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With Great Sadness

Posted by hum on Sunday, November 18, 2012

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       It is with a heavy  heart that i bring you the news that my beloved husband  Dave Hum has passed away peacefully on 14th November 2012.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many friends he made on BHO, you all played a big part in keeping his spirits up.

With love

Mel Hum and family.x

PS , As Dave would often say " Thank you kind Sirs for your feedback " Our daughters ,Perri, River and i would like you to know how wonderfully uplifting your tributes to Dave are to us. It is of huge comfort.  

Dave was a very private man but i  am aware that he had shared with a few of you, our other great sadness, the loss of our darling eldest daughter Ashlea. Our dear little girl passed away 10 years ago at the tender age of 13, from cystic fibrosis. I believe in my heart they are together now, what a wonderful early christmas present he'll be for our daughter..

Dave always talked of visiting one of the banjo festivals/conventions if he were well enough. I hope to take that trip for him next year with our girls.I would be very greatful if i could have the names of them. It would be a pleasure to meet those of you who'll be there and who have inspired Dave and those who have been inspired by Dave. We will not be travelling alone, we will of course have Daves banjo with us....

As a family  we would like to keep his banjo page open and hopefully in the future upload more videos etc 

Many thanks for your kindness.

Mel Hum and family ,x

 



64 comments on “With Great Sadness”

jimh269b Says:
Sunday, November 18, 2012 @11:01:32 AM

mel dave will really missed by folks on here,dave and i were close,i wrote a tune for him,and he wrote one for me,but he wanted a cd im making,i want to send this cd to you and your family,all i need is your address,and there is no charge to you,its my respect dave and his family, jim reed

OneMusicLover Says:
Sunday, November 18, 2012 @11:10:17 AM

I'm so sorry for your loss. Thank you so much for informing us, and yes, please do keep Dave's account open here so that you can be comforted by the outpouring of love and support for you and your family and I know the BHO members would enjoy seeing more videos.

Oalbrets Says:
Sunday, November 18, 2012 @11:11:23 AM

Dave helped me out with my right hand disability when I was having problems and I almost quit pickin, but his influence kept me going. I never met Dave in person. He was an inperation to me and will be missed deeply. Mel, if you make it to California look me up and you and the girls are welcome here. R.I.P Mr. Hum

Wills Creek Says:
Sunday, November 18, 2012 @12:11:14 PM

Dave will missed here emmencely ! Such a shock to me. He is no doubt a great inspiration to me I'll always hold him in great regard. I'm so sorry for your loss. And I'll' pray for you and Dave's girls . They videos were the highlight of my day and the cd's are among my most favorites. I was hoping to meet you all someday.
Frank

Wills Creek Says:
Sunday, November 18, 2012 @12:11:14 PM

Dave will missed here emmencely ! Such a shock to me. He is no doubt a great inspiration to me I'll always hold him in great regard. I'm so sorry for your loss. And I'll' pray for you and Dave's girls . They videos were the highlight of my day and the cd's are among my most favorites. I was hoping to meet you all someday.
Frank

kino99 Says:
Sunday, November 18, 2012 @12:41:57 PM

So sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed watching Dave's videos and interpretations of songs. He seemed to truly love his music.

Couchie Says:
Sunday, November 18, 2012 @12:46:18 PM

Mel, it would be an honor to meet you and your family sometime in the future. Once again, my heartfelt sympathy.

zai Says:
Sunday, November 18, 2012 @12:53:38 PM

I'm so sorry for your loss. I only recently started picking banjo, and one of the banjo pickers that made me want to pick the 5 string banjo is Dave Hum. He was a fine musician and I believe one can tell a lot from a man's music, and going by that he was a good person. He will be missed by many. I'm grateful for all the video's and recordings of his music.

5stringpicker2 Says:
Sunday, November 18, 2012 @2:23:23 PM

Mel we all feel your loss and grieve with you. I enjoyed Dave's videos very much.

He was a very talented individual as he and I shared a lot of the same interests. My prayers go out to you and yours. This is a sad moment in Bluegrass.

