A UNIVERSALLY respected journalist who worked across Cornwall for nearly 50 years has passed away.
Friends, family and colleagues were this week mourning the loss of David Green, who retired from the West Briton in May of last year.
He died yesterday (Thursday) at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, aged 62, having suffered complications and never recovered from heart surgery on Tuesday. He lived at Connor Downs, near Hayle.
David started his career at the West Briton straight from the former Redruth Grammar School in 1966. He had previously played rugby for Cornwall and was a champion junior surf lifesaver.
Aged 16, his ambition to become a policeman had been thwarted on medical grounds and a friend had told him of a trainee reporter post available at the paper, then a broadsheet based at offices on Lemon Quay in Truro.
He spent most of his 46-year career covering the Camborne-Redruth area, including a stint working for the Western Morning News, and finishing as a part-time senior reporter at the West Briton.
A member of Radnor Golf Club and life member of Portreath Surf Life Saving Club, where he helped train the nippers and juniors for many years, he gave up work to devote more time to these interests, but predominantly to his wife, Ally, who works for Cornwall Council, and young children - daughter Alex and son Nicholas. He also leaves a son and daughter from his previous marriage, Tristan, a deputy manager at the Fowey Hotel, and Tressa, who works at the Tate Gallery, St Ives.
In September he was awarded a plaque by Camborne Town Council in appreciation of his services to the community as a reporter, which he accepted as a great honour.
West Briton editor Richard Best said: "The news about David has really come as a terrible shock to us all. We were incredibly fond of him.
"He was a fantastic journalist of the old school, and we always valued his knowledge, great journalistic instincts and the humour he brought, as well as his good-natured and healthy cynicism.
"Our thoughts are with his family."