David Gaiman, a prominent member of the East Grinstead community and resident since the early 1960s, died suddenly, but peacefully
East Grinstead, West Sussex: A standing-room-only memorial service was held on 11 March at Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, with family, friends and colleagues flying in from all over the world to pay their respects to one of the most noted humanitarians in our community. Attending were over 80 staff from Mr Gaiman’s vitamin manufacturing company, G&G Food Supplies, as well as staff and pupils from Greenfields School where Mr Gaiman had been a trustee since its formation in the 1980’s.
David, at the end of his basic army training in 1952, in the Middlesex Regiment at Mill Hill
On 12 March, a Jewish funeral service was held in Brighton with friends from the USA and Scotland joining family and friends in paying their respects. Hundreds of messages of condolence came in from all over the world, including East Grinstead local councillors, lauding Mr Gaiman for his achievements and contribution to friend and colleague alike for the real help he gave many people who knew him – almost one for one.
Following the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, Mr Gaiman and his wife, Sheila, traveled to assist children most affected, and in alliance with the Russian Academy for Medical Sciences, started delivering the Hubbard Detoxification Program to alleviate the effects of radiation on the victims.
In the years that followed, Mr Gaiman worked tirelessly to establish the program to rid sufferers from the effects of toxins, pollution and nuclear radiation in the UK, Russia, Siberia, Kazakhstan and Vietnam. Following the 9/11 disaster in New York, volunteers used the groundwork established by Mr Gaiman to make the Hubbard Detoxification Program available to firemen and emergency workers harmed by the toxic effects of the explosions.
David and Sheila Gaiman, founders of G&G Food Supplies Ltd, at the company's 40th anniversary celebrations in 2005
In 1959, Mr Gaiman married the love of his life, Sheila, and on March 1st, six days before his death, celebrated 50 years of happy marriage. Mr and Mrs Gaiman were companions and business associates and traveled the world together working on humanitarian projects. They raised three beautiful and accomplished children: noted author Neil Gaiman, and executives Claire Edwards, Officer, Scientology Missions International and Lizzy Calcioli, Executive Director, Wealden House Life Improvement Centre and he will be missed by his children, children-in-law, grandchildren, sisters and many other family members and friends.
David and Sheila in 1999 during their 40th wedding anniversary party with their children and grandchildren
David will be most remembered for his incredible sense of humour and the feeling of wellbeing he gave to everyone with whom he came in contact.
“Scientology has given me a set of tools to work with… It has given me a real sense of the kind of person I want to be and my place in the community”
David Bernard Gaiman, 10 June 1933 – 7 March 2009