saddened we were to here of David's death, we have so so very very often looked forward to, enjoyed his appearances on the television, in our house hold he will be missed but I’m sure nothing like that those of the family he belonged to. Our very best wishes are sent to you at this time, I hope knowing that David's face, personality, humour etc. was like a well loved in our home.
Shirley and Marie.
Genuinely shocked to hear of David’s sudden unexpected death – we only learned the sad news when watching Road Trip today (1st October). His charm, sense of humour, and expert knowledge were all apparent when watching the TV programmes. Please accept our sincere condolences.
Brian and Lynne Cloke.
Dear Mrs. Barby, Just a message to say how sorry I am that David has passed away so suddenly. I was watching the Road Trip and just heard it. What a shame! He was one of my favourite people on TV, for years and I loved his humour and his laugh. Wishing you and your family strength.
Marijo de Graaf, Hoorn, The Netherlands.
How sad to find out today of the passing of that wonderful, gentle man Mr David Barby. We are completely shocked and feel we have lost a member of our family. He was a 'one off' a true showman, expert and entertainer, a great loss to the Antiques world. Our sincere condolences to his wife, family and friends. We shall miss him very much.
Chris and Oz McGowan.
I never met David but he was my all time favourite TV presenter. Such a witty and knowledgeable chap. He seemed so full of fun and mischief whilst remaining professional and courteous. He will be sorely missed. One of a kind. Sincere condolences to his family.
I always really enjoy watching David on TV. His gentle manner and wit his beautiful smile and sheer love for his work always makes me smile. What a knowledgeable man and a true gentleman. He will be sadly missed. Irreplaceable. RIP Mr Barby. Will miss your lovely presence sir.
So saddened to hear of the loss of such a unique and irreplaceable man. My deepest sympathies to the family.
I am just getting over the shock of hearing that David Barby has died. Having been away for a time I have obviously missed this sad news. So many experts have little time for the everyday Auction visitor. David was charming and helpful, making sure you had his whole attention. My sympathies to all his family, friends and colleagues.
I have watched David Barby since the start of Bargain Hunt and due to holidays I have only today heard the sad news of his untimely passing. I can honestly say that he gave so much pleasure to so many, becoming a friend. His knowledge of antiques was wonderful and his expressions when his choice of items did not reach the expected amount were a joy to behold. All this with his humility and sense of fun will be treasured memories. Sincere condolences to Janet and all his family,
Marlene A Clegg.
I'm so sorry to hear of David’s passing it’s so hard to take in, he will be greatly missed, xxx
Iwas shocked to learn of the death of David Barby. I had just watched him on ‘Bargain Hunt” and whilst I did not know him personally I felt that I did and that if I met him in the street he would be the same laughing person I saw on the TV. Please pass on my sincere condolences to his family.
Vince and Jean Whelan.
Such a Sad Day for all of us who loved seeing him on the small screen. He bought Joy and laughter into our lives - Rest in Peace David! You were a TV Legend!
We are saddened to have only just learnt of the death of David Barby. We thoroughly enjoyed his participation in all the antique programmes, his dry humour, his stare and his expertise. He will be much missed by the public so I am sure his nearest and dearest feel it even more and our sympathies are with them.
Gill & John Chalk, Pembrokeshire.
I sat down to my usual lunchtime fix of Bargain Hunt today with no idea that David Barby had passed away. Watching him laughing and joking with his team just made me feel so sad. The ending with clips of film, photos and the song made me sit and cry. My heart goes out to David’s wife and extended family. My husband died 6 years ago on October 9th just after his 6oth birthday so I know how desolate you must all be feeling. Goodnight, God bless to a lovely man, who I never met, but I consider my friend. Love,
I hope this doesn't sound disrespectful, but I could never see David Barby on TV without thinking of that wonderful photo in the calendar for St. Richard's Hospice - he looked as though he was thoroughly enjoying himself!
My husband and I were so sad to hear today of the sudden death of David Barby. We watched the special edition of Bargain Hunt today which was a great tribute to him. We really felt we got to know him on Bargain Hunt and in other antique programmes and we always enjoyed his great sense of humour. I loved his boyish smile and he seemed to be a man who never really liked to grow up and brought such fun to everything, he just enjoyed life to the full. He made us laugh but he was kind and generous. He gave his all to the programmes and allowed us to enter into his world of enthusiasm and vitality. He brought a lot of happiness to us and I am sure to many others who watched him regularly on the television and welcomed him into their homes through the medium of television. David was a special man and brought such laughter and happiness. He will be much missed by us and of course by his television programme teams, by his firm. But it is for above all for his family we feel great sympathy as it must be very difficult time to come to terms with losing him. He was such a colourful and vibrant person. We send our great respect and prayers for all those who mourn his loss. With all best wishes and thanks.
Chris Makin, Plympton.
Today is October 1st and I have just heard the very sad news of the death of David Barby. I am so sorry and so sad. He was a very special human being. He captivated people with his expertise and knowledge, all wrapped up in gentle humour and love. We were all avid listeners, and instantly warmed to him. He was a lovely gentle man, totally in love with the the world of antiques. His enthusiasm was contagious. His characteristic reactions to high prices and disappointing sales we all found entertaining, he made us laugh! It endeared him to us. That is why we will miss him so much. Watching Bargain Hunt this morning, shown as a tribute to David was very touching, it just underlined how much we are all going to miss him. I send my condolences to David's family and friends for their sad loss.
I'm so so saddened and shocked to hear of Davids' passing. I am a regular viewer of Bargain Hunt and very much a fan of his. I will miss His wonderful smile and humour, the show, for me, will not be the same without him. All my thoughts and sympathy to his family, he will be missed very much. Very sincerely.
Dear Mrs. Barby. I was watching "Bargain Hunt" today and was shocked rigid to hear Tim Wonnacot announce his tribute to David Barby. My deepest sympathy to you. The sight of his grin as he peeped over the tops of his glasses will be sadly missed by his fans. May the Good Lord hold you and the rest of his family in his warm hand through this sad time.
After being away on holiday and returning yesterday I have only just learnt after watching todays Bargain Hunt of the very sad loss of the lovely David Barby. My thoughts go out to all his family, friends and those who were lucky to know him personally. It will be a slightly darker place in the world without him. He brought a lot of light laughter and joy to me and so many. God bless you David, rest in peace knowing we will all miss you deeply.....
Daron in Dorset.
I only found out today, while watching Bargain Hunt, of the passing of David Barby. I am very saddened as he was a pleasure to watch on the many programmes he appeared in and he always came over as a true gentleman with a kind heart. R.I.P David, you will be missed.
So very sad to have learnt today (1st Oct) of the untimely death of David Barby in July. As a television viewer I found him to be the most delightful of antiques experts, he bought such knowledge, entertainment and fun into our living rooms. Behind those wonderful twinkling eyes was such a generous persona, so kind and gentle. You simply couldn't watch him during Bargain Hunt and the Antiques Road Trip without being affected by his passion for history, his keen competitive streak and that wonderful smile that epitomised his great sense of humour. I only wish I could have thanked you David or all those hours of wonderful television entertainment you bought to so many of us over the years; I will really miss you. With sincere belated condolences to all David's family and friends.
Dear Mrs Barby, I just heard about your sad loss today when I watched Bargain Hunt, and David was on it I had no idea even though he wasn’t on for a while that he was ill. And as a big fan of Bargain hunt and antiques road trip I would like to offer you my deepest heartfelt condolences at this sad time! I feel that David and the rest of the team have been good tutors to anyone including myself that has an amateur interest in learning about antiques and although I never knew him personally David seemed like a really nice guy and it will be strange not seeing him on the shows!!!....I do hope that I haven’t been a bother to you Mrs Barby or added to your stress but as a fan I just wanted to send a few words of condolence and for that I thank you. With kind regards at this sad time.
I just caught the tail-end of todays ( Oct 1st ) Bargain Hunt, and sadly learned of David’s passing. His empathic and unpretentious nature was very much in evidence on screen. He took the stuffiness out of the antique business. As the saying goes he will be a hard act to follow. He will be greatly missed. R I P.
Ed Hanlon, Kilkenny , Ireland.
I found today's special 'Bargain Hunt' very moving. It has been a great pleasure to have David Barby in my home at lunch times,
I am So sorry to hear, belatedly, of his passing. He was such fun, & a great expert. Miss him; & All my condolences go out to all that knew him, & all of the rest of us, the viewers, & of course his family & friends, Love,
I have just heard the sad news that your loved David passed away. He was in today's program Bargain Hunt and at the end of the show they paid a tribute to him showing lovely pictures. I will miss him! He was such a charming person. My sincere condolences.
Gloria Schwering- Pérez, The Netherlands.
I have just discovered on Bargain Hunt today 1/10/12, that my favourite Antique Expert, David Barby, has sadly passed away in July this year. I am devastated by this sad news and can’t believe how I missed this news until now. There are no words anyone can say to ease the pain his family must be feeling, but just know that there are many people who are thinking of you in your loss. I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to his Wife Janet and immediate family, and his many friends. Some of whom we also feel we know well too. His wonderful attitude and sunny nature were a joy to all his TV viewers.. We felt we knew him personally. He will be sorely missed by us all. Rest peacefully David. Regards
Chris. From Leicestershire.
I have just watched the Bargain Hunt tribute show, and I had a tear in my eye and lump in my throat. So many people join programs like Big Brother in their attempt to be TV ‘Stars’ but they mostly fail because they never had or never will have that ‘star quality’ that someone like David possessed without the slightest of effort. David had that likeability factor, and seemed to be a natural in front of the camera, and that is something that only a few possess. I am sure that he will be missed as much by the people he loved and worked with as he will be by the people like myself, who escape from the humdrum of normal life by switching on a television show and being swallowed up by David’s charm, personality and knowledge for that brief period of time. At least we can continue to watch the great man at work as long as there are repeats! Respectfully,
Dear Mrs Barby, I'm so truly sorry this email is late reaching you. We were so truly sorry to hear the sudden death of your husband David. I personally is a great fan of Bargain Hunt & Flog it & enjoyed seeing David on these shows as I was a great fan of his & would loved to have met him. He always had that lovely smile & beautiful warm personality with a lovely wit that he always gave, especially to his contestants when he was with them. He always made the contestants more at ease with his great acknowledgement of Antiques and he always explained things very clearly to those contestants who hardly knew about Antiques. Once again, I am truly sorry for your lost. Please take care of yourself & your family? With Best Wishes. Yours Sincerely,
(Mrs) Penny Hancock.
Like many others, I was saddened to hear of David Barby’s sudden passing. I am a great fan of antique programmes, including Bargain Hunt, Antique Road Trip and the like, and he stood out as a warm, knowledgeable and caring man. I’ll miss his cheery smile and my heart goes out to his family. I know what it is like to lose someone you care for, having lost my sister suddenly earlier this year. There was a tribute to David on Bargain Hunt today showing snippets of his appearances on television. It brought a lump to my throat despite my not knowing him personally. Rest in Peace David.
Marjorie Bridges, Dorset.
Myself and my Mum had a terrible shock today when we started watching Bargain Hunt and found out about David Barby. He was one of the best and always made us laugh. He will be sadly missed by us, Antique programmes won’t be the same without him. Thoughts with family and friends.
Paula and Sue.
Sadly we have just today discovered your loss and wish to offer our sincere condolences to David's family. David was a natural, a genuine person, appealing to so many, through his TV career. He had the ability to make people laugh, and be happy. Just one of his many attributes. We will truly miss his wonderful presence. Sincerely.
Sandra and Frank McLoulin.
Oh no! We have just learned of David Barby’s passing on “ Bargain Hunt”. So sad to hear off it. We shall miss the humour and the “stare”, we so liked him.
I would like to say how sad I was to learn of David’s death. I always have my lunch and watch bargain hunt. Today's programme was the first of a week of tributes to David. I was unaware of his passing in July. I will remember his ever smiling face which made me smile to. I hope all his family find comfort in knowing he will be fondly remembered by so many people.
Linda Dowley. York.
Hi jenny , so very sorry to hear of the very sad loss of David , I did get to meet him in Peterborough , about five years ago can I just say what a great man he was.
To David's family. I was so sorry to hear of David's death today via Bargain Hunt and am thinking of you all.
I have only just seen the news about the very sad and unexpected death of David, and I just wanted to express my sincere condolences to your whole family for this terrible loss, although I did not know him, on television he always came across as a genuine, fun loving caring person and I am truly saddened by his death, he will be missed from our screens, I only hope that his family can take some comfort from just how well thought of he was.
I am typing this with tears running down my face. Such a shock to hear of David's passing. I only knew of him via the TV and thought he was a lovely, gentle, funny man. There was something very comforting about him too, my idea of a father figure. Someone to look up to, respect, learn from and have plenty of laughs on the way. One of the "very best". Sleep well David.
My husband and I returned to the country on Saturday after being away since 7th July, I have just finished watching Bargain Hunt and was so sad that the lovely David Barby had passed away, what a terrible shame he was so much fun to watch with a wicked sense of humour. Our belated thoughts are with his family. He will be missed very much from our TV screens.
Ann & Greg.
I have just watched Bargain Hunt, and am saddened to learn of David's passing. The show won't be the same without his friendly, witty personality and lovely warm smile. My thoughts are with his family.
A Tribute to David. Like many who watch Bargain Hunt I only learned of his passing with the notice on today's programme. What a wonderful guy who was so articulate and yet had the common touch to make all feel so at ease when on air. No doubt that his endearing spirit will have been welcomed into the higher realms. Like so many other great celebrities, our loss is most surely Heaven's gain. At the time of typing this dear wife is undergoing major surgery, how we all both love and need our soul partners. My thoughts and prayers are with you Jenny.
I have just seen the tribute to David on Bargain Hunt. I had no idea he had died in July and just a couple of years older than myself. I too had a massive stroke of the central brain stem (brain haemorrhage) in 1994 so I know how lucky I was to survive. My sincerest condolences to his family and everyone else to whom his TV appearances were so much a part of their lives.
Brian Robinson, Ramsgate, Kent.
As we live in the Netherlands, we heard of his passing away today, watching bargain hunt. We are a family of 6 and all of us loved him, we are sad he is gone and hope you find comfort in lovely memories, and sharing them with the people you love.
Liesbeth Loef, Kloosterburen, the Netherlands.
I have just heard about David’s untimely death, which I am so sad to hear of. I have very fond memories of working with David at Locke & England. I only had a two week temping job there and shared David’s office. I loved his sense of fun and he made me feel very welcome.
Please accept my sincere condolences. I have just watched an episode of Bargain Hunt where they paid tribute to David. I must say it came as quite a shock to me, heaven knows what it is like for his family and friends. He was a lovely man with a lovely smile and twinkly eyes. David always made antiques enjoyable for me to watch on the television. I wanted to go on Bargain Hunt and have him as my expert. Everyone who had him as their expert seem to have a lot of fun and I enjoyed his extrovert character. The antiques trade have lost a very dear expert who will be very sadly missed. Warm regards.
Only just heard the sad news of David’s' death very sorry to hear of it. We thought David seemed to be a real gentleman with a great sense of humour, a man of the people he represented on Bargain Hunt. A look from "Barby" and you knew what he was thinking. Rest In Peace David. Condolences to his family.
Ruth & Jeff. Bristol.
Have only just learnt of your sadness. We both enjoyed David on our screen so much. Love to Jenny and family.
David and Heather Tassell.
So sorry to hear this terrible news. He came across as such a kind and lovely man. He will be missed by millions of people.
