A well-respected journalist who worked across Cornwall for nearly 50 years – including a long stint with the Western Morning News has died.
Friends, family and colleagues are mourning the loss of David Green, who finished his career as a reporter in May last year, when he retired from the Truro-based West Briton.
He died on Thursday at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, aged 62, having suffered complications after 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 Lifesaving Club – where he helped train 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.
David's long-standing colleague Colin Gregory said: "He never let his health problems slow him down, and a good example was in the early 1990s when he had the opportunity to travel to California with the Cornish team for the World Surf Boat Championships. He had been suffering from complications from his most recent operation and there were serious doubts over whether he was fit to go.
"However, he set off and had the time of his life when the team was included among the extras with David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson in an episode of Baywatch. He was able to tell his colleagues when he returned back to his work on the Western Morning News: 'At least I can say I've appeared on Baywatch'."