David Feiller taught at my former school, Sheikh Secondary School until he became a victim of the mass expulsion of expatriates by the socialist government of Siyad Barre in 1971. An email from Mariam Feiller, his Somali wife, confirmed that he died on 8 March; the funeral will take place on 11 March.
|M. Ali - Medeshi (Left) , David Feiller (Centre) and Mohamed Barud Ali : Photo taken by Mariam Feiller at Waterloo Station in 2010|
Mr Feiller adopted the Somali culture and spoke a little of the language as well. I was privileged to meet him again in 2010 at Oxford House in East London during the launch of the book - Weerane, the Mourning Tree - by Mohamed Barud Ali. Mr Feiller was an active member of the Anglo-Somali Society.
Feiller and RR Darlington were among the first teachers at Sheikh Secondary School; they moulded many young people who became successful in later life in Somalia and Somaliland; among them political leaders and businessmen. Darlington died in April 2007 in the United Kingdom.
Feiller is survived by his widow Mariam and two children, Ahmed and Ali.