Like so many others, I've only just learned of David Barby's death via my Radio Times. It's made me very sad that we won't be seeing his cheerful smile, twinkling eyes and humorous facial expressions again. But I'm really looking forward to watching all the tributes today from the BBC. He was such a lovely man.
I am so sorry to hear the sad news. I am one of his many fans from outside England. He was a joy to watch.
Elly Blom, Amsterdam the Netherlands.
Dear Jenny, It was with total shock and such sadness that I learnt of David's death this morning watching the Bargain Hunt tribute to him. How could I have missed the news? David was one of my favourite experts on Bargain Hunt and Flog it who always managed to make me smile and laugh. the programme just won’t be the same without him. My condolences to his family and friends. Kind regards.
David always exuded charm, kindness and humour during his TV appearances. He will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace.
E. J. Buenaventura.
We are shocked and saddened to hear of the death of David Barby. He always impressed us with his knowledge and we particularly loved the mischievous twinkle in his eye. He will be much missed by us on all the antiques programmes we like to watch. Our sincere condolences to his family. RIP David Barby.
Barbara and Ted Hall.
It is only today whilst looking in the newspaper to see if Bargain Hunt was still on that I learnt of David's passing. I cannot believe I didn't hear about it at the time. David was a firm favourite with us, his cheeky smile and crinkly eyes brightened any day. You and your family are devastated I know but remember “God only takes the best" We shall miss him, God Bless you.
Wendy & Mick Faiers.
My mother and I are so sorry to hear about the passing of David. We only found out this morning. He came across on TV as a lovely man. We loved watching him on Bargain Hunt. He will be sadly missed.
Carolyn and Margaret.
Dear Jenny, I was, like many, totally shocked to hear that David had passed away. I didn't know until yesterday (29/9/12) when I looked at the weeks antique viewing in the TV magazine and saw 'Tribute to David Barby' listed under Bargain Hunt. He was indeed a true gentleman, and all the programmes he appeared, no, starred in, will be all the poorer without him. All I can say is may God be with all his friends and family and give you peace. You are in my thoughts and prayers! God bless you.
Dear Mrs. Barby, never before have I written to mark the demise of a 'celebrity' but, having just been made aware of David Barby's untimely death, I am moved to contact you and all the other mourners fortunate enough to have had David touch their lives. He was certainly my favourite antiques expert on any of the programmes in which he appeared. His moves to camera and wicked smile were endearing and amusing - he was sublime! The antiques programmes will be less, much less, without him. Please accept my sympathy for your loss. Please give Algernon a special stroke and tickle from me, another cat lover.
Very sad news. We remember a wonderful cruise where we met David and his delightful wife. His talks on board were informative and full of wit. He joined in with the whist players with great enthusiasm, and always made time to pass the time of day with fellow passengers. He will be sadly missed.
Susan and Stephen Baines.
I am so saddened to learn of David’s untimely death – literally only today in the Radio Times. I can’t believe I did not hear of it at the time. What a loss to everyone, particularly his family, and to those who loved watching him on television. He always struck me as being a delightful man, with a twinkle in his eye and a terrific manner with people. The Antiques programmes will be not be the same without him. I shall make a point of watching his last programmes in the week beginning 1st October. I can’t believe that he will not grace our screens again.
We only just found out last night, what a loss to television, we always loved when david was on because when the seller said a price David disagreed with he always just stared them down in price and was hilarious, a sad loss to the antique world and a sad loss to our tv viewing. R.I.P David.
Neil and Tracy and Melissa (Prestwick).
For the last couple of years I`ve had to stay at home a lot. Programmes about antiques have been a great interest, both entertaining and educational. The experts and presenters have come to feel like friends - none more so than David Barby. I loved his impish smile, his mischievous humour and, most of all, enjoyed his gasp of horror when quoted a price by a dealer. He showed immense courage when, with a black eye, face covered in bruises and stitches, he not only carried on with the Antiques Road Trip but never lost his characteristic smile. I`ve always scorned those who expressed grief at the loss of people they`ve never met. Now I know how they feel.
Along with many others my parents and I were saddened to read of David's death in the Radio Times. He was a kind, knowledgeable and humorous presence on our screens, his expertise and enthusiasm shone through. A true gentleman who will be greatly missed. Our sincere condolences to his family.
Emma Kate Spencer, John & Patricia Spencer.
I don't know how - but I have only just heard that David had passed away in July. My sister and I had the pleasure of spending time with David and Janet when he was a speaker on the cruise ship Saga Rose in 2011. The most friendliest of couples you could meet. A most interesting speaker on his subject. We will miss him lots, regards,
I'm so very sad and shocked to read of David Barby's death. I'll always remember his twinkling eyes and great sense of humour and obviously his great knowledge of antiques. I will miss watching him on television as he was my favourite personality. My condolences to all his family.
My husband and I would like to express our sincerest condolences to the family of David Barby. Hours of entertainment from a man who was both knowledgeable and humorous. We loved watching him on TV and our hearts and thoughts are with you.
Marjorie and Ronald Regan.
I am still in shock and totally devastated to have learned today (having read it in this week's Radio Times) of the death of David. He was a one off... a true gentleman loved by all and he will be greatly missed. The antiques programmes will never be the same again! I am just saddened that there has been no BBC tribute paid to such a wonderful man. My thoughts go out to his family.
Like many others, my wife and I have only just heard of the tragic death of David Barby. We were both stunned. How could this happen to one of the nicest guys on television. A man who breathed life into antiques like no other. He will be sorely missed - irreplaceable.
John and Ivy McGowan.
To all the family, friends and colleagues of David Barby. I was very sad to hear about the passing of David, I have only just heard about it, awwwwww, really, how sad to lose such a lovely, friendly face from "the telly" and much loved programmes for all generations such as Bargain Hunt, Flog It and Road Trip etc. He was so lovely to watch and had such a great way with people and seemed to have a sense of fun matched with great knowledge, and what a canny negotiator too! Very sad for you all but life with him must have been a pleasure for you and I am sure you have great memories which you can always cherish and smile about. Myself and my family will miss his face on these programmes and you can all be proud that he has helped new generations of people get into antiques and collectibles and history in general. God love him and bless all those he leaves behind.
HE ONLY TAKES THE BEST
God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be,
so he put his arms around you and whispered "Come with Me"
With tear filled eyes we watched as you suffered and faded away,
although we loved you deeply we could not will you to stay.
A golden heart stopped beating, hardworking hands at rest,
God broke our hearts to show us,
"He Only Takes The Best."
We could not believe the news of Davids Death, we say David as we watched all antique programs, so he was like a member of our family. He was always cheerful and he showed he cared about everyone and everything, He will be sadly missed in our family but always he will be remembered. God bless all of his family, our thoughts are with them at this time,
Jane, Tony and Alice, Dover, Kent.
We have just heard about David, so very sorry for your loss, he will be sorely missed. Regards,
Audrey and Les Macdonald.
I have only just heard about the death of David Barby, one of my favourite presenters on TV let alone the antiques programmes he was famous for. He came across as a perfect gentleman with a lovely sense of humour and very knowledgeable. If I had ever managed to be chosen for Bargain Hunt David Barby was the professional I wanted. He will be very missed by viewers and I send my condolences to you and your family.
It is only today I learned of the death of David Barby and would like to add my condolences to his family and friends. I loved his appearances on the Antiques Road Trip and Bargain Hunt. He seemed such a lovely man. Those who worked with him will miss him enormously but so will I. Antiques programmes will not be quite the same. So sorry.
To the family of David Barby.
Whilst looking on the web this morning I was very shocked and greatly saddened to read of the recent untimely death of David Barby. After reading some of the many tributes paid to him, I can only repeat a few of the words rightly attributed to him such as, kind, generous and greatly missed. To these tributes, I would like to add his lovely sense of humour, which he displayed many times during his frequent appearances on various antique shows over the years. He had a wonderful way of explaining about antiques and although he did not always approve of contestants’ choices on programmes such as Bargain Hunt, his sense of humour was never far away. I know he will be greatly missed, not only by the public, his many friends in the world of antiques, but also those who worked with him, presenters, cameramen and many more. I will miss watching him not just for his knowledge of antiques, but also for the reasons as previously stated. My sympathies are with his family and friends.
Carole, A very saddened fan.
I have only just found out that this lovely man has died. I am so sad to hear this, he was a lovely man, and I always enjoyed the shows he was on. He was a kind gentle man and will be sadly missed. My condolences to his family.
I was so sorry to hear about David. I saw it in the Radio Times and couldn't believe it as I had not read about it anywhere. David was my favourite presenter in the antiques world and even more so as he loved cats. Please accept my sympathy in your loss of a lovely man. Thinking of you and your family.
We feel as though we have lost a friend - David always lifted our spirits with his friendly, caring manner and his great knowledge of antiques never ceased to amaze us. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time in your life. We are so glad to have shared a small part of his life.
Lily and Bob Harrison, Lymington.
I am so sorry to hear of the death of David Barby so long after it happened. He was a joy to watch on any of his many T.V. programmes and will be greatly missed.
We have only just learned of the death of David back in July - such a sad shock! As someone else has said elsewhere in the tributes, he was a delightfully unassuming gentleman in the truest sense of the word, and one just cannot understand that his passing was so little publicised. We offer our belated sympathy to you and your family.
Caroline and Len Evans.
I was so sorry to hear of the death Mr Barby, I remember his first appearance on Flog It and was impressed by his knowledge and his gentlemanly manner when dealing with people. He will be greatly missed, not only by people who worked with him and knew him well, but also by people who never actually met him but fell in love with him because of his TV appearances. God bless you dear friend.
I never met David but he made you feel he was talking to you, I loved his passion and his obvious love of antiques,he was a gentle man and his love of cats also endeared me to him.My heartfelt sympathy goes to Davids family and close friends, he will be truly sadly missed.
He will be missed by all.
Dave and Chris Rogers.
Since 2003 I have been an off-screen valuer for BBC 2’s Flog It! and had the great privilege of working with dear David on quite a number of occasions - what a delight! I still find it very difficult to comprehend that I will not work with him again. He was very special to so many people I will miss him greatly.
Anthony J Lester .
I only just learned this morning of the death of David. A lovely guy. He was always so happy. Even after having numerous falls which damaged his face. I really enjoyed seeing David on the various antique shows. He was such a good natured man. He really seemed to `enjoy ' his life. I don't know the first thing about him.... some people are blessed with happy natures (my father was one also). I was lucky to grow up with a man like David. I'm very sorry for your loss. He seemed such a lovely, happy man. This was a huge shock to learn this. David will be sadly missed. Sincerely.
Judy Kay, Minlaton, Sth Australia.
My husband has only just read and told me about the passing of David Barby. Though not known personally by us, we so enjoyed his humour and knowledge on the several programmes he appeared in. He seemed a lovely chap and his grin will be greatly missed. Thankyou David for many hours of good TV with that wonderful sense of humour. RIP. Regards.
Pat and Philip Harrison.
We have appreciated David always on tv as the archetypical English gentleman. A sympathetic man with amazing endurance considering his fall whereby he had scary looking damages around his eyes. Since we missed him lately in his shows we just found out about his demise and are truly shocked and saddenend. Our heartfelt condolences.
Jan and Dineke de Vries, The Netherlands.
I will be only one of thousands who will mourn the death of dear David, but I just have to join the others in expressing the sense of loss we viewers all feel. In addition to his great knowledge of antiques he was always so charming and elegant in his dealings with all around him. I already miss him greatly. Sincerely,
I hope it lifts your heart to read these hundreds of tributes. Although few of us were lucky enough to meet David, we have all been touched by his warm and caring personality. It must surely be the measure of the man that so many of us feel so bereft. God bless, David.
I was very lucky to have known and worked with David through Locke & England. A truly wonderful and unique character, to work with him was a joy and he shared his phenomenal knowledge freely and with great enthusiasm. A great loss. Regards,
We met David 3 weeks before his death, at a filming of 'Antiques Road Trip' in Lincoln. What a genuinely lovely, lovely man! He made time to spend with everyone who had come to watch the final auction, despite the filming schedule, and didn't mind how many times he was asked for photo's, advice etc. He will be very sadly missed and our sincere condolences to all his family.
Clare & Clive, Lincoln.
It was with great sadness that I have just this afternoon learned of Mr. Barby's very sad passing. A great favourite of mine on all the shows in which he appeared. My condolences to his family and friends.
Patricia Fereday. Worcester.
Dear Mrs Barby,
I have just only today seen on the Bargain Hunt website that your dear husband has passed away and I just felt compelled to say how sad I am to read this and also the fact that it happened so long ago. I am an avid fan of Bargain Hunt and always love to watch David with his sense of humour and sometimes curt response if he didn't really approve of a choice item! He was "old school" and they don't appear to be made like this anymore ... it's a gift to have charisma and wit, you can't make it happen. I shall so miss seeing David and his cheery face & personality in conjunction with his co presenters who I bet had a great time off screen as much as on screen; it's as we say "another jewel taken from the crown." My sincere condolences to you and your family I can't imagine such a loss but I'm sure like me 100s of fans will never forget David every time we turn on Bargain Hunt or anyone of the shows he appeared in.
Dear Mrs. Barby,
Sadly I never met your late husband but through the medium of television I felt I had met a very charming and friendly man ,I still cannot believe he will no longer delight our screens with his wit and charm ,sense of all things good ,a joy to listen to when he spoke so fondly of ceramics and quality antiques. The world has been devalued with his passing but where ever he is now that place will be richer by far. Please accept my sincere wishes for your loss and hope the warmth and good will that has followed his untimely death will bring you and your family some comfort. Best wishes.
Sue Williams Havant Hampshire.
I had the enormous privilege and pleasure of meeting David and Janet on a cruise to the Mediterranean in May last year . His lectures were so informative .and even when he was “off duty" he loved to mix with the passengers and have a chat. and in my case asking me if he and his wife could join me for lunch out in the sunshine on deck . During our conversation it transpired that his home is only two miles from where my daughter lives in Rugby!...Truly it's a small world! I will really miss him.
I was only told yesterday that the man who got me interested in antiques has sadly passed away. I am truely sorry for the loss his family and friends will be feeling. He was my favourite antique expert and his phrase of 'Is that your very best?' looking above his glasses at the dealer was classic and I shall always remember it. God bless.
Amanda (26) from Harrogate.
What a nice guy.My condolences.
I wish to give my condolences on the loss of a super human being. I was very fortunate to have sat next to David at a private dinner given by the Farmers Union Ladies, which was held in Twycross, Leicestershire a few years ago. He was absolutely charming & so interested in the items that the ladies had brought with them, for him to value. We enjoyed a fabulous dinner given by a Mrs Vero. My husband Ray & I have always enjoyed all of the antiques programmes & we know that David will be sorely missed by his fans & friends alike. Antique programmes will never be the same. I am very surprised, however that we have not seen a tribute show in David's honour. I hope that we haven't missed one. Yours very sincerely.
I only very recently found out that my favourite person on Bargain Hunt had passed away after suffering a stroke. He will be very sadly missed with his beaming smile and bubbly character. He was such a knowledgeable man and a joy to watch and listen to. I only knew him via the television, but I will miss him nonetheless.
Very sad news. The number of tributes is a testament to his character. He was the sort of person that I would like to be. Unique + Irreplaceable.
We have just heard,(belatedly), that David has passed away. We never met David, but always enjoyed his expertise on TV, but more importantly, his marvellous sense of humour. He will be very sadly missed. Please give our condolences to his family.
