Tributes paid to Ickleton man David Isaac who died after house fire

PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 January 2017 | UPDATED: 09:40 26 January 2017

David Isaac, from Ickleton, with his dog Flora. Photo: Contributed

David Isaac, from Ickleton, with his dog Flora. Photo: Contributed

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Tributes have been paid to an Ickleton man who died following a house fire in the village at the weekend.

The scene in Church Street, Ickleton, at the weekendThe scene in Church Street, Ickleton, at the weekend

David Isaac, 74, was found at his home in Church Street after firefighters from Saffron Walden and Cambridge tackled the blaze at 7.39am on Saturday (January 21).

Mr Isaac’s two dogs, who barked to raise the alarm, both survived the fire, which Cambridgeshire Fire has confirmed was accidental.

His death is not being treated as suspicious by police.

Mr Isaac was a keen dog walker and a member of the Cambridge University Catholic chaplaincy.

Reverend Mark Langham, chaplain, said: “He was a well-known and much loved member of the Cambridge University Catholic chaplaincy, and it was here that he was received into the Catholic church three years ago.

“Last December, he accompanied me and a number of students on pilgrimage to Rome – we were blessed by his presence, his erudition and his gentle wit, and the students loved having him with us.

“He drew great life from the vitality of those around him, and he in turn shared with them his wisdom and insights – and made himself very popular by ordering in fluent Italian.

“His gentle and wise presence will be greatly missed in this community which extends to his family our condolences and prayers.”

Mr Isaac is survived by his wife, two children and three grandchildren, who said they will miss him terribly.

A statement from Mr Isaac’s family said: “He was devoted to his pointer dogs, Blossom and Jasmine, loved going to operas and the theatre with his wife, loved France and Italy, learning languages, studying philosophy, and was really enjoying knowing his young grandchildren, aged six, two and one.”

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Fire said: “At 7.39am on Saturday, one crew from Cambridge and crews from Saffron Walden were called to a fire in Church Street in Ickleton.

“Firefighters arrived to find a well developed fire in a two storey house. Wearing breathing apparatus they extinguished the fire using hose reels and jets.

“An elderly man was found dead at the scene. The crews returned to their stations by 10.15am.

“The fire investigation has determined the cause of the fire was accidental.”

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