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Brian Mahle

24 Nov 2023
Written by Cait Spencer

Brian Frederick Mahle. 1930 - 2023. BGS 1938-1948.

Details provided by Brian's cousin Mark Blackmore

Eulogy for Brian Mahle who died on the 5th October 2023.

Brian was born in Bishopston, Bristol, went to Bristol Grammar School in 1938 and then Bristol University in 1948 where he studied dentistry. He valued his education and study years and supported both institutions for the rest of his life.

University was followed by National Service in the Royal Army Dental Corps stationed in Germany and Belgium. This was followed by many years in a dental practice in Taunton.

Brian moved back to Bristol in the 1960s and purchased his house in Coombe Dingle in 1972. He practiced from a surgery on the city centre between Boots and the Tramways Offices and spent a small time each week at a surgery in Pill.

He was a batchelor and had numerous and varied interests. He was keen on sport playing tennis, squash and golf. Skiing was a passion and after retirement would take 2 or 3 skiing holidays each year.  He was also a keen walker belonging to several rambling groups and he was also a sailor. He was a bird watcher until his eyesight made it difficult.

He attended language courses in French and German for many years and with a love of singing sang in at least 10 choirs over the years. He was a competent painter and his house is full of his pictures.

He was a great traveller. In addition to skiing he covered most parts of the world apart from Scandinavia. He has well documented photograph albums featuring over 60 countries and his book shelves resemble those in Waterstone’s travel department.

He was a generous man supporting numerous charities every year. He was very knowledgeable about world affairs and would not rest until he had read the Telegraph from cover to cover each day.

Visiting Brian’s house was a trip into the 1960s and if something broke he did his utmost to get it repaired insisting that nothing was so well made nowadays.

Brian led a very full life. With his friends, contacts and patients he connected with a large number of people and will be remembered by many.

Charitable donations, if desired, may be made to St Peter's Hospice after the services or online at:

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