Stuart and Sue Roderick.
I have just learned of David's passing, I am so sorry. He was a wonderful man. Please accept my condolences. He will be greatly missed.
Curtis Dowling, www.curtisdowling.com
I only heard yesterday that David had died, and was devastated at the news. We met on MV Discovery on two voyages (I played the piano for the ecumenical service for Mo Holland) and had talked about a visit to Harwich to our old original Electric Palace – at the time there were problems here – and now it is too late, and I am so sad. It would have been so good to have welcomed you both here. He was a truly cultured gentleman, and his smile lit up one’s whole life. His photograph with the small knitted Lifeboatman that I took on our first voyage was spread nationwide through the RNLI. My husband, Bryans, joins me in sending our love and sympathy and the welcome to Harwich is extended with warmth if you are ever inclined.
Only just discovered about David and this is just a quick email to say how much he will be missed, we always enjoyed watching him. He was very knowledgeable and at the same time entertaining. A lovely man and our sympathy goes out to his family. Just so sad.
I only heard yesterday that David had died, and was devastated at the news. We met on MV Discovery on two voyages (I played the piano for the ecumenical service for Mo Holland) and had talked about a visit to Harwich to our old original Electric Palace – at the time there were problems here – and now it is too late, and I am so sad. It would have been so good to have welcomed you both here. He was a truly cultured gentleman, and his smile lit up one’s whole life. His photograph with the small knitted Lifeboatman that I took on our first voyage was spread nationwide through the RNLI. My husband, Bryans, joins me in sending our love and sympathy and the welcome to Harwich is extended with warmth if you are ever inclined. Anna Rendell-Knights.We are so sorry to hear about the loss of David. We have only just discovered this sad news via an obituary in the i newspaper today ( 8 Sept ). He always had a lovely smile and personality on the antique programmes. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered. With love and prayers,
Kay and Lucy Meurig - Bowden.
We have only just read the news of David's untimely death. He was such a lovely guy to watch with his gentle sense of humour. He brought a warmth to any programme he was in. We send our sincere sympathy to you and your family and hope your happy memories of him will help heal your sadness. Kind regards,
John & Ricki Nicholls, Surrey.
I was privileged to work with David for many years. His death is a terrible loss to all those who knew him, in person or through TV. As a cameraman working on both Bargain Hunt and Flog It, I have worked with David, probably hundreds of times. When the schedule arrived it was always a pleasure to see David's name on it. Bargain Hunt contestants often couldn't believe their luck when they were teamed with David. As everybody who has met him says in these tributes, he was exactly as you would imagine from his TV persona, there was no difference. A gentleman, caring, gracious and funny, his skills as a TV expert were second to none and his professionalism set him aside from many others. Filming with him was often tricky as so many people wanted to speak to him, shake his hand, or be photographed with him, but he always made time for everybody. I can't believe that I will never again be filming at an auction with him, and seeing his "outraged" expression as one of his items failed to meet his expected price! He was gracious in defeat but was always thrilled to win. Respected by everybody in both the antiques and TV business, he just made people smile. He may have been called "The Master" but to me he was just the best. My condolences to Janet, all David's family and to all who will miss him.
First of all, my apologies for sending this so late, but I only just discovered this site and tribute section last night. I first heard the very sad news of David’s death the day after it happened, when my son told me he had seen the news on the internet. I had to check for myself, because I’d heard nothing at all on the tv news, or in the national papers, as might be expected (it seems that if you are not some sort of micro celebrity, or on a ‘reality’ show, you are not deemed newsworthy enough to get coverage in the national newspapers!)
Like most of his fans, I at first felt disbelief, then shock and finally, a genuine sense of grief, that can only be understood by those who felt about David in a similar way. I hadn’t felt this upset by the death of someone that I’d never met, but felt real affection for, since Elvis died 35 years ago. And while David Barby may not have reached the heights of world-wide superstardom in the way that Elvis did, he was certainly worthy of a great deal more media attention than has been given! It almost seems as if he had been ‘airbrushed’ out of his usual tv programmes as well, since in spite of all the repeat shows of Bargain Hunt and Flog It, none of his old shows have been aired since. Until I went on Google last night, to try to find out if the BBC had any plans to do a tribute to him, I had no knowledge of your site.
I sat reading through all the many heartfelt messages that fans had sent – some from people who knew him professionally or personally, but the majority, probably, from those like me, who had never had the good fortune to meet him, but who felt as if they had lost a dear friend. I cried while reading through them, and am crying now, because I still feel such a sense of personal loss, such was the effect of David on the lives of those who loved him, albeit from a distance!
There are some people who improve the lives of all those who know them, in whatever capacity, either on a personal level, or simply through watching them regularly on television, and they have the ability to make others always feel happier for having seen them. David Barby was one of those rare human beings, and I know that I am not alone in conveying this sentiment to his wife Janet, his relatives and friends :
I do not pretend to know the depth of your sorrow and grief, but I know mine, and it feels like an ocean. RIP beautiful Barbydoll,
Hi, please accept my absolute and sincere condolences upon the death of David, being a lover of art, ceramics and the decorative arts I would watch David on Bargain Hunt, Flog It! and, more recently Antiques Road Trip avidly. He showed not only his knowledge but also his passion for the subjects, he was also able to communicate these passions simply and, most importantly in my view, without a hint of arrogance. I shall deeply miss his interplay with contestants, and presenters. The world of antiques has lost a warm, intelligent, wonderful man. My thoughts are with his family, friends, and cats as I am also a cat lover! It shows the power of television that the loss of a man that we had never met could leave a small, but significant hole in our daily lives. It's unfortunate that it takes the loss of David to know how fondly he was thought of by many. May he live long in our memories.
Nick, Newark, Notts.
Hi, I have only just realised of the passing of David Barby. I have been watching Bargain Hunt, Flog It etc and enjoyed it when David was in the show, what a shock when I read of his passing, my condolences to the family and he will be greatly missed. Regards,
Johanna and Don in Australia.
So sorry to have heard of David’s death. My wife and I met you and David at the dinner table on board the P&O ship “Artemis” when cruising around the Mediterranean Sea. David kept us entertained every evening, regaling us with stories and incidents from his life. On trips ashore he proved himself to be so knowledgeable and offered many tips to see interesting places not usually seen by the tourists, especially in Rome. Our sincere condolences on your sad loss, a loss that has clearly affected so many people both at home and abroad.
Peter & Judith Worrall.
Sad sad news... He will be missed.. Our sincere condolences to you and your family.
Jeanette and Paul, Brisbane, Australia.
David Barby has been a part of our lives for the past few years. He has entered our home, entertained us to the limit, he asked for the best price and examined all our antiques (very few) and smiled whistfully at our naivity and then left - after only an hour. Bargain Hunt has been a joy and made even more joyful for having David Barby a part of it. We would cheer when the 'experts' were announced and 'DB' was one of them. We have only just learned of his passing and it has made us feel as if a good friend has now gone. We send our sincere condolences to his family and friends.
Trish and Beverly, Sydney, Australia.
Hi, just read on BBC website about the passing of David, I am saddened and shocked, what a lovely man and the best on all the programmes...will miss him as will my husband....regards,
Jill and Steve.
My family and I have just found out about your and our very sad loss. We will miss his colourful personality and his jackets, he was always on an even keel however hard pressed and there were times when you could tell he was. A big hole has come into our lives, which will be difficult to fill. Kind regards,
Tim and Sue Wykes.
Really really shocked and sorry at David passing away.He was my all time favourite expert on Bargain Hunt and Flog It and now I cannot watch either programme. He was the best there was and so many fellow experts and contestants clearly liked him for being friendly and totally genuine. I will miss him. Deep sympathies to his family.
Stuart Pickles. Huddersfield.
So Very sorry to hear about David's passing away, My family are fellow Rugbians & my son & partner met david at the memorial day parade in our local village & my partner pointed him out to my son who was 7 & asked him if he recognised him, which he did, my son's comment was "he's much taller than he is on t.v", which David heard & smiled at my son, that made his day. We send our deepest condolences to his family at this sad time.
Dear Family of David Barby - we are so sorry for your sad loss of David. We never met him, but his wonderful TV Manner was always an inspiration to us as viewers and his warmth and jollity will not be forgotten, though sadly missed.
Pauline and John Brown - Bicester – Oxon.
Hi Jenny, I just found out today and am feeling very sad. His caring, loving, good humoured spirit will never be forgotten. Really liked him and will miss him. Much sympathy to all family and friends.
Helen, a fan, Dublin, Ireland.
David's passing has deeply affected me. Here in Australia, we get Bargain Hunt on free to air and pay TV, so I get to see 10 shows per week. I recorded my first Antiques Road Trip show the other week and when I went to watch it on a Saturday afternoon, I saw the announcement about David. I just couldn't believe it and I immediately jumped on Google and saw the outpouring of grief from all over the world. Even though I never met him, David must have been a fantastic person to be around with and I can’t presume to imagine Janet, his family and all his fellow Bargain Hunt experts’ immense loss. David was on Bargain Hunt last night and I watched the show with a degree of sadness, but fondness as well. I have a firm belief that our spirit lives on in a better place and I look forward to meeting David one day. Just letting you know, that a lot of people are sharing your loss and that David lives on in our hearts everyday. Kind regards,
Dear Barby Family, I am shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of David. He was such an interesting and personable man and clearly loved talking to and passing on his interest in antiques to all. He had the most lovely, sparkling and cheeky eyes and was enormously charming in such a natural and endearing way. I enjoy Bargain Hunt immensely and look forward to each show. We have just seen the 2010 series and are currently being shown the 2008 series. David passed away on my own mother's birthday, who would have been 96 this year. My heartfelt condolences to your family, there will be thousands of people worldwide who will miss David's lovely smile. Best wishes,
Victoria James, Melbourne Australia.
I don't know if you are seeing these emails personally but I would like to say how much I and my mum am thinking of you at this sad time. What a shock for you and your family. David was and is our favourite expert and it was always our hope that if we ever were contestants on Bargain Hunt then we would make a special request to have him! He had such humour and fun and having watched from the very beginning know what a true expert he really was.
I want to send my deep sympathy to the family of the late David Barby, I am so sad to hear of his passing. I loved him on the antique shows and he always made me smile, he appeared a true gentleman with a great sense of humour. Sincere sympathy.
Barbara Agnew, Belfast.
David, you will be missed by a nation. Your kind smile lit up the world and your knowledge wowed many! I used to think antiques were for boring old people but now I love collecting, you inspired me and a generation.
Rosie, a huge and loving fan. xxx
Totally gutted to hear this news about David passing away!! He got me interested in antiques and I watched every programme he was in. A sad loss the man was a legend and one of the good people on this earth!!
James, 28 from Keswick.
I am sitting here, watching Bargain Hunt, and David is the expert for the programme. I decided to look up his Web Page, and found the distressing news that David had passed away. He was such a gentleman and very knowledgeable. You could feel his pain, when auction items would not reach a good price. He will be missed, greatly.
Susan Short, Queensland, Australia.
He is with you
He is with you on your waking; he is with you all the time
He is with you, you who loved him and wants you to be fine
He is with you every moment and knows that you are sad
He is with you, hears your tears fall, which makes you feel so bad
He is with you in your sorrow and knows how much you care
He is with you right behind you, but you can’t believe he’s there.
He is with you in your heart dear as you know he’s always been
He is with you, just like always but he just cannot be seen.
He is with you and he cries so seeing you so brave
He is with you more than ever your broken heart to save.
He is with you with your crying and knows how much you care
He is with you, all the time dear and wishes he was there.
He is with you in this struggle, in a world that can be grim
He is with you; yes he’s with you, just like you were for him.
Dear Jenny, we had just started our holiday in Tenerife with friends when the news about David came through. We were dumbstruck, saddened and could think of nothing else all day. We could not take it in as we have followed him and the shows he has appeared in since they started. We could not help loving his "Is that your very best" catch phrase. We found him to be a lovely,lovely man and will remember his warm smile whenever we watch Antiques.
Colin and Barbara.
How sad to hear the news that David is no longer with us - I did not have the pleasure of meeting him but still am saddened and can only imagine the loss his family and friends must feel. It was a privilege to have watched him and the number of tributes to him from so many people and so many places is testament to him.
So very saddened to read of David's unexpected passing. Such a delightful and knowledgeable man - his expertise and infectious smile will be greatly missed on Bargain Hunt. My deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends and colleagues.
Susie, Sydney Australia.
Sincere condolences to David's family from Australia. I have only just become aware of his passing today. In actual fact he passed away on my birthday, 25th July. He was a pleasure to watch and it was very obvious what a wonderful lovely natured gentleman he was. I will miss seeing his smiling eyes and great presentation. May he rest in peace. Sincerely,
We would never miss a programme when David was going to appear. Sheer pleasure. Just by chance one day my husband and I met David at an Antiques Show in Birmingham and shared an interesting and at times hilarious conversation. It was a joy to talk to him.
Audrey and Geoff Rose.
Hi Jenny, wanted to tell you how sorry I was to hear of David's passing, he was an amazing man who taught us a lot about antiques on the Antiques Road Show and Road Trip, many people around the world admire him and his unique way, I will always remember him, my thoughts are with you at this sad time, god bless you and your family, a wonderful man gone way too soon, I hope you find some joy from all his friends and your memories, take care.
It was with great sadness that we recently learned of the passing of David Barby, we have watched David over the past few years on the various television shows, Bargain Hunt, Antiques Road Trip and Flog-It, and through David’s warmth and personality we felt as though we had become friends. My sincere condolences to family and friends. A great loss.
Greg, Tasmania – Australia.
I am really upset to hear of the recent passing of the lovely David Barby. He is one of my favourite antiques experts, and always brightened my day with his lovely smile. I, like many others, shall truly miss him. My deepest sympathies go to his wife and family. Regards.
Chris Brooks, (Chesterfield, Derbyshire).
Very occasionally, people we have never even met, touch our lives and we are better for it. David was one of these very special people. Rest in peace dear David and our thoughts are with your loved ones.
Rose and David.
Just been shocked by the news of David's passing. We feel like we have lost a dear close friend. Our sympathies go out to his family and his TV family.
Jude & Diane - Canberra, Australia.
So saddened when I heard of the sudden loss of David on the News I loved watching him on Bargain Hunt, Antiques Road Trip and Flog It he always came across as a genuine guy always smiling and chirpy he will be very sadly missed by many many people RIP David gone to the angels too soon x
I am very saddened by the passing of Mr David Barby, he has been in my life for nearly 14 years from the early Bargain Hunt to Antiques Road Trip, where I have just found out about his passing. He was one of my favourites, his poker face when bargaining his jovial laugh, his gentleness. One I of my best moments was when he was handling a clock on bargain hunt he was turning the clock over to have a good look and the clock slipped out of it’s casing and smashed on the ground! The look on his face priceless. I will miss his passion for antiques and his caring and trust of people he would meet. Thank you Mr Barby for letting me come into your world of antiques and just watching and learning from a true gentleman. Thank you Mrs Barby for letting David come into my life . Kind Regards and my deepest thoughts for you.
Paul Williams ,Victoria, Australia.
Our deepest condolences and warmest, most loving thoughts from us in South Australia to you Jenny, and all of your family, on David's sad and untimely passing. We never had the pleasure of meeting him though in some ways we felt we knew him... we 'invite' him and the Bargain Hunt team into our lounge room every night, and have learned so much from David about hallmarks, fine porcelain, genuine antiques and of course how to spot a real bargain. Both my husband and myself feel a genuine sense of loss, so we cannot imagine how you are feeling right now. Know that you have the love of people around the world flowing to you and the hope that this will be of comfort in the weeks and months to come. Kindest regards,
Liz and Tony Dawson.
