I am writing to inform you of the sudden passing of Dave Todd ‘Toddy’ on Saturday 16th June. As I’m sure you can appreciate, this news has come as a huge shock to us all, and the sense of loss felt by his crewmates, friends and many passengers is quite overwhelming.
Toddy joined the Floating Bridge crew in July 2014, and he quickly established himself as an integral part of the team. He was immensely proud of his role and quickly realised that working on the Floating Bridge is a privileged job and immersed himself in all matters Floating Bridge. Nothing was too much trouble for Toddy, he volunteered for additional duties, such as organising the huge numbers of foot passengers on Firework Night, and working Christmas Day. Mind you, I think he enjoyed the Christmas kisses from the ladies!!!
More recently, Toddy had played an instrumental role in training our new recruits, so it is fitting that his legacy will continue through knowledge and wisdom being handed down.
Away from work, Toddy was honoured to be Vice-Chair of Ryde Royal British Legion and a founder member of the Veterans’ Breakfast Club having served in the Scots’ Guards for many years. He worked tirelessly in promoting the activities of British Legion, and even took rare time away from the Floating Bridge to fund raise for the poppy appeal aboard his old stamping ground on the Wightlink ferries. His work was acknowledged by the Royal British Legion who presented Toddy with an award for his fund-raising activities.
For many, it will be difficult not to feel downhearted by our loss, but Toddy would not have wanted that. He was a larger than life character in every sense,who always had something to say, often indulging in light-hearted banter to keep everybody in high spirits.
I’m sure when the crew and passengers are aboard the Floating Bridge on a quiet evening, should Scotland have (unusually) beaten England, you might just hear the dulcet tones of proud Scotsman telling anybody who might be in earshot that he was ‘living the dream.’