It doesn't feel like I'm the right person to be doing this, as I'd never met him in person (only online), and he was evidently very well-loved by those around him. But there's as yet no thread announcing this, and despite the news appearing on Facebook, there are probably people here who don't know yet who would like to know. David Owen of Northop and formerly Point of Ayr for many years (known as 'Tojo' to many, including us on tMP) passed away suddenly a couple of days ago, at the age of only 51. I can't do better than reproduce the note that his friend Ron Rees Davies posted to the 'Bass Players Union' group on Facebook: Tojo (David Owen) formerly of Point of Ayr Colliery Band (where he was an inspiration and mentor for me and many others) and more recently Northop Band passed away suddenly on 15th December and will be sorely missed in North Wales (especially with his passing so soon after his friend and PoA colleague Jim Mealor) and in the wider banding world. My thoughts go to his family and friends. RIP Tojo. Taken far too soon.