It was with great sadness that I learned of David’s passing yesterday. I am sure I am not alone in expressing the enjoyment of watching him in Bargain Hunt, Flog It and Antiques Road Trip. David was a true gentleman and a person of great personality and joy.
Lynda Smith, New Italy, Northern NSW .
Hi I would firstly like to send my deepest sympathy at the loss of this special man... I love antique programmes and I have two favourites David being one of them, he always brought a smile to my face...he told it like it was and I felt so sorry for him when he had that nasty fall...but he soldiered on like the pro he is.... he has left us fans the legacy of his shows and will never be forgotten...may I please have a pic of this inspiring man who looked so young and boyish with his cheeky eye smile...
Having now had 2 strokes, my first at 46, where I worked as a commercial diver, worldwide, being in my home, 24/7. I found a love of antiques, and so dear David and co came into my life. Being taken to various events, it was with great pleasure I met David, Charles Hanson and co. To say today my heart is sad is an understatement and shocked. Words I cannot bring to say, but he made me fight my corner, and I have just regained my driving licence, so I could get around and met Paul Haines a couple of weeks ago. But we as a family and myself as a farther send love and best wishes. Sarah, Amy, and Julia send love and best wishes to all your loved ones. Kind regards,
Ken, 54 years old.
I always loved watching the tussles between David and Phillip Serrell ... he will be missed.
John, Brisbane Australia.
My husband and I were so very sorry to hear of the sad news of David Barby's passing. It must have been a tremendous shock to his family. We loved to see him on all the antique programmes and enjoyed his personality enormously. He was always so smart and very keen to give advice on the choices made by the contestants. If we had been lucky enough to get on Bargain Hunt, we would have loved to have had him as our expert. Our condolences to his family and to the people who knew him well.
From Patricia and Malcolm Hipple.
I was watching Antiques Road show at home here in Cairns, Queensland Australia,tonight, and I was upset to see a footnote that David Barby had died last Month. I have only seen David on the antiques road show and bargain hunt in recent years, not knowing of him prior to that, and being a lover of the sight of your beautiful and exciting antiques and British scenery, buildings and people, David’s input into these programs was, I feel, the icing on the cake. I am sure he will be sadly missed by many others who view all these programs over here and elsewhere. Please accept my deepest sympathies on his passing to all concerned.
John Burns, Queensland, Australia.
Sad to hear the news - I felt like I knew him. Sorry for your loss and he will always be remembered. Condolences to all that are grieving.
Robert Valent, Australia.
This appeared on Australian TV and Robert would like it to be a tribute from a nation.
Thank you Robert and everyone in Australia who have sent emails.
I have never written on a page like this before. I was so shocked to find out recently about David's death. (I was abroad). David has provided me with many enjoyable hours on the various t.v. programmes. I just think about the expression, 'Is that the very best you can do?' He always came across as so gentle and kind. Please except my sincere condolences,
I am an antiques dealer in Cape Town, South Africa, and have been an avid follower of the various shows on which David appeared over so many years, becoming a familiar face of a friend far away sharing the same interests and passions for antiques. My partner & I will miss his appearances on the various BBC antiques shows we love to watch out here from the Southern Tip of Africa. He was indeed a gentle soul, which any sensitive viewer of any programme he appeared on could immediately have to picked up on. Please light a candle and drink a toast to him on our behalves! We shall miss him indeed!
Pieter van Straaten & Manuel Davids, South Africa.
David was a favourite of ours on TV and my wife and I often said it would be lovely to be able to meet him “in the flesh” so to speak. Sadly that opportunity will never come. We loved watching him as (besides his huge knowledge which he clearly enjoyed displaying), he came across as being a very warm person with a wicked sense of humour and a wonderful smile. There is much dross in the world but David was one the shining beacons. His testimonial has to be the warm and genuine tributes paid to him on the website. A light has been extinguished but the warm glow from it remains.
David and Judy.
It is said “Only the good die young” and David was one of the best. My heart goes out to his family on their loss, he will be missed. I only met David through the various antique shows shown on the Lifestyle Channel here in Australia, but through them I got to “know” him.Rest in Peace David. I love the tribute page and hope it stays forever. My thoughts are with you.Regards,
Lesley from Beacon Hill Sydney.
Just heard the shocking news of David’s passing and my husband Mike and I send you our deepest condolences. We loved watching David on television and he was one of our big favourites on “Bargain Hunt” and “Flog It”. We are just members of the general public but are saddened and shocked. Please excuse this intrusion on your personal grief, but felt we had to contact you and let you know that millions of people share your grief. God bless,
Mike and Val Thomas.
I have just heard and so saddened at the loss of such a true Gentleman of the Antiques trade.I met him many times at Antique Fairs and always a friendly chat over a coffee or tea and at Christmas a wee dram. He always was cheery and had an infectious smile. He will be so missed by all who knew him and those who watched his programmes. My best wishes to his Family.
I am so so sad to hear this news, I loved watching David on the tv, he was such a gentleman, had such a wonderful face and the best smile ever............... thinking of you Jenny and your family. God bless David .. will miss you lots ..R.I.P..
Sue Nash x
I would just like to say how shocked and saddened to see that David Barby has passed away. He always seemed to be a friendly, entertaining and generous man. He will be sorely missed.
Brad - Brisbane Australia.
I was shocked and saddened to read of the illness and passing of David who was my favourite 'antiques expert'. He seemed such a lovely, humerous gentleman om Bargain Hunt, and Flog It. I shall miss seeing him......every appearance on TV prompted me to say 'Oh, good....its David Barby! ' Every sympathy to his family.
Living in Australia we are quite a bit behind on Bargin Hunt etc. We are so shocked to hear of Davids death, he was such a lovely gentleman,always brought a smile to the shows. The shows will not be the same without him,
Brenda & Bill ( Australia ).
I say goodbye to David with deepest sorrow. I greatly admired David along with millions of other people, he was I am sure ever the gentle man. I can only imagine how you and his family miss him. He will I am sure be sadly missed by the antiques fraternity and the people he entertained in TV programs. God bless, David, yourself and family. Love ...
Alan Smith. Dubbo...Australia.
My husband and I have just turned on an episode of Antiques Roadtrip, we were astounded to see the memorial to David Barby. He will be sorely missed as will his infectious bubbly personality, what we loved about David was his ability to get something for nowt on this show. He was a person easily recognised just like most of the Antique experts we watch everyday on foxtel/sky t.v will miss him on this show and Flog it R.I.P David, by now you have probably met one of your biggest fans up there, my mum, she loved your cheeky grin.
Joan & Robin Hill , Queensland Australia.
Only just heard this very sad news. After enjoying David’s appearances on TV for a number of years, my wife and I were fortunate to meet him at a filming of a “Flog it” episode in Darlington. He kindly gave his expert opinion on our purchase of a Clarice Cliff bowl. He was truly a gentleman and will be very sadly missed.
Chris & Julie Davey.
I am so shocked and saddened to hear of David's death. He was one of my favourite people on Bargain Hunt and one whom I would have been delighted to have lunch with. He came over as a really lovely person and I shall miss seeing him very much. Rest in peace David; I know that you will be looking down on us all (Bargain Hunt especially).
I would like to pass my condolences to David Barby’s family. Whilst I never had the privilege to meet Mr Barby I was always enthralled with his wealth of knowledge for his love of Antiques. I have watched most of the television programmes that he has been in and will sadly miss seeing this most remarkably, kind and genuine man. With Kind Regards,
What can one say that hasn't been said a hundred times already about this lovely man? This gentleman, this gentle man who twinkled at you given half a chance, and who was a real life-enhancer for all of us. The world is so much poorer for his leaving.
Margaret and Bryan Cooke.
God bless the lovely man, the Barby Stare, the slightly arch delivery - the epitome of High Camp! Hopefully, knowing so many people loved him without ever having met him will help to console you all at this sad time . The world is a less colourful place for his passing.
I was so sorry to learn of David's passing, of all the treasures he valued and talked about he was the most precious of all. Rest in Perfect Peace David. Vaya con Dios.
It is with real sadness that today I learnt that David had passed away. What a wonderful gentleman he was, I have seen him on Bargain Hunt for years, always so very kind and thoughtful to the contestants and such a wealth of knowledge. When we bought our cottage, we were told that David had been to value the contents and how we wished we had been here. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and close friends.
Jean Denyer MBE JP.
JUST A MESSAGE OF SINCERE CONDOLENCE TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF DAVID BARBY FROM ALL OF THE STAFF AND CLIENTS AT DODDS AUCTIONEERS IN NORTH WALES. OUR SALEROOM HAS HAD THE PLEASURE OF HOSTING BOTH FLOG IT AND BARGAIN HUNT WITH DAVID AS VALUER OR EXPERT AND HIS OFF SCREEN PERSONALITY IS EXACTLY THE SAME AS THAT WHICH COMES ACROSS IN THE PROGRAMMES ..CHARMING, WITTY, AND ALWAYS READY TO CHAT TO STAFF AND PUBLIC ALIKE..AUTOGRAPHS, PHOTOS, ADVICE, NOTHING WAS TOO MUCH TROUBLE. HE ATTENDED SALE ROOM VIEWING AND STUDIED LOTS NOT JUST FOR THE SAKE OF THE CAMERAS BUT WITH GENUINE INTEREST..HE WOULD WORRY THAT HIS "BONUS BUY" LOTS WOULD NOT DO WELL..WE ARE DEEPLY SADDENED THAT THIS TRUE GENTLEMAN WILL NOT BE GRACING OUR AUCTION HOUSE AGAIN... HE REALLY WAS DAVID BARBY ON AND OFF SCREEN AND THIS FACT WAS CLEARLY APPARENT TO PEOPLE WHETHER THEY MET HIM OR NOT..
MIKE BRAND ON BEHALF OF DODDS AUCTIONEERS AND VALUERS, MOLD, NORTH WALES.
I have just heard the news of David's passing. I have always enjoyed watching David on Bargain Hunt and must admit he has always been my favourite - with his infectious smile and sense of humour. My thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.
Maxine (Cairns - Australia).
I only met David twice but was overwhelmed with his generosity of spirit and the depth of his knowledge and enthusiasm for antiques. When we showed him one of our "treasures" he was obviously not impressed but instead he said to my wife "I covet your jade" (she was wearing a jade necklace which was suddenly promoted in our estimation!). I twice invited David to open our church fete but on each occasion his filming duties kept him away at the last minute. Our loss - never to be regained. My deepest sympathy to Janet and the family. Love and Best Wishes.
Alan Chantler, Yelvertoft.
David Barby, antiques legend RIP, will forever miss you and fondly remembered with every episode of Bargain Hunt, Flog It and every other popular show you were involved in.
Dear Jenny, I have only just heard of the sad loss of David. My wife and I love the antiques programmes due in no small part to David. I have never felt so sad about the passing of a T.V. star, he was our very favourite. Very best wishes,
Sandra & David Cox. (Perth Western Australia).
My sincere condolences to his family, friends and collegues. David was my favourite expert on `Bargain Hunt` and I will miss him enormously. Kind Regards,
Carole Davies (Australia).
None of us in this office ever met David but thought we knew him well as we were fans through his television appearances. His cheery smile, ready wit coupled with a real love of his subject which he so unselfishly shared with us, the viewers, will be sorely missed. Condolences to his family and friends.
Malcolm J Barker FCII FCILA FEUDI ELAE, Director, Barker Robb.
We are sad to here of David’s passing. At Spilsby U3A we were so looking forward to meeting and hearing David who planned to speak at our December meeting. Members who had met and heard Davis previously in Lincolnshire were enthusiastic that his visit would be a treat, especially for those, like myself, hearing him in person for the first time. Our thought are with you, David’s family and friends, at this time of great sorrow. Rest In Peace.
Secretary on behalf of U3A Spilsby, Lincolnshire.
I didn’t know David personally but he used to brighten my life up on a regular basis with his amazing smile, laughter and love of life. I will always remember him and every time I think of him it will make me smile, as he always did. His passion for life is infectious, so I hope everyone whom his life touched, will carry his passion and pass it on to others, With my deepest condolences, Kind regards,
How saddened I was to hear last week of the shock passing of David. I never met him but I enjoyed his wit and bubbly ways on the antique shows. I can only offer my condolences to his friends and family who have lost him. RIP David.
I was truly devastated by the news of David's passing. He was a truly lovely man. I met him many times and he was always the same......a beaming gentleman. Willing to give advice and help. He will be so missed. Best wishes
Dear Jenny, I am so, so sad to hear of David passing away. I watched him on television many times and was always drawn to his wonderful, cheery personality. He came across as such a lovely, warm, and positive person and I always hoped to meet him someday. I'm sure everybody who met him feels very lucky and honoured to have done so. My condolences to all of David's family and close friends. He was a special person.
May I just pass on my sincere condolences to David’s wife and loved ones on this truly sad loss. I too have loved the programmes in which he took a valuable part and will miss his kind and patient approach to all he met while carrying out his role. Thank you for the memories David and for sharing your knowledge. God Speed. Love and Light to you all,
Dear Mrs Barby, I have never met yourself nor David however when I heard that he had passed on I felt so sad and a real sense of loss. This is strange never having met David but is certainly indicative of his endearing personality and enthusiasm for his job as seen on television. I have just been watching him on roadtrip and laughed out loud at his teasing of his partner and I realise how much I will miss seeing him on my TV. I send you and your family my heartfelt condolences and I hope that in time you can watch David on TV as the true gent he was. Kindest regards,
What a nice man, a person who made the love of antiques an infective pleasure; his family must be rightly proud of him. I don’t do this sort of thing but his death has strangely upset me.
I wish to express my sincerest condolences to David's wife and family on your sad loss. I was deeply saddened when I heard of it. I first saw David over 16years ago - when he was an antique dealer doing WI valuations and always being so positive & polite whilst delivering usually the painful news that great aunt Gertie’s treasure was plaster of Paris made in their thousands in China. I also heard him talk at a lunch lecture at Badesley Cllinton when the national Trust Coventry organised a trip to the Mosel Valley a group joined us from Rugby . David & a friend came to. My friend & I have not long been widowed so went on the trip. Not sure if David had reached tv by then but was certainly well know from Rugby area. A buzz went round the coach as various people recognised him. He always had a word for everyone & would talk to us for hours about anything. Janet & I spent a few happy hours chatting to him about such diverse subjects. He was so interesting to listen to. As you can imagine he always collected an audience! I never saw him again after that but Janet & I still remember that trip as a magical time meeting new Friends and helping us adjust to the lose of our husbands with cancer 2 years previously. 16 years on Janet and I are fighting our own battles with cancer at this time, which leads me to say to you that David's death though sudden and a great shock to his wife and family for him it was a peaceful end with no arduous months of painful treatment which or might not work. In time to come that will be a comfort to you. Please forgive me writing as a total stranger but we thought David a great larger than life cheeky clever man who has left a great legacy for his family & friends who will be remembered for many many years by so many people including us in our very small way Thinking of you all. With our deepest sympathy,
Elizabeth & Janet.
I heard the sad news on the 28th with disbelief. I watched all the antique programmes David appeared in. He always cheered me with his humour and twinkle in his eye. His expertise was without bounds. Commiserations to his wife Janet and family. He will be missed on the programmes,
What a nice guy. Will be missed! All the Best in Heaven,
The Upton family London.
