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