( I )====='----<::)

Dan Mountjoy Says:
Sunday, November 18, 2012 @2:57:18 PM

Very sorry for you and your family -- his virtual presence on the hangout will be missed, but his spiritual presence will live on in those he inspired.

hum Says:
Sunday, November 18, 2012 @3:13:24 PM

Thank you all so much, what wonderful words i'm hearing..you know he busked all day tuesday in his home town, the day before he passed away.
After collecting our youngest from school i went to pick him up and as always , he'd say to me, "not just now pop (my pet name he gave me)just let me finish a couple more videos"which of course i did, how could i possibly refuse him . He simply loved being on the street playing, he was a busker that's what he loved doing,nothing else would compare. He did what he loved and it always showed.

Josh Turknett Says:
Sunday, November 18, 2012 @3:38:05 PM

Great to hear he was able to do what he loved up till the end. You have no idea how many folks he inspired here with his incredible music. His joyous spirit was also palpable in the music he played. We will all miss him terribly.

stu-b Says:
Sunday, November 18, 2012 @3:38:15 PM

Mel my thoughts are with you and your family. I never met Dave in person but he always replied to emails with advice, encouragement and guidance. Thanks Dave for your inspiration, you'll be sadly missed.
God bless x

BanjoKat2 Says:
Sunday, November 18, 2012 @3:44:17 PM

I replied on a Forum "Active topic" thread about your husband, so am repeating myself a bit, but I, like so many, am both shocked and saddened. When I open Banjo Hangout I always checked to see if Dave posted videos, his were some of my favorites - always amazing & fun to listen to. He was such an amazing musician. I found him inspirational, and I think that is why tears fell from my eyes when I read of his passing. I know you must feel blessed to have had a husband who was your "beloved." I hope you and your daughter's heavy hearts will find joy in remembering wonderful things about your husband, their father. He's in Peace and, as you said, with your daughter Ashlea, both watching over all of you. Hopefully we are even embarrassing him with all our gushyness! but he was so loved here on Banjo Hangout.

dgill Says:
Sunday, November 18, 2012 @3:46:55 PM

What a great story you share with us Mel. I sent Dave a pick pouch and a can koozie from a jam we held this summer. He was amazed that I would do that. I told him it was the least I could do since he gave me so many happy times through his music. Dave was just something special and that is all one can say and his memory will live with me forever. I want to thank you so much for keeping Dave's page alive. It is part of his legacy and we will all stay close to him through your contributions there.

From Greylock to Bean Blossom Says:
Sunday, November 18, 2012 @4:16:19 PM

Mrs. Hum,
Thank you again for sharing. It is good for me to hear that he was doing what he loved to the end. You could tell from his videos that he loved banjo and his music. I hope the hangout will start a tribute type of homepage where Dave's music can stay up and out there for everyone as long as the hangout lives. I think maybe he got breath from the hangout by the fellowship of being part of a banjo community and I know musical contributions like his to the hangout are the true lifeblood of this community. So thank you for remembering us at this tough time by taking the time and caring to inform us. And thank you for thinking us us with your thoughts of keeping Dave's site open and his music still coming.
Ken

thombanjo Says:
Sunday, November 18, 2012 @4:24:25 PM

sorry for your loss....I enjoyed Dave's videos so much and like many players on here, was hoping to meet him on an overseas trip one of these days....our thoughts and prayers are with you

alfiedog Says:
Sunday, November 18, 2012 @4:25:22 PM

Mel i cant describe how upset i felt when i found out Dave had Passed away, he was very Special to Banjo Players, all over the World. Here in the UK he was fast becoming a Legend. I go to a lot of Sessions Folk, and Bluegrass, and the odd Irish. When you hear seasoned Old Campaigners say "Have you heard that Dave Hum, he is a bit Special" You just know he was Ranked Top of the Tree. God Bless x

JMalmsteen Says:
Sunday, November 18, 2012 @4:44:46 PM

RIP Dave...so sorry to hear this. Send a pm if you are heading to the East coast. We will let you know what is going on. You and your girls are in our prayers.

skeller77 Says:
Sunday, November 18, 2012 @5:38:03 PM

Mel, like so many others I am still shocked at this sad news. Dave was such an inspiration to so many and I to looked forward to every video he posted. Just when I thought Wow!, that's gonna be a hard one to top,he would post another one and I was amazed all over again. He will be sadly missed but never forgotten. My deepest sympathies to you and your daughters, you are in my heart and prayers.