Jenny, what a tremendous shock it was to hear of David's sad passing and the heartfelt tributes I have read on your website can only ensure that anyone who didn't have the pleasure of knowing him is left in no doubt whatsoever as to the calibre of the man, coupled with his truly professional talents. Knowing David, as I have done for many, many years, in a professional capacity, I consider myself extremely fortunate to have witnessed his immense knowledge, tinted by that very infectious smile and laugh we have all come to know and love. There is little else I can add that has not been said before and now I wish Godspeed to David and send my prayers and condolences to you and his family at this very sad time.
I would like to send my sympathies after David's untimely death. We both really enjoyed watching him in the programmes and we still laugh about his pantomime dame appearance on Bargain Hunt. There is nothing to say to make it any easier, so I won't but just reading the tributes makes it so clear how much David was loved and admired by so many people. With our love and prayers.
Andrea and Phil Jones, Coventry.
There isn’t much we can say that hasn’t been said, but just very sad news about David Barby and a very sad loss for Bargain Hunt. He probably never realised the full extent of his popularity around the world. Our sincere condolences to David’s family and friends … and what will happen to Algernon, his kitty?
Gail & Alan (Gold Coast) Australia.
Very sad to know I won't see his cheerful face in the future. Yes please to a tribute show, especially showing lots of the "Barby Stare" when a barter didn't quite go in his favour! He will be greatly missed by the antiques trade. He was one of the most popular dealers and has now left a huge gap where his smile used to be.
Condolences from a Scottish fan named Ann.
Shocked to read about David's death. Always the gentleman and will be sadly missed on Bargain Hunt and Flog-It. Really sad news.
Dear Jenny, I wish to add my condolences to the tributes page for David Barby. I never met him but he did send a lovely signed photo and I will always treasure it. My sister and I are great fans of the antiques shows and were great fans of David. He always came over as a lovely soul and I will miss him. Like Arthur Negus, David will live forever in our memories. God bless and please pass this on to all friends and family. I have heard from Charles Hanson and he knows what I feel. Best wishes and love to all family and friends.
Margaret Holland, Northamptonshire.
I never met you but wished I had. Your smile made me smile. One of the best. RIP Belinda x
Sorry my tribute is so late, but I have just been so shocked to hear of David's sudden death. My sincere condolences to David's family and friends. TV will be a poorer place without his sunny face. I also loved his look of annoyance when items at auction didn't sell as well as he thought they ought to, that one was priceless. Like all the other tributes I only know David from watching all the various programmes he was on, but feel, like so many others that I knew him well. Rest in peace, David.
How will I ever be able to watch Flog It, Bargain Hunt or Antiques Road Trip again. These programmes without David will never be the same. Like most females in the country I was totally in love with David, his charming ways, lovely smile, soothing voice can never be replaced.I sincerely hope that all the wonderful words and tributes made to David will bring some small comfort to his wife and family.
David was a true gentleman, I never met him but I feel as though I have lost a good friend. My condolences to you and your family.
Although I never knew David personally I am aware that we both studied at the College of Estate Management. It was only recently that I was able to appreciate his true passion for collectables and his deep knowledge of ‘antiques’ of every kind when I had the good fortune to share some time with him on a cruise holiday. His enthusiasm and willingness to talk about anything collectable (and a few dodgy jackets and bow ties) was totally absorbing and I particularly remember his mind-broadening lectures about how and why the 1950s had such a significant impact on post-war England. David’s premature death means that there is now one less ‘thoroughly good egg’ on this planet.
I was dumbfounded to hear the sad news. I always enjoyed watching David on any show he was in. His knowledge & advice will be sorely missed. My thoughts to his friends & family on losing such a true gentleman.
Am truly sorry at the lost of such a gentleman. The world is a poorer place without him.
I never met you, I just watched you on the television but I cannot say how much I will miss the ‘Barby Stare’ and your ready smile and enthusiasm for antiques. Thank you very much for brightening our screens. With sincere condolences to your family and friends,
I am so very sorry for the loss of David, I feel as though I knew him personally; a warm, engaging personality who will be missed by everyone who has watched him on television over the years. My deepest sympathy to all his family and friends.
My whole family were saddened to hear of David`s sudden death, as I`m sure are many others, he really was a rare treasure himself, always cheerful and ready for any challenge. The antiques programmes will be so much poorer without him and I`m sure the rest of the team are devastated. My 91 yr old mother was particularly upset, Deepest condolences,
I've been immersed in a postgraduate project and only discovered David had died this morning when I saw the Rugby Advertiser. I can't remember the last time I felt such genuine sadness at the passing of a television celebrity. David had a wonderful television presence, it was as if a friend were talking to you, a very special talent. His were always the best of the BBC antiques programmes and I just wanted to say how sorry I am. We're all going to miss him. Kind Regards
My husband, Tim and I were very saddened to hear of David's death. I was unable to go to a Flog-it valuation day in Chippenham a few years ago but Tim went with a vase we had inherited from my mother. He was lucky enough to meet David for a valuation and we treasure the photo taken with him. We have applied, unsuccessfully, three times to go on Bargain Hunt and really hoped to meet David again but it wasn't to be. His infectious smile and gentle manner, even in haggling ("Is that your very, very best?") will stay in our memories and the programmes will not be the same without him. Please accept out condolences.
Rosemary & Tim Wells.
I've only just heard this sad news, and am shocked and saddened by it. David was such a friendly and really "human" presenter who brought much warmth as well as incredible knowledge to the antiques programmes in which he appeared. Heartfelt condolences to all his family and friends, I am sure that he will be much missed by his millions of TV fans.
We were so shocked to hear the sad news about David, a charming man, gone far too soon. I’ve read so many tributes to David this past week, I’m struggling to think of anything to add that hasn’t already been said. The word “gentleman” appears again and again. That sums him up for me, a true gentleman, who will be missed by so many. We will miss spotting him about the town, which we have been doing since 2004 when we first noticed him on Flog It. Our son, who was 9 at the time, was posting a letter to you (Jenny) in Sainsbury’s one day when he noticed David in the fruit section. He wanted to say hello, sure that David would recognise us, after all we were watching him on TV all the time! That was it, you see, with David on the TV so much he became part of the family. Love to all his family and friends.
Tracey Cox and family xxxx
I would like to add my condolences to the many who have written before me. I met David many years ago when he was at Locke and England, and I offered to work for him in my spare time for free. At the time I didn't realise he was appearing on tv programmes as I worked during the day. When the call came to help out I was due to have a foot operation so had to decline the offer. I have followed his appearances on the various programmes with much interest since then. He was a true gentleman, with sparkly eyes. His love of cats also adhered me to him. I will also never forget that he kept a folded fur coat on the floor of his office!! My love and thoughts are with David's family and friends and colleagues.
Sending my sincere condolences at this very sad time. Used to love watching David on the TV, always brightened the day – a real gentleman. He will be much missed by so many people.
We are sad to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prays are will you all at this sad time. We watched David on TV and his smile and cheeky ways always made us smile. David will be sadly missed. RIP David.
Des and Tina.
My thoughts to his family if you'd kindly pass them on. I once met David at Boldon Auction Galleries. Very kind and genuine man.
Jenny I just wanted to join the many, many letters of condolence to express my sincere sorrow for David's extremely premature passing. I have known David, albeit in a professional capacity, over many years and it was always a pleasure to be in his company. He was a true gentleman and nothing was ever too much trouble. Sadly it is over a year since I last spoke with him but, like all his fans, I so thoroughly enjoyed watching him in his many TV programmes - on and off screen, he was always the same. There could never be another David Barby and he will be missed for a very long time to come. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time and may they take pride and comfort in the incredible amount of heart-felt messages and tributes. God bless David.
Shocked and saddened to discover this sad news yesterday (I've been ill and out of circulation for the past week). I will SO miss his lovely cheerful face on my TV, I do hope we will see lots of repeats of all the shows he's been in and please - a Tribute Program. Very best regards to David's family.
It's not fair! I want to stomp my feet like a child. Can't believe he's been taken and his smiling face gone. Have really enjoyed all his programmes, and more recently the 'road trips', and - "is this your very best price"? I never knew him, and never met him but he had such a lovely kind presence, and was my favourite. The programmes will feel very different knowing he's no longer there. My sympathies to all his family and friends. It's still not fair!
Caroline – Hampshire.
I was so saddened to hear about David's passing. He came across as such a lovely man on tv. I thought he was a very dapper looking man, always so well dressed. I particularly enjoyed watching him on " Antiques Road Trip" where he was partnered with Anita Manning. He was a true gentleman, showing Anita great courtesy. She seemed to enjoy his company very much. I send my thoughts and condolences to all his friends and family. Rest in Peace David. You will be fondly remembered.
From Alana in New Zealand.
So sad to hear of David's passing. He was my favourite and I remember when he was dressed as a pantomime dame on one of his shows with his bright red lipstick, such a good sport. Also his love of cats. Condolences to his family and friends and may his passing be lessened for them by knowing how the viewing public enjoyed watching him on tv with his happy demeanour. Goodnight David.
David you where one of my favourite 'experts' on all the antique shows you appeared on, I hope you will always look down on us with that lovely smile!, RIP dear man,
The Lollobrigida family.
I was so very, very sad when I heard the news that David had died. He was one of my favourites on Flog it, Antiques Road Trip, etc. He had such a wonderful and mischievous sense of humour, a tinkle in his eyes and a great knowledge of antiques. David also had the human touch that drew you to him. My deepest sympathy. A rose from my garden for David.
Sheila Ann Cartwright.
We never met David but he was a welcome visitor to our lounge room most evenings. We auditioned for Bargain Hunt Australia and sadly just missed out on our chance to meet him. We admired his knowledge, humour and wit. David will be sadly missed.
Brad & Jan (Mallabula, Australia).
Many of us have lost a good friend but the auction profession has lost a great ambassador. Take away the TV gloss and you reveal substance; qualified at 21 then over 40 years of learning to share with us all. An absolute gentleman with a lovely sense of humour. From ISVA/RICS conferences to Bargain Hunt, so many stories, so much fun, so sadly missed. David, if you happen to be reading this, just one last request for advice. Is that final journey in a glass lift? - You know why I want to know!
My thoughts at this time are that David was one of those people who pass this way and touch us with what is best in our doings with others. Through the medium of television David and his colleagues have given so many people a glimpse of good humour and kindness much needed in the world today. So many people have enjoyed his company and are the better for it. Some of the comments will give cause for mirth and I hope you will take much comfort from knowing all that has given so many a reason to express so much love towards you. I also hope that David will again grace our screens someday. What a treasure the programmes are and all who bring such enjoyment.
I was fortunate enough to be selected to appear with my daughter Jo-Anne on Bargain Hunt. David was one of the main reasons that we applied so we were keen to have him as our expert. While we were not successful he did appear with our competing couple and was a truly charming throughout. At the auction he and Tim made a point of saying hello to our then 6 year old granddaughter who was given permission to come out of school close by to see the filming. My impression was of a man who was truly generous of spirit. Kindest regards,
Nigel Pittman and Jo-Anne Edwards.
I would like to say how sad we were to hear of David’s passing, as dealers we met him on several occasions when Bargain Hunt were filming at a fair, we always found him to be such a gentleman, the last occasion was at a verJust wanted to say how very sorry we are and to offer our sincere condolences having heard David passing away. It is such a shock and so very sad. Lunchtimes across Britain will never be the same again, he was very special, a lovely man and had a wonderful sense of humour. Mick and Maggiey cold event and he was telling my wife how pleased he was to have put his Thermals on!!!!!. R.I.P.
David & Christine.
Just wanted to say how very sorry we are and to offer our sincere condolences having heard David passing away. It is such a shock and so very sad. Lunchtimes across Britain will never be the same again, he was very special, a lovely man and had a wonderful sense of humour.
Mick and Maggie.
He was the very, very best.
Sue and Trevor.
Have to say reading all these tributes, I had a quiet tear, because it shows what an impact people like David have. Although we only know them from tv, their lives help so many, they bring fun, knowledge, respite from grief or stress, make happy memories. And maybe there is comfort in knowing that such lives have such an influence on others, and that sorrow is shared, as well as remembered laughter and fun. It moved me to see so many people who care about someone, even at a distance, and share in their family's and friends' sadness. And when you think how many live alone, or are elderly, it is no wonder that people such as David bring a lot of fun and company. But I am sure you will have many hundreds of messages, and hopefully they will be a source of strength and comfort. Lovely to keep the page. Love,
Christine in Orkney.
Hi, from myself and my wife I would like to say how shocked and saddened we are to hear of David's passing, although we never had the good fortune to meet him personally we feel he was a friend, strange as it may seem but after seeing him every other day for the last 10 years he has a place in our hearts...Whenever we see him on the TV we cannot help but say to each other "is that the very best".. R.I.P David...
Darren & Amanda Williamson.
I am so sad to hear the news of David's death I am in total shock I never had the privilege of meeting him but I watched him all the time on antique programmes he was great always had a big smile on his face and lit up the show’s he will be sadly missed my love and sympathy to all his family and friends. R.I.P David and god bless, u will be missed xxx
I am sure you know how much David touched peoples lives and can take comfort in that at this moment. His smile was everything and hope to watch many many replays over the coming years in all the programmes he covered. Take care and my love goes to you, your family and David too.
David’s jovial on-screen demeanour, combined with an encyclopaedic knowledge of antiques and collectibles endeared him to the TV viewing public, but off screen, he generously shared this knowledge with those of us who were lucky enough to work alongside him, adding that little bit extra to any program he was involved with. In the hands of David, a dusty old object would be brought to life with a passion - he brightened our lives. I only worked with David on a few occasions, but thoroughly enjoyed his company both on and off the screen. In my opinion, he was unsurpassed on TV when it came to offering guidance and advice on the objects presented to him. He made the interviewee feel relaxed and always gave the object centre stage. He loved a bit of a giggle and always seemed to be smiling and that's how I'll remember him. What a sad time for everyone who knew him, it must have been a great shock, but as you say, he'll live in our hearts!
Please pass my deepest sympathy to the family of David Barby, he was a lovely, funny man I loved to watch him on Flog It and the Antiques Road show. He will be missed.
Just to say how saddened my husband and I are to hear the passing of David. We personally have never met David, but we enjoyed watching him so much on the Antique programmes that we felt we did know him personally, Yours sincerely,
Pam and John Merrick.
I had the privilege of working with David when I left school and went to Hogg and Smyth, 18a Church St. Rugby for 3 years. I left there in 1969 to join the Police Force. I am now disabled but he was prepared to help me and my charity (Mercia MS Therapy Centre in Coventry) when I contacted him a couple of years ago. I was so saddened to hear of David's untimely death and would ask you to pass on my sincere condolences to his wife, Janet. He will be sorely missed.
I just wanted to say that I will miss seeing David on bargain hunt he was great, my sympathy goes to his family and friends he will be sorely missed :(
I was so very saddened to learn of David's premature death. He was such a gentleman and I feel honoured that I had the pleasure of meeting him. This was at a beach cafe in Pissouri Bay in Cyprus a number of years ago when he was on holiday in Paphos with his family. I knew him from Bargain Hunt and told my husband I was going to pluck up the courage to approach him. I shouldn't have been concerned, he seemed delighted to have been recognised and we chatted for a good few minutes during which time he told me about a new programme he was going to be a part of called 'Flog It', explaining how it was going to work. I sadly lost my dear husband 5 years ago at the age of 62 so I understand what you, his family, are going through. David was a delight to watch on TV and will be sorely missed. I'm sure that you will take comfort as I did from all the wonderful tributes to a wonderful man. My sincere condolences to you all.
