Dr Colin Martin Dring 1941-2004
Dr Colin Martin Dring was born January 20, 1941 in Maidstone, Kent, the fifth son of Robert Dring and Winifred Coote. He studied at King's College, London, and trained at St George's Hospital where he first met Viviene. Colin served in the Coldstream Guards for five years, mostly in Germany with a tour of duty in Northern Ireland. After leaving the army, Colin and Viviene soon settled in Worlington and Colin joined The Market Cross Surgery in 1971 where he worked for 25 years. An interest in history was a prerequisite for becoming a Mildenhall doctor in those days, and for Colin this became a passion with many hours spent raising money for the Mildenhall Museum. Major projects included the current building, the Mildenhall Treasure exhibition, and a proposed new wing to house the Lakenheath Warrior, as well as writing three books, all of which are on sale in the Museum. Other community work included the stained glass windows at the Chapel on RAF Mildenhall and the children's playground in Worlington. Colin became an expert in Dring genealogy and corresponded with other Dring hunters across the globe. In recent years Colin and Viviene enjoyed spending time with grandchildren in Ipswich, Massachusetts, and Queensland.
Funeral tribute at St Marys, Mildenhall
We know that our feelings are echoed in all corners of the globe by hundreds or thousands of people who have found a Dring ancestor. We were sad to learn of his sudden death on the 16th February 2004, we have found out a great deal about our own families from him, but perhaps most importantly we were inspired to achieve by him. He had an uncanny knack of turning a list of dates into an interesting family history. He was the inspiration and driving force behind the setting up of this site, to freely share his many years of research into all of the "Dring families". All of our researchers and endless numbers of others world-wide have been encouraged, steered, corrected or given a great deal of the history of the Dring family by this great man. We are proud and privileged to have known, learned and shared our time with Colin. The following newspaper articles show how much he was involved in his local community, with local history and most importantly, his family. All of this on top of a busy life of a doctor! From the world-wide community of Dring descendants, we thank you Colin for all you have given us and we will strive to continue to share and develop your great work in recording the history of the Dring family.
Jim Wilson & Mark Burgess on behalf of "the Deluge of Drings" and many, many more.