Smelly Old Gibby Says:
Sunday, November 18, 2012 @7:54:47 PM

Mrs Hum: I am also very sorry to hear of your loss. Dave's playing left a strong impression on many here on the Hangout. His style and timing gave him a sound that was all his own. I have watched his videos many times, and am always impressed with the ease in which music exuded from him. He was a true talent and he will be missed. My thoughts go out to you and your daughters during this difficult time.

gsdauria Says:
Sunday, November 18, 2012 @8:24:44 PM

My deepest sympathies to you and your daughters. It was the highlight of my day to get on the Hangout and check out Dave's latest video post. He was amazing on that banjo. God rest his soul.

manomusic Says:
Sunday, November 18, 2012 @9:13:09 PM

What a great loss to so many people, Dave was one of the most popular and talented people on this site, my condolensces to you and your family Mel

Grumpy1 Says:
Sunday, November 18, 2012 @10:09:35 PM

Sorry for your loss and ours also. Always enjoyed Dave's music and videos. He will be missed. I sent up a prayer for you and your family. May God bless and comfort you.

Fendertele Says:
Monday, November 19, 2012 @12:17:27 AM

Hiya..I have been a memer on Hanhout for a while now & have always checked out Dave and his music on Youtube etc...I am so sorry for your loss, what an absolute shame he willb be sorely missed. He had a great twist on some of his tunes and I always admired his courage to busk the way he did. If I ever end up half as good as he was then that will do me. all the best for the future and may his music ring out through Heaven...

christy65 Says:
Monday, November 19, 2012 @1:54:18 AM

mel i still cant believe he is gone he was a gentle soul
who played beautyful music its like one of the family has died
thats how much we taught of him

jim109b Says:
Monday, November 19, 2012 @2:05:39 AM

When I first came across all Dave's videos a couple of years back, I kinda lost track of time and spent a very pleasant hour and a half perusing them...sadly I was supposed to be making dinner that night, so there was much 'banging of pots' done when my wife came in from work eventually to find me with my sound up loud 'humming' away.

I emailed Dave to make sure he knew is was all his fault :)

Dr Ralph Says:
Monday, November 19, 2012 @2:39:38 AM

I couldn't believe it when I heard the news, He came across as such a gentleman & very humble, I was fascinated when I read about his illness & how he had to re-learn how to play the banjo it must have taken so much dedication to be able to unlearn one style & create a style all of his own. I also noticed while watching his many youtube posts that he always thanked people when they put some money in his case & always had a smile for the children that were fascinated by his playing. He really will be missed. Heaven will be a better place with him there. My thoughts are with you all at this sad time.

Dr Ralph Says:
Monday, November 19, 2012 @2:49:31 AM

Mel if you get the opportunity the Cornish Bluegrass festival is arguably the biggest & best Bluegrass festival in the UK. The festival is held at an award winning holiday camp in Newquay & is very family friendly

You can check out the details of next years festival on cornishbluegrass.co.uk

2013 will be their 10th anniversary so it promises to be a biggun

GCB-LLC Says:
Monday, November 19, 2012 @4:23:06 AM

OMG! I was just getting to know him. So very sad.

kevinwholmes Says:
Monday, November 19, 2012 @5:42:33 AM

So sorry. What a terrible loss of a person, family man, and talent; hard to believe and accept. Condolences to family & friends. I'm glad to have known him for the short time I did.

NewRedFox Says:
Monday, November 19, 2012 @6:43:49 AM

What a sad loss. I found Dave's music through the BHO facebook page and looked forward to posts with his videos. My condolences.

Banjov1 Says:
Monday, November 19, 2012 @8:34:48 AM

So sorry to hear this news. Dave had a unique way of playing traditional tunes and every time I start digging into a new one myself, I always checked to see what Dave's take was on the piece. He was truly a great player and very innovative.

He'll be greatly missed

Condolences to you and your family Mel

youdye Says:
Monday, November 19, 2012 @9:05:54 AM

My heartfelt prayers and condolences to you and your family. God Bless.

Banjophobic Says:
Monday, November 19, 2012 @10:10:26 AM

This hit me like a load of bricks. I am one of Dave's biggest fans and his story and music touched me. Your family is in my prayers and please know these BHO friends he made thought the world of Dave. He's making some great music on the other side right now and its a richer place now.