To pay tribute to an amazingly informative and educated man with a great sense of humour and maybe a little mischief. I have watched the shows for quite a while and David was always my favourite expert with his great depth of knowledge. One of life's true gentlemen. No one can take away the memories you share of him. There is a brighter star in the sky at night and when you feel lost it will be your David looking over you. Regards.
Karen Powell Shropshire.
We have just heard the sad news about David. We thoroughly enjoyed watching him on all the “antique” shows. He had such a warm personality he felt like a friend. With sincere condolences.
John & Heather Ryan.
Morning Jenny, I was so sad to hear about David passing, I have so many fond memories of our times together, the Bargain Hunt Christmas special, America Bargain Hunt special, the live shows and the many other times we worked together from 1999 till 2005. His charm and laugh was Legendary, he was a true antiques warrior and will be missed by us all.
Will miss this lovely, kind, jovial man when I watch any of the programmes he graced with his attendance. A shame he has left us so soon. Condolences to all his family and friends. Love, light and peace.
Such very sad news. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
David was what I see as a real gentleman. I know he will be very much missed by all. X
Bernard and Sylvie.
THE ANTIQUES WORLD HAS LOST A PERFECT GENTLEMAN WITH A LOVELY SENSE OF HUMOUR. HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED.
Heather and Suzanne, TV Antiques Viewers.
Just heard the sad news from a fellow antiques enthusiast. I hope that when Our Lord offers David eternal bliss and rest, he replies with THAT look - "is that your very best offer?" I pray it is. I loved watching David for years, and am truly saddened by his passing. A real English character, and eminently watchable and likeable. Rest in peace.
Please accept my sincerest condolences having just heard this tragic news today. I did not have the pleasure of meeting David, but his warmth and humour shone through during every TV episode he starred in...how we will miss that wicked laugh! I was completely shocked at this tragic news, it was clear to see that David had a zest for life which was cut short well before his time. He leaves many fans with fantastic memories who will always be eternally grateful for the entertainment he provided them. My thoughts are with his family and friends, I'm sure this quirky man is looking down on us and enjoying all the attention!!! God bless!
David will be sadly missed, he was our friend for 35 years. We offer our sincere condolences. With deepest sympathy.
Helene and Tony Davies.
I was so sad to learn of David’s recent sudden and premature death. I knew David from a very early age growing up together in Rugby. He was just two days younger than me. We played together and at the age of five started school together on the same day at Eastlands Infants School. Just over two years later my parents & I moved from Southfield Road to Leicester. I saw David two or three times after that but, as happens, we lost contact. I later learned from an aunt who lived in Rugby that David had gone into the antiques business on leaving school. But you don’t forget memories of your first childhood friendships, and so I always enjoyed watching David in recent years on TV, and seeing his expertise and in-depth knowledge of antiques. I am sure he will be missed by all who knew him, and watching Bargain Hunt etc. won’t be the same in future. I and my family send you our sincere condolences at this sad time. Kind regards,
We were so very sad to hear of David's unexpected death, we have so enjoyed watching him on the television especially the Road Trips which he did, his "Is that your very very best" saying always made us laugh and he seemed such a lovely guy. Our condolences to his family please tell them he will be really missed on our screens. It still hasn't sunk in that we won't see him any longer, it is such a shame, such a lovely guy.
In my dotage over cups of tea I've got into the road trips and was delighted that, on holiday at the beginning of July, I came across a familiar figure filming with whom one was immediately at ease which included a little banter between takes. Like loads of people more important than me, I am saddened that such a comparatively young and energetic man should be lost to us so suddenly. I offer my sincere condolences to David's immediate family and friends. I just thought you might like the attached for your collection -- taken on the 2nd July in Canterbury. Warmest regards,
We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of David Barby. We are huge fans of Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip and loved it when David was on. We are truly saddened by his premature passing and know he will be greatly missed by the faithful viewers. May he rest in peace. Kind regards.
Lynn and Andy.
We are very sorry to hear of the passing of David, we have enjoyed his television shows and will miss his wit and smile. He will be looking down on it all with his laugh and smile probably running the show, love and light.
Di and Ian.
My husband and I were both stunned to hear of David’s passing. We always loved to watch the antiques shows that he was in – always being a “little bit cheeky” when negotiating a price to pay. He inspired my husband so much that now when he goes to collectors fairs or boot sales he tries out David’s technique – and usually gets a good price. We were fortunate to see him at a Ford Boot Sale when he was filming with Franksy. I will always remember David’s lovely cheeky smile. We cannot help what you are going through at this tragic time and would just like you to know that David and his family are in our prayers and thoughts Warm regards.
Hazel & Geoff Pearson.
He was an inspiration, a professional in his love of antiques and knowledge, his sense humour and friendliness. He was my favourite antique celebrity. He will be sadly missed. Farewell David on your sad passing and to your family. We Miss you already and always will. Yes Of course it would be a privilege to honour David for his gift and love, for his expert of the world of antiques, his personality that was moving, and inspiring, part of his love and worldly gift that he had, and will be missed for. R.I.P. David a friend of all. God bless.
I just wanted to drop you an email personally to say how sorry I was to hear of David's death. Although our TV paths didn't always overlap, I'll remember him as such a cheery man. It was way back on the 20th Century Roadshow that we worked most closely together and he clearly revealed his wonderful ability to put visitors at ease with his cheery manner. I'll always remember that. In terms of TV presence – he was gifted and uniquely human in a world where so many switch on and off to match the camera. My thoughts are very much with you and your family. Kindest regards,
I never met David but his demeanour, kindliness and wealth of knowledge on the Bargain Hunt show will be sorely missed by me.
A lovely man. So sorry to hear of David's sudden and unexpected death. He was a family favourite on Bargain Hunt, Flog It and Antiques Road Show. Please pass our condolences to all his nearest and dearest. We will miss him terribly.
The Boxall family.
To David's Family, I do not know David Barby personally but always saw him on the television. He was such a lovely man with a terrific sense of humour and the knowledge that he had about antiques was invaluable. He really touched my heart as a person and I'm shedding tears because I will not see him anymore. Thank you for sharing him with us and my prayers and condolences go to you all.
A gentle, kindly, happy soul
With mirthful, joyful glee,
Loved by viewers near and far,
and that's including me.
This sad news I heard today
That no more shall we see
This lovely man we feel we know
and enjoy his company.
But he'll never be forgotten,
I can faithfully promise you that ...
I see him sat in the sunshine
and on his lap, a cat.
With love to his family, friends and colleagues.
Some people we meet are the bric-a-brac in life ... others are the priceless treasure ...
Lots of love Angela Poppleton.
So sorry to hear about the premature passing of David, I have recently been off work for 3 months after Kidney failure and during my time at home, I have enjoyed watching David on Bargain Hunt, Flog It and Antiques Road Trip, Always spot on with his antiques advice and such a pleasant, happy and good sport on all the programmes. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. Bargain Hunt my particular favourite will never be quite the same again. God Bless you David.
Please accept my sincere Condolences to you and Yours following the recent Passing of David . Like so many others, I never met David, but felt I 'knew' him through his Broadcasts, together with the other members of the BBC Antiques Team. David's Broadcast Work assisted me through the difficult times following the Passing of my Parents, and also, later on, introduced me to the truly Magical World of Antiques in general. His Humour, Approachability and Warm Presence made him a Joy to watch on TV, and I am sure that what we saw, you knew Tenfold. Please be assured that I, and many others, are thinking of you at this very sad Time. I am sure that, in time, your Memories will be a Comfort to you, and send you the Warmest of my Wishes. Fondest Regards to you and Yours -
Lynne Barrow and Poppy the Cat xx.
I am so sorry to hear of David's untimely death. He brought such happiness to viewers with his twinkly smile, and seemed such a true English gentleman. May he rest in peace, and his family be comforted.
Dear Jenny, we were so sad to hear that David had passed away .We had met him several times at fairs while he was filming and he always had time to stop and say hello. He really was a lovely man and will be missed by many. Our thoughts are with u at this sad time.
I'm so sorry to hear this news. I had never ever met the man and yet still I feel a sad sense of loss. He came across as a true gentleman and in a profession that sees valuers change as quickly as fashions, David always remained one of our most regular valuers to our TV screens. My sincere condolences go out to his wife and family.
David Johnson (Maling Pottery Historian).
My husband and I watched bargain hunt every day while having lunch. We are both saddened and shocked at David passing a lovely man we will miss him greatly on the programme r i p David.
Alistair and Cath Deuchar.
So very sorry to hear of David Barby passing on. I have known him for a good number of years and remember him when I worked at Moores Handicrafts during the 80's, he was always so polite and never demanding. I followed his career in Bargain Hunt, Flog It, and Antiques Road Trip and he had a way with people, never patronising just nice and made people feel at ease, I have seen him also when working for The Chef's Kitchen at various events in Rugby. I will miss him a lot and send this tribute to his wife and family.
Just been reading the many warm and sincere tributes to David and felt like I just wanted to say “amen” to them all. My wife and I feel that we have lost a very dear friend. Wishing you peace and comfort in your loss.
Jack & Kath Morton.
I am so sorry to hear the sad news. My wife and I have watched David for many years on all his television ventures. His wonderful expressions and sense of humour have been a pleasure to watch and provided many happy hours of viewing. He really was a wonderful character who could educate and entertain at the same time. I had the privilege of meeting him on a Bargain Hunt auction filmed near Stratford-upon-Avon. He was happy to spare the time to talk and was an absolute gentleman. He will be greatly missed and to use one of his bargaining catchphrases he was THE VERY VERY BEST.
Was very saddened to hear of the passing of David Barby. The antique world has lost a very special gentleman, loved by us all. Will always remember his cheeky "Is that your very best" and that lovely smile. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Rest in peace David.
Debbie Clarke and family.
How my heart aches for you. What a shock! Your comfort must be so many people loved and respected him. Antiques will not be the same without him. A fan of HIM.
We were saddened to hear of David's passing. He was a true gentleman and we are all the losers by his untimely death. Our condolences to all his family, our thoughts are with you. A lovely gentleman, he will be truly missed.
Richard & Kaye Murphy.
I watch a number of the antique programmes and especially enjoyed seeing David in the Antiques Road Trip. I read these tributes with tears in my eyes that one man could move so many people. His colleagues must have been devastated as it was so sudden.
I was deeply saddened to hear of the sudden death of David Barby. My son and I met him while participating in an episode of Bargain Hunt and found him to be both warm and charming, a real gentleman in every sense of the word. I will miss seeing that twinkling smile on television and will hold fond memories of a happy day spent in his company. Truly irreplaceable, he will be sadly missed by all but I hope his family will be able to take some comfort from knowing that he will be remembered with great affection by so many.
My family and I wish to say how very upset we are to learn of the very sad loss of David, he always had a ready smile and kind word for everyone on the show, and it really came across what a delightful gentleman he was, May god bless him and comfort his family.
I never met David, but his warmth and friendliness really shone through to the viewer, and I have doubt that he really was a lovely, kind and gentle man. It feels as though a dear old friend has gone and he will be sorely missed. My condolences to his family and friends. Thank you, David, from the bottom of my heart.
Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of David. I met him in the Parish Office at Rugby when he was doing a charity auction for the Organ to be restored. A real Gentleman he will be sorely missed by all his friend's in Rugby. A great loss to all.
Trevor in Rugby.
I am so very sorry to hear of the sudden death of David Barby. I only know him via the TV shows he did, but I looked forward to the programmes that included him as they were always such fun. You only had to see his sparkling smile and twinkling eyes to know what a lovely person he was and it adds to my sadness that I never got to meet him in person. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. I hope that they find some comfort in these messages of love and support to help them thought this saddest of times.
I was saddened to hear of David Barby's passing. Antiques Road Trip, Flog it and Bargain Hunt will not be the same. He was a gentleman with a lovely sense of humour and made the subject of Antiques so interesting. He will be sadly missed.
Honor Bole. Viewer of the Antiques shows.
I am saddened to learn of the death of David Barby. He was my favourite of all the experts on “Bargain Hunt, Antiques Roadshow and Flog It!” A true gentleman, with a wicked sense of humour, his infectious enthusiasm shone through in every programme I saw and will be impossible to replace. I shall miss him very much and send my condolences to his family and close friends.
Aviva L Potts (Mrs)
I was so sad to hear of David's death. He always seemed to be such a nice man on Bargin Hunt and Flog It, and to die at such a young age has really shocked me. Please give my condolances to Mrs Barby. regards
I was greatly saddened to hear of David's death. He was a genuine and charming person, who so enjoyed art and crafts in all forms and passed on that interest to so many. I met him when he came to advise me about the sale of my mother's furniture - he was a delight and so very kind. We can be thankful that, through television, David could enthuse so many people. Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of such a good man I hope, in some small way, it may be of some comfort for his friends and family to know just how highly we all regarded David.With kind regards.
Very sorry to hear the sad news. I shall miss seeing his smiling face and knowledge.
What a shock and also a great loss to us all. Mr. Barby’s wry smile and occasional spontaneous bursts of infectious laughter will be much missed on BBC programmes. He was much appreciated and will most certainly be sorely missed. Life was always that much brighter for many of us who knew we could look forward to another delightful episode of Bargain Hunt.
It is with great sorrow and shock that we have heard of David's death. Our condolences and thoughts are with you. David was one of our favourites on the different antique programmes that he took part in. We hope that all your wonderful memories will help you though this sad time. Sympathies
Jennie and Alan Dellow.
I was very, very sad to hear the news about David's death. He was always my favourite of all the experts on Bargain Hunt, Flog It etc for the way he let his passion and enthusiasm for antiques shine through. He came across as a lovely, genuine man and I will miss him very much. My sincere condolences to all his family and friends.
It is with great sorrow and shock that we have heard of David's death. Our condolences and thoughts are with you. David was one of our favourites on the different antique programmes that he took part in. We hope that all your wonderful memories will help you though this sad time. Sympathies.
Jennie and Alan Dellow.
Here in the United States, I have always been a great fan of David Barby on Flog It, Bargain Hunt, and Antiques Road Trip. His sharp wit and sense of humor as well as his vast knowledge of antiques helped make those shows so wonderful to watch. I always learned something from any appearance he made. I am deeply sorry to hear about his untimely death and I send my sympathy and condolences to his family and friends. I hope Mr. Barby knew how well loved he was not just in the UK but everywhere he was seen on television. A terrible loss. I cannot tell you how deeply upset I've been since I heard the news today. It is impossible to believe such a vibrant man as David was felled by a stroke. I can only assume by how well loved and well thought of he was, that he lived life to the fullest. I know that he gave me always the greatest pleasure no matter what program he graced. I know that I always was thrilled when David was announced at the "expert" for I knew we would get not only his deep and vast knowledge of the world of beautiful objects but also his sparkling with and joyful sense of humor. I only regret I never got the chance to meet him and tell him in person how much he meant to his fans. My very warmest thoughts,
I just had to say how deeply sorry we are to hear about David. We met and thoroughly enjoyed his company at a W.I. Institute meeting here in Blyton, Lincolnshire. Our first encounter was in the car park on arrival and he assisted us in parking and I commented to him he was multi-talented. Then at the interval he caught myself and my carer outside having a crafty cigarette, he made some quip then we got into conversation mainly about his dress style and his choice of tie. My carer noticed it was a Vivienne Westwood (I think) and David was surprised that she had knowledge of her tie designs. A fantastic night and a smashing gentleman. We will miss his smiling face and devilish stare over his glasses when trying to barter a dealer down in price!
