Sad day for Irish Technical Community

It is with great sadness that I share the news of the passing of David Houston. Dave was the first person I made contact with in Dublin when I made the decision to move over from Canada. We had a link in our support of SBS and that lead to a mutual respect. I ran a user group back in Canada and I respect the time and dedication it tales to run a group like SBS Ireland as Dave had for a number of years.He was a fun and interesting guy with a deep desire to be involved in the technical community here in Dublin and make others better. I was fortunate enough to attend TechEd EMEA with Dave in 2009 and had a chance to spend time with Dave and get to know him and as a result will greatly miss him in the community and in general.

SBS Dublin

                                                                                         David Houston


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Comments (11)

  1. Sean Kearney says:


    Sorry to hear of the passing of a friend.  He sounds like he had a great amount of technical passion.  I imagine through his friends and those like you, he will live on in ways he never imagined.

    A toast to him.   May he be in Heaven a full hour before the Devil knows he's dead. 😉

    (Hope I got that right)


  2. Richard Evans says:

    I met David at Small Business Group meetings in the UK and corresponded with him over a number of years.  David was always up-beat and passionate about the technology and business of SBS.  Despite his physical encumbrances he always lead from the front and I'm certain he made a significant difference to the Microsoft community in Ireland.  I will miss him and I know he will be greatly missed by the Irish tech community.  My sincere condolences to his family and many friends.

    RIP David – God Bless You.

  3. Susanne Dansey says:

    Dave was a fantastic professional, peer, and friend. He, like many in the community, showed the importance of sticking with your passions no matter what got in the way and he will be missed by everyone who connected with him. Thanks for this post and showing readers who he was beyond the technology.

  4. Alex Hoare says:

    I had the pleasure of working closely with David over the past 5 or 6 years. His expert knowledge and willingness to never give up on any challenge both physical and technical was amazing! His loss is felt deeply amounts his friends and colleagues, amongst whom I’m proud to be counted. His contribution to the SBS community was far reaching and the many emails of shock at his passing are a credit to how much he was liked.

  5. Michael Buckley says:

    I dealt with David occasionally over the last couple of years or so and all I's like to say is what a lovely decent easy going gentleman he was to work with always. My sincere condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.  

  6. Anne Stanton says:

    Dave not only ran the Ireland SBS group, but he was also very instrumental in the ramp up of the International SBSgroupLeads leaders group. A group of leaders all running SBS IT Peer groups from around the world. He will be missed.

  7. Aengus Barton says:

    David was a remarkably friendly, witty, hard working and knowledgable guy, and I count myself lucky to have had the chance to get to know him over the last few years. He will be sorely missed, and my condolances to his family and colleagues.

  8. Scott Cayouette says:

    David was a good friend to me as the co-chair of the International SBSGroupLeads since 2006. David was such a tireless worker and cared so very much about the IT Pro Community. I too found him very knowlegdeable, witty and funny too. I and All the other people in our organization are going to miss his many efforts and great ideas too. God Bless forever and always David.

  9. John Mc Neely says:

    I was shocked and saddened to hear of Daves's sudden passing. My heartfelt condolences to his family. I met him through Microsoft and the SBS group and he was a really nice guy. Always helpfull and very knowledeable and downright friendly. We shared a few laughs along the way and his enthusiasm for his work was always infectious. He will be missed in so many ways.

  10. Niall Houston and family says:

    Just to say thanks for all the kind comments about David; we never knew the half of it. If anyone wants to come,, his funeral is on Monday 7th June in Christ Church in Delgany at 14.00.

  11. David always suprised me with his willingness to help others,he always wanted to share his knowledge and to help other IT pro's he really embodied comminity and was always ready to help, David you will be missed.


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