Banjophobic Says:
Monday, November 19, 2012 @10:12:40 AM

And YES, please keep his page going with pictures and keeping us up to date on how you are doing. Dave's family is 'our' family..

westems23 Says:
Monday, November 19, 2012 @10:33:55 AM

I am at a lost for words. I have been follwoing Dave's video's for a long time. Please keep his page and his web site up if possable. Our prayers are with you and your family.

tklassen Says:
Monday, November 19, 2012 @2:19:50 PM

Dave has been an inspiration to me, persevering through all the setbacks he encountered. I am sure it was your support that he was able to continue to do what he loved and he will be a great Christmas present.

grambo65 Says:
Monday, November 19, 2012 @2:27:19 PM

Mel Perri & River. This has come as a complete shock. My thoughts are with you all. Dave was an inspiration to all us players. With him overcoming the odds to play again after his illness and then by his videos inspiring people to really try to get to grips with an instrument which he made his own.
Say not in grief that he is no more
but say in thankfulness that he was
A death is not the extinguishing of a light,
but the putting out of the lamp
because the dawn has come.
My thoughts are with you. Graeme

Chris Meakin Says:
Monday, November 19, 2012 @2:57:03 PM

One of nature's true gentlemen, taken so young. The Earth has been a better place for his presence, and now poorer for his passing. Stoic to the end. Condolences to Dave's family. RIP Dave Hum.

ccress Says:
Monday, November 19, 2012 @5:00:53 PM

Its so good to hear from you Mel.I have been amazed at Dave's banjo playing and his style I called the "Hum Style". I have 2 of his cd's and have about wore them out.He will truly be missed around here and I'm so happy that your going to continue his page here at the hangout.My heart goes out to you and your girls and may his memory live on thru you all.Blessings and prayers coming your way.Take care..Cathy

country frank Says:
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 @2:32:22 AM

Mel, Perri and River, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for your bravery in what is clearly the most difficult of times. My families thoughts and prayers are with you all and Dave's talent and devotion are truly the gift of life itself.

Pick on Brother and god speed to you.

tinkersdam Says:
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 @2:54:18 PM

To the Hum family....

I so much appreciated all the videos Dave posted here on the hangout. He was definitely an inspiration to so many of us 'novice' players here on the hangout and I am personally thankful he chose to share his life and love of music with us. The videos he left behind will continue to inspire all of BHO members, old and new. Thank you.

May God's peace and comfort be with all of you.

Marv Says:
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 @3:33:57 PM

My heart goes out to the family and those close to Mr Dave. I had one short exchange with him and felt I had a new friend. Now I feel that I have lost a friend. The banjo community has lost a very talented ambassador.

Splodge Says:
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 @4:58:48 PM

I saw Dave at the Wimborne folkie in June and we exchanged a few words when I saw we were both hangout members.
So, So very sorry for your loss.
Brian.

banjoman56 Says:
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 @6:38:01 PM

Mrs. Hum, I am truly sorry to hear about your loss. I have watched many of Dave's video's and loved his playing. He was a very gifted and talented man and it was easy to tell that he love playing his banjo. His determination and perseverance in overcoming his problems and regaining the ability to play again at the level that he played, should be very motivational to those of us that are striving to better learn the banjo. Our heart felt sympathy and prayers goes out to you and your daughters as you try to deal with this great loss. Just remember that "God is a very present help in the time of trouble".

Benigno Says:
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 @9:23:37 PM

This is a loss that words can not express. Dave wrote to me in the kindest terms when I asked a simple minded question. Knowing now how easy I would have been to ignore or I am again reminded of the kindness he showed. The world is missing one heck of a fine person. May God walk with you in this time of sadness.

gibsonf5 Says:
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 @9:31:16 PM

WOW....Such sad news..I loved his style of picking as everybody did...He will be greatly missed.... You will be missed Dave....R.I.P.

bronskee Says:
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 @9:45:35 PM

sad day it is. may he rest in peace, and play some more banjo for us up there. all my toughts are going to the family. toutes mes condoleances.

jajajavih Says:
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 @2:02:38 AM

What a really sad lost. We all know is now giving a huge hug to his beloved Ashlea. Todo mi apoyo y condolencias para la familia, te echaremos de menos Dave. I still cant belive this happened. Big hug from Spain.