RIP David .As a huge fan of all of the BBC antiques programs I am deeply saddened by the loss of David. Please pass on my condolences to his family at this most difficult time , my thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Please accept our sadness at this time. You and your family and friends should be respected and left to grieve in peace. However David Barby was and is and always will be a household name. His great legacy in the antiques world and his knowledge that he imparted to so many people in such a loving and fun way will always be remembered. Also his love for his beloved cat Algernon who will miss him so much.It has saddened me to see that David has passed away. I know we are members of the public and did not know him personally but I can personally say that he lit up my life and we always found him so humorous and watched him as a family. Take care and I will always have a place in my heart for the great Mr David Barby x Take care
So sorry to hear the news about David -through Bargain Hunt he has been part of our lives. He was so special.
Sincere condolences on David's death. His wit and wisdom will be sorely missed.
Ian Soulsby (a Bargain Hunt fan).
I'm so very sorry to hear of the passing of David Barby. He was a great favourite of mine on Bargain Hunt, Flog It and, especially, Antiques Road Trip. His softly-spoken "Is that your very best" always made me smile and, over the years, I learned a lot from him. He will be greatly missed. I send my condolences to his family, colleagues and friends.
He was the best, the very very best. We always smiled when David was on the programmes, we will miss him and his knowledge and quiet humour. A gentleman. Our thoughts are with you and your family and his many friends and colleagues.
Alan and Jenny Francis.
I have been aquainted with David for 40 years or so. He always had a very high degree of knowledge, interest and passion for antiques. He always spoke well, dressed well, and had a pleasant manner. He was always very approachable and never let fame change him or go to his head. I spoke to him one time in Sainsburys and told him it came as no surprise to me to see him on these TV shows as I though he was absolutely right for the job. He was genuinely pleased to hear that and thanked me. He will be very much missed but the world is richer for his having been.
Coming home from work at lunchtime every day to watch Bargain Hunt is part of my stress relief - I'm in construction when every day has at least half a dozen crisis' that need solved. David was always fantastic, an expert who was always dapper dressed with expert opinion and hilarious comments and "wee looks" at things he didn't like or agree with. I'm so sorry that he has gone but as a fan with a love for poking around junk / antique shops I'll always remember him much fondness, kind regards
Condolances to the family and freinds of such a loverly man I will miss him on the shows it wont be the same with out him a real gentleman xx
How amazing that seeing someone on TV and enjoying their ‘company’, expertise and humour, can enable you to feel so sadly about their death. I remember my husband and I seeing him at the NEC Antiques for Everyone and we both just stood and watched him for a moment or two. We were both struck by how, as he moved among people, their faces lit up with smiles. It takes a special person to affect strangers and people and cause a spontaneous reaction like that. Our sympathies to his family and friends.
Please accept my sympathy for your loss. David brought great joy and laughter to me through his television appearances and I will miss his gentlemanly mischievousness and vast knowledge in his area of expertise. I hope that in the year to come the family will be able to look back on the words of those who appreciated David and know that he made a very wide contribution to this world. Yours most sincerely,
So shocked to hear of the passing of David, my wife and I really loved to see him when he was on t/v. He will be missed by many people. We will certainly miss Mr Barby. R.i.P. Mr Barby. Kind regards.
Pat & Dave Fletcher.
So very sad to hear about David's passing. I have met him a few times and I liked him very much.
I was so sorry to hear about the sad death of David and my thoughts are with his family.
Words fail me but my heart goes out to you. I have only just learned of David’s sad passing and have emailed you straight away. Lawd he was so young in years and younger still in his vivacious character what a sad, sad loss. Much love to you and kind regards to David’s family.
I am so sorry to hear about David,he made my day when he was on Bargain Hunt,Flog It and Roadshow..I don’t get out much because of medical problems,so really looked forward to seein these programmes,and David always made me laugh,he had such a beautiful smile...I will miss him..I hope tv keep repeating programmes to keep his memory alive... I too live in Rugby,so always took an interest in anything local... I will pray for you and all his family......God Bless! R.I.P David, you will be sadly missed.......Sweet Dreams x
Regards Christine Nash.
I just wanted to mail and say that I'm thinking of yourself and of Davids family at this truly sad time. My truest hearfelt sympathies are passed on to you all. It was David who inspired me to start collecting Moorcroft and I now have around twenty pieces. I have in fact just recently obtained a Moorcroft lamp base at auction and if you don't mind, I would like to list it as my 'David Barby' piece in memory of him. Lots of love and hugs to you,
It is with great sadness that We read of the death of David. We met at many fairs. He was a true gentleman. Always a word and a smile. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
I hope you do not mind me sending you this email in your hour of sadness of the loss of David a truly great man and a true gentleman, I had the honour of speaking to David via telephone calls and emails quite a few times in the past and he even called my mother "Margaret" on her birthday I think you remember when I first contacted you about this, he was such a gentleman whom had so much time for members of the public. He was such a good man and a true gentleman to ring mum on her birthday even when he was away on holiday. Love to all.
From Warwick, Rosel and Margaret.
I just wanted to say how sorry I was at David's passing. I have watched his various appearences on TV and have allways enjoyed them I am sure he will be greatly missed. Regards.
They can keep the Olympic Games! My two favourite programmes - Bargain Hunt and Flog It. David Barby helped to make these two programmes the success they were and will be sadly missed by all he viewers. Although I never met him he appeared to be a charming man who had a lovely and warm personality. I cannot believe he as passsed away at such a young age. Please pass on my regards to his wife. Sincerely,
I was very sad to hear of David’s death. My sincere condolences.Best wishes.
I was shocked at the news of the passing of David. I used to like watching him on TV, he always had a smile and made me laugh. It’s a very sad loss he will be greatly missed by all, and he used to sound a very gentle kind man. My thoughts are with all his family and friends. RIP David.
I was initially shocked and then very sad when I learnt of David's unexpected death last week. I always greatly enjoyed any programme in which he took part and will also have good memories of the enjoyable lectures he gave on the Saga Ruby cruise in May 2011 during which I was fortunate enough to be able to have a few words with him, albeit not about antiques but rather his MG car,I also share his often proclaimed love of Moorcroft and cats. Please accept my sincere sympathy for you and all your family. Regards
Both my wife & I were shocked and very saddened to hear of David's passing. He was always a great source of entertainment and fun on the various shows in which he appeared and always appeared to be having fun too. Anyway, suffice it say we offer you, your family and David's many friends our sincerest condolences at this very sad time.
With very best wishes,
David & Lindsay.
It was with real sadness that I heard that David had passed away. I have watched him on numerous occasions on Bargain Hunt, Flog It and Antique Road Trip. He always had a smile on his face and seemed a genuine person who took real interest in the people he dealt with. To quote a phrase he became synonymous with “David, you were the very, very best”.
So shocked and sad to see the news today. He was such a gentle man in every way and will be greatly missed for his personality and expertise. Our thoughts are with his family and Algernon who he adored and often spoke about.
The Hatt family.
Dear Barby Family, I have just read about the passing of David. I am a fan of David's and enjoyed the warmth and sense of humour that used to permeate his broadcasts. He will be greatly missed by many fans, friends and family I am sure. I met him once in a supermarket in Bilton in Rugby and he was a perfect gentleman, but with a naughty twinkle in his eye as he joked with the lady on the til. I am so sorry and send you kind thoughts.Michelle Tyrtania.
I loved it when he was exasperated that an item did not realise it's true worth and potential, for he was a man who had found his own true worth and fulfilled his potential and wanted the same for everyone and everything. We shall all miss him, but we will all remember him.
Job 23:10 But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.
To all the family of david barby please accept my sincerce condolences on the sudden passing of david. I never met him but he always had a smile..a laugh and obviously loved the work he did..he will be sadly missed by many.. I do hope the family will draw comfort from the many messages of support I am sure will be received..
Allan and I were so sad to hear about David from the BBC website this weekend. He was always a great supporter of Rod Waspe when we were open and indeed even opened the shop on our 20th anniversary. For us these photographs we took on the day captured his ability to hold an audience and to bring a sense of fun to any occasion. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this very sad time. May his legacy, bringing antiques and an appreciation of art, long live on.
Vanessa & Allan Tyler.
I was shocked and saddened to see the news this morning. It’s so very sad. I never met him, but David was a very welcome regular on my television and seemed to be a true gentleman with an enormous amount of enthusiasm for what he did, and much admired by others. My sincere condolences.
I am so very sorry to hear of David's passing and I send you all my deepest heartfelt sympathy. I have loved watching him on telly over the years, and especially on Antiques Roadtrip. He was so funny, interesting and entertaining, a real treasure and I'm so glad you are leaving David'as website up - a very fitting tribute indeed. I hope it is a comfort to you to know how loved David was by all his fans.
Yours Most Sincerely,
I know it is a long time since we have been in touch but I just wanted to say how sorry I was to hear about David. He really was a lovely man and I have very fond memories of him and our time on Flog It. We chatted all the way through filming the other segments and he was such a gentleman - funny, entertaining and knowledgeable. And a man who adores cats can do no wrong! I know you were great friends with him and Janet, and did lots of work on his website and I just wanted to let you know that I'm thinking of you. David was a true gentleman and will be missed by everyone who knew and loved to watch him.
David always conducted himself as a gentleman on television, and treated the guests with respect. This always made any programs in which he appeared a delight to watch.
John and Sylvia Pembery.
We had the great pleasure of meeting David in June 2012 when he came to our auction house to film Antique Road Trip. Everybody was excited at the prospect of meeting him and he didn't disappoint. He was kind and courteous, with a word for everyone. The antique t.v. shows that he graced with his presence will never be the same again. He'll be walking with angels, no doubt making them laugh out loud with his lovely sense of humour and charming ways. We send our deepest sincere sympathy to his dear wife who he spoke of with such love. R.I.P. David Barby 25/07/12
I am truly sorry to hear of the sad loss of David, both me and my mother watched him on both bargain hunt and flog it for many years and he was one of our favourite experts. He was so charming and a true gentleman, which nowadays is hard to find. My mother Ruby is 85 and has been ill lately, she was really shocked at the news of his sudden death.
I feel that have lost a dear friend, I watch flog it and other related programmes and am really sorry to hear news.
I don't know and I hope you will forgive me for contacting you directly from the website. Both my husband Michael and myself are sorry to hear of David’s very untimely death. Very sad indeed. A great expert with an incredible personality who will be sorely missed - not the least by his admiring public. God Bless.
Sincerely Michael & Bridget Davey Erstwhile Antique Roadshow/Road trip fans...... He brightened our early evenings and Sundays!!
I just wanted to pass on my condolences to the family of David Barby. Would very much like to be included on the tribute section. We are two professional singers who record an episode of Bargain Hunt with David as our expert. The last recording wa s only on the 5th July which was such a short time ago. He really was an amazing man and we just loved talking to him. He showed just a great interest in what we did and we had such fun making the episode with him. Just a real pleasure! We had every intention of keeping in touch with him and we are really devastated hearing the news. Best Wishes
It was always such a pleasure to watch David on TV. His enthusiasm was contagious and he always appeared to have a glint in his eye and a slightly wicked edge to his humour. I suspect he was an amazing character to know and my thoughts are with all those who knew and loved him in your sad and sudden loss. Rest well David.
I am so sorry to learn of David’s death. He had that affable avuncular personality, but able to fix dealers with his renowned steely stare, and obtain a useful discount!! My best wishes and love to all his family.
What a lovely man was David Barby. He came across on TV as a very likeable character and was certainly entertaining, knowledgeable and utterly charming. What sad news to hear of his passing suddenly. My own mum passed when she was just 64 and such a huge void is left in the lives of family who are left to mourn. Be strong with each other as a family and you will get through this. Now at least he can ask all those antiques-related questions of the people who actually made the articles as new! My thoughts are with David's family and I do hope they can be so proud of him when they read comments and realise how the nation also felt about David. He is looking down and always will. Rest in Peace. God Bless.
Very, very sad news to learn of David’s premature passing. Somehow the many programmes he has graced over the years will never be the same again. Clearly a gentleman in every way I hope those he has left behind can find solace in the fact that he was so loved and respected by so many. We can all become very cynical about life as the years go by but every now and then such sad and shocking news as David's passing stops us in our tracks. It was clear to the viewer that everyone loved and enjoyed working with him and it was his genuine warmth of personality that came across so clearly. I for one will greatly miss his continued presence in my sitting room.
I was so sad to read of David's death. Last winter when my brother was terminally ill, and my husband also had cancer, I e-mailed David from here in Orkney, to say thank you for the hours of respite with Bargain Hunt, and Antiques Road Trip, which always made me smile. I asked him not to trouble to reply, knowing all the experts must have lots of mail. He sent such a kind and comforting reply, I will never forget him, because he took that time to answer, and it helped me very much. I am so sorry, and so many must be thinking of you. I will light a little candle for him. David didn't have to take the time to send such a lovely message. I shall be thinking of you and all his friends and family, and also the cat! Ours is a comfort in hard times.
Love, Christine Janet.
Lovely to see such a happy Bargain Hunt in tribute to David today. He looked so well and so full of fun, still missed, but lovely memories of laughter and smiles.
Christine Janet X
I would like to add my condolences at your loss, to what must be a very long list of people wishing to express their sorrow. I was fortunate enough to meet David twice both at Goldings in Grantham. What instantly struck me was his warm and welcoming nature, he will be sorely missed.
A light has gone out. This man was a complete gentleman and came across as a very warm, kind and lovely man. I was always pleased when he was on a particular programme as he was so interesting to listen too, so full of knowledge, and his lovely warm smile was so endearing. He just brightened the programme. Always smiling with a sparkling face. Rest in Peace lovely man.
As an ordinary viewer, with an interest (and no real knowledge!) of antiques, I would like to send my condolences to the family of David Barby. There are many friends of mine who enjoyed his sense of fun, his 'down to earth' attitude when dealing with public, and all the good programmes to which he contributed . He didn't know us - be we felt we knew him. Thank you for sharing him with us.
I never met the gentleman but I have seen him at work. He was an English gentleman who are very few now a days. He will always stand as a true honest man who had respect and gave respect, sadly missed. May he rest in peace. I dare say he will be pricing things upstairs including harps.
My son Nicholas and I were saddened to hear of David's death. Only a few weeks ago I wrote to you asking for a signed photo of David for Nicholas and when it arrived Nicholas was delighted. Nicholas either watches or records Bargain Hunt each day and David was his favourite expert. We are hoping that sometime in the not too distant future there will be a programme dedicated to David on TV. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fans. God bless.
Lorraine and Nicholas Millson.
David Barby, one of the most valuable assets in any auction house, a treasure lost forever!
So sad and shocked to hear the news. He’ll be greatly missed.
I HAVE JUST THIS MOMENT READ OF DAVID'S PASSING ON CEEFAX. MY WIFE AND I ARE SO SORRY TO HEAR HE IS NO LONGER WITH US. HE WAS A PLEASURE TO WATCH ON THE ANTIQUE PROGRAMMES. WE FOUND HIM SO FUNNY, KNOWLEDGEABLE AND ENTHUSIASTIC AT HIS JOB. SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. YOURS,
JOHN AND NOREEN DARDIS, NORTHERN IRELAND.
