2013. Dave Soons, our journalist and writer at Media in Africa, WALLS&ROOFS in Africa and 25Degrees, passed away recently after a very short illness.

Dave, who was 81 in age, but 16 in spirit, had been a pivotal part of both magazines since inception. Dave wrote all the articles for the launch issues of both WALLS&ROOFS in Africa (14 years ago) and 25Degrees (7 years ago) and continued in a journalistic capacity to be in involved with both titles till his passing in October.

Some people are forever young at heart and Dave was such a person. His inextinguishable optimism and dry sense of humour always made for laughter in the office whenever he walked in. His professionalism and industry knowledge was a huge asset to the team and respected and appreciated by the industry. Dave would soak up any topic he was writing about, exploring every possible angle and asking all the necessary questions to deliver a concise well rounded piece.

“Dave’s contribution to the magazines and the team was invaluable. He was enthusiastic, reliable, dedicated and someone you could always rely on in a crisis. He stepped up to the plate time and again and was a fundamental part of the growth and success of the magazines. His content was focussed and engaging, yet lively, making for an interesting read and adding depth to the projects and products we bring to the players in  the built environment,” adds Marlene E van Rooyen, Managing Editor at WALLS&ROOFS in Africa and 25Degrees.

“Dave was a great strategist and a realist. He was a clear thinker that was able to offer valuable input in order to ensure we reached our vision of building excellent communication vehicles for the construction, architecture and design industry,” adds Liezel van der Merwe, managing editor at Floors in Africa and Director at Media in Africa.

Dave Soons was born in London in 1932 but left London at the age of 6 due to the impending war. He learned to type while doing his service in the Royal Air Force and he has written billions of words that have been published in various newspapers, consumer and trade magazines. He was also an accomplished cartoonist and many of his cartoons have been printed (he was also the cartoonist for Bike SA for nearly a decade).

While English was his first love, it was by no means his greatest. He met the love of his life, Eileen Morton, at a dance in 1956. They married in 1959 and had two children; they shared 54 happy years together.

“He was family – we loved him and cherished him. We’ll miss him terribly. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family: Eileen, the love of his life, his precious two daughters Jenny and Linda and the apple of his eye, his granddaughter Ashley. He’s left an indelible mark on our lives. He won’t be forgotten,” adds Marlene