Karen Kruske Says:
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 @4:47:19 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. Dave's music made our world a better place, so it all our loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

somarmd Says:
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 @5:00:49 AM

I am saddened to hear of Dave's passing. Not long ago I had just become friends with Dave, after I had sent him a message being inspired by his story. In fact I purchased the same banjo strap he has based on his recommendation.

May you and your family stay strong and heal together over time.

huberfan Says:
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 @6:01:43 AM

I am so sorry for your family's loss. I had never heard Dave's music until this morning but I became an instant fan. I just ordered both of his albums and will look forward to enjoying them for years to come.

God Bless Dave and your family

neqoda Says:
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 @11:12:15 AM

I am deeply saddened to hear this. Dave will be missed, I so enjoyed his videos. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

muntjac Says:
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 @11:54:54 AM

Such a loss my thoughts and prayers are with you.......Ian

mikemal Says:
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 @12:44:12 PM

A wonderful post, Mel, thank you. His soul and music will live on.

1rocker Says:
Thursday, November 22, 2012 @12:55:16 PM

I still cant believe that Dave has passed, he has been my inspiration for the past year, He is the most amazing Banjo picker with a style all of his own, I have tried my hardest to emulate the way he plays tunes, I watch his video's over & over & he never ceasesd to amaze me. Dave always posted a thank you when I commented on one of his video's. All my very best to all of his family & friends.

hum Says:
Thursday, November 22, 2012 @2:17:21 PM

Hello to all,
Your kind thoughts are very comforting, to 1rocker, on behalf of my beloved husband and the Hum family, Thank you...

Wynjo Says:
Thursday, November 22, 2012 @3:46:56 PM

My family and i are sorry for your loss. My son bear will particularly miss dave as his favourite part of shopping trips. Dave did not know us personaly but whenever bear heared daves banjo ring out in town he would race towards it. I would sit on the pavement with bear on my lap mesmerised my daves and his banjo, its one of the only times i could keep the 2 year old still for more than 10 minutes. Dave gave so much joy to those who heard his music.

jchipps_1 Says:
Thursday, November 22, 2012 @4:13:11 PM

I'm so sorry for your terrible loss.

I remember the first time I stumbled upon one of Dave's videos on youtube, "Reuben's Train", and I was like, WOW, "who is this guy"....what a great banjo player and a great human being, always so helpful, and an inspiration to so many of us !

He'll be sadly missed....but will live on through his music and videos....inspiring many more for years to come.

Thanks Dave.....my prayers go out to you and your family.

JanetB Says:
Friday, November 23, 2012 @8:23:16 AM

Mel, thanks for letting us have a chance to open our hearts to you as you and Dave have to us. He was such an amazing musician and good-hearted person that we couldn't help but enjoy his videos and posts each and every time he appeared on Banjo Hangout. I'm working on one of his tunes now--one which inspired me to order a CD from him not that long ago. By listening to him closely and slowing it down I appreciate even more the genius that is Dave Hum. I'll never get the tune down like he did, but it's a comforting thing for me even try this week. The tune is Farewell to Erin and will help me say farewell for now to Dave.
Janet B from Smartsville, California

Dave Gray Says:
Sunday, February 23, 2014 @11:47:14 AM

I,Like many others just starting on the banjo,Search that most useful of tools "Youtube" and sure enough came across Dave Hum out on the streets busking.What a superb player.Sorry for your loss.I'll be re-watching the videos on a regular basis

Frisco Fred Says:
Saturday, September 20, 2014 @9:19:53 AM

What a loss for music as well... I just posted a couple of Dave's videos. I had no idea that Dave had gone on to be with Ashlea. Stars of the Grand Old Opry had nothing on him...
Via Con Dios Amigo

Wembley808 Says:
Monday, June 29, 2015 @1:14:50 PM

I started to learn the Banjo this year (2015) and watched many of Dave's Video's all the time in awe of him.... what I loved watching was not only his brilliant banjo playing skills but his nod and a "Thank You" to people who dropped some coin into his case when playing in the street. He may of died a few years back but he has inspired me and his memory lives on....

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