Respected Rugby publisher David Hall dies

David Hall
David Hall

Tributes have been paid to much-respected publisher David Hall, who has lost his battle with cancer.

The founder and chairman of David Hall Publishing died in his sleep after a short spell in hospital.

David Hall

David Hall

He was diagnosed with cancer almost two years ago and had spent the past 12 months at home being cared for by his wife, Cherry.

Throughout that period, David, 72, continued to take an active role in the running of DHP, based in Daventry. He asserted the only thing keeping him from work was an arthritic ankle.

Cherry, who lives in Rugby, said: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the cards, good wishes, flowers and messages from not only friends and family but also members of staff and the angling trade since David passed away last week.

“Even though his death was expected it came suddenly and was unbelievably sad. There has been a release for both of us and peace for him.”

He was such a big character who will be hugely missed by many

Cherry, David’s wife

Cherry added: “He was such a big character who will be hugely missed by many.”

Roger Mortimer, operations director at DHP, said: “In the early years he was angling’s answer to Ian Hislop and his Coarse Fisherman magazine was our sport’s very own Private Eye. He was generous if he liked you and cutting if he didn’t.”

Sean O’Driscoll, managing director of the company, said David was an “inspiration”.

He said: “He was without doubt the most influential person within angling over the past 25 years, bringing many people into the sport through his magazines and inspirational speeches.”

David also leaves two sons – Robbie and Jamie, daughter Jemma and grandchildren Archie and Isaac, five.

Considered a maverick when he entered the angling trade as the private publisher of Coarse Fisherman magazine more than 30 years ago, David went on to publish several leading angling publications including Match Fishing, Pole Fishing, Coarse Fishing Answers, Total Carp, Advanced Carp Fishing, Total Sea Fishing and Total FlyFisher. His portfolio also included the industry ‘bible’ – Tackle and Guns - and the annual trade show of the same name, plus two international trade magazines, Tackle Trade World and Gun Trade World. David went on to become part of the establishment he’d called to task so often and became chairman of the Angling Trades Association in the 1990s.

His funeral is at Rainsbrook Crematorium on March 24 at 2pm. Family flowers but donations to Macmillan Cancer Care c/o Revel Funeral Service, Bretford House, near Rugby.