David Carsberg, a journalist for 50 years, passed away on 8 January, aged 65, following a short battle with cancer.
He entered journalism as a 15-year-old trainee reporter with the Knutsford Guardian before a two-year spell in Uganda as a sub-editor. He then returned to England, working on the Stockport Express as a sports editor – where he met his wife Sandra, who worked on the advertising desk. They were married in 1965 and moved to Nairobi, where he worked as chief-sub on the Daily Nation. Two of his three children, Steven and Debbie, were born there.
In 1969 they returned to England and he joined the Hull Daily Mail, initially as a sub, before editing the Hull Times and Hull Star in the same group. He also provided football reports for various Sunday nationals as well as local radio, covering Hull City. His third child Simon was born in Hull. They then returned to Cheshire in 1985, living in Congleton, and he worked at the Congleton Chronicle as a sub-editor.
After three years he was employed by the ill-fated North West Times, and following its collapse moved to the Staffordshire Evening Sentinel as a sub for the next 16 years. He returned to the Congleton Chronicle as deputy editor for the final five years of his career, retiring in May 2006, aged 65.
His main interests were non-league football and particularly Knutsford football club (he was writing their football reports for the Knutsford Guardian up to his death, his first and last jobs in journalism), cricket and he was a keen aviation and rail enthusiast. He particularly enjoyed spending time with his wife, children and four granddaughters.
His funeral took place on his 42nd wedding anniversary on 23 January in Macclesfield, Cheshire.