A FORMER ‘outstanding’ journalist who ‘loved’ the industry has died suddenly, aged 80.
David Frith - who worked on the former Sheffield Morning Telegraph newspaper and The Star - began his career at the Rotherham Advertiser in 1959.
He has always wanted to be a journalist and got his chance after working as a clerk in the steel industry, where he obtained shorthand, and completing national service.
Former colleague Keith Farnsworth, who was a reporter working with David on the Telegraph in the early 1960s before becoming sports editor, said: “He had gone to the Advertiser and persuaded them to give him a trial, and he never looked back.
“He was very helpful to me and eventually I got it right because he had shown me the ropes.
“David started out on his local paper as a late beginner and became an outstanding reporter.”
Lifelong Rotherham resident David worked for the Telegraph from 1962 and then at The Star, as industrial correspondent, from 1964.
He later worked for an industrial magazine and then as a press officer for Newton Chambers in Chapeltown.
There he invited famous actress Violet Carson - who played Coronation Street character Ena Sharples - to the factory to encourage girls to wear hairnets.
Keith said: “It was one of those occasions people never forgot, it made a lot of headlines.
“To get an actress like that to come to Chapeltown was quite something.”
David set up his own successful PR agency, called WFO, which went on to acquire a printing firm.
In later life he continued studying to achieve a degree and a masters degree.
His son Andrew now runs the firm.
David also leaves his wife June, a daughter, and four grandchildren.
June, who was married to David for 59 years before his death on Thursday, August 23, said: “He loved the job and I was so glad he managed to do it.
“He always wanted to be a journalist.
“I have had so many cards from people, he was a lovely, popular man,
“He was a lot of fun and always said he had enjoyed his life, he had no regrets.”
David’s funeral was taking place at Rotherham Crematorium today at noon.