Dennis Signy dies aged 85

Staunch supporter of the Institute of Journalists

Dennis Signy, who died this morning, was a staunch supporter of the Institute of Journalists, especially in the dark days of the 70s when the NUJ and the Foot government were trying to impose a closed shop in journalism.

He stood up for IoJ members, and journalists who chose to stay outside of either union, when the bullying they suffered was at its nastiest

He started his career as a wartime cub reporter on the Hendon and Finchley Times and became group editor for 17 years in the late 60s. He was a national press football writer for five decades, wrote several football books, and was a director of Barnet FC.

He was one of the few local newspaper journalists to whom the description ‘legendary’ truly applies. In fact, as he would have been the first to agree, the phrase ‘a legend in his own lunchtime’ could have been coined for him.

He was a lovely man, a great editor, and a constant joy to work under. He will be missed, and his exploits will be recounted whenever two or more north London journalists gather for a pint.

 

Charlie Harris, Editor, Borehamwood Post (now the Times), 1984-88

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2 Responses to Dennis Signy dies aged 85

  1. Kevin black

    I was shocked to hear of the death of Dennis signy. He was my editor on the Hendon times during the early 80s and he was a great influence on me. He was a terrific editor and what’s more, he listened to the ideas floated to him and his judgement and encouragement was spot on. I shall miss you Dennis and I will never forget your part in my journalistic career.
    Kevin black, editor/ photographer, county border news series, Surrey

  2. Norman Brand

    I enjoyed the obituary of Dennis Signy. It brought back memories for me as, during the 1970s, I lived in Finchley. Dennis’s paper gave strong coverage to an amenity campaign with which I was involved. We were opposing plans for a Civic Administration Centre for the whole of the Borough of Barnet, which would have overwhelmed the old Church End area of Finchley Central. I remember Dennis’s instant discernment in assessing the things we had to say, and his decisiveness in running with the story. I was somewhat in awe of him. To be fair, Haydon Blatch, editor of the ‘Finchley Press’ at the time, was equally responsive to our activities. In my day job – or rather night-time job, I was a sub-editor with the Press Association. I was a member of the NUJ at the time but switched to the IOJ during the upheavals of 1978.

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