By Maz Woolley
This obituary draws on material used with permission from an article in Wheelspin the Coventry Diecast Model Club (CDMC) magazine edited by Will Roe, and written by Paul Kenelly the Club President.
Vic Davey 1941 – 2016
Vic Davey was known to model collectors worldwide. Many will know him as co-author of several books with Danny Chan: The Complete World of Exclusive First Editions, The Complete World of Tomy Diecast, and The Complete World of Little Buses. Many of the models pictured in these works came from his personal collection which covered many fields including minor UK producers like Kemlow, Charbens and Tremo/Jolly Roger. Robert Newson’s articles on these subjects often featured some of Vic’s models to illustrate them. Paul Kennelly tells us that Vic was even heavily involved in searching out Corgi Models for Ed Force to be used in the photography sessions for the well known Schiffer Corgi Toys book.
Vic’s working life took him to Hong Kong for ten years where he learned the language as well as expanding his knowledge of the models from the far east and increasing his collection too. Paul explains that Vic initially lived in Coventry on his return from Hong Kong and then moved to London to find work. He was an active member and supporter of collectors clubs including Coventry Diecast Model Collectors Club, the London Model Club, and he was a life member of the Maidenhead Static Model Club.
I met Vic when we both worked for Westminster City Council. He was leading a team which was digitising the years of maps, diagrams and documents that the Council had accumulated. I was then a Systems Analyst in the IT Department and had to arrange for some work for Vic’s team. As Paul notes in his memorial seeing Vic’s disabilities for the first time surprised one. He had a hook instead of a right hand and a damaged left hand, the results of a childhood accident. However after a few minutes talking to him your attention was on the interesting conversation and not any disability. I seem to remember his first question being “Are you that Maz Woolley?”. When he found that I was indeed the person who wrote letters and articles for MAR conversation naturally turned to shared interests. He certainly didn’t let any disability get in his way at work where he had a very positive “up and at them” attitude to problems.
My last contact with Vic was when he was leaving Westminster Council and moving to Wales to join Paul and Hilary Kenelly to create the West Wales Museum of Childhood. He was clearly relishing the opportunity to meet a new challenge and lead a new life.
Sadly Paul tells us that Vic’s later years were overshadowed by Parkinson’s Disease. Medication gave him a few years of stability but eventually he needed to go into a care home and had to sell his collection to fund his fees. He will be missed by all the collectors who met him and all those who benefited from his experience and knowledge.
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