So sad to hear about David. Was so lovely to watch on TV. Will miss his wonderful smile and happy eyes. I didn't know David personally, but I feel bereft at his passing. He was such a gentleman, a very kind heart and the loveliest smile. Feel like I have lost a friend. It's lovely what you are doing for David. You will be missed, David. God bless x
I am so sorry to hear about David he was my favourite in Bargain Hunt and Flog It he will be sadly missed by all the viewers, I’ve enjoyed it when he was on, David’s away to the auctioneers in heaven God needed a good man to work for him, I’m just so sad to see a good man pass especially at 63 years old still a young man, God bless David and his family.
Lunchtime will never be the same gone but never ever forgotten. A true gentleman.
So Sad Nice Man.
I was so sad to read that David had died. He was one of my great favourites on all the Antiques/collectables programmes he appeared on. I am particularly sad for his family, as exactly the same thing happened to my own father in 1974 when he, too, died at the age of 63 - far too young. With my best wishes.
Watching the television David always had such a warm personality, seemed to enjoy his work and was obviously very knowledgeable. Bargain Hunt will not be the same without him. Deepest sympathy to you all.
I just wanted to say how shocked and saddened I was to hear the very sad news of David's passing. Although I never knew him personally, he always conducted himself in a truly warm and friendly way and he will be sorely missed!! One of life's true Gentlemen now sadly no longer with us. A Fan.
We used to run Country Bumpkins Delicatessen around the corner from Locke and England. We used to look forward to David's numerous visits. He seemed to have a passion for nice foods as well as antiques. Both very sad to hear of his untimely passing.
Chris and Janette. Fosse Way Honey, Honey Blossom Farm, Brailes.
May I offer sincere condolences on behalf of myself and my partner. What sad, sad news. My partner and I met David once in Brighton, what a charming and warm man he was, he didn’t mind that he was being recognised every five minutes, he just smiled and greeted everyone with glee. You and everyone close to him must feel that their hearts have been bruised a great deal and I only hope that the pain passes soon and that you can all remember him with smiles and laughter. This comes with love and compassion. Yours, with sincere and warm wishes,
Guy Johnson and Trevor MacDermott.
We were sorry to hear about your sad loss, the memory that David leaves me and my wife is of a lovely and straight forward person who has given us many memorable TV moments so rare in this day and age. He will be greatly missed. Kind Regards.
Ian and Patricia Hampton.
My prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family. Such a shock and loss of a life that brought a smile to me and many people. Antique shows will never be the same! Rip David Barby.
Firstly may I offer my sincere condolences. My family including two young lads were avid viewers of all programmes featuring David. We were very shocked and saddened by his sudden passing and will miss his cheery personality on our screens very much. My family are avid Flog It, Bargain hunt and Antiques Road Trip fans and only hope the BBC can honour David with a tribute programme.
Lots of love from the Noctons.
I was so very sad and upset to hear of David's death in the news today. He was our favourite expert on Bargain Hunt - so knowledgeable and a true gentleman. He will be very sadly missed by so many people. Please pass my condolences to his family and friends. I can only imagine how you must all be feeling at this sad time. Kindest regards.
Thank you for this opportunity to express our shock and our sympathy. As two recently moved "ex pats" now on the other side of the planet we were greatly saddened to learn of the death of David via the Internet today. We are great fans of the TV Programme "Bargain Hunt”, which in this part of the world is still shown five nights a week. Our entertainment is always highlighted when David is an expert on the show. His wit, charm and undisputed knowledge of antiques always make it a pleasure to watch. The world has lost a true gentleman, a great character, communicator and a friend to all who came into contact with him in whatever medium. We are all the poorer for it. We hope it will be possible for Channel 7 TV here to be allowed to continue to show programmes of "Bargain Hunt" with David in them. We are sure he would have wanted it that way. With Our Kindest Regards.
Ron and Barbara Turner.
So sorry for your loss, a lovely smiley endearing gentleman, he will be very much missed. Sincerely,
Lynne Simmons, A fan of all his shows.
Hello , I have watched dear David for a long time now on the antique shows he has graced ,Please accept deepest condolences from my wife and myself, I am so sad. I have enjoyed greatly David's expertise and humour over the years, we will miss him greatly , it is a sad loss to the nation and indeed to his family and friends. Deepest condolences.
Gilbert and Anne Norris.
I was shocked and so sad to learn that David had died. What a loss. I met him when we both gave talks to a huge WI convention in Stafford. He was so kind, charming and witty and such a gentleman. My thoughts are with his family.Yours,
Anita, Lady Burgh.
I hope you do not mind me contacting you on this very sad day, I had just seen a post made on the AOL page that David Barby has passed away. Although I did not know him personally I always looked forward to seeing him on Bargain Hunt, & Flog it. Words cannot describe how upset I was when I heard the news, may I wish you and your family all best wishes
So sorry to hear about David, and your sad loss, when he was on the television he made our living room feel warmer. We will miss his gentle ways.
Angela and Robert Thompson.
So sad. RIP David. Your happy face will be sadly missed.
Shall greatly miss his smile and gentle humour as well as his wit and learning. A huge loss.
I was so shocked to read of David death today. He’s always been one of my favourite experts of Bargain Hunt and the Antique Road Trip. He always made me laugh with his gently sense of fun. His knowledge and sometimes tongue in cheek comments were hilarious. He always seem to put people at their ease, unless he was buying from you. Many a time the Barby stare has made grown men and women shudder knowing that a large discount is on the way. Also the famous phrase. Is that your very best price? Oh we will miss him. My deepest condolences.
Sheila Van Biene.
We have just heard the very sad news about David's passing. Please accept our sincere condolences. We didn't know him personally but enjoyed watching him on TV. He seemed like a really nice chap and I’m sure he was. Not everyone on the screen comes across like that but he did; he had a lovely sense of fun, and a 'gentlemanly' way about him. We shall miss seeing him.Very best.
Ken and Lynda Sumbler.
We just wanted to let you know how terribly sad we feel for your loss of David. We absolutely loved him on all the shows and there is no doubt he will be sadly missed by many thousands of fans. We're still reeling from the shock as I'm sure you are. With heartfelt sympathy.
Lynne & Ken Calcutt.
Hello, may I pass on my and my husband's sincere condolences to David's friends and family. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching him on the programmes he made and know that he will be sadly missed. He was great! With sympathy.
Just a quick note to say how sorry we are to hear of his untimely death; he was a great fun loving antiques expert and will be sadly missed.
RIP David. Best regards
Please accept our deepest sympathy on David's death, as a family we always enjoyed David's TV appearances our favourite being “The Road Trip”. His fun side always shined through and in his own words he was the “Very Best”. As a family my husband and I have both lost a parent to a stroke so we have some idea of your shock and distress at this time so we send our love to you and all David's family. David will be greatly missed by us all.
Carol Paul and sons x
To the family and friends of David Barby, I just wanted to send sincere condolences to you all. I did not know him personally but like many avid fans of Bargain Hunt, Flog It etc. I felt I did. His enthusiasm for his profession and his genuine warmth always shone through as did his sense of humour. I always felt that if I were on such a programme David was the expert I would want to be paired with. I shall always remember him with fondness. Kind regards,
As an avid watcher of Bargain Hunt, please add my sincerest sympathy to his family, friends and associates on the dreadful news. David was my favourite expert and his wonderful and mildly eccentric relationship with other members of the programme (especially with the wonderful Phillip Serrell) was an absolute delight. I shall miss him very much.
In Sympathy So sorry to hear of David Barby's passing. A very sad day. He seemed a lovely man, full of character, very knowledgeable and good fun. I wish his family well. Lots of love,
Philip Stopher-Walker(Just a TV viewer)
David will be sadly missed and was well loved by many people. TV has lost a much loved presenter.
Always loved to see him as an expert on Bargain Hunt.He always seemed to connect so well with the contestants.He came over as being a kind gentle man who loved his job.So sad to hear the news and our prayers are with the family at this time. May he RIP
Sad, sad news! David will be sorely missed! His enthusiasm, warmth and knowledge were always there to be seen. Bargain Hunt and 'Road Trip' will never be the same! My condolences to all his family and friends. Regards........
Please pass on my condolences to David's friends and family. He will be much missed. I enjoyed watching him on TV. It felt like David entered my home and his knowledge and enthusiasm made the world a much better place. I must admit, I have shed a tear because 63 is really too young !
Just to say I was truly saddened to hear of the passing of David. Although I have never meet him in person he truly lifted my spirits on a daily basis his smile and his twinkle in his eye really brightened my day all I hope is that you can gain some strength from your family at a very sad time.
What a sad loss I met David a couple of times a few years ago I found him a very pleasant and caring person, One who when someone recognised him he took the time to speak to them. My thoughts are with you in these sad Times, but also at his funeral it will be celebration of his life.
All the best Bob. Ps when meeting David he gave me an autographed photo of him which I will always treasure.
So sad, such a gentleman, will be greatly missed. Like a family friend. Deepest condolences.
Sorry to hear of the loss of a TRUE gentleman. The viewing of bargain hunt and all the other programs will not be the same.rip
I am so sorry to learn of the passing of David. His smile, humour and geniality lit up my TV whenever he was onscreen. As a stay at home dad I often have the telly on for Antiques Road Trip - and I enjoyed seeing David's performances. His knowledge of antiques was incredible. He will be missed by many. It is amazing how some people can communicate their warmth to others. David did that and though I did not really know him I could at least appreciate some of his many great qualities through the TV work he did. I wish his family well at this sad time.
My name is DAVID JONES and 1 person amongst millions that enjoy antique programmes on the box! I would just like to offer my condolences for the sad passing of David Barby. He has been my favourite person for years on the programmes he made for the " BEEB " David always looked the antiques ambassador for the BBC. He always came across as the most approachable expert on TV. Deepest Sympathy.
My deepest sympathy. I met David several times when I worked at Hodson’s Solicitors. I will always remember his humour and friendliness. He will never be forgotten. A thoroughly decent man.
I was so sorry to hear of David’s passing. It will not be the same on television without him. My sincere sympathy is with you and yours,
What a lovely man..I will miss his lovely personality...my very deepest sympathy to you and your family. Xxx. Sarah MajorWe write as followers of antique programmes on TV - having been labelled " groupies " of both Flog It and Real Deal (if I dare?). David was a fine presenter of such programmes and he will be missed by millions of regular viewers of his programmes. Every sympathy to his family , but take heart in the knowledge that his many fans will grieve alongside them - we will all miss him.
Jean & Mike Demack.
May I offer my sincere condolences on the passing of lovely David. He brought so much pleasure into our homes. He gave us many hours of pleasure and we always respected his knowledge. He shared his knowledge very generously. We will miss him on our TV screens but I know you will miss him immensely. My heart and prayers go out to you. Warm wishes.
I was so shocked and saddened to read the news that David Barby has died after suffering a stroke. I only 'knew' David through his TV appearances on Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip but he always seemed a charming and friendly gentleman who generously shared his considerable knowledge of antiques with us all, always with a very gentle, self-deprecating sense of humour and a lovely twinkle in his eye! Please pass my sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues - David will be greatly missed. Kind regards.
As a regular viewer of Bargain Hunt, amongst other similar programmes, I was shocked and saddened at the news of David's passing. Condolences to family and close friends. He always came across as such a nice guy. Regards.
I am stunned to hear about the death of David Barby. He was not only knowledgeable but exceedingly funny. David I am going to miss you, the programmes are not going to be the same without you. I am shocked to the core. Life is so unfair. R.I.P David xxxx
I just want to say how sad we all were to hear the sad news about David , we were told yesterday at the Antiques Roadshow , and we are all in shock, and will miss his cheeky smile and great sense of humour, I really feel for you at this time.
John Foster xxx
I just wanted to say how sorry I was to hear the bad news about David, was a true legend and will be sorely missed.
I just learned of the sad news of David Barby passing. He was such an entertaining character and absolute joy and credit to the trade. Please pass on my condolences to the family. My thoughts are with them at this time. Regards
I’m so sorry for your loss my thoughts are with you.
To the family and friends of David Barby. You don't know me but after seeing the news I felt compelled to send a message of my sincere sadness at Mr Barby's passing and condolences to his family. He always made me smile when I saw him on TV and seemed like a true gentleman, knowledgeable in his field with a contagious sense of humour. My thoughts are with all his family. Regards.
My sincerest condolences...really shocked to hear about his passing.....what a wonderful guy.....will be greatly missed. A fan.
Although I never knew or even met Mr Barby watching him for all those years on the TV he seemed to me that he was a very genuine and caring man. So it with great shock that I hear of his sad passing and would like to offer my condolences to his family and friends of which I am sure there are many. He brought so much into the programmes he appeared in. Yours sincerely,
Really really sorry to hear of David's passing...a true gentleman...will be sorely missed...so respected in everything that he did. I am only a viewer, but totally shocked. Hope you all think of the good times. X
I was very sorry to see today that David is no longer with us. My wife has a passion for antiques and so watches the various programmes avidly. Since I work from home, I would often find myself distracted by them and David in particular came across as knowledgeable and fun-loving at the same time. My condolences to his family and friends. Regards.
What a sad loss this must be to all who knew him personally. I only knew David through Flog it and such like, and will miss his contributions very much. Offer my condolences to his family.
We have just learnt the sad news and although we never met him my family has summed it up perfectly. Feels like you've lost your favourite uncle. The fun he gave and the such genuine delight in him seeing others get a good price to help them was so Much part of his persona. May his memories help you in this sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you his family.
Derek Ruth and Georgia Timoney.
Just thought I had to say a few words on your loss. The world has woken up a poorer place today, such a nice man with his infectious smile and cheerful informative way of presenting on TV, he is going to be missed a great deal . He seemed a proper gentleman in the true sense.
Sincere condolences on hearing of David’s passing, loved seeing him on Bargain Hunt, Flog It, and more recently, Antiques Road Trip, what a lovely man full of warmth and humour. Will miss him as will many of his friends and colleagues from the Antique world.
To you all, I'm sorry to hear of Mr Barby's passing. Often I'd watch him on TV. I found him to be a really warm and kind man and; a smashing bloke. He will be sorely missed.
It was with a real sense of sadness that I read of the sudden passing of David from this world. I was privileged to meet David on one of his trips with Bargain Hunt when he was in Glasgow at Great Western Auctions recording a programme. He was the most gracious and delightful man he will be so sorely missed by all who watch the programmes that he was involved with but he will be missed most of all by his family and close friends for they would undoubtedly love him best of all. We may lose those that we love but we have many happy memories of David keep them and treasure them for they are precious. My God bless you and keep you. With great sadness.
Colin Sutherland (Rev).
Margaret and Brenda, (two of the stalwarts of Morphet's Auction) would like to send our heartfelt sympathy on the passing away of David. We feel we have lost a friend with whom we have become acquainted during the time he has been the Auctioneer at Morphet's. We will miss his smile, his fun, his quips and repartee, and of course his commanding presence. Our thoughts and prayers we send to you at this time, and in the coming weeks.
Margaret and Brenda.
I was so sad to hear of David’s passing this morning. I felt I knew him, having seen him so often on TV. He was such a lovely man with a terrific charm and personality. My wife, Carol and I would like to offer our inadequate condolences to you at this very sad time. R.I.P. David
Britain has lost someone that made it all the brighter RIP David.
R.I.P. David Barby, so sad.
Jenny I wish to send you , my family’s condolences , it was only a few months ago you sent me his picture and autograph , he was a great man and it saddens me to hear of your loss. I will miss watching him on TV or driving around rugby, I never did see him at the chippy but at least we have his picture thanks to you.
Olivia and Darren.
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