David J Benjamin (OH 1965-1971)
Herefordians pay tribute to popular local fishmonger

David J Benjamin (OH 1965-1971) suffered a heart attack at his home in Whitecross on Sunday 18th July 2010. He was taken to the County Hospital where he later died. He was just 56.

He was born in 1954, the son of leading fishmonger Tom Benjamin from the Hereford Butter Market. At the Cathedral School he was a keen sportsman and, on leaving at the age of 17, David went on to play full back for Hereford Rugby Club for almost 20 years. Guy Griffiths, present Hon. Chairman of the Club said David was a true “club man” who became steward, 2nd XV captain and eventually Chairman.

As a youngster whilst still attending HCS, David had already been seen behind the counter assisting his father. It was inevitable therefore that he should join the business himself. When his fellow butter market traders heard of his death they were devastated, claiming that he was ‘ part of the furniture ‘ !

There were many tributes, including one from neighbour Mike Phillips of Phillips & Preece, Butchers. He described David as “ a generous man and a fantastic bloke. He was a great neighbour, always laughing and joking and would do anything for anyone “. Charles Nicholls of Schooldays Plus said the market was in shock. Len Tawn, Chairman of the Buttermarket Independent Traders Association said “ We’ve lost a valuable part of the market. He was well respected and liked as a member of the community “

David recently served as a councillor in the St Nicholas ward. Leader Kevin Wargen said Mr Benjamin was “passionate” about the city centre and will be greatly missed. He said “ David will leave a legacy as someone who cared very much for Hereford and who always went that extra mile.”

He leaves his wife Nina, children Nicholas, Robert and Anna, his mother Joyce and younger brother Jimmy.

A funeral took place in Hereford Cathedral at 1pm on Friday 30th July 2010 followed by a reception in the Shire Hall.
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