David Streets MSc C Eng. M.I. PROD. E.
It was with great sadness that Epilepsy Action learned of the death of David Streets on 21 June 2020 as a result of Covid-19. Our thoughts and condolences at this sad time go to David’s wife Joan and to their children and grandchildren for their loss. Our sympathies also go to David’s many friends in the Epilepsy Action Sheffield and District branch.
David was an engineer by trade but spent most of his working life as a lecturer at Sheffield College, serving as a member of the college’s senior management team in his later years. David’s interest in epilepsy started when his otherwise healthy nineteen year old son had his first seizure. This gave David first hand experience of the fears and concerns of parents of children with epilepsy and a desire to find out more about the condition. This is what led him to help set up Epilepsy Action’s Sheffield and District Branch in 1989. David soon took on the role of Treasurer. He later served as branch Chair and spent a long spell as Vice Chair focusing on public relations.
David also became an Accredited Volunteer and speaker early in his association with the charity, a role he continued and which he said gave him enormous personal satisfaction. As he put it himself: “I will talk about epilepsy to anyone who is prepared to listen!” Over the years David must have spoken to hundreds of individuals, businesses and organisations about epilepsy. He was passionate about raising awareness of the condition and educating people.
David was a mainstay of the Sheffield branch giving freely of his time, skills and knowledge. He was a key figure in so many activities – raising money, raising awareness, providing advice and information, organising social events, supporting and caring for others. The success of the branch and its tremendous reputation in the city and throughout South Yorkshire was due in no small part to his tireless effort and commitment.
In 2000 David received a BEA Golden Jubilee Award in recognition of his outstanding services to people with epilepsy. A year later in 2001, the Sheffield and District branch was awarded BEA Branch of the Year. In 2018, with another Sheffield branch member Maureen Taylor, David was the recipient of Epilepsy Action’s special Hilary Figg Award for long and distinguished service. Despite these awards, David was always typically humble and self-effacing about his contribution.
Between 2003 and 2009 David was a member of Epilepsy Action’s Council of Management. He was elected by the Council members as their Vice Chair between 2006 and 2007. In just six years as a Council member, David threw himself into the role and made a huge impact. He served on Council’s Education committee from 2003 to 2009 and was the Chair of the committee from 2005 to 2008. From 2006 to 2007 he was a member of the Standing Committee and he was the Vice Chair of the Finance and Strategic Policy Committee. He served two stints on the Corporate Governance committee from 2004 to 2006 and 2007 to 2009. David also served on Council’s staff appeals panel from 2004 to 2009, Chairing the panel between 2006 and 2007.
Contemporaries who served on Council with David will remember him with great affection for his calm common sense approach, his cheerfulness and his warmth and good humour. Perhaps it was his branch background, but David always made a point of personally welcoming all new members of Council and making them feel comfortable. He will be equally fondly remembered by members of staff of the charity for the consideration he always showed to them.
Richard Chapman, the current Chair of the Council of Management said:
"I came to know David from his time on the Council of Management. He was a much valued and respected colleague who brought a wealth of experience and understanding to our discussions. A selfless individual, he was well liked by colleagues who found him to be an easy going, amiable man who was always willing to help. David's input to Council was a very small part of the immense contribution he made to the Association's work, mainly in the Sheffield area, over decades. He will be greatly missed by the many, many friends he made along the way